Date: July 30th
Venue: The Windmill, Brixton
Bands: THE DAZE + BOY CRIED WOLF + LETTERS + IT HUGS BACK + SWEETHEART + HAPPYCASIO! + OK KARAOKE + WILLIAM + free BBQ
** THE DAZE
A fast 'n' furious 3-piece from Camden, recently signed to Gut Records. Their music has its roots in the '60s but is distinctively set in the future - bigbeat, garage and rock. With storming performances picking up a vast fanbase, and with great reviews from the likes of Artrocker they are set to be huge.
** BOY CRIED WOLF
A ramshackle collective of cowboys and gentleman bringing alt.country to your better senses. Their dream of one day playing alongside a collective of drunken kinsman and gin soaked cowgirls in Nashville Tennessee are for now on hold until they can sell a little piece of their souls to the open road and earn their spurs. Started by frontman Wayne Murray in the summer of 2005 after watching an episode of 'Bonanza', BCW quickly came together over their love for country music & the stories therein. An early recording session at producer Mike Hedges (The Cure, Travis) at Westside recording studio introduced the guys to the back-to-basics ideology that typifies their sound. Having already played shows at the prestigious Chicken Stock festival in London Camden with Graham Coxon & the legendary 100 Club with The Feeling, Boy Cried Wolf stink of a band worth smelling.
One girl and three boys from SE London. They play guitars, bass, loud drums and some of them sing. They formed in the summer of 2005 and have been intensively writing, pontificating and rehearsing ever since. They recorded two songs late last year with monsieur Andy of Stereolab in his fine studio in a beautiful industrial estate in Bow. Letters describe themselves as 'chippy choppy' but hope to add clappy to that after some serious hand work. Letters are also teaching themselves to be left-handed. Letters like a lot of music.
** IT HUGS BACK
Met at school aged just 11. The three youngsters finally founded their band in 2005 and have already received radioplay for their self-recorded demos, as well as garnering high praise for a series of low-key appearances. Their delicate, folksy music has drawn comparisons to Wilco, The Lemonheads, Sebadoh and the softer works of Sonic Youth. They release debut single 'Lights In The Trees' in September on Tigertrap.
The real sound of young Scotland, Sweetheart are Orange Juice squashed in with Pavement biscuits, at times creating happy clappy shout-alongs, building into textured soundscapes. This will be their debut London gig.
Friends who play music in the wee hours at parties. They pretend they're a band. Happycasio! have released 2 EPs on their own label, Human Error Records. They've played with Brakes, The Noisettes, Good Shoes, Sunshine Underground, 586 amongst others. Happycasio! are a 6-headed beat group. They practice under a railway bridge. Their third EP will be out in August. In the meantime, they're busying themselves learning new ways to dance with one foot knifed to the floor.
** OK KARAOKE
An East London-based 5-piece with great songs. The majority of the group hail from the small fishing town of Whitby, North Yorkshire (also home of Dracula) and follow in the footsteps of other northern miserablists who cloak their lyrical scepticism in uplifting melodies and catchy guitar lines (think Pulp, The Smiths). Along the way, Lee, Andy and Keith picked up Russell from Newcastle and headed southward on their quest to write the perfect pop song and get people to hear it. They've also just recently recruited synth machine Amy Jones (a princess from Kent) for a bit of glamour.
Lewisham-based three piece William are the fifth release on Tough Love Records. Five Minute Wonder and Aperture is a double A-side 7 single. The record will be strictly limited to just 500, hand-numbered copies. Consistent with past Tough Love releases, each record will come complete with a unique password which, when input at the labels website, allows access to both songs as MP3s. William also have a track soon to be released on Monday 31st July on the Tough Love Compilation 'What Will Survive of Us...' CD. The band have been compared to Sonic Youth and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.