I’m very pleased to be “curating” one of the stages at this year’s Stockton Calling Festival! Head over to www.stocktoncalling.co.uk for all the info and tickets, but read on to see my line up:
Just confirmed my first DIY punk rock gig of 2014. It’s gonna be a goodun! Here’s the deal:
Rivals + Algiers + Sons Of The City + Red Wolves
The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough
Friday 7th February 2014 – 8pm – £5 on the door
A gloriously heavy, life-affirming three-piece from the North-East of England. Featuring members of The Futureheads and The Mercury League, the band formed out of a shared love of 80s hardcore. New single “I’m Not An Animal” out now on Tiny Lights Recordings.
Sheffield duo John W Goodwin (The Maple State) and William K J Anderson (DARTZ!) play truly brilliant songs influenced by Death Cab for Cutie, American Football, The Weakerthans and The Walkmen. Debut album “You’re The Captain” released by Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me, Future Of The Left) this February.
Algiers – featuring William from DARTZ! and John from The Maple State – have “done a new music”, give it a watch:
I’m fortunate enough to be in possession of some new recordings which they recently created and I’ll be honest, I haven’t really listened to much else since I got sent them! I always do really inaccurate and cringe worthy comparisons when describing new music… and I’m not about to stop now:
Imagine early Death Cab For Cutie mixed with The Weakerthans, but maintaining their previous band’s occasional pop-punk tendencies. Standout tracks for me are without doubt “Subtle Feedback” (which features a blast of truly heart-wrenching Minus The Bear-esque tapping) and well, actually, I was about to list pretty much every track they’ve recorded which is testament to the quality of the song writing on show for such a new band. There’s a few tracks kicking about on Soundcloud, including this one:
Come see them live on Sunday at this: