16th July | Exchange

Amidst the summery heat, the Exchange played host, within the intimacy of the bar, to a quality line-up of various DIY punks, culminating in a fittingly frenzied set from Birdskulls – proving why the DIY music community, and particularly the Bristol music scene, has such a genuine and great reputation.

First up, appearing as a two-piece, Modern Rituals provided a hazy stripped down set of their grungier full band sound, followed by mesmeric waves of heady, feedback laden guitars and fiercely soulful vocals courtesy of Springbreak, leaving a palpable buzz in the air as the latter finished their set.

With the Bristol leg of the tour marking the last night, The New Tusk plunged with full vigour into an array of fast-paced, clattering riffs and snarling vocals playing new material alongside tracks from their most recent Sloom EP, released last year, setting a suitably noisy scene for the eagerly anticipated Birdskulls.

Having just announced a new EP due for release this coming autumn on Art Is Hard Records, Birdskulls’ welcome return is evident as the new single ‘Over It’, played early on in the set, is greeted with enthusiasm, alongside well-loved favourites ‘Rolling Tongue’ and ‘Good Enough’, to mention a few. As the trio fuel a frenetic energy in the audience that’s impossible not to get swept up in, it’s plain to see just why they have earned such a lively reputation.

If you didn’t manage to catch them this time around they’ll be back in Bristol at the end of August as part of Art Is Hard Records’ 7th birthday celebrations so you should probably get a ticket to catch them as part of what’s already shaping up to be an excellent line-up of bands.

Have a listen to ‘Over It’ below.