This is probably one of the busiest gigging week’s that we have commented on since beginning Give It Back way back in August of last year. It was exceptionally difficult to pick out our ‘picks’ of the week as fantastic bands are visiting from the world over and promoters alike have put together some exquisite listings and line-ups. It seems the sun does bring out music after all. Here’s what we pulled together, enjoy!
Friday 24/4/15 – Demob Happy make their triumphant return to Brighton at The Haunt this week, just in time for this special weather we are currently living through. They launched their new EP for Record Store Day titled ‘Young and Numb’. The four track EP contains some stellar songs including the contagious singles ‘Succubus’ and ‘Young and Numb’. The four piece bring a happy go lucky, raucous garage rock ‘n’ roll, once described by The Guardian as ‘a joyride through rock’s sleazier back alleys’ – it’s dirty as fudge and we think you should go. On the night, they are supported by Broken Hands, Big Society and Our Girl. We caught Big Society at their single launch a for ‘Nowhere’ a couple of weeks back and boy, they are well worth your pretty pennies alone. £5 ADV.
Friday 24/4/15 – Them dudes at Small Pond are bringing you another fantastic showcase this Friday, this time in the form of New Zealand’s ambient, prog-rockers JAKOB. They play at Bleach and are supported by the mighty Written in Waters and Wild Cat Strike, both of which I am yet to see and can’t ruddy wait to do so. New Zealand’s most formidable sonic instrumental three-piece, formed in the sleepy seaside town of Napier, Hawke’s Bay in 1998. Their debut album Subsets Of Sets (2002) put them on the map, their sophomore Cale:Drew (2005) solidified them as one of the country’s true explorative musical outfits and their third album Solace (2006) took them to the world. £7 ADV // £9 OTD. Get em’ whilst they are hot!
Saturday 25/4/15 – Love Thy Neighbor bring us the fantastic psychedelic, sonic glitter of London’s Echo Lake. Echo Lake are supported by Moon Gangs and Realms and they play The Hope and Ruin for the exceptionally cheap price of 6 squid, I assure you – this is 138% worth it. Debut album ‘Wild Peace’ was released in June 2012, after then the five piece had surfaced 18 months prior to a flurry of blog attention. The record is a near-perfect encapsulation of their early sound, with critics calling it “dazzling, hypnotic and deliriously seductive” and “truly magnificent”. The latest album ‘Era’ sees the band resurface after they suffered the lion’s share of difficulties and tragedies, ‘Era’ demonstrates how the band have developed over three years. Points recall the textures and expansive ambition of Spaceman 3, Neu! and Deerhunter yet the album is never stylistically referential to any particular period or style.