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Jul 30, 2012

London gigs diary: 30 July – 5 August


LFC Records’ Jake Mattison performs three sets in London this week.

As the Olympics kick in, there’s very little going on in the way of gigs across London this week. However, there’s of course a few things worth missing the women’s badminton and synchronised swimming for: Roo Panes plays his stirring folk at Notting Hill Arts Club on Tuesday night, and the buzzy Luke Sital Singh brings his Neil Young meets Bon Iver compositions to The Old Blue Last on Thursday. Dalston’s Birthdays venue is hosting headline shows from both Fixers and Chapel Club, and there’s a bunch of notable artists playing free shows in Hyde and Victoria Park as part of the BT London Live event in association with the Games. For absolutely nothing, we’re able to see the fast-rising likes of King Charles, Lucy Rose, Jake Mattison and Hudson Taylor. Check out the details below for exact times and places.

Monday 30 July

Kyla La Grange @ Rough Trade East

Tuesday 31 July

Fixers + Deaf Club @ Birthdays
Roo Panes @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Sissy The Blisters @ The Social FREE

Wednesday 1 August

Lucy Rose @ BT Vison Stage, Hyde Park (BT London Live, 16:00) FREE
Paul Weller + Spiritualized + Japandroids + 2:54 + Towns @ 100 Club
Chapel Club @ Birthdays
Planningtorock + Light Asylum @ Queen Elizabeth Hall (Meltdown)

Thursday 2 August

Mafia Lights + Luke Sital Singh @ Old Blue Last FREE
Jake Mattison + Will Heard + Sian King @ The Regal Room (ASCAP presents)
Blur + The Bots + Savages + Swiss Lips @ 100 Club
King Charles @ BT Vison Stage, Hyde Park (BT London Live, 16:00) FREE
fiN. + Bwani Junction + Born Blonde @ The Lexington

Friday 3 August

Jake Mattison @ Bandstand, Hyde Park (BT London Live; 14:00 17:20) FREE
Willy Moon @ The Nest
Joan As Police Woman @ Queen Elizabeth Hall (Meltdown)

Saturday 4 August

N/A

Sunday 5 August

Hudson Taylor @ Stage, Victoria Park (BT London Live; 13:00) FREE
Hudson Taylor @ Bandstand, Hyde Park (BT London Live; 17:20 21:30) FREE

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/07/london-gigs-diary-30-july-5-august/

Jul 25, 2012

Introducing: BLACKEYE

An argument we often have with friends and colleagues concerns the originality of new recording artists: well into the 21st Century, with music as a commercial product a relatively old-hat idea, is it possible to create something totally devoid of influences, and something that’s not going to remind the listener of something else?

Probably not, we’re going to suggest, especially if one chooses to trade with discernible song structures and obvious hooks. Which leaves us with the next best thing – music that’s going to reference a number of well known artists of the past, and hopefully, give it a current and interesting twist. London’s BLACKEYE do just this – “Bail Me Out”, the first song we’ve heard of theirs, instantly transports us back to the summer of 1996, with Britpop in full swing, the England football team coming close to glory on home turf, posters telling us to choose life, a North-South divide created by two rival pop groups, and a stagnating Tory government.

Sonically, it’s the updated version of Sleeper, Elastica or Republica, and something that wouldn’t be at all out of place on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday. Undeniably British, and evoking images of pop culture over the last twenty years or so as it races along, it also contains a radio-ready, festival-friendly hook that never strays far from the mix.

We expect this track isn’t far away from heavy rotation here, there and everywhere, and where (Viva) Brother might have failed to have the majority of us nostalgically flocking back to the Met Bar, or The Good Mixer, we’re backing this lot to do the business – particularly if they can come up with other material as jubilantly catchy as this.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/07/introducing-blackeye/

Jul 25, 2012

Introducing: Blackeye

An argument we often have with friends and colleagues concerns the originality of new recording artists: well into the 21st Century, with music as a commercial product a relatively old-hat idea, is it possible to create something totally devoid of influences, and something that’s not going to remind the listener of something else?

Probably not, we’re going to suggest, especially if one chooses to trade with discernible song structures and obvious hooks. Which leaves us with the next best thing – music that’s going to reference a number of well known artists of the past, and hopefully, give it a current and interesting twist. London’s Blackeye do just this – “Bail Me Out”, the first song we’ve heard of theirs, instantly transports us back to the summer of 1996, with Britpop in full swing, the England football team coming close to glory on home turf, posters telling us to choose life, a North-South divide created by two rival pop groups, and a stagnating Tory government.

Sonically, it’s the updated version of Sleeper, Elastica or Republica, and something that wouldn’t be at all out of place on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday. Undeniably British, and evoking images of pop culture over the last twenty years or so as it races along, it contains a radio-ready, festival-friendly hook that never strays far from the mix.

We expect this track isn’t far away from heavy rotation here, there and everywhere, and where (Viva) Brother might have failed to have the majority of us nostalgically flocking back to the Met Bar, or The Good Mixer, we’re backing this lot to do the business – particularly if they can come up with other material as jubilantly catchy as this.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/07/introducing-blackeye/

Jul 23, 2012

Introducing: SURES

It seems whenever the sun rears its head in the UK, t-shirts come off uniformly, people are seen carrying bags of charcoal around the place and flock to public houses to sit outside and drink cider on ice. Social media updates about how scorching it is clog up news feeds everywhere, and we’re warned to watch our water consumption. Also, bands with sunnier dispositions start reaching out to us more than they might have done previously – “Sunny summer music!”; “#summervibes”, and the rest.

It’s a promotional opportunity not to be missed – people feel better about everything this time of year, and a band that can soundtrack any of these moments has the ability to make a name for themselves quickly.

We’re going to suggest that Sydney’s SURES might sum up a heatwave better than most – seconds after pressing play on their tracks “Stars” and “Poseidon”, we were whipping on shorts and sunglasses and longing for cocktails on the beach.

Their sound – of course born out a life in all round sunnier climes to ours – is an energetic, hooky and melodic one, merging the jangly power pop of the C86 scene with the current lo-fi sensibilities of Best Coast, Wavves and Real Estate – all of whom they’ve opened for in their native Oz. Signed to Sydney based independent label Ivy League (Alpine, Cloud Control, Deep Sea Arcade), a debut EP, also entitled “Stars”, has just been released there to some gleaming reviews. This weekend (28-29 July), they’ll be supporting Youth Lagoon in Sydney and Melbourne respectively – making for quite the piping hot ticket. Offers of flights and accommodation most welcome.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/07/introducing-sures/

Jul 22, 2012

London gigs diary: 23 July – 29 July


Torches launch their new single “Sky Blue Ivory” at The Sebright Arms Thursday night.

It’s another relatively quiet week in London for shows, what with us knee deep in festival territory. There’s of course still some decent stuff on – a string of promising US artists seem to all be in town on Wednesday night, including NYC indie rock stalwarts We Are Scientists, who headline The Garage, and Athens, Georgia’s Lera Lynn, who makes her London debut over at Bush Hall. Brooklyn’s Frankie Rose headlines XOYO on Thursday evening with support from Strangers, whilst London band Torches launch their new 7″ single at The Sebright Arms. DIAZ make their live debut at The Nest in Dalston on Saturday night, and Young Lost Club bring their acoustic events to West London on Sunday, when they host a string of acts – including the promising Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle – at The Defectors Weld in Shepherd’s Bush.

Monday 23 July

Arthur Beatrice @ The Lexington
Get People @ Barfly

Tuesday 24 July

Dog Is Dead + Splashh @ Barfly (14-17 year olds only; 5pm)
Mazes @ The Sebright Arms
Parakeet @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
Three Trapped Tigers @ Birthdays
Plastic Youth @ The Social

Wednesday 25 July

We Are Scientists (US) + Bad Veins (US) @ The Garage
Younghearts + Fractures @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00
Pearl The Beard (US) @ Monto Water Rats
She Keeps Bees (US) @ Cargo
Lera Lynn (US) @ Bush Hall
The White Album + The Hall Of Mirrors @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen

Thursday 26 July

Torches @ The Sebright Arms
Splashh @ Birthdays (Luv Luv Luv)
Frankie Rose (US) + Strangers @ XOYO
Esser + The Voyeurist @ The Nest
Mika @ Heaven

Friday 27 July

Amusement + Mafia Lights @ Old Blue Last FREE
Billy Vincent + Second Shepherds @ Koko (Club NME)

Saturday 28 July

DIAZ @ The Nest FREE before 22:30

Sunday 29 July

Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle @ The Defectors Weld (Young Lost Club) FREE

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/07/london-gigs-diary-23-july-29-july/

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