Welcome to our weekly round-up of what’s happening in the grand concert halls, dimly lit basements, airy cafe’s and grimy sweatboxes across the UK. All acts featured come with the Best Fit ‘Seal Of Approval’ so you can be assured that your hard earned cash will be well spent. To tempt your wallets this week, we’ve gathered dates from the likes of Girls, Novella, Sweet Lights and Alt-J.
The Soft Moon @ XOYO, London 25/05
Luis Vasquez, frontman and founder of the dystopian, post punk San Franciscan five-piece The Soft Moon, spoke to The Quietus last year about how he actually loves pop music, and how it all started with Prince “from Prince I went to Slayer, then from Slayer into jazz and then psychedelic rock, and then krautrock.” So if you, like us, could not be more intrigued to know what the amalgamation of all those influences sounds like, get yourself along to XOYO tonight.
Novella @ The Green Door Store, Brighton 25/05
With their Rory Atwell recorded, eponymous debut EP due for release on Monday, London four-piece Novella are planning a trip to the seaside tonight so why not go join them for ice-creams on the pier, frolics on the beach, dreamy guitars, hazy vocals and some lo-fi psychedelica.
Alt-J @The Harley Hotel Bar, Sheffield 26/05
Majestic grooves and fast-paced, almost trip-hop inspired rhythms underline the lyrical poignancy found within this Cambridge four-piece’s literary debut album An Awesome Wave. It’s intelligent musings, creative ambition and sweeping cinematic sounds should make for one hell of a show.
Sweet Lights @ The Old Queen’s Head, Lexington, London 27/05
Ex-Capitol Years founder and The War On Drugs guitarist Shai Halperin has ventured into Philly music scene alone with his latest solo project Sweet Lights, offering up gentle, folksy, sweet Beatles inspired pop melodies.
Girls @ HMV Forum, London 28/05
This is without a doubt the gig of the week. Christopher Owens and Chet ‘JR’ White write perfect pop harmonies, twisting them up in blistering guitars, unrelenting cacophonies and frantic rhythms or smoothing them out with mawkish tales of love and gently plodding melodies. And after hearing about their spectacular show at The Electric Ballroom last year how could you possibly risk not going?!
Vice Party Tour with Mmoths & Solar Bears @ Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds 30/05
Vice are heading out on tour with the likes of Breton, Stay+, Holy Esque and Tempa T from 30 May – 1 June, but it is touring mates Mmoths and Solar Bears that have us most excited. Expect dizzying atmospherics, a dreamy ambience, sci-fi inspired textured electronics and expertly chosen vocal samples all around.
Ren Harvieu (Acoustic Show) @ St Pancras Old Church, London 30/05
Just 21-years-old, Lancashire born Ren Harvieu possesses a rare voice, swelling with longing and haunted by a certain bruised nature this is the latest in a long run of heart breaking, intimate gigs at St. Pancras Old Church.