This Thursday 5th September, Rascalton, SNAYX, SNASH and Splinter are all coming together to put on what is certain to be one of the rowdiest and sweatiest gigs of the year. With a ferocious punk grit at the heart of this lineup, all four bands possess a nasty grungy punk prowess, with energy and fire at the heart of what they do and how they play
With a core DIY ethos, Werkhaus is a new DIY venue in East London, and their recent bookings have been focused on the genres of indie rock, psych rock, post punk and grunge. Recent events they’ve put on have included live sets from bands such as Dutch Mustard, The Gulps, Scary Lemons, After London, Framatics, Mummy and Bikini Bombs, with upcoming bands playing including Juicebox, FILM, JW Paris, BUTE, The Howlers, GURU, Strange Cages, and more
Thursday’s gig is definitely the most exciting lineup Werkhaus has had to date; have a listen to the bands who will be playing on the night below, and grab yourself a ticket!! This is an 18+ event, so please keep that in mind, and ensure you have valid ID with you. Tickets are £6 in advance, and limited £8 tickets will be available on the door
Dictating the course of rock’n’roll, This Feeling have been unearthing underground new talent for over a decade now, and Mikey Johns always sets the new year off with a bang, with his ‘Big In …’ parties. This year, London is being graced with two gigs, the first of which takes place next Saturday (January 13th) at Nambucca. A fresh lineup with post punk grunge music and raw indie pop bands, nine incredible musicians will be taking to the stage to showcase the immense amount of vibrant, vivacious under the radar talent right now.
Have a look at the bands gracing the lineup below
Beautifully melodic, stylish in essence and grating in sound, Anteros are a magnificent force on stage. Laura Hayden is a dreamy front woman, her whole aura being captivating. The confidence and power of the band is unapproachable, their rock riffs doused in a slick pop burst, their clever hooks and lyrics blurring rock’n’roll with a more mainstream pop feel. The aesthetic Anteros possess is stunning, with a vivid elegance projected on stage, captivating every single member of the audience and inducing an infectious energy. The artistic element to the band and creative exploration they have gives Anteros an intriguing and unique feel, presented stunningly both on and off stage.
A vibrant and impassioned storm, Himalayas are a zealously fiery burst of power and energy. On stage, they have this careless arrogance and approach which draws the audience in like magnets; this may be a result of their hefty riffs and boldly punchy guitar loops, or perhaps it’s a result of the energy and passion channelled within minutes of them stepping on stage. Riff wise, the band have a quirky Husky Loops edge to them, Joe’s nasty dirty vocal giving their music a snarly grit. He has a cocky abrasive approach, the nasty heaviness ingrained in their music justifying this arrogance and confidence flowing on their stages.
An exciting phenomenon which has been gradually building in the UK is snarly indie pop merged with grunge music, taking direct inspiration from Seattle 90s rock. Hey Charlie interlock riffs and bass lines clearly inspired by bands like Nirvana (especially in Hey, the chorus an ode to Heart Shaped Box) with soft soothing vocals, delicately lined with a whispery elegance. Harmonising softly works well, as the band layer this over dark heavy guitar lines, which creates an almost trippy contrast. Sharp shouts and rolling drum loops help build up an air of intensity, the band’s music packing an atmospheric bite.
For twisted theatrical drama on stage, paired with biting vocals and snarly licks of heavy guitar rock’n’roll, Avalanche Party are the go to band. A hefty riot of distorted rock, Avalanche Party are a dark force of grit and thrashing intensity. On stage, they have a deranged feel to them, an element of post grunge nastiness entwined in their music, which has a tough grit embedded in the lyricism. They’re abrasive and uncaring and unorthodox, which makes for a daring and thrilling feel. Blindingly powerful in sound and arrogant in attitude, there’s a nasty sleaze and rich rock’n’roll vibrancy to Avalanche Party which is hectic and immense to see on stage.
With a boldly energetic neo-indie shoegaze rock sound, The Surrenders are an atmospheric and exciting band, fusing funky bluesy rock’n’roll with a rhythmic soul edge. The genres are fused together exceptionally well, with a Hendrix-esque lick of guitar running through each track. Connor’s voice is snarly and gritty and raw, tearing through the blues riffs perfectly, each element of the band’s sound interlocking in perfect sync. There’s a heavy aura of nostalgia to The Surrenders (yet still retaining a spirited vitality), inducing a deep similarity to classic 60s & 70s bands like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones (think early Stones, when they were taking inspiration from American soul and blues like Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters).
A punk poet at heart, Lucie Barât has skill, finesse and passion embedded in her music. Musically speaking, she uses poetic lyricism and a sharp cheeky wit to build up a more unexplored sound in modern day rock music. Lucie has a synth rock undercurrent to her music, layering her sharply pronounced lyrics over a blurry raw rock band set up; the spoken word entwined in her music is slick and punchy, delivering a fresh and honest feel. Through the openness of her lyrics (which are the core foundations of her music), Lucie reminds me a lot of musicians like Kate Nash, Kate Tempest or Patti Smith, given the witty grace and almost humorous nature of her writing.
Divulge in punk music with a snazzy lick of carefully curated pop, in other words give
Calva Louise a listen, a band who epitomise DIY punk with a sugarcoated pop bite. Lead vocalist Jess is ferocious, her gravely grating voice challenging the sharpness and cutting harshness of her guitar riffs. The band are heavy and intimidating in presence, their light handed pop aura mixing in with their rock bite perfectly. The underground rock scene has been crying out for too long for a band who can fuse punk and pop without sounding boring or mainstream, and Calva Louise fit this desire all too well. It’s fuzzy messy punky grungy pop, each genre delicately balanced out to perplex and entice their audiences all at once.
Nodding a head to retro Britrock, entwining indie rock with an air of astute rock’n’roll elegance, SHEAFS are a riotous force of nature on stage, always going down impeccably well with their audiences. Their anthemic bold rock tracks have slices of post punk and indie licks of guitar darting throughout, clouding their sound into a wholesome, punchy riot. Sparkling with a graced demeanour of confidence and lyrical finesse, the band have a raw feel good sound, edged with musical brilliance and power.
A thrilling concoction of dark indie rock with a hot rock’n’roll beat snarling its way through the music, JUDAS are powerful in sound and essence, creating an unflinching, unapproaching rock sound. Their riffs are intriguingly composed, constructed in a very clever and intricate way, which is endearing and captivating to their audiences. There’s a raunchy feel good beat to the music, amplifying a bold, in your face dance aura. Sound wise, the band aren’t new or unique in the sense Calva Louise or Avalanche Party are, yet by picking out certain elements of rock’n’roll which work nail bitingly well together, JUDAS are able to build up a sharp, meticulously refined sound which is electric.
The scene right now is unbelievably good, I think anyone based in London at least would agree with me. One band I’ve recently become really excited by is Dirty Orange, a blinding post grunge punk band from London. I bloody love these guys, everything from their image to their tight sound is meticulous and there’s a vivid rock’n’roll feel to them.
Dirty Orange embody filthy gritty rock with so much passion and emotion, and this grit and power makes their music wicked. I personally love I Don’t Mind and Would You Rather…there’s something really exciting about how the band write and play, and the raw openness of that guitar sound is mega. Gig wise, Dirty Orange will be playing what is set to be a killer show in a couple of weeks for This Feeling. They will play Nambucca alongside Sheafs, Himalayas, The Americas, and Kid Luna (the lineup on that!!) on September 9th, with tickets available for £6 here (or £7 on the door). I’m really excited for this gig, simply because the bands playing are stellar; Dirty Orange slot into the lineup perfectly, but have that added grit which makes them stand out as a unique band in their own right.
To find out more on Dirty Orange, you can read my interview with the band below, and check them out on Facebook and Twitter
Tell me a bit about your band; who’s in it and how/ when did you form?
George, guitar and vocal, Scott, bass and Connor drums and backing vocal. We formed just over a year and half ago, had 2 rehearsals which were testing to say the least, and then we were offered a gig in London, which was to be our first at ‘The Social’ Little Portland St.. so we got it together and haven’t looked back. That first gig was actually packed out, at capacity which probably gave us too higher expectations. We spent most of the next few months playing to no one..
What’s your local music scene like, any good local bands and venues?
We love London and love playing at venues across the capital, there is a great music scene on the right occasion or night.. but we’re working to make this happen a lot more often. And we’ve played with some great bands, some local and some not so local, a band called ‘Chambers’ from Leicester are a mega live band. We went up to Leicester earlier this year and they were on the same bill. We got ‘em down a few months later to play in London with us. Loads of good bands out there, and always good to work together to progress. We’re based around South West London so do a local Kingston show every so often down at The Fighting Cocks. Wicked little place.
What’s the best gig you’ve played?
Manchester earlier this year at Academy3, packed out crowd who were very welcoming and really got behind us. A real buzz being up there and we can’t wait to go back to play Manchester Indie Week this October.
Where’s the name Dirty Orange from?
We’re dirty (George and Connor) and he’s orange (Scott).. And it sounds fucking cool as
What’s the writing process like for the band, and what track are you most proud of?
It has varied for a few songs, but mostly I (George) write the lyrics and guitar, bring it to the boys and we develop it into a Dirty Orange song, and it’ll chop and change until it’s there. We’re so proud with all our songs. Every song is something that’s happened in real life and tells a story, they’ve all had completely different processes to getting where they are today, and all three of us have our own input into each. But also we can never fucking agree on our best song, let alone what we are most proud of
What’s your favourite track to play live?
Julie You Ain’t No Clara, I Don’t Mind and Would You Rather. All three are full of energy and really come across as they should live… Filthy
As a small band, what do you think of protecting grassroots venues and working with upcoming promoters?
We think it’s so important, especially at London gigs it’s rare to have punters coming through the door to watch unknown bands these days, so working with upcoming promoters, you both make a real effort to get people along to gigs as they are as passionate as seeing packed out venues as we are. We’re buzzing to be involved with This Feeling for our next show at Nambucca on Sept 9th, it’s mega what they’re doing for up-and-coming bands and loads of the grassroots venues around the country. Protecting these venues is so so important! You only have to look at the great venues in West London that have closed down over the years.. Like Nashville rooms, Hammersmith Palais and Lyceum.
Is the impact of politics something you’d ever want to embed in your music?
Social issues, but not politics
What musicians are you listening to right now?
We’re always listening to a huge variety of music, new stuff from Kasabian, Joey Badass, Stormzy, The Killers and a top reggae artist called Chronixx. But also all our favourites like, Nirvana, The Clash, Johnny Thunders, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Strokes, Bowie, Elvis Costello, old Motown and blues records etc. Can’t go wrong
How did you get into music, which bands influenced you growing up as a musician?
Between the three of us, growing up our influences really vary but some we share our love for are Nirvana, The Libertines, The Clash, Kings of Leon (early stuff mainly), Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and Amy Winehouse to name a few
How would you describe Dirty Orange’s sound?
Raw rock, plenty of energy and vitality and meaningful lyrics.
What plans have the band got in terms of future recording and gigging?
We are recording our upcoming EP, which will be our first studio produced. Everything we’ve recorded thus far has been bedroom recordings. We haven’t announced it yet but it’ll be out mid-October all going well. So we are buzzing for that, we will put on a launch show in London, autumn time and a few dates around the country. Also mega excited to play Nambucca with This Feeling on September 9th. It’s our first show with them so buzzing to be involved with some wicked bands. The line-up is fucking mega! And as we said earlier Manchester Indie Week in October. We’re playing Factory on Saturday 14th Oct.
What’s the dream festival/ venue to play?
Playing great venues and festivals all over the world is the dream, but main stage at Glastonbury wouldn’t be bad!
If you could play or collaborate with any musician, who would it be?
There’s so many, if I (George) could pick any one from over the years it’d be easy, Joe Strummer.
What’s been your favourite musical release this year?
Kasabian new album For Crying Out Loud, and Chronixx’ new album Chronology, totally different music but both cracking albums. Also great to hear Liam Gallagher back with two belting singles, looking forward to his new album. What a boy!