Next Wednesday we have a wonderful new band from South London performing main support for Civil Villains @ The Unicorn, Camden.

They are called MOUTHS, and they sound like this:


I caught up with them and asked some questions:

Yo Mouths! Who’re your teeth? 
Dave (gtr/vox), Ry (drums), Ula (bass) & Rob (nissan micra)

How did y’all meet?
Ry: I think I met Dave at a Keebo gig at Brixton Windmill (though i might have dreamt that) and then Rob and Ula at Mouths shows when Dave and I started playing as a two-piece.
Dave: Me and Ry defo met at that gig, met Rob at school when I was like 10, Ula at Rob’s art school.

I checked out the new album teaser. Tell us more!?
Ry: Dave and I are both audio engineers so we do everything DIY. Having our own studio is rad because we can take our time to record however we want, whenever we want, and a lot less sober than would be considered acceptable in someone else’s studio.
Dave: Yeah it’s pretty much 50/50 in terms of how the album sounds, maybe Ryan takes the lead on drums and myself on Guitars. I think also cause I’m writing this one I’m having a weightier say on arrangement etc but really it’s very chilled and as long as it sounds good, everyone is happy


You have some really nice fuzzy guitars going on, go on….
Dave: Big Muff and the fuzz shack pedals for the fuzz, running them (and a rat turbo) through a nice old Marshall (with good tubes!) does the trick for me. Been real heavy into ribbons last couple of weeks, really good for butteryness. I used
to be all about amp distortion on high end pres or high gain heads but then you try putting a dimed rat in front of a Marshall superlead 1979 with the master way up, you realise it’s kind of all for nothing.

If you could record anywhere with anyone?
Dave: My twatty answer is with Ryan at our place but with more ribbons, pres, and a swish tape machine. Otherwise Butch Vig, Alan Moulder, Steve Albini etc, anywhere not shiny or up it’s own arse, anywhere with loads of valves and tape. Probably would have been a sucker for Sound City back in the day.

If you could play anywhere with anyone?
Dave: I think I’d like to play on a planet with a very dense atmosphere so that the sound waves we make travel more slowly, lowering the pitch of the whole band loads.

Come and see MOUTHS tear up The Unicorn with our mates Thirteen, Civil Villains and The Battles of Winter. November 16 FREE ENTRY



The Dirt open for Shitwife / share demo tracks

I was sitting at a barbecue chatting with my friend  Joe – a man I’ve known for some time – when I discovered he was in a punk band that I had no idea existed.

“Yeh, don’t really give a fuck”. Was pretty much his summary of the band.

They don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter or a website, but they are rather good:

I caught up with Sam from the band and asked him questions:

Alright Sam, introduce us to your band

The Dirt is made up of surviving members of my old band The Pretty Young Things. That’s myself and Joe Nicholson plus Scuz Brophy. Scuz just stood in on bass for one practice when a prospective new bassist couldn’t make it, he was obviously infected with the groove and general feeling of hate, lust, and sheer uncaring abandon and decided to stay. Well good.

 What does The Dirt sound like?

The Dirt is as filthy as sound can get while still managing to cling on to a rhythm, and pretty much as dystopian in lyrical content as you can get without becoming goth.

Joe told me when you were in The Pretty Young Things , things could get… hectic

Yes I punched some cymbals inside out (allegedly) as well as I recall one time our guitarist Chris getting rather angry that I made a perfect bite mark in his brand new Fender Jaguar guitar the first time he ever used it onstage. Also there was this DB limiter I had a disagreement with.

I was enjoying myself!

We got switched off a lot. Fucking power crazed bar managers not knowing a good rock n roll show when it (literally) hit them in the face.

Did you enjoy smashing other people’s possessions up?

I much preferred damaging my own shit! My parents used to buy me big multipacks of microphones for Christmas and birthdays coz a mic would only last maybe two shows before it was bust since I used to smash out the beat with it on my chest. They made wicked little checkered bruise patterns over my breastbone.

What can we expect from your performance now you’ve… aged out

Well….in an attempt to keep all the audience in the same room for the whole of the set, I have strapped a guitar round my neck to at least try to keep me on the stage and not exposing myself to the front row of the crowd. Although I cannot promise anything at this early juncture. Although I am in no way at all an accomplished player, there is an amazing bassist who plays like he’s got a lead guitar (Scuz), and a drummer (Joe) who is the heaviest player you will ever have your ears damaged by. And the rest is just punk rock. Ugly but an outlet. For everyone.


The Dirt perform their debut London show with Shitwife, Darkshaft, Brunel, New Cowboy Builders at Birthdays Dalston on October 19th. They are on at 7.30pm so get down there early!

Birthdays Dalston, London  Weds October 19th.
The Blue Moon, Cambridge Thu October 20th



Towards the end of April 2016 I was running a show at The Unicorn in Camden. It was early, the bands had just finished soundchecking when I saw a young man with a guitar looking lost in front of the stage.

“Can I help you, lad?” I asked

The conversation ended with the guy telling me he had a mate in a band from China who wanted to play later this year in London. I passed on my email.

Skip forwards a couple of weeks and this lands in my inbox:


So I made this happen:


Grieving – a band from Cambridge

I moved to London from Cambridge a little over ten years ago. I’ve never left Cambridge entirely and the initial separation was a messy one. I was always creeping back to run shows and see mates. One of the last shows I put together before I took Cambridge-promoter-hiatus was for a band called The Tupelov Ghost, one of the best bands to emerge from Cambridge in the early noughties. Like this interview says, there was a lot of noise about the band.

About a month ago I spotted on my FB feed a bunch of Cambridge mates shouting about a new band. Grieving are definitely a new  band. To describe them as the resurrection of The Tupelov Ghost feels wrong, but the two bands share members and their music is possessed by the same urgency.
This is my favourite song they’ve released so far:

Download it for FREE here
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Muskets – Drowsy

I love everything about this video. Directed by Ryan Mackfall and starring Muskets ‘mate’ Matt King (Super Hans to the rest of us), it tells a bitter sweet story of a mans dinner spoiled and a band emancipated.

Drowsy is taken from Muskets debut EP: Spin. The subtle way both the song and the video climax after the second chorus has kept me coming back again and again this month.


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