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Liking, lately.

I’ve been seeing a lot of bands lately, ace. Though, I’m pretty sure I’m starting to go a bit deaf. Price you pay I guess…And no, I don’t think I’ll start wearing ear plugs, and yes, I know I should.

Here are a few that I’ve heard recently that are totally worth looking out for:

The Ethical Debating Society. These guys played at our Younger Lovers show at the Dew Drop in July. I’d been hearing about them for a while, but this was the first time I’d seen them, and they did not disappoint! I think probably someone like Everett True has already compared them to Huggy Bear, but suffice to say, they did British Riot Grrrl more than enough justice, and got everyone well in the mood.

Fever Fever is a band I just saw last Friday at Ste McCabe’s Queer Riot night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. They’re a 3 piece from Norwich, with call and response lovely shouty vocals from the two girls, plus wicked, pretty heavy guitar playing from both of them, and perfect punk drumming from their bandmate. I was blown away. Loved the way they interacted with the audience too, I’m so sick of performers pretending to be awkward, and it was ace to see some funny girls on stage. (thanks to Kris Ethical Debating Society for the photo from last week’s RVT show).

Bitches I saw on the Sunday of last weekend’s Upset the Rhythm festival, Yes Way. They were in fact the first band I saw, so were always probably gonna stick in my mind, but I loved the hardcore way they both played their instruments, chaotic, loud, and kind of mean, actually.

No Womb – the jury is still out as to what I think about this band at the moment, beyond the fact that they were one of the most interesting that I saw at Upset the Rhythm, and that they were also largely responsible for making me just that little bit deafer. Free noise? No wave? Experimental punk? Great cover of the Smiths “What Difference Does it Make”.

Finally, Meddicine. Who I have never seen, but am avidly keen to…I love both her sound and her aesthetic, it reminds me of this amazing exhibition I saw at Tate St Ives last winter, “The Dark Monarch: Magic & Modernity in British Art”. Kind of arcane and disturbing.

Posted 1474 days ago | By Melissa |
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The Younger Lovers...postscript

I discovered that Upset the Rhythm made a video at the Younger Lovers show I put on with my friend Len last month.

I just wanted to point out that contrary to what the blurb at the bottom of the video says, it wasn’t at a “London House Party”, rather, we were very generously given use of the Dewdrop Squat in Battersea by the people who live there & run the space.

Generally the Dewdrop hosts punk benefit shows and the like, and they’ve been running the space for a couple of years now. I wanted to give credit where credit’s due, cos squatting a space like this isn’t easy (especially nowadays) and Len and me wanna say THANKS to the punx at the Dewdrop for letting us do this gig. Also thanks heaps to all our friends who helped us by cooking food, running the bar, DJing til the wee hours, and dancing and generally made the show amazing. DIY or DIE.

And obvs, thanks so much to Michal Local Kid for giving us the chance to put them on, so much fun!!!

Upset The Rhythm TV Episode #2: The Younger Lovers from Charles Chintzer Lai on Vimeo.

Posted 1490 days ago | By Melissa |
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