Muskets | Tue 15 Aug | Subside Bar | FREE
Brighton’s Muskets pedal a brand of grungey emo beloved of these shores: you might detect some hints of past greats like Hundred Reasons, Left Side Brain or Brum’s own underrated &U&I. With a new single out on heavyweight post-hardcore label No Sleep Records, the band are going from strength to strength, and chasing hard on the heels of their labelmates. www.facebook.com
Kikagaku Moyo | Thu 17 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £11
Tokyo band Kikagaku Moyo (the name means ‘geometric patterns’) take a psychedelic approach to folk music: sleepy melodies, organic folk instrumentation stretched into winding, droney soundscapes, with just enough noise and chaos seeping into the corners. This year’s new album ‘Stone Garden’ sounds like a teaser trailer for their sprawling, improvisatory live shows: their roughest hewn, most distorted set yet. skiddle.com
Listener | Thu 17 Aug | The Flapper | £9
Listener has always sat on the edge of the hardcore scene in much the way Frank Turner has, ie. the folky brother to the punk bands, constantly on the road, but with way less gear to carry. Chances are Mr. Dan Smith’s got a few new stories under his belt since his last LP in 2013, so we heartily recommend pulling up a chair and, ironically, listening in. See our full preview here.
Defeater | Sun 20 Aug | The Flapper | £14.30
Hardcore punk brutalists Defeater rode into prominence a few years ago on the new ‘Wave’ of US post-hardcore bands, alongside La Dispute, Touché Amoré and others: bands that revitalised a bleeding-heart-emo lyricism and married it with some of the most exhilaratingly adventurous punk pummelling since At the Drive-In. See our full preview here.
Published on: Tue 1 Aug 2017