Over the past few years I have been lucky enough to go to endless gigs around the country and see some fresh, sick bands – both headlining and support bands.
This post is simply a list of some of those that I have enjoyed the most. If you do anything on this cold Tuesday evening; give these bands three-ish minutes of your time.
I saw Nottingham based Kagoule in my hometown of Hartlepool last year for a bargain £4! The three-piece have a more rough and jagged Wytches kind of vibe that isn’t short of being classed as math-rock. Unbeknown to me until I looked more into the band, Kagoule have an album – Urth – out. Since seeing them I keep seeing this album on vinyl in HMV for £13. One day I will buy it.
Working at Deer Shed Festival in the summer of last year I was lucky enough to finally see Fatherson. I had seen a lot of hype about them on Twitter so checked them out – when I found out they were at a festival I was working at I knew that there was no excuse not to check them out and I was not disappointed. Coming from Scotland they have the potential to get a big break in 2016.
Being mates with a band often makes your opinion blurred and you end up giving unfair positive reviews. However, with Plaza they are genuinely a talented four-piece from the north east. Going on tour with Trash in March and having already supported Jaws, this band are going from strength to strength in the indie scene.
London’s math-rock band Quadrilles are a band that I saw because Plaza were supporting in my local pub. For £3 in I decided to hang around for their set and I have been a huge fan since. They were selling their Isotopes EP on the night for £10 on red vinyl so I bought it in the hope that I would enjoy it – it is amazing. Weird and wonderful time signatures surround the band and a chirpy vocal tops their fantastic sound off.
I always love it when band members message me on Facebook and Twitter asking to check their bands out because I discover bands like High Tyde. I was sat in Wetherspoons when a link came through and I listened instantly – I was thrown back to the era of Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats’ peak. Even though the sound of these bands are present, High Tyde bring something fresh to the table.
My friend William kept mentioning Blaenavon in 2014 and he is clever when it comes to finding new bands. Blaenavon were no exception. Since I checked them out I had been dying to see them live; the chance to arose when they were announced as the main support for Oscar’s tour. Only playing a short set (for £4 what can you expect?) but adding Prague was a great way to hear them live for the first time. They are supporting The Sherlocks and Sundara Karma on their upcoming tours.