Accidental Meetings invites Cairo-based trip-hop artist and producer Dijit to the UK for the first time joined by hypnotic techno/free-jazz duo теплота, dub-pop trio Jabu + Jerome and I-sha.
BRIDGES are masters at beautifully crafted indie-folk music that tugs on the heartstrings with tender vocals, sparkling compositions, and captivating lyrics. Frontman Ethan Proctor’s warm vocals are at the forefront, reminiscent of Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison or Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull, though it’s within the bands synergy where the real moments are born. The sound is melodic with thought-provoking lyrics, following a mantra of ‘honest’ writing that brings the stories to life. They are an outfit that values the importance of holding back so a moment connects, just as much as the release of crashing waves of synthesisers and distortion.
The Bottle Presents London’s Night Tapes. Blending atmospheric nighttime soundscapes, astral synth work, multi-fidelity recordings and dreamy guitars - Night Tapes makes for envelope-pushing, escapist dream pop. Their latest EP ‘Perfect Kindness’ was released in June 2023. You can listen to the opening track ‘Seline’ here. Selene is a song is about the illusion of perfection, the Moon and the subconscious. How it’s easy to project our hopes and ideals either into the future or onto our partners - all the while real life remains imperfect, excellent and ever-changing.
Introducing for the first time live in UE/UK, The Terrys, the rapid and infectious skate-rock five piece from Australia. The Terrys captured the hearts of their rapidly growing cult following right from their formation in mid-2020. Their secret sauce to life and music - “Don't think. Just do. And go with your heart” along with their prolific releases have catapulted them to the top of Australia’s indie-rock scene . Triple j hailed them as "your new favourite surf-indie outfit," and their impact was undeniable with the release of their debut body of work, The TerrySonic Mixtape, amassing over 10 million streams. Their energetic performances have seen them sell out tours all across Australia.
Trees Speak stop by Dareshack in support of their latest offering ‘Mind Maze’, released on Soul Jazz Records. The album is a journey into the depths of the mind and beyond. This fifth album in just over two years showcases the band's versatility and intense musical prowess. Trees Speak's sound is an eclectic mix of krautrock, post-punk, 60s spy soundtracks, psych, rock, jazz, and 70s synths and effects. With their music heavily influenced by the cosmic magic of the Arizona desert, the band has created a unique and captivating sound that is both experimental and innovative.
NeCrow Events are proud to bring this ethereal line up of Darkher, Grift and And Now The Owls Are Smiling to Dareshack. Join us to be transported to darkly beautiful and otherworldly places. Tread carefully. DARKHER was conceived as the sole brainchild and solo-project of Northern English singer, guitarist and composer, Jayn Maiven in 2012. The sinister yet beguiling images that Darkher paints with her ethereal vocals, guitars, and added strings, conjure iridescent cinematic scenes in which it becomes hard to tell whether there lies beauty in darkness, or if it is the other way around. Support comes from Sweden’s Grift, who deliver seamless transitions between bleak, atmospheric metal and forest folk compositions. Please note the early doors and curfew for this event.
Rolling directly off the back of the full day at Machina Bristronica festival, take a stroll into the city to Dareshack for a night of club-focussed live sets, DJs, pints and plenty of space to hang out - all with a unique multichannel d&b Soundsystem, unique to Dareshack and proper, proper good sounding. We've got cryogenically cold live electro from Censor records bossman Alex Jann, the beloved Mylar Melodies taking us for a ride through techno, electro and house flavours with a lush retro twist and all the way from Denver, Colorado you can find ALX-106 of AMMT Synths (fka WMD) on a distinctly Bristol lofi house/garage tip. Deck duties to be handled by one of the cities finest; Medis will be treating us to an hour of hi-NRG tracks with one foot firmly planted in the sound system culture that runs deep here in Bristol. Those brave partygoers who make it through to the end will be treated to a very special b2b2b2b from the team behind the Machina.
“Hello? Is somebody there?” Ash is a circus artist living a quiet and content life in Valencia, when one day a mundane encounter triggers a series of increasingly unnerving events. As more and more cracks begin to appear in everyday life, and the line between reality and dream erodes, she is left with a choice - to run, or turn and dive deeper into discovering the cause. A fictional story based on real events, These Things Aren’t Mine is a dynamic visual journey through the body, mind and time - a story of discovery, acceptance and hope. Written in collaboration with former gymnast turned circus artist Gabbie Cook, These Things Aren’t Mine is a visceral, abstract and emotive exploration into the psyche of an ex-child athlete living with PTSD and hyper vigilance.
Monday 2nd October 2023
Ramshackle Comedy #5:
Morgan Rees + Alex Mason + Sam Healer Bethan Martin + Claire Rammelkamp + Greg Curzon
Running in one of Bristol's coolest and most monochromatic coffee shops, Ramshackle Comedy brings you the absolute cream of the crop of the comedy world from Bristol, the South West and beyond! Cutting edge up-and-comers, award winners, even some TV names, all here to do one thing: try weird new jokes, push their creativity and, of course, make you laugh your monochromatic socks off! All hosted by red-haired rising star of the South West Tom Hutchinson, Ramshackle is packed to the brim with the best comedy talent you can find in town. Get on it!
Lizzie and the Banshees are the UK's premier tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Since forming in 2012 the band have been touring the country with their hit after hit Siouxsie and the Banshees show, capturing the sound, look and feel of the Banshees. Concentrating on material from the Scream to Tinderbox such as Spellbound, Christine, Dear Prudence, Hong Kong Garden, Happy House, Cities in Dust and many more. Support from Reptile House – A tribute to The Sisters of Mercy.
Crosstown Concerts welcomes LA PRIEST to Dareshack. Previously a member of Late of the Pier - one of the UK’s most forward-thinking indie bands of the 00s, Sam Dust is now a solo artist in his own right. In support of their upcoming album ‘False Luna’, LA Priest will grace the stage to deliver their space-pop solo work to a very lucky audience. Following 2020’s GENE, named after a modular drum machine that Sam designed using 150 electrical circuits he’d built himself, ‘False Luna’ strips things back to little more than Sam and his guitar: nine sunshine-streaked tracks of pure bliss.
Sonic Inducer is an instinctive musical talent creating immersive electronic soundscapes designed to induce moods. From powerful to hazy, light to dark, the journey is always mesmeric, fusing all sorts of genres together to create a Sonic Sound. Think Jon Hopkins crossed with Aphex Twin and mixed with a bit of Rival Consoles and more. Support from Synth Player and host of We All Play Synth James Bragg AKA Hyperdust, Bristol Electronic Music Duo noodlr and Nottingham-based experimental electronic music producer Payta Easton.
DM Generation presents Horror-pop Gremlin Jazmin Bean. From the age of 15, Jazmin has slowly crafted their own twisted reality. Now, hyperpop’s underground royalty is crawling out of the gutter and into the spotlight. Transforming trauma into triumph, Bean resides in a dark saccharine daydream of hyperpop and trap metal inflections. While the real world kept them silent, the artist has carved out a nightmarish kingdom of solace from treacle-thick aesthetics that unapologetically pull you in. In the latest taste of their full-length debut , Bean’s sound is pink and predatory to the core — it’s the sound of survival, a sugary sweet, abrasive snarl of warning to keep your distance. Yet, sitting in front of us, there’s a woozy, syrupy haze that engulfs them entirely, a patchwork vision of fluffy pastels and hard work. No matter where our conversation steers, whether it’s stories of child abuse, addiction, or isolation, the artist sinks themselves into an atmosphere of calm.
Following the release of their upcoming album ‘Witness Marks’, out this September via God? Records, LA-Based Garage-Punk Trio Flatworms will storm through Dareshack. Hitting flat and hard with their bass-drums-guitar and vocals alignment, Flat Worms use a buzzing combo of blunt force and surreal lyrics to hammer the absurdity of the status quo, as it deserves. Their social experiment continues to implode before our eyes; Witness Marks offers both critique and compassion, with songs that corkscrew through shades of exhilarating, dizzying and ambiguous spaces in between times of crisis and complacency. You can watch the Ty Segall-directed music video for ‘Time Warp in Exile’ the first track dropped from the album here.
As part of our collaborative series with Saffron, we're joined by Bristol based DJ, vocalist and live performer Grove, whose mix of politically laced lyrics and high-octane fusion of dancehall, punk, pop and jungle, earned them a place on festival stages in the U.K. and abroad. With releases on All Centre, Bokeh Versions & Spinny Nights, and a plethora of self-released singles, with their “Queer + Black” single gaining widespread attention, including supporting Metronomy on tour. We’re thrilled to be welcoming them to Bristol’s Dareshack for a deep dive into their creative process.
Domingæ is a Chilean musician and filmmaker living in Mexico City; she founded her band Föllakzoid in 2007 and since then she has been touring and putting out some of the most mind-bending music on the renowned sacred bones records label. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate their origins with contemporary sounds and technologies of our times, creating a rich yet minimal electronic-organic atmosphere. Föllakzoid grows via depuration, aiming with each record to fill longer spaces of time with fewer and fewer elements. The creative perspective of the band has always been about unlearning the narrative and musical knowledge that shape the physical and digital formats and conceptions available, both visually and musically in order to make a time-space metric structure that dissolves both the author and the narrative paradigms. “I found my sonic and metric identity even more in these songs than in our previous attempts,” guitarist and singer Domingæ Garcia-Huidobro explains. Follow the link and delve into their musical catalogue.
Get The Blessing are a “noisy, thrashy post-jazz combo” who first gathered together in a Bristolian deep-sided saucepan to begin the slow process of sweating. Since then, the recipe has been periodically tweaked and adapted, with unexpected spicings and unlikely additions, but the basic sofrito has remained constant: the rhythm section of Jim Barr (bass) and Clive Deamer (drums), best-known for their work with the band Portishead, and the horns of Jake McMurchie (saxophones) and Pete Judge (trumpet), two of the most distinctive players to emerge from the Southwest’s vibrant jazz scene. They play Dareshack the evening before the release of their new album ‘Pallett’. You can listen to the first single ‘ OSCILLATION OCHRE’ here.
The genesis of The Umlauts resides in Stroud, where the group’s song writing duo Alfred Lear and Oliver Offord grew up and started writing together in the Gloucestershire town’s SVA Artspace. Treating the space as something of a refuge in which they could experiment, the pair delved deep into synthesisers and record collections alike, drawn to The Fall and other first generational post-punks like X-Ray Spex, as well as the likes of Bjork and The Knife. It's at art college in London and the addition of lyricists and vocalists Annabelle Mödlinger and Maria Vittoria Faldini that’s crystallised them as a band. Their debut EP is a tightly hewn mix of mechanical synth-pop, spiky no wave and bristling post-punk, with Mödlinger and Faldini’s multilingual lyrics giving it a razor-sharp focus.
Shaped by the mutant sounds of 70’s no-wave, post-punk and disco, MADMADMAD does well to fulfil their band name. Championed by the likes of Erol Alkan and Giles Peterson, the band’s 2020 album More More More was recorded in an experimental warehouse lab. Since then their out-of-this-world sound has evolved into a bubbling cauldron of foot-stomping bass lines, spiky guitar riffs and fizzing drums. Check out their latest video for 'Totes Amazeballs' here, which is lifted from their upcoming album 'Behavioural Sink Delirium', out July 21st via Bad Vibrations.
Detroit combo Bonny Doon play pleasantly laconic garage pop infused with a rickety lo-fi country bent. Their latest musical journey is one that has big payoffs for devoted followers and undeniable rewards for anyone just stumbling across the band for the first time. On the long-awaited third album, we get a glimpse into the pure joy of Bonny Doon. The album serves as less of one conceptual story, and each song as their own individual offerings of putting words to the ordinary experience of being alive. The band is at their most dynamic and the songwriting deftly explores new terrain. ‘Let There Be Music’ is brimming with small truths - both profound and mundane, comforting and difficult - and we are invited to revel in them all.
Originally from Portsmouth now residing in London, Jake Stewart has successfully located the pleasure centres of UK ravers via the diverse output of his “1-800 GIRLS” artist project. After stunning sold-out extended-play outings on ubiquitous raw house labels Shall Not Fade and clipart, as well as broody emotionally tinged release on Feelings Worldwide, Lost Palms and his own imprint among others, 1-800 GIRLS continues to reserve a space of his own in the speed lane of modern intelligent dance music. A past performing live in new wave inspired bands where it was not uncommon to find himself behind a keyboard, guitar or drum kit, informs the 1-800 GIRLS sound – underpinned by the contrasts of subtle nostalgia running alongside rumbling grooves, crackling percussives and gloriously staccato melodies, with spring-tingling emotional textures being the glue holding together everything the Hackney based artist produces. Often falling in sharp contrast with his own eclectic high energy DJ sets. Stewart now reveals a live show that combines signature new-wave and euphoric electronics with classic 1-800 GIRLS emotional soundscapes.
"Hailing from Yorkshire, now South London rooted, DEADLETTER channels the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythms of LCD Soundsystem into a strain of vehement post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through a lens of narrative-driven levity. With members being firm friends from birth, there is an instinctive understanding of movement and danceability to their music worth its' weight in gold, whilst never cheapening the nuance and grit of their sound. With four singles now under their belt, the only way is upward for DEADLETTER. “One of London’s most exciting bands” – So Young Magazine “DEADLETTER are one of the most exciting new acts out there.” – DIY"
Excited to announce The Wytches have signed to Alcopop! and will be back in Bristol this October. Tickets for both their Rough Trade (2022) and The Louisiana (2021) headline shows sold out in advance, so don't sleep on this.
Friday 27th October 2023
Pinkdot Presents: Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan + Kayla Painter
Gordon Chapman-Fox was born in the 1970s and spent his childhood re-enacting Star Wars to the sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre against the backdrop of the last gasp of the space-race. Gordon has been making electronic music since 2003 under various names and labels. Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan is his latest project. Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan has seen three albums released to critical and popular acclaim under the much-respected Castles In Space imprint. “A potentially overwhelming experience for anyone ever separated from their mum in a crumbling multi-storey car park” – Electronic Sound.
VOLT Bristol presents a night of immersive audio-visual stimulation with a custom research grade strobe system, heavy veils of smoke and cutting-edge underground club music. Presented at Dareshack's 360 db sound system. Line Up: (a-z), Demolition Dan, Hammond Expressway, Niamh, No_Good, Silver Linings Patrick, Tom Galea & Wash Electra. WARNING: Due to the use of intense, high frequency strobe, this night is not suitable for those with photosensitive conditions such as epilepsy (or for those with a direct family history of such conditions).
Tokyo based artist Saskia installs new sound work “mado” on her first solo exhibition. Saskia's first solo exhibition will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th October, who explores sound in a variety of ways including live performances, installations and DJing. In 2020-2021, Saskia organised and directed four exhibitions in clubs, galleries and event spaces in Tokyo. Collaborating with figurative artists, filmmakers, butoh dancers and lighting artists, she has explored the role of sound in installation and performing arts. After moving to Bristol in 2022, she will create her first sound installation 'mado', which will focus solely on 'sound'. The piece will create different views through the interaction between the visitor and the space, which can sometimes be a 'window' into the individual visitor's mind.
Mandy, Indiana is an experimental quartet that combines the seduction of dance music with the mystique and danger of industrial heaviness. The last we heard from the band was in 2021. Now, they've returned with a new single "Injury Detail" that was produced by Fair and Giant Swan's Robin Stewart. On the new track, Caulfield repeats ominous phrases over tinny percussion and bursts of steam. Like an insidious billionaire who's trapped a couple of poor souls in a cave for battle all for the pleasure of watching uncensored violence, Caulfield announces for "Player 1" to ready themselves against their opponent. She speaks almost cheerily in her native French: "Nothing is true / Everything is allowed / Finish off your opponent," the lyrics translate. It's grim and suspenseful, packing the punch of a thriller film in less than five minutes. The real chill comes from Caulfield's giggle at the end. Check it out here.
Newcastle, Australia post-punk quintet dust is fast cementing their status as one of the country’s most singular and essential bands. Urgent, mesmeric, and arresting both on and off the stage, the collective has wasted no time in ensuring that their music and message reaches as far as it possibly can. Now, dust are set to officially make their indelible mark upon the worldwide music scene by way of their debut ‘et cetera, etc’. Produced by Wade Keighran (Hockey Dad, Polish Club, Wolf & Cub) the eight-track EP is a culmination of dust not just as people, but as resonant artists. Leaning heavily on themes of mortality, family, and social commentary, et cetera, etc arrives not just as an accomplished debut, but a vital addition to local music as a whole. Offering a contemporary take on Australian post-punk, along with elements of experimental jazz and electronic music, dust have curated a sound that is as dark, introspective, and angular as it is powerful and progressive. Together, they’re set to provide Australian music with the sort of powerful jolt that will reverberate for years to come.
Haley Blais is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician who has been turning out song after song of defiant scream-into-your-pillow anthems. Her lyrics riff on the joys and banalities of every day, on the need to break apart and away from an uninspiring life, on radical acceptance, and manifesting a world where you feel proud of yourself and who you're surrounded by. You can listen to the latest single ‘Baby Teeth’ here, taken from Haley’s sophomore album 'Wisecrack' out on September 15th.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Dogsbody’, we’re very excited to welcome Brooklyn-based Model/Actriz to Dareshack. Model/Actriz bring a new kind of depth to harshness, and open-endedness to the familiar. They perform an intensity in their work that resembles a rubber ball approaching vibrational frequency bouncing between the closest points of extremes: joy and violence, humor and nihilism, flirtation and effacement. Model/Actriz is a special conjuring of grey areas without a whiff of indecision. Seeing them perform live is when these push/pulls start to make sense. Model/Actriz are undeniably intentional, which muddies any association with “punk,” a close sonic reference.
Life is horribly dark right now. And yet, it is not unfunny. That’s the sentiment that animates Water From Your Eyes on their new album, and first for Matador, Everyone’s Crushed. On the follow-up to the Brooklyn duo’s 2021 breakthrough, Structure, Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) find silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, using heart-palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey stories of personal and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative record ever – and, as such, a kind of reset for the pair, almost like a debut, despite technically being their sixth – it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s pretty and violent, raw and indelible.
Rising from the ashes of Palma Violets, Gently Tender first begun as a reminder for Sam Fryer – once, the vocalist in one of South London’s most-hyped bands – to treat himself more softly. Joined by his former Palmas bandmates Will Doyle and Pete Mayhew, along with The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown, the band’s long-awaited debut album ‘Take Hold Of Your Promise!’ has been five years in the making, and marks a return to something slow and careful, rooted, and soulful. Produced by Matthew E. White, it glimmers with gospel choirs and warm bursts of horn, unearthing a spiritual kind of acceptance in the process. The world may be a burning trash-pit, and the work of striving to be a better person will never end. But in Gently Tender’s universe, at least, there’s a precious sliver of hope to be found; even in the dark shadows, you’re never watching the flames rage alone.
Our friends at Gravy Train present Chicago, Illinois based post-punks Deeper, Live at Dareshack. What do you do when pain blots out joy? How do you learn to take care of yourself? 'Auto-Pain' is the Sophomore album from Deeper, a record that finds the band embracing open space, using synths to create shadows where bricks of guitars once would’ve blocked out the sun. The group were all graduates of Chicago’s rich DIY scene who came together around their love of Wire, Devo, Gang of Four, and Television. They recently debuted the new song “Sub”, their debut on the renowned Sub Pop and precedes a full record, which will be available later this year.
Toronto-based producer and multi-instrumentalist The Kount visits Dareshack. The Kount's last project saw a collaboration with Florida-based Kaelin Ellis on ‘Vignette’, an album that combines elements of jazz and lo-fi hip-hop, that provides effortless swagger and groove with its carefree attitude that instantly provides listeners with a level up in their attitude. To delve into the talent behind The Kount's beat-making and give you a taste of what to expect from his live shows, you can watch this ‘in the studio’ video here.
Glue Trip provide luscious, decorative & dreamy sonic landscapes, with roots in authentic Brazilian music. Their consummation of unique musical styles has resulted in the formation of a distinct psychedelic sound which they are kindly bringing to Bristol! Support on the evening comes from ethereal melody-makers Pocket Sun & local psychonauts Dreamwave.
Lydia Lunch is a controversial American post-punk singer, spoken word artist, poet, writer, photographer, and actress. Her extensive, 30-year-plus body of multimedia work is characterized by its extreme obsessiveness with the darkness of the human psyche, often focusing on nihilism, rage, violence, eroticism, surrealism, and pornographic art as key points of topic. We’re delighted to welcome Lydia to Dareshack to perform songs from iconic punk band Suicide, joined by musician and filmmaker Marc Hurtado.
Gotts Street Park play Dareshack in support of their debut album ‘On The Inside’ released this October. It’s more than an album – it’s an invitation. “We want listeners to feel like they’re stepping into a room with us, peering into our process,” say the acclaimed Leeds trio, describing a genre-hopping odyssey that acts as a collective diary of everything their relationship encompasses, both as collaborators and close friends. “When we listen back, we can hear the mood we were in on different days and in different seasons of our lives,” they explain – which is why each hazy analogue synth melody, each pentatonic bass fill, each dusty guitar melody emerging from a seventies Fender amp seems tell a story. On The Inside’s title represents that rawness, they add – “how the music is what it is. It’s a window into our world.”
Known as the American 50% of the Anglo-American Indie-Folk duo Rue Royale, Brookln Dekker is also now a solo artist under the surname-moniker Dekker. Dekker’s solo output is delightfully sophisticated as you’d expect. Sharing the same guitar-based roots and emotive undertones as Rue Royale, Dekker’s music is stripped back and laid bare, mimicking his feelings while making it. You can listen to their latest single ‘Too Young To Die’ released earlier this summer via Useful Fictions here.
Antony Szmierek is a spoken word and indie hip-hop artist making unique moves by blending his poetic, often introspective lyricism with undeniably smooth riffs and nostalgic beats. Hailed by Lauren Laverne as "the best thing I've heard all year" and described as "Mike Skinner spliced with Simon Armitage" - his track 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Fallacy' spent 4 weeks on the 6 Music B-list, as well as being featured on Jack Saunders' 'Future Artists' show on Radio 1. The same track also bagged the high score on Steve Lamacq's legendary Round Table. Support continues to pour in from the likes of Craig Charles, Steve Lamacq, Nemone, Mary Anne Hobbs and Chris Hawkins.
Dublin-raised alt-rap up-and-comer, KhakiKid, has had a lightning-fast start to life as a musician. Growing up on Crumlin estate, the 22-year-old shared a bedroom with his three siblings, all of which had different interests that steered far away from music. But, after his brother showed him the ropes with a 50 Cent CD, everything became clear. Whilst his sound has constantly evolved over his short career so far, the content has been anything but copycat-ish. Take last year’s hit single “Wait”: a jazz-infused record that vouches for nothing but confidence and raw talent that suggests a musical scope far above his peers that have been in the game for the same stretch.
DHP Family bring Birmingham’s SIPHO. to Dareshack. Here we have a singer-songwriter with the vocal power to garner your attention from the very first note. Stop and drop everything—take time and listen. Lyrically, he’s quirky but smart with it, and while the voice may pack a hearty soul punch, the music defies genre and boxes, drawing on everything from rock and blues to gospel and R&B. Check out their latest single ‘SOBER’ released via Dirty Hit here.
Rambunctious Indie-folk band Keston Cobblers Club return to tour the UK this Autumn, supporting the release of their brand-new EP. Expect plenty of classics, harmonies, instrument switching, tuba and an abundance of energetic sole healing.
Arctic Lake are an alt pop duo from London, England composed of vocalist Emma Foster and multi-instrumentalist producer Paul Holliman. Emma Foster and Paul Holliman met in 2012 while studying in London and formed Arctic Lake in 2014 through a shared desire to create music. Arctic Lake's sound has been described as "delectably dreamy alt-pop", and Mundane Mag noted their "ability to channel tightly wound emotions and turn them into breath-taking, electromagnetic anthems". The duo has recently unveiled their latest single, Fool. “This track isn’t just a melody; it’s a story, a reflection, and a confession. With Emma Foster’s ethereal vocals and Paul Holliman’s chameleon-like musical prowess, they weave a soundscape that’s both familiar yet wrapped in a mystery, swathed in layers of sonic emotion”.
Simple Things welcome German music producer Fejká to Dareshack for a live performance. ‘Fejká’ is not just a word, but a concept - a melodic blend between soft, dreamy atmospheres and the punchy vibe of techno. Torn between those two worlds like a lone wanderer, he developed his own unique way to find a perfect balance between both. His music offers a very atmospheric and soulful sound, laying somewhere between melancholy and euphoria, resulting in a unique interpretation of emotions which is seldom heard on the dancefloor. You can listen to their much anticipated second album ‘Hiræth’ here.
You probably already know Holly Walker’s soft, keening voice. Long time Maribou State collaborator, her voice lends depth and hooks to many of their hits. But the London artist has been making her own music long before and since. After finding a creative soulmate in Mercury-nominated co-producer Jamie Woon, she is finally ready to release her debut solo album ‘Unsung’ to the world-a sharp, piercing look at the long shadow of grief and the beauty you find in life when it begins to lift. Recorded and mixed by Lexxx (Jai Paul, Arca)with esteemed London musicians Dave Okumu(Grace Jones, Jessie Ware)and Dan See (Lianne La Havas, Om Jones),’Unsung’ gets to the heart of Walker's celestial song writing. Having toured extensively with Maribou State, including Glastonbury and Brixton Academy, Walker now brings her own live show on the road in Autumn 2023.
Freak Slug is Xenya Genovese, one of Manchester's most talked about new artists. Freak Slug makes infectious indie-pop with a purpose, aiming to empower through her searching lyricism and stylish music that has already garnered millions of streams. Heavily influenced by her hometown’s iconic musical history and its lingering impact on music, it was her cover of Joy Division’s ‘Disorder' that first brought Freak Slug into many people’s consciousness after being used in the HBO series ‘Betty’. After appearances at The Great Escape, a sold out headline show at the Social in London and supports with Brad Stank, JW Francis and Yumi Zouma in the bag then slots confirmed for summer 2023 at The Great Escape, Blue Dot and Greenman festivals, Freak Slug's 4 piece live band continues to win her new fans everywhere she plays.
Formed of lead vocalist Sam Crees, bassist Oli Port, guitarists Hodges and Coram, and Harry Geal on drums, Porchlight are a charismatic hybrid who, off of the back of a handful of singles and rabid word-of-mouth, are fast becoming one of the most beguiling acts to watch.Tried and tested through a myriad of notorious live-shows, which saw the group establish an ever-growing fanbase throughout the UK and EU, the five tracks that would eventually go on to form ‘Wives Tales & Hymns of the Earth’, Porchlight’s forthcoming debut EP, are a symbolic mis-mash of heart-on-sleeve musicianship and delightfully raucous lyricism. Watch the video for 'Shhrrp' the second single from Porchlight's debut EP 'Wives Tales & Hymns of the Earth' here.
Enigmatic and experimental artist felicita has been a key figure of famed electronic pop collective PC Music since joining in 2016. Twisting and contorting 21st century pop into high concept, hallucinatory experiences, their worldbuilding practice spans music, dance, performance, and design. In 2023, felicita released their sophomore album Spalarkle on PC Music, featuring collaborations with Caroline Polachek, Kero Kero Bonito, and Hong Kong artist YoungQueenz. Described as a ‘living, breathing organism’ by Resident Advisor and praised by Pitchfork and Dazed, Spalarkle manifested a new vision of shimmering electronic psychedelia. This autumn, felicita will present Spalarkle in a series of intimate shows around Europe, melding their explosive guitar performances with theatrical production and ecstatic rave.
Three musician friends, one goal, Ashley Dayour (Whispers in the Shadow),David Pfister (Die Buben im Pelz) and Stefan Elsbacher set out to create an eclectic blend of styles, sounds and atmospheres. Tribal drums meet 80’s electronica, industrial beats merge with middle eastern percussions, soundtrack like atmospheres conjure up dreams of a future that never was. A dance ritual for a future past. An exercise in trance for a past yet to come.
Since emerging in 2015, Sextile have been a party-provoking force on the LA underground, capable of kicking up a riot with the raw-edged squall of a synth or the sharp-elbowed jerk of a guitar. Originally formed by Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto after the pair relocated from New York to LA, Sextile released their debut album A Thousand Hands in 2015, with its Grand Canyon-sized echoes, haunted screams, and post-punk invocations, before pushing synths further down the front with 2017 effort Albeit Living. Now they return refreshed, renewed, and ready to rage with a serotonin-boosting new album, a new group dynamic, faster BPMs, and an even wilder new direction. Recorded in Yucca Valley, Push bounces and bops at the fringes of hardcore dance music, with the hallmarks of drum & bass, gabber and trance illuminating the record like glowsticks at a ‘90s Fantazia rave. Push releases on September 15, 2023 on Sacred Bones Records.
Meadowlark, the Bristol-based indie folk duo, are ready to unveil their deeply soulful third album, "Hiraeth," on October 6th. Rooted in life's intricate tapestry, their music resonates with raw emotion, exploring themes of love, spirituality, and the timeless quest for belonging. With each note and lyric, Meadowlark invites us to a transcendent journey, a journey where music becomes a sanctuary, and "Hiraeth" becomes the sound of coming home. Their rise in the music scene has been nothing short of remarkable. With over 115 million Spotify streams under their belt, they've captivated a global audience with their soulful sound. They've not only graced the playlists of BBC Radio 1's Introducing, but XFM have also showered them with praise, further cementing their reputation as a duo to watch.
East London’s Avant-punk queen Nuha Ruby Ra has been spending the last few months cultivating a dedicated following and racking up an impressive catalogue of collaborators from around the world. She’s now set to release her seven track debut EP ‘How To Move’, an inauguration directed to disciples old and new. Cutting her teeth in various musical projects and art collectives, Nuha Ruby Ra is a performance powerhouse sharply focused on her own artistic vision. Regardless of who joins her in the studio or on stage, it’s a beast tamed and conducted by her. Equally adept to presenting these sermons with a chaotic, pulsating seven or eight person live band as she is stripping it right back to herself, the music is something that can be effortlessly molded to suit her mood. Constantly evolving and always adapting. Sharing the bill will also be Babi Ali - Recognised as one of the most electrifying new acts to emerge from the UK in the past year, Baba Ali is the combined force of American performer and musician Baba Doherty and British guitarist Nik Balchin.
Portrayal of Guilt have released a rapid clip since their formation a mere six years ago, proving near impossible to predict with each ensuing release. They have transformed from the traditional 90s screamo template to fit a more blackened and sludgy metal intensity. They have toured the world with the likes of Deafheaven, Touché Amoré, Thou and many more. Now they’re back for their debut Bristol headline following a run a hugely impressive records; Suffering Is a Gift EP (2017), Let Pain Be Your Guide (2018), We Are Always Alone (2021), Christfucker (2022) and now, 2023’s Devil Music.
On the heels of her critically acclaimed new double-album ‘Joan Of All’, SBT (aka Sarabeth Tucek) returns to the UK in January 2024. Sarabeth Tucek emerged from a decade-long hibernation away from the record business and released Joan of All worldwide on May 19 via her own imprint, Ocean Omen. Lead single “The Gift” was immediately picked up by Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music who championed the single with relentless plays, swifty followed by Gideon Coe & Cerys Matthews. The DJ’s support started the snowball of adulation for Joan of All which culminated in rave reviews from Uncut, Mojo and more. Sarabeth Tucek originally broke onto the music scene in 2003 performing a series of spellbinding duets with Bill Callahan on the acclaimed Smog album Supper. This was followed by a memorable appearance in the award-winning Brian Jonestown Massacre documentary DIG!. Soon after, Tucek's debut single, "Something for You” became Steve Lamacq’s Single Of The Week on BBC 6 Music. Sarabeth’s self-titled debut album hit stores the following year and garnered rave reviews in the press, leading her to supporting Bob Dylan and unwavering support at the BBC. In 2011, Sarabeth followed up her extraordinary debut with a raw, uncompromising album entitled Get Well Soon, praised as an unflinching meditation on the subject of grief. This release made many year-end lists and the title track was featured on the first season of HBO’s Girls.
Louis Culture is the compelling, genre-bending artist whose music you didn’t know you needed. The 24-year-old rapper, producer and DJ explores the rich tapestry of black British music – house, UK garage, hip-hop and more – with effortless lyrical delivery for an altogether different experience, a soundtrack for the lives of listeners. Still early in his career, he has made his name known in London’s burgeoning underground scene through several releases. This includes 2016 debut single “Don’t F Up Louis”, 2017’s “Culture For 17,” 2018’s “Local”, 2020’s “Part 2,” and his biggest project so far, 2022’s ‘When Life Presents Obstacle’ which garnered huge plays across all streaming platforms and support from the likes of Complex, TRENCH, NTS, Boiler Room and i-D.
Founded at the end of 2016 by three DJ’s, Rue Oberkampf combines 80s ecstasy with the atmosphere of fog-shrouded, strobe-lit dance temples of the techno era. The combination of urban electronic music’s gritty drive with Julia’s French-German vocals reminds some critics of a more forceful version of Deux or Kirlian Camera: yet at the same time it creates something entirely original. See their performance, know your religion....theirs is a transformative experience. They embody ecstasy, the transcendence of societal boundaries, and a dark longing for the here and now. Their concerts are magical ceremonies that electrify the masses. You can check out their latest track ‘Solitude’ released earlier this year here.