So in lieu of an About Time Festival this year we decided to organise a series of all-dayers throughout summer and autumn, under the banner of Sudden Death (a name we picked mostly because it’s the title of a great football, etc. track, but also as we have a tendency to organise things right up to the wire).
Same principle of fun applies, and we do hope you enjoy this extra special lineup – which happens to a half-way point for two separate tours. As to whether this was purely coincidental or a case of clever orchestration will, we’re sure, be found out on the night. Here’s what we got for you:
Dowsing (Chicago, USA)
If you’re were at 2013’s About Time, you’re no doubt remember Chicago’s Dowsing – the bopping four-piece who played, kinda loud, around dinner-time to a backdrop of colourful spirals. Perhaps this was the whole of your evening, or only a small part of it. Withstanding the finer details, we’re very happy to have them back. Playing London and afar for a third time in support of brand new spanker ‘OKAY’, out on Asian Man Recs and Dog Knights, Dowsing are set to prove to us again how wonderful they really are.
Ratboys (Chicago, USA)
Feeling elated knowing Ratboys are in town, a band who take all bits you’d want out of country – the shimmery guitar hooks, ethereal vocals (we have Julia Steiner to thank for that) piecing it together with lashings of fuzz and groove you’d struggle to find elsewhere. Listen to their LP, AOID out on Topshelf Records and you’ll see what’s so special.
Donovan Wolfington (New Orleans, USA)
Irritating genre pedants to no end are NOLA favourites, Donovan Wolfington. Showing their resilience in the face of adversity, last year, the four-piece released their debut LP ‘How To Treat Your Loved Ones’ on Topshelf Records, proving they definitely hadn’t forgotten how to rock. A mix of anxious, ripping riffs and melancholic moments continue to surprise those who’d thought they heard just about anything.
Caddywhompus (New Orleans, USA)
Working on their game since 2008, NOLA’s Caddywhompus continue to shock people (like you and I) by sounding absolutely gigantic, despite being just two of them. With a spring in their step, the duo base their music around relentless build-ups and raw, punchy climaxes, like a tussle between Meneguar and Animal Collective. Check out Feathering A Nest, released on Community Records.
The Blue Period (Nottingham)
With a handful of releases under their belt, including a split with the emotionally-charged Human Hands, The Blue Period create a sparse, incongruous sound that harks back to the days of early Promise Ring or Ida. A band who tug hard on the heartstrings, coming at you with a new string section.
Cosmic Thoughts (Canterbury)
East Kent delivers a huge dollop of jittery reverb scooped over the top of various psychedelic Dischord bands that have existed at some time or other. The next time you’re headed out for a long-drive, pop-on their S/T via Hot Salvation.
Beat Easton (Southampton)
Southampton’s Beat Easton lend themselves to bands like Death Cab For Cutie and Empire! Empire!, laying on their distinct, reverby, sweeping guitars. If you haven’t played ‘Big Smoke’ over a hundred times already, you’re doing the whole ‘listening to music thing’ all wrong.
No show is complete without Weddings, widely regarded as the most danceable post-punk band atm. Making raucous pop songs shouldn’t be as easy as this, but Weddings got the memo. Looking at all you Q And Not U boffs out there.
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