For those of us who don’t have the time or can’t afford the train ticket down to the dream festival of Sheffield’s 322, there’s some solace to be had. Thanks to Now Wave and Underachievers, 3 of the most exciting bands to have come out of this calendar year have been shoved on the same bill and made to perform in one of Manchester’s most intimate venues, the lovely surrounds of Trof Fallowfield. £4 advance. http://www.seetickets.com/Event/BOS-ANGELES-FEAR-OF-MEN/TROF-Fallowfield/595846
Rumour has it that Bos Angeles nearly split up before their first track had even been uploaded. They’ve had all their equipment stolen out of the back of a van, too. On the bright side: they’ve had A & R of various record labels doing that weird flirty thing they do with bands they’ve heard people like, and have undeniably made one of the tracks of the year in Beach Slalom. Playing their first ever Manchester show, it’s sickening how many people are going to be claiming they were at this show this time next year.
Fear Of Men
Enough words have been written on these pages about the London/Brighton 4 piece, but they never seem to be enough. 4 new tracks called the Alice Munro demos are on their way, which promises to bump up the ever swelling number of admirers that find themselves intoxicated with this particular brand of heady pop.
The Bell Peppers
Tourettes (Nirvana cover)
Having made some tracks back with an extra member, the slimmed down two piece make a noise so irresistibly trashy that you’re almost certain to fall for it’s fuzzy charms. Debut EP Cooking With Bell Peppers set the tone – fast paced, using 60’s surf and garage as a canvas before deciding not to give a fuck about it at all. A couple of Nirvana covers on the three track B EACH came next, followed by a legion of sycophantic blog posts proclaiming them the next kings of lo-fi.
In between bands, tracks played by me.