It’s not Christmas time until 1st December, good people. You don’t need to get the decorations down from the loft, you can put that silly antler headware back in the cupboard, and stop making bloody lists of what you’re going to cook in five weeks’ time. Step away from the festive Bublé CD, get out there and enjoy the carefree days of glorious live music before Slade lays seasonal siege to your sub-conscious.
Thursday 16th November
The Happening: Husky Tones + Larkham & Hall + Alannah – Lansdown
People are all over this guitar/drums duo format now, but few (if any) sound like Bristol’s own Husky Tones. Their punk-blues stylings, with Victoria Bourne’s vocals and drums, over Chris Harper’s guitar will have you pogo-ing down to the Deep South (of Clifton).
Nicholson Heal – Mr Wolf’s
You might initially wonder whether Bristol six-piece, Nicholson Heal, is a firm of lawyers. They are, in fact, Breakfast Records’ best brassed-up indie boys. Check them out at Mr Wolf’s this week. As they say on their recent single, “Worse things happen at sea.”
Friday 17th November
Slow Readers Club + Desperate Journalist – Thekla
If you’ve been to a post-punk postcard fair (in your Joy Division oven gloves), chances are you’ve got an image or two of these bands on your wall. There can’t be many finer double-headers at Thekla all year. Prepare yourself for a night of scintillating vocals from Jo Bevan and then from Aaron Starkie.
Gurr – Crofters Rights
Berlin-based punk-pop duo, Gurr, met at university. Laura Lee and Andreya Casablanca told everyone they were in a band, so when they had a spare moment, they formed one. Not only that, but they knocked out a rather nifty, 90s-soaked album, In My Head in 2016.
Euros Childs – Folk House
You may know him as the main man of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, but Euros Childs is out and about on tour to coincide with the release of his album, House Arrest. With songs entitled ‘Happy Coma’, ‘Life in a Jar’ and ‘My Colander’ on the agenda, expect splendidly abstract fun from Euros 2017.
Saturday 18th November
Oh my God! It’s the Church – The Attic
If I told you that their website was sexy-jesus.com, might you get an inkling of what Oh my God! It’s the Church are like? They’re about as inappropriate as shouting “Oh my God!” in a church, and even more exciting. The Attic will be filled with the kind of spirit that they brought to Glastonbury this summer.
Pussy Riot – Motion
When they occupied Trump Tower last month to protest against those who wield authoritarian power, Russian feminist agit-punks, Pussy Riot declared, “We, Pussy Riot, invite you to join our fabulous and bold path.” That path leads them to Motion. Get down there in your makeshift balaclava.
Nightbus Presents: The Greasy Slicks/Port Erin – Mr Wolf’s
The Nightbus really is the Saturday night fun bus. The Greasy Slicks will give you blues rock, a flavour of Royal Blood with a subtle hint of funk. If you heard Port Erin’s 2017 album, Ocean Grey, you’ll be ready for their rich and atmospheric compositions, such as ‘The Fuzz and All They Feed.’
Sunday 19th November
Leif Vollebekk – Louisiana
Fidgeting Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Leif Vollebekk brings his smoky soul-pop to the Louisiana. If you’re after some Sunday night solace before the week sneaks up and gives you a wedgie, check out Vollebekk’s recent song, ‘Tallahassee’ and see if it doesn’t stop you in your tracks.
Monday 20th November
Andrew Hung – Exchange
As part of duo, Fuck Buttons (with Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass), Andrew Hung is known for his elaborate electronica. His current solo album, Realisationship (try and say that after a few pints) is a new adventure in lo-fi.
Weaves – Crofters Rights
These Canadian indie rockers have no fear. They can sound like Pavement one minute, on a track like ‘Walkaway’ and then produce a track like ‘Scream’, featuring Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq the next. Curious, catchy, playful, Weaves refresh and recharge familiar sounds with a little something new.
Tuesday 21st November
William The Conqueror – Louisiana
The British blues sound is probably most associated with the 70s, which is not where William the Conqueror is from, nor is the band from 11th Century Normandy. This Cornish trio of multi-instrumentalists, led by hirsute former-folkster, Ruarri Joseph, announced themselves this year as a Proud Disturber of the Peace.
Amusement Parks on Fire – Exchange
After four years off, these infernal rockers are back with new material in the form of shoegazey single, ‘Our Goal to Realise’, out on 17th November and the EP An Archea, due out in 2018. Michael Feerick and his band of musical pyromaniacs have been fully risk-assessed. But if they should set the alarms off, the exits are here, here and here…
Swedish Death Candy – Crofters Rights
You definitely wouldn’t eat something called Swedish Death Candy, would you? Everyone knows that this big stick of experimental psych-rock goes in your ears. They bring some of the sombre heaviness and the delicate sweetness that at least two words of their name suggest.
Wednesday 22nd November
Marika Hackman – Thekla
After a breakthrough year, Marika Hackman could have sold out a much bigger venue twice over. Her second album, I’m Not Your Man is darkly humorous, adding a Britpop frisk to the folky sound she emerged with in 2015. If she doesn’t make you scream with the song ‘Boyfriend’, you ought to take yourself off to your GP.
JAWS – Fleece
Massive shark in a classic film or metal-toothed Bond villain? This Birmingham dream-pop trio have none of those nightmarish, ominous qualities. Instead, they’re full of propulsive energy, and elements of many of the bands you love. ‘Just a Boy’ is a 90s sonic jigsaw, the first pieces of which are The Cure and Smashing Pumpkins. The rest is for you to complete.
PVRIS – O2 Academy
If you’re still bricking it after the scary video to ‘What’s Wrong’, but you can’t resist their electro-rock allure, you can always stand well back at the O2 Academy. You’ll still be blasted and pleasantly carried away by PVRIS’ stadium-suited sound.
It’s been heartening to read and hear the reaction to the threat to the future of Thekla and the outpouring of support that there has been over the last ten days. You can link to our news piece on the threatened closure to Thekla here.
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