65daysofstatic, Jason and the Astronauts, Cove, Help She Can't Swim, Spraydog, Charlottefield, Edmund Fitzgerald, Phil Collins 3 and Ship's A Going Down
The Rhythm Factory
16-18, Whitechapel Rd, London, E1 (nearest tube: Aldgate East)
£7 in advance or £8 on the day (advance tickets are available from Ticketweb, in person from Rough Trade in Covent Garden, and using paypal from Monotreme Records - Paypal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Debut album 'The Fall Of Math' has had journos in a tizz. I know, I was. They have been described as Squarepusher meets Mogwai. It's lazy, but not far from the basic building blocks of their unique sound. Their live shows are viciously euphoric, frenetic, overwhelming, bordering on chaos and really, really loud.
Jason and the Astronauts
I love these guys. From Tunbridge Wells they come, playing disco tunes for punk rockers. Their album 'The Mourning After Math' (Unlabel) is top dollar, boss.
Also from Tunny Wells, Cove are a true POWER trio - driving rhythms, slashing guitars, super-rock riffing and a Shellac-worthy sense of timing. Sweet...
Help She Can't Swim
Fantastic lo-fi girl-fronted hyperactive indie rock. Think Bikini Kill or Huggy Bear crossed with Sonic Youth, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Gravy Train. Think wigging out.
Long-time Peel faves making well-loved indie rock, like Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, the Delgados and Sonic Youth.
One of the very best bands in the UK, I shit thee not. Live, they are unstoppable. A collision of Captain Beefheart rhythms, The Fall's sensibilities and Fugazi's sonics. Only more. DO NOT MISS, FOOLS.
The Edmund Fitzgerald
Highly intellectual but lovable math-rock from Oxford, it's a mystery to all how they manage their superb timings.
Phil Collins 3
Imagine the Nation of Ulysses wearing crazy costumes playing the Beginners Guide to Melt Banana. Now you're half way to the eccentric genius of the PC3.
Ship's A Going Down
These dudes post-rock with the best of 'em. Slint and Billy Mahonie influences mixed with a touch of Godspeed beauty. Only LOUDER.
DJs, too. Nice one. Oh, and there's Thai food available, and stalls with records and zines and all that jazz.