Thursday 4th April - Best £6 I have ever spent.
I got thrown by the fancy genre titles for these bands tumblecore…fuzzy pop…what is this? Turns out though, these bands are ‘classic’ genre-breaking and it would seem clumsy to weigh them down with DIY Indie/pop punk labels, because they are much more than that. If you like music where every song holds a surprise, be it an instrument or vocal harmony, look no further than below.
Ace Bushy Striptease are a 5-piece band with vocalists Eve and drummer Jeremy switching between powerful Riot Grrrl shouts (or boy shouts in Jeremy’s case) and delicate harmonies. With two guitarists, heavy drums and a wind section, these guys need to be seen live: http://acebushystriptease.bandcamp.com/album/outside-its-cold-just-like-the-inside-of-your-body-and Next London date I believe is 5th May. Will post more details shortly.
The Middle Ones, played in the middle. Hence classic comedy gold moments of “What band is on second?”…”The Middle Ones”…”Yeah, what are the called?”…”The Middle Ones”…And so on for probably too long a time before I clicked! What can I say about this duo, apart from the fact that these girls are possibly the nicest band I have ever seen live! If there was a trophy for niceness, they would get it. Their harmonies are uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time and I just LOVED them: http://themiddleones.bandcamp.com/album/slow-and-steady
Bloomer, I’m told, played their first show in January this year and sound like they have been playing for 4 years rather than months. A four piece, female fronted band with tons of energy, the very sweet, hypnotising vocals set off the immense guitar hooks and DRUMS perfectly: http://bloomerlondon.bandcamp.com/