The Rayographs, chapter24, Bastard Sword @ The Wilmo
Thursday, June 30 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Wilmington Arms
69 Rosebery Avenue
London, United Kingdom
£5 on the door.
The Rayographs have been together since 2003 and following their much adored 7” “Francis” in 2009 have continued to garner critical acclaim.The release of their self-titled LP on Desire Records in April further cements their reputation as a band with a unique and atmospheric sound. Astrud Steehouder, Jessamine Tierney, and Amy Hurst channel a musical vision that is redolent with punk poet...ry and bluesy lamentation. Patti Smith, The Pixies, and PJ Harvey are frequent reference points for reviewers but there are many nuances in The Rayographs’ sound that are truly original. The NME’s review of their LP raved about the way the band “pay homage to days gone by” whilst bringing something new to the mix. The band’s willingness to let their garage stylings flirt with brooding psychedelic edges and create new sonic textures is inspiring. The Rayographs have been hotly tipped as a band to watch, and they are delivering on that promise.
London-based quartet Claire, Mel, Mark and Joe formed Chapter 24 in 2007 and their frenetic and exciting live performances have been earning them much love ever since. Chapter 24 were named as one to watch in the NME magazine’s Radar feature in 2009 and the recent release of their excellent self-titled EP makes good on this promise. The band are fresh from playing some rollicking shows at SXSW in March and a triumphant recent date with Times New Viking.
They are poised to deliver another show of punk ‘n’ roll swagger replete with jagged spikes of guitars and schizophrenic time signatures that hint at The Slits with a warming dash of tropical rock. There’s nothing restrained or suppressed though and there are great songs and ideas aplenty in Chapter 24’s cupboard, both to admire and freak out to, and with lead vocalist Claire renowned for her eccentric and magnetic live performances you will find it hard to resist joining in.
Bastard Sword have been making a name for themselves in London, pushing a mazy and pleasingly bewildering blend of post-rock and blissed out electronic madness that delivers by the bucket load. It is as viscerally exciting and unpredictable as it is melodic and soulful. Stabbing bass lines and synths and a nice turn in stream of consciousness lyricisms are the order of the day.
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