“Describing a path of great live music through the aftermath of the short but marvellous London summer”
Thomas Dybdahl – St Pancras Old Church, Monday
Norwegian singer-songwriter who has drawn favourable comparisons to Tim Buckley.
Swim Deep – Rough Trade East instore, Tuesday
Plenty of buzz around this band who peddle a nice line in feelgood sixties-tinged indie.
If you order the superbly-titled new album “Where The Heaven Are We?”LP quick from Rough Trade you’ll get a free wristband for this instore which is sure to be packed, given that it’s the school holidays.
I love this band. They’re also doing Banquet Records in Kingston on Thursday.
Polyphonic Spree – Village Underground, Tuesday
Yes, It’s True! The band of a million members (maybe a few less than that) return to tour their new album. (you see what I did there?) If you can’t make it to the gig then you can watch the live stream here
An interesting move, which is becoming more common with bands at all levels of fame and experience.
Could be the way forward?
Josefin Winther – Rattlesnake Angel, Tuesday
Norwegian songwriter based in London. Haunting melodies with that Elsewhere quality, drawing comparisons to Patti Smith and PJ Harvey
Also playing an acoustic set at the Half Moon, Putney on Monday for the bargain price of £2.50. Car trouble is the only thing preventing me from attending that as as well. Damn you, Ford Focus. Damn you.
Tako Lako – Windmill, Thursday
Hailing from Denmark and Serbia, this seven-piece sound a bit like Gogol Bordello or Katzenjammer, but a bit less frenetic and perhaps more musical.
Stoneface Travellers – Boogaloo, Thursday
Classic Rock-styled three piece – and I’m talking about the swampy rock sounds of Free or Creedence rather than stadium, which is just fine by me. Sounds pretty authentic too (American drummer, duh!) . And the Boogaloo is a great venue. And you can park on the road nearby after 6pm.
This clip (shot at the Water Rats) gives you an idea (dodgy sound quality aside, which isn’t their fault)
Catfish And The Bottlemen – Koko, Friday
Biggest gig so far for Llandudno’s CATB, feted by Steve Lamacq and others, and rightly so. Last time I went to Koko I had to be restrained from lamping idiots taking selfies while Of Montreal were playing so be warned. Kids, eh?
Hannah White – Union Chapel, Friday
Excellent singer-songwriter in the Laura mould (more Viers than Marling to these ears).
This is “Flawless”. By which I mean, this is flawless.
Nice Peter – Bush Hall, Saturday
Comic / Guitar Heo / Youtube sensation. Best to watch this vid as it’s a bit hard to describe why he’s so great …
Azure Blue – Lexington, Sunday
Azure Blue, the third Scandinavian act featured this week, is the new solo project from Tobias Isaksson. His old bands Irene and Laurel Music attracted worldwide recognition, documented from The Allmusic Guide to the blogosphere, but this is a brand new start. With Azure Blue, Tobias has surpassed all his previous work. The whole process has been like watching a baby dolphin being born.
The name is a paraphrase of the title of Dennis Wilson’s timeless classic album “Pacific Ocean Blue”.
These ears hear lovely, understated old school indie sounds (circa Fac 39 or thereabouts)
I’m definitely going to be getting to a couple of these myself. See you down the front!