The Notwist @ Oval Space, London 28/10/2014
The Notwist are a classic German indie rock outfit. Criminally underappreciated, they released their stunning eighth album Close to the glass earlier this year via Sub Pop. Having been on the go since the late 80s, their oeuvre stretches from post-hardcore during their very early days to electronica and indie folk. Get tickets here.
Hookworms @ The Dome, London 28/10/2014
Hailing from Leeds and Halifax, Hookworms are a noise rock/psychedelic five piece that offer quite an experience live. Their songs are elongated explorations through noise and fury, embedded with fundamental melody to avoid their work becoming completely nonsensical. Plus, Charlotte Church likes them. That’s enough for me. The bugger is sold out. There’s a reason for that. Don’t miss them next time.
Fever The Ghost @ The Social, London 29/10/2014
Fever the Ghost come from L.A. and are wonderfully psychedelic in an effortless manner. Just check out the video for their most recent single “The Source“. It is amazingly bizarre. Luckily, their music matches their fundamental oddness. Advance tickets are only three pounds here.
Greys @ Total Refreshment Centre, 29/10/2014
Post hardcore quartet Greys hail from the ever inspirational Toronto, and provide a kind of amalgamation of Fugazi and Nirvana. It’s the cat’s pajamas. Their debut album If Anything was released earlier this year and is quite the stormer. This gig is FREE. Can’t say fairer than that.
Alvvays @ Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club, London 30/10/2014
Eloquent. Melodic. Earnest. Alvvays, also hailing from Toronto, are all of these things. “Archie, Marry Me”, may well be the indie single of the year, such is it’s ease with melody and fun, yet intelligent, lyrics. The gig is also the 10th anniversary of the launch of Transgressive Records! Sounds like a good night all round. It’s sold out, but you might be able to get your hands on some tickets on the door.
Eagulls @ The Scala, London 30/10/2014
Eagulls are a pretty awesome post-punk band, combining elements of The Cure and Joy Division to create a sound that is both modern and steeped in history. Support comes from punks Bad Breeding, whose recent track “Chains” shows some epic promise. Buy tickets here.
Joseph Coward @ Buffalo Bar, London 30/10/2014
London based singer/songwriter Joseph Coward presents an intense and literate proposition. The product of a evangelical religious upbringing and copious amounts of Morrissey, seems to have left him with plenty to sing about and the dexterity to explore it all in an interesting manner. This gig is the album launch for his debut LP The World Famous Joseph Coward. This gig is also FREE. Generous bastards.
Toy @ The Garage, London 30/10/2014
Toy are from Brighton. Toy are trippy. Toy are a melting pot. Combining post-punk, shoegaze, and krautrock, the quintet have released two albums to critical acclaim and are lovely lads really. This gig is also the 10th anniversary of Artrocker. Get tickets here.