Why, this lovely lovely website (OK, just me then) has only gone and put together another ‘seminal’ ‘all-dayer’. We have bands! Food (free)! Booze (not free)! The 44th coolest person in music DJing! Dogs on the roof (real ones)! Exclamation marks! SPELLCASTING E-X-C-I-T-E-M-E-N-T
The DiS Winter Warmer BBQ 2004
The Date: Sun 12th Dec
The Venue: The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill, London SW2. 10 mins walk from Brixton tube, or take one of the oodles of busses which go up the ‘hill’.
The Bands: MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE + KILLING MOON + THE V.Cs + PROZAK + HICKS MILLIGAN-PROPHECY + HANDBAGS AT DAWN
The Damage: £4 including free BBQ (veggie stuff toooooo) from approx 5-8pm
The Time: First band onstage at 5pm. Last band onstage at 10pm. DJs until we get chucked out.
MISTY'S BIG ADVENTURE
Fronted by Peel favourite Grandmaster Gareth. A nine piece alt-pop orchestra from Birmingham, musically they're almost impossible to pin down, having been bizarrely described as "Ween meets The Beatles meets Seasame Street meets Beck." Debut LP 'The Solar Hi-Fi System' was re-issued on Scottish label SL Records this year, and is already a bit of a classic.
Four south-east Londoners who not only claim to be a love child of Ian Curtis and Diana Ross, but are here to fight against meat-and-two-veg rawk and indie-schmindie no-hope guitar whining. Armed with a sound they describe as "forceful, streamlined and angular," you should probably catch them now before 2005 brings on the swarm of A&R buzzing around like a big load of great, big, buzzing bee things.
Blimey! They like The B-52s and Devo and most definitely do not like Jet. The V.Cs are lean, taught, precision-raid, electro surf-rock wig-out action; like Dick Dale careering through the set of a Tarantino-directed sci-fi B-Movie, in super-hero costume, chased by The Cramps.
South London 15-year-olds who found one of their songs played by Xfm after their guitarist thrust a CD into John Kennedy’s hands at an X-Posure Live night. Jerky riffs and powerhouse drums, like an anti-core and lovingly shambolic version of Ash. They don't play often, due to being too young to get into most London toilet venues. Oooh-errr.
Have splendid song-titles such as 'Never The Bridesmaid (Always The Bride)' and 'Gap Kids Make Cracking Crack Whores'. DiS reckoned their 'When Icebergs Attack' demo was "the sound of a band mashing danceable post-punk influences with a bit of originality to go with it. Very, very dark pop." A synthpop Hives?
HANDBAGS AT DAWN
Your new favourite band were founded by Dublin-born singer/songwriter Shane Rennick, who moved to London in 2002 to play his ranty folk-punk on the open mic circuit. Now a finely honed 4-piece, their demo CD 'The Guantanamo Babes EP' was recorded in March 2004 at Din Studios in London's Docklands, and perfectly captures this young band's edge, bite, and hook-laden tunefulness. The lyrics are a bit radio-unfriendly, mind you.
+ DJs Eddie Argos (Art Brut), Drowned In Sound and FROG.
Dear unsigned pop groups,
This is also a good opportunity to get copies of your demos to us in person, for future review/gigs.
PS. Yes, that is blatantly a ploy to get more people along to the gig. Ahahahahahah.