I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Guy doesn’t strike as much of an indie pop! fan”. And you are of course right.
But Daedelus had cancelled & I was sad so I thought maybe some indie would cheer me up. And anyway, I figured, I always used to hate olives but i kept on eating them & eventually I acquired a taste for them so I’m sure if I keep on eating indie bands once / month frinstance eventually I might acquire a taste for them too as well? I’m not even starting from a position of ‘hating’ indie so that’s good.
And it was only flipping 4 quids for 4 bands so nowt to lose really eh? (Cept 4 quid & four hours of my sad little life).
I tend to feel a bit insecure surrounded by indie kids so in an ultimately forlorn attempt to blend into the indie background I put on my favourite band tshirt, a cardigan, converse boots & sallied forth.
Bit surprised there weren’t more people there tbh. Thought ABS were pretty well known. But in hindsight maybe I think that coz trev @oddboxrecords never stops going on about em. They certainly should be bigger anyway coz they got tunes & they’re kind of tight (‘tight’ in that slightly shambolic but ultimately talented way). They weren’t really that much of a shambles either tbh & what of shambles they were was in an endearing way, y’know, like indie bands can be (& hate being told they’re).
ABS come from the edgier side of indie which is good. As anyone who genuinely knows what the C86 sound was like (‘spiky’ not ‘twee’), that is a good thing & one that I’m happy to spend an evening of my life checking out.
Before them there were 3 bands with nary a dedicated bass player between them. Always saddens me that. I like a good bass. Which I guess will be why I’m always going on about Thundercat & Mike Watt. (Soz about that, btw).
But not to worry. All were good in their own little way. The Perverts were great, I’ve always got time for a band who’re doing something original & enjoying themselves. And they were def doing something different. Shrieky boy vocals plus shrieky boy guitars plus a dodgy drum machine. Either they need to get a real life drummer or someone a bit better at programming the darned thing. And they should def get a demo off to Ste McCabe from Dandelion Radio, he’d love their shit BIG TIME.
Then came Bristol’s Glis Glis who were excellent. Not really sure how to describe them but they made pretty happy synthy indie. Their songs fitted into about 3 different categories. Hard to pinpoint. The synth was pretty prominent throughout tho. They have boy / girl singers. They sounded a bit like a 6music type band. I could throw a few band names at you of those who they sounded like but fuck that, it’s pointless. Also they sound much better live than recorded but I think they’re improving massively day by day atm so as this Soundcloud stuff’s 6 months old don’t read to much into it:
Middle Ones are two girls who everyone describes by saying they had a year long residency at Kino. Which strikes me as being a bit meaningless & I’m not sure why everyone says that but they do. So maybe it does mean something. I dunno. Suggestions…………?
Both did singing a bit and one did guitarring a bit and one did some (very reluctant) drumming a bit but more enthusiastic cymbal “tishing” (when I don’t think she was meant to be tishing but don’t tell anyone I said that, y’know, just in case). There was also lots of giggling (THAT’S GIRLS FOR YOU (he says, as a boy who quite often giggles a lot himself)) & repartee. Here’s a video that’ll tell you what they’re like. It’s good stuff but it’s not so good without giggling before & after.
And then it was time for Ace Bushy Striptease who I’ve already told ya all about. They played lots of good tunes then did an encore & it was then midnight & home time.
Don’t think I’ve ever been to a show where I kept a cardy on all throughout the show AND didn’t need a shower when I got home coz I’d been sweating so much. It was a polite evening but a goodun.
Landlady gave me a lovely smile as I left which made me feel very guilty as all I did was drink from my bottle of water all night long.
"I dunno, we let these indie kids with their little indie bands come in here & play for free the least they could do is sup some of our ale. We expect that kind of behaviour from those straight edge hardcore kids but flip, I thought the indie fan liked a drink or two".
Mebe I should’ve told her that although not exactly SE I am ay heart most definitely a hardcore kid & generally speaking I can’t be doing with drinking at gigs. Shoulda probably worn my gorilla biscuits shirt innit? At least she would then know not to take it personally.
Anyway, that’s this month’s quota of indie done. Am getting there I think. Can settle back down into my comfort zones now with some good ole banging grime, uk funky & baseline with the Crazylegs crew tonight then some more really loud psychedelic drone with the ‘mazing Barn Owl on Monday followed by balls to the floor hardcore with Broken Teeth Thursday.