Selfridges New Music Night 13/9/2017

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The Nova Twins (above) playing in what turned out to be a stage bordered by gauze panels( which facilitated image projection during the show) . Selfridges have spared no expense on a state of the art stage and sound. It was a little bit like those Heineken adverts ie If Heineken were building a music venue this is what it would look like. It seemed like all the bands enjoyed the novelty. First on were Animal Sons, who played some strong guitar based anthemic songs. Great vocalist who really had a strong emotional voice that came across well in the venue. They have been part of Radio One introducing this year and are a young solid band, so one to look out for.

Nova Twins up next and the reason I went. Really fantastic scuzzy bass guitar , reminiscent of Rage against the machine. Second time of seeing them and they had got their fans along which added to the atmosphere. They really smashed it and were the band of the evening. Even grabbed my wife’s attention who hadn’t heard anything by them before, which is saying they really are something slightly different.

Headliners were Yassassin who reminded me a little of Garbage in their delivery and musical heritage. In isolation they played a good 30 minute set but on the evening the Nova Twins had blown everyone else out of the park. They will be headlining Camden Assembly on the 30th November. Good chance to see them in a small venue again.

Some Weird Sin all dayer

Had a great afternoon/evening out at the Windmill in Brixton. Its a great sociable venue populated by as many band members as fans/interested parties. As it started at 4pm only downside is that it becomes a bit of a marathon to stay until the end. Managed to see 6 of the 9 bands namely, Kid Slug, The Blue Carpet band, Calva Louise,White Ape, The Fiasco’s and The Empty Page.

They all had their strong points. Kid Slug were straight forward fast R and B, The Blue Carpet Band  had a strong frontman , with a nod to Freddie Mercury in his looks and a solid backing band. White Ape are edgy indie with some guitar work reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand and a great line in humerous and thoughtful lyrics. The Fiasco’s were polished power pop with a really tight sound that would translate to bigger venues. By the time the Empty page were on unfortunately the lager had dulled my senses of appreciation (sorry guys) . I remember them as quirky with again strong sound which would warrant another listen.

Stand out band were Calva Louise (who I’d seen before at Wonkfest in July). Remind me of Wolf Alice a little,they write a mixture of catchy chorused songs, mixed in with some more psychedelic rocking out numbers. They look the part , have youth on their side and have appeal to both male and female audiences. I think they could do big things (they were featured at Roundhouse rising 2016 as up and coming). So they are my new band of the week.

Some weird sin all dayer

As the day approaches been doing a bit of band research. The Bands below are playing and I’ve been checking out on soundcloud and youtube. Looks like its going to be a great outing and I will update with my tips after hearing them live tomorrow.

This year’s roll-call…

*LOS PEPES*

“Possibly the loudest powerpop band on Earth!”

https://www.facebook.com/lospepesmusic/

*SLY PERSUADERS*

“Bad Seeds-style unhinged sounding psychedelia”

https://www.facebook.com/SlyPersuaders/

*MING CITY ROCKERS*

“Riot Rock Ruination”

https://www.facebook.com/MingCityRockers/

*THE EMPTY PAGE*

“Warm and fuzzy noises with singalong choruses and Mancunian charm”

https://www.facebook.com/Theemptypagemusic/

*THE FIASCOS*

“loud & unapologetic, like a last orders bell…”

https://www.facebook.com/thefiascosuk/

*WHITE APE*

“A musical fist-fight between Johnny Rotten Rockabilly, The Fall, big melodic choruses and enormous hooks.”

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteApeBand/

*CALVA LOUISE*

“…fuse surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop”

https://www.facebook.com/calvalouise/

*NICOTINE PRETTY*

“Punky 3 chord bar-room rock ‘n’ rollers from South Wales.”

https://www.facebook.com/NicotinePretty/

*KID SLUG*

“classic sounds reminiscent of Dr. Feelgood, Elvis Presley and Bo Diddley with a blisteringly fast punk rock sound and attitude.”

https://www.facebook.com/kidslugmusic/