Girlboss is the new project of New Zealand’s Lucy Botting. Botting used to be in the band Wet Wings.
I’ve never actually seen the film Mrs. Doubtfire but I’m sure glad I’ve heard the song of the same title because this is a really sweet indie pop song from the Wellington based musician. I love the guitars in it.
Girlboss will play their first gig soon opening for fellow Kiwi’s Yumi Zouma. If you throw the amazing Fazerdaze in to the mix it shows there is a lot of great music going on down in New Zealand at the moment.
Brooklyn based trio IAN SWEET are another band I lucked in to hearing on SoundCloud.
I really like their song Slime Time Live, which was the first song I heard from the band, but I’m making new single All Skaters Go To Heaven today’s Song Of The Day.
The band originally started out as the solo project of singer & guitarist Jilian Medford just under the name IAN before becoming the trio it is today with the addition of drummer Tim Cheney and bassist Damien Scalise.
All Skaters Go To Heaven is taken from the bands debut album Shapeshifter which is released on September 9th. An album I very much look forward to.
Chicago duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich formed Whitney after the break up of Kakacek’s previous band Smith Westerns. Kakacek and Ehrlich were clearly destined to work with each other because in Light Upon The Lake they have released when of the best albums of 2016.
No Matter Where We Go is taken from the album.
Whitney will be playing some UK shows in the next week or so and will then be back on this side of the pond in November. You can see the dates below.
August 21st – Green Man Festival – Brecon
August 23rd – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
August 25th – The Bullingdon – Oxford
August 26th – Knee Deep Festival – Liskeard
August 27th – Reading Festival – Reading
August 28th – Leeds Festival – Leeds
September 2nd – End Of The Road Festival – Dorset
November 3rd – The Haunt – Brighton
November 4th – The Bodega – Nottingham
November 5th – CCA – Glasgow
November 6th – The Cluny – Newcastle
November 8th – Gorilla – Manchester
November 9th – Thekla – Bristol
November 10th – Koko – London
Wednesday & Thursday saw back to back trips to London to see support acts and added to last Saturday’s Visions Festival in Hackney it meant three visits to the capital in the space of six days.
First up was a gig at The 100 Club on Oxford Street that was only announced the day before. Slaves were the headline act but support was provided by one of my favourites Estrons.
Tickets only went on sale at 9am Wednesday morning but I purchased my train tickets on the Tuesday evening with the knowledge if I didn’t get a ticket I could head over to The Old Blue Last instead to see Our Girl again.
As it was I got lucky and got a ticket despite them selling out within minutes. There were a lot of people outside the venue looking for tickets so they probably wouldn’t have been too happy if they knew I had only come to see Estrons and wouldn’t be watching Slaves due to having to get back to Euston for my train home.
One cool moment of the night was when it turned out the guy at the ticket desk was a fellow West Brom fan. We get everywhere!
The 100 Club was a cool little venue. Apparently the capacity is 350 but it felt smaller than that inside. Although thinking about it was quite a wide room if not a very deep one.
Estrons as usual were there brilliant selves. I’m not sure how familiar the rest of the crowd were with them but they certainly got in to them as a bit of a mosh broke out for the latter half of the set. Hopefully the gig has landed them some new fans.
This gig was actually my 50th of 2016 so it was good to reach that landmark seeing a band I genuinely love. I’m already looking forward to seeing Estrons return to The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham on October 1st on their headline tour and all being well I’ll pop up to Manchester a couple of days before that to see them play at Gullivers.
You can see Estrons performing Java from the gig below.
Thursday night saw a visit down to The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. My third Dalston trip of the year and third different venue.
The headline act were Peluche with further support coming from Fox Chapel who I have seen play at The Sunflower Lounge. The opening act PURS were the band I went to see though.
PURS is the new project of Serra Petale. If you are thinking Serra Petale sounds familiar but can’t quite put your finger on why you know the name then she is probably better known as the drummer from Kid Wave.
Now it just so happens that Serra is my favourite drummer but in PURS she is on guitar and vocals. Drums in PURS are the responsibility of fellow Kid Wave band member Mattias Bhatt.
After hearing two songs the band made available on SoundCloud earlier this year I was intrigued to hear more and indeed see the band live. And what better time to do that than during the bands debut gig!
Yep, this was PURS first ever live show and they didn’t disappoint. It was a short set, only five songs, but it was a really good set and if the band did screw up I certainly didn’t notice. Well, apart from Serra breaking a string on her guitar during final song Crush!
Some people might think it’s a bit crazy to travel down to London just to hear five songs, and yep I probably am a little bit crazy lol, but I fucking loved it. The Shacklewell Arms is also a cool venue.
If you get chance to get along to see PURS play then go and do it if you like a shoegaze/indie rock type sound. I look forward to seeing them again some time and wouldn’t hesitate to travel down to London to do so again. Really good band.
You can see PURS perform Girl In Love below and also see two more songs on my YouTube page.