Saturday 14th July sees Best Fit take over London’s Shacklewell Arms for a day of scuzzy lo-fi pop and dreamy indie delights.
London/Brighton quintet Shrag play thrillingly addictive post-punk with a riot grrrl tinge. Think The Fall, think Comet Gain, think Bikini Kill… think that shockingly-underappreciated second Elastica album if you like – their third LP Canines has just emerged via the ever-excellent Fortuna POP! stable, and judging by the reviews thus far it’s bona fide album of the year material. Put simply: Shrag are awesome.
Orca Team, meanwhile, are an ever-so-slinky surf-pop trio from Seattle. Eschewing the grunting and yarling more commonly associated with their hometown, debut album Restraint feels instantly classic, like The Smiths if they ditched all that tiresome Mancunian misery and hit the beach instead. Effervescent hooks abound, with twangs bouncing off the walls and the cool factor turned all the way up to ‘fucking freezing’. More please.
All the way from Cardiff, Joanna Gruesome deal in fizzy, fuzzy, lo-fi pop-punk that sounds like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart with their chests ripped open and their hearts on full display. Amidst the blood-soaked mess, you might make out traces of Urusei Yatsura, The Jesus & Mary Chain… maybe even a little Wedding Present if you really squint. But mainly you’ll just see your new favourite band, all raw and loud and perfect.
Rounding off the lineup so far are London’s own Playlounge. Fresh from their appearance on Art Is Hard’s Family Portrait compilation EP (along with Joanna Gruesome and others), their relentless scuzz-pop hits the spot, presses all the right buttons and generally Gets It Right in every other way you can possibly imagine. Noisy, wonderful, hook-laden pop for fans of Male Bonding, No Age and general awesomeness.
RAD. AS. HELL.
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