Hello! Your Gigs of the Week editor here, coming to you from the groggy haze of a winter bug. Still, with Lemsip in hand, I have bravely sat and compiled some exciting gig suggestions for the week ahead, and penultimate Gigs of the Week (of the year).
Saturday 7th December
Aldous Harding – O2 Academy
Designer was one of the year’s best records – a sensitive, melancholy collection of tracks that bridge the gap between heartache and heart swells, reminiscent of Julia Holter or Charlotte Gainsbourg. Yet the cryptic lyricism Harding employs, such as on lead-single ‘The Barrel’, is what sets her apart. There’s always more to discover on repeat listens, and her rapturous live show at the Academy this Saturday is an apt opportunity to discern even more from a musician whose work has so much to offer. More here…
WASUREMONO – Thekla
Some homegrown talent from the South West, William Southward’s WASUREMONO is steeped in good sentiment and playful rhythms. Releasing sophomore title Are You Ok? earlier this year, which was recorded inside a shed in uniquely British DIY fashion, it’ll be interesting to see how its lo-fi pop translates to the ever-expansive venue spaces the live band are taking to. More here…
Space Jelly Jams x Ghoul Gang’s All Day Bonanza – The Old England
If all-dayers are something you crave, and have been longing for since the halcyon days of summertime festivals, you can’t afford to miss this one at The Old England on Saturday. The bonanza before Christmas boasts an enticing ten-act line up, featuring the likes of joy, Fey Militia, and Grandmas House among others. Definitely the most fun you can have this weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of yuletide shoppers, and fantastic opportunity to discover some of Bristol and beyond’s best musical up-and-comers firsthand. More here…
Sunday 8th December
Girls In Synthesis [Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life] – Exchange
In this decade, the post-punk genre has synced seamlessly back into prominence against scenes of incessant worldly unrest, and is consequently speeding to a similar saturation point. The bar has been set high, but Girls in Synthesis have a trick up their sleeve, breaking down the barriers in their live performances to create a more immersive, unique live experience. The band will be performing on the line-up at Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, this Sunday. More here…
Wednesday 11th December
Envy – Thekla
Putting out releases on notable post-rock imprints Rock Action Records (Mogwai, The Twilight Sad), and Temporary Residence Limited (Explosions in the Sky, Mono), and split releases with the likes of Jesu and Thursday, Tokyo’s Envy are known for their trailblazing concoction of cinematic soundscapes and blistering screamo vocals. Though primarily located in the post-hardcore section of your local record store, the daring experimentation of the band has garnered wider acclaim and outgrown limited categorisation. More here…
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