Good afternoon there. I trust this drizzly, doom-filled Monday is treating you well? It should be. The prospect of the marvellous Grizzly Bear, pop behemoths the Scissor Sisters and a rejuvenated Everything Everything in the capital this week, after all, is more than enough to keep you hopelessly clinging on for the next seven days at least. As ever WJ digs a little deeper below the surface, tirelessly rifling through multiple gig guides to come up with it’s own set of absolute unmissables for the week. We, of course, got them once again to play a classic game of Consequences - so pour another Kenco, set the armchair to recline and enjoy our selected bands’ story…we hope the thought of The Iron Lady doing a little jig in a child’s retailer doesn’t prompt you to spit it straight back out!
(1) The cantankerous (2) Richard III (3) met the soggy (4) Margaret Thatcher (5) in Toys R Us; (6) he gave her a paper boat and a box of matches (7) and said to her: “I can’t tell you why.” (8) She said to him: “Your style is too good” while dancing in front of him; and (9) the consequence was that they thought it tasted a bit funny. (10) The world said, “Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination, take a look and you will see into your imagination, living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be!”
(1) London’s anthemic rock hopefuls LULS launch their debut single, ‘Swing Low/Young’, today and to celebrate they’re joined by Wolf Alice and Spector mouthpiece Fred Macpherson on the decks at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. You can also catch toilet-tongued, Deptford residents Drop Out Venus, a must-see who’ll be blowing minds with their odd, bedroom-born grunge. FREE ENTRY.
(2) However, if the previous act’s self-proclaimed “bubblegum porn” rock curdles your stomach, then why not meander down to Cargo on Rivington Street, where iLiKETRAiNS will no doubt be catapulting into the brooding, post-rock of recent album ‘The Shallows’. The doors fling open at 7pm and tickets are still available for a very reasonable £10 via See Tickets.
(3) On Tuesday you’ll be spoilt for choice. Radio 1’s Huw Stephens rejoices 5 years of showcasing brilliant new music on Little Portland St by putting on a heart-warming, folk-leaning line-up at The Social. Tom Williams and the Boat headline and will be unmissable after the critical success of sophomore album ‘Teenage Blood’ earlier this year. Once again, you can’t say better than FREE.
(4) Although, Wave Machines at Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms is certainly a great alternative. Expect the Merseysider’s brand of Clor-aping art rock to spark mass hip-gyration in the East End. Wonky-pop from Northern Ireland’s Wonder Villains is the support and tickets are still available through the venue’s website.
(5) That said if your mood isn’t quite chipper enough for the aforementioned, Tuesday also offers the chance to immerse yourself in cavernous, Scottish-made gloom. Gloriously bleak trio the Twilight Sad support the release of ‘No One Can Ever Know – The Remixes’ with a UK Tour that takes in Camden’s Dingwalls.
(6) Fast-forward 48 hours. Those Rick Astley tickets you bought in secret, were duly flogged and your credibility remains in tact. It’s Thursday and Ben Lovett’s Communion present doe-eyed, jangly pop in the shape of Ellen and the Escapades at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell. Sure to be a belter, catch this quick-rising Leeds band for a snip via Communion Records.
(7) If something electro-infused sounds a better prospect, however, then why not venture to Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen for some hotly tipped, synth-laden pop. The trans continental line-up brags Me and My Drummer and Satellite Stories, but it’s sibling duo The Magic - with their knack for unabashed earwomers - that truly are a must-see. FREE.
(8) Of course, as with any night in the capital, it’s a tough call. Multi-talented Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains are back on the road after the charmingly whimsical ‘E Volo Love’ and will be performing at excellent creative space, the Village Underground. Support from lo-fi folk legend The Pictish Trail and 90s-indebted newcomers Being There is sure to make this well worth £12 over at We Got Tickets.
(9) Did anyone else love Polytechnic’s ‘Down Til Dawn’? Well, this is the same Manchester foursome under their not-so-new guise as Driver Drive Faster, who will be playing their hypnotic and infectious debut ‘Open House’ in the beating heart of Islington. With rousing, Shins-like alt. rock for just £6, The Buffalo Bar is well worth a punt on Friday night.
(10) Whigfield once said, “Saturday night - I like the way you move”, but if your best shapes are saved for woozy, slacker rock – the sort that’ll make you feel like you permanently exist within a sun-bleached polaroid alongside the cast of Dazed and Confused – then watching It Hugs Back is where you should spend it. You can catch them – and the mesmerising My Sad Captains - at the Fold Gallery in Clerkenwell for FREE.