Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Now we are SEVEN

Here we are at the end of the year with our last show until the end of January. It's been an incredible seven years since our very first show, with Deerhoof in a small yet somehow cavernous Italian restaurant on Great Portland Street and in honour of the hugely unlikely event that we'd still be organising shows for our favourite bands many years later we've organised a festive blowout tonight at Corsica Studios. This last year has seen us release a slew of amazing music from the UK's thriving underground music scene and we're lucky enough to have DRUM EYES, TRASH KIT, PLUG and PEEPHOLES all representing tonight. To fully over egg the pudding we also have long term buddies EAT SKULL and DESIGN A WAVE joining proceedings too, its going to be the best! Tonight's show will run between Corsica Studios two rooms and here's a guide to the approx timings, doors at 7.30pm!

Design A Wave - 8pm
Plug - 8.40pm
Peepholes - 9.10pm
Trash Kit - 9.40pm
Eat Skull - 10.10pm
Drum Eyes - 10.40pm

> > > TONIGHT < < <


Monday 20 December
Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Rd, SE17 1LB
8pm | 8.00 |

DRUM EYES are DJ Scotch Egg's drum thunder worship gang - experts at whipping up a hypnotic maelstrom of tribal drumming trip-outs infused with sludgy doom and weird electronics. It makes a lot of sense that Eda from the Boredoms is a member of Drum Eyes as the songs can twist 180 degrees and equally sound as beamed in from some alien kingdom, taking the weirdest forms of krautrock and hurling punk synth ideas, crushing walls of ambience and 8-bit frazzle into the mix with relish. 'Gira Gira' - the band's debut album - was released by Upset The Rhythm earlier this year to much acclaim.

EAT SKULL released their album 'Sick to Death' to worldwide accolade for its frantic pacing, unimpeachable lyric quality and nugget-after-nugget of pop hooks. On their follow-up 'Wild And Inside' - also on Siltbreeze - fans will find a cleaner, more inimitable Eat Skull at work. Frontman, Rob Enbom, has outdone himself with both lyrics and structure, and the band as a whole rises to the challenge of nixing the lo-fi tag for a sound that's less... antecedent. Gone is the wall of crud that prevents discerning listeners from identifying the instrumental play-by-play. In its stead is a set of crafted songs that recall the paisley punk of The Last and the rural-delica of Great Plains, as well as nodding to the sanguine pop of early Flying Nun bands such as The Double Happys.

TRASH KIT are a gang of facepainted flag-bearers who have a wild feel for melody and a heartfelt kick inside each song. Mixing chaos, considered songcraft and overlapping harmonies in equal measure, the female trio sound as joyful as they are focussed. Rachel Aggs, Rachel Horwood and Ros Murray formed the band in early 2009 and since then have been lighting up London, energising the UK underground with their raw performances. There's a stripped back quality to their music that packs the bravest of punches. Both Rachels tangle their vocals with each other, whilst expressive drumbeats and impulsive guitar and bass lines pin down the songs. Trash Kit sound both urbane and primal - drawing on the potential of punk and the naturalism of an internal folk music - and as a result sound like nothing else. The band's self-titled debut album is available now on CD and LP through Upset The Rhythm alongside their recent follow up 7" single 'Teenagers' / 'How Do You Do?'.

PLUG are an articulate drums-and-also-bass duo from London who deal in heartily-voiced, compulsive melodies married to an incessant nodding groove. Comprising Sian Dorrer (vocals and drums) and Georgie Nettell (bass, keys and vocals) PLUG construct minimal pop vignettes with bright, sumptuous basslines locking indelibly with crisp, taught drumming - a deceptively simple yet driving combination owing as much to hip-hop and dance as the sparse clatter of post-punk. Songs are handled deftly with Sian's strident, powerful vocals augmented by Georgie's more subdued whisper. PLUG play a sophisticated kind of post-something pop with a brisk intensity, a wry sense of humour and a canny knack for a memorable hook. This party celebrates the release of PLUG's self-titled debut album out on Upset The Rhythm.

PEEPHOLES are Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle who take turns singing, drumming and synth-prodding whilst smiling a lot and running back and forth on stage. Their songs, often cloaked in a cloud of echoing atmospherics, throb with raucous beats and jab you in the eye when you're not looking. It's party music for the lost at sea - sometimes tribal, sometimes soaring, never boring. Peepholes have a number of self-released EPs available through their website, a brilliant record on Hungry For Power and, most recently, a split 12" EP on Upset The Rhythm.

DESIGN A WAVE is one-man recording machine, Tom Hirst, sometimes in solo musical guise, sometimes with added choreography. Design A Wave have perfected an emotive, melancholic synth pop which nods towards the eccentricity of artists like Snakefinger and Tuxedomoon, the synthetic slickness and charity shop glamour of Italo Disco, and the misery of coldwave. Design A Wave have a brand new 12" record entitled 'Live On Your Yard' released through Alter Records now. This is the first vinyl release in Design a Wave's 10 year history, following on from a slew of humble and privately distributed CD-Rs, and also the first Design A Wave recording to feature external musicians - Melissa Osborne on synth and Will Saunders on bass.

Thanks for supporting us so much this year and we wish you exceedingly merry times! Mince pies at the ready, see you later today!


Monday 24 January 2011!
The Victoria in Dalston, 435 Queensbridge Rd, E8 3AS
8pm | 6.00 |

Wednesday 9 February
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | 8.00 |

Friday 11 February
The Dome, 178 Junction Rd, Tufnell Park (opposite the tube), N19 5QQ
8pm | 7.50 |

(Freddy Ruppert + Jamie Stewart)
Tuesday 8 March
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY
8pm | 8.00 |

Saturday 12 March
The Victoria in Dalston, 435 Queensbridge Rd, E8 3AS
8pm | 7.00 |

Tuesday 15 March
The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Rd, Stockwell, SW9 0TP
8pm | 7.00 |

THE BABIES (Vivian Girls / Woods)
Thursday 17 March
CAMP Basement, 70-74 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ
8pm | 6.50 |

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