BYOBanjo is happy to present four DIY acts in a DIY space doing DIY music possibly with songs about IKEA. Or possibly not.
This London three piece comprised of dog-loving bass-haters has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, releasing loads of tapes and splits and stuff, most of which was collected into a compilation onSpecialist Subject Records at the end of 2014. Like label mates Personal Best, Big Wow and Caves, Doe write big, chunky indie-type-punk songs which aren’t afraid of a bit of pop sensibility. Frontwoman Nicola’s vocals (backed by Jake’s harmonies) cut through the songs like a knife and it’s all a bit wonderful really. This is the perfect set to make you forget that you missed out on tickets for Weezer down the road tonight.
FFO: Big Wow, Weezer, Milk Crimes, bloody loads of treble and Strats pal
James “Crywank” Clayton is a man from Manchester who I first came across several years ago with the release (and MASSIVE internet buzz over) of debut album James Is Going To Die Soon, an album that grabbed me with its simple-yet-effective and devastatingly sad songwriting. Flash forward to 2016 and you’ll be pleased (??) to know that the songs have only gotten sadder. Crywank is a band now too – and a bloody great one at that – but James will be playing a solo set tonight, drawing on the Crywank back catalogue and maybe even his other projects, such as his exceptionally brilliant Simpsons alter ego, Langdon Alger. This set is going to be very special.
FFO: Mallory, Spoonboy, Nana Grizol, putting on records that you know are going to upset you but you kind of enjoy crying to (yeah we all do it)
COLOUR ME WEDNESDAY
The default winners of Uxbridge’s number one vegan feminist pop punk band are back and in the process of recording new material, thank gawd! This is the hometown show of their April UK tour, and you can expect a selection of songs from debut album I Thought It Was Morning and the split with Spoonboy, as well as a few new tunes. Colour Me Wednesday write songs that are classic examples of the belief that “the personal is political” with songs about being rejected at a “friend’s” BBQ or hanging out in your PJs all day on the surface, but with underlying themes of class, feminism, depression and living under the Tories.
FFO: Lush (band and shop), Radiator Hospital, Lemonheads, Vego bars
Opening the show will be this powerful power trio also hailing from the capital! Happy Accidents are like the musical equivalent of a great lolloping dog – joyful, fun and utterly unignorable. In the best possible way. So far they have an EP and a 4-way split (with Isaac, Austeros and the now sadly-defunct Young Attenborough) under their collective belt, both of which showcase their introspective lyric writing and catchy, catchy hooks!
FFO: Gordon Gano’s Army, WOAHNOWS, Swearin’, cheeky wee smiles