Tuesday, 22 January 2008

What the papers say...

Have you noticed in the Broadsheets recently there has been a number of reviews for Black Mountains? HSAH has and was intrigued enough to check them out. This Canadian outfit play songs that start like they are going to be really heavy but then have a fuzzy or off kilter guitar section that makes them more intelligent then just pure noise.

Maybe you will like to hear this for your self. If so here is their myspace link:

Another band that the papers have been talking about is Nottingham based Clarky Cats who have links to Young and Lost. Remember how disco punk was so 'in' in 2005/6? Well CC are very reminiscent of that sound. They sound a bit like Radio 4 and like Clor but not so experimental.

To check out Clarky Cat, their myspace is:

The next band featured in this weekend's The Sunday Times (not necessarily HSAH paper of choice) is the happily twee Lacrosse who hail from Sweeden, the home of happy twee music. Innocents vocals are blended with subtle piano tinkering and jangerly guitars. It is all very pretty so check it out at:

Chess Club...often misunderstood.

Last night Chess Club was at The Social last night and played hosted to a number of indie acts including School of Language and Sarabeth Tucek. HSAH was there to see School of Language of course.

After taking to the stage later then planned, School of Language cast a lonely figure on the small stage at the Social. It was simply one man and his beloved guitar. Capturing the audience was going to be a mighty feat as the crowd stood, chating throughout the beginning of his set.

The beloved (by HSAH) new single, Rockist part1, was the first track that School of Language played and even in an acoustic form it still had the beautifully simple charmed that recorded version coveys. It clearly became apparent that SoL wanted to create a sound that had a more of a garage feel to it then that of Field Music. What has remained is David Brewis very quirky edge that made Field Music unusual. Tracks like Disappointment 99 sheep of Franz Ferdinand with heavier baselines and are disjointed like Gang of Four.

Although a complete, whole sound was often difficult to covey in an accoustic set and HSAH would be interested to in seeing SoL again to see what he would be like with a full band.

Monday, 21 January 2008

New songs

School of Language, formed from David Brewis of Field Music fame, are to release an amazing (I dont use this word lightly) new single Rockist on the 28th January through Memphis Industries. HSAH reckons you should go out and buy it as its very catchy and makes us happy.

Look what i have gone and done...

You should come as it going to be lots of fun!!!

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

New bands to look out for

Today on 6 music Steve Lamacq played a song HSAH thoroughly enjoyed and it was by a band called The Voluntary Butler Scheme. HSAH believes you should check them out:

Another lovely, Brighton band that people should listen to is Esiotrot. Check them out via:

Enjoy listening x


Just in, Sons and Daughters play Durr on the 21st January.

Also, Domino have just released info about Clinic's new album, which is out on the 7th April and entitled 'Do it'. As stated before they are also doing a tour to help promote said album. Is HSAH excited? yes...

Lastly, DON'T FORGET These New Puritans' debut album, Beat Pyramid, is out on the 28th January.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

This week's finest

So another weekend has come and gone and all we have to look forward to is ways of filling our evening new exciting things until the next weekend is on us.

Here are some ideas:
Tuesday you could pop down to the Buffalo Bar to check out Hatcham Social play for £6 or check out the Kills at the Soho revenue bar. However the latter might be a tad busy now that one of them is famous!

On Wednesday, why not, pop down to the Buffalo Bar again (Yes i think HSAH should live there) to see So so modern and Maths Class.

Now with the weekend in sight, try drinking the evening away at the Macbeth as riotous, noise makers The Guillotines are playing and you only have to paid £4 for the pleasure of seeing them.

Now its Friday and if you haven't got clubbing on the brain you could pop to the Islington bar academy and check out a load of teenagers play some indie pop tunes. The bands on tonight's schedule are forty fives, let's wrestle, chimera rouge, pull in emergency and one trick band. Tres bon!

HSAH hopes in some way this may help lighten up your week.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008


Are going out on tour! check below for details:
April 08
8th Bristol Thekla
9th London 229
10th Brighton Audio
11th Brudenell Social Club
12th Manchester Academy 3

Tres Bon :)

The Kills

So with two albums behind them and one going out with an uber famous model, The Kills now have a new offering, Midnight Boom, for us and HSAH is excited. This eagerly anticipated release is out on the 3rd March and with this we see The Kills working with Spank Rock's producer Alex Epton to create a futuristic sound whilst retaining their trade mark raw edge-iness.

Paint It Black.

Black Francis, of pixies fame, has decided to release a mini LP through cooking vinyl entitled SVN FNGRS released on the 3rd March. Apparently it was all record, mixed, produced and designed in seven days. That makes Black Francis a bit like God!

He is also doing a bit of a tour too:
Sun 10th February GLASGOW, The Garage (Shockwaves NME Awards Show)
Tue 12th February MANCHESTER, Academy 2 (Shockwaves NME Awards show)
Wed 13th February LONDON, Koko (Shockwaves NME Awards Show)
Thu 14th February PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms

These New Puritans to Release New Single

Now that they are toply tipped for success in 2008, TNP are (re)releasing Elvis on the 11th February through Angular records. To help promote this they are also supporting British Sea Power on tour.

Here are the dates:
Sat 26 Jan 2008 Glasgow, The Arches (British Sea Power Support)
Sun 27 Jan 2008 Manchester, Academy 2 (British Sea Power Support)
Mon 28 Jan 2008 Oxford, Academy (British Sea Power Support)
Tue 29 Jan 2008 Brighton, Komedia (British Sea Power Support)
Thu 31 Jan 2008 London, KoKo (British Sea Power Support)

What out for their debut album, Beat Pyramid, on the 28th January.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Up and coming gigs

Here are some gigs that you should check out in the up and coming weeks:

The Clientele at the Luminaire on the 8th Jan.

The Answering Machine play the Enterprise on the 9th Jan:

Theoretical Girl plays Twee as Fuck on the 11th January which is taking place at the buffalo bar this month (HSAH is very much looking forward to this)

4th February sees Slow Club play the Borderline in London:

The Presets return to London to play Kings College on the 19th March

These New Puritans head down to South London to play the Amersham Arms on the 25th Jan:

And a very extra special gig to look out for:
The Jesus and Mary Chain are back and play at the Round House on March 11 and 12th...very much tempted by one of these gigs.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

It has been a while

But HSAH is back after a relaxing holiday and without much going she has been investigating new old music and whilst downloading certain tracks she was directed to 80s.

Amazon directed HSAH to C86 after checking out the Go Betweens. C86 is a double album showcasing some of the finest tracks that came out in the middle of the 1980s, which is normally cited as a dry patch for indie music. After the end of the punk scene and the saturation of the new wave/new romantic scene at the beginning of the 80s, music started to reflect the consumerist nature of society. With this came a degree of back lash in music from those that still wanted to up hold the ideals and Do It Yourself nature of punk.

This CD showcases some of these bands that often centralised around creation records and the Living Room (Alan McGee's club night that was pivotal to this moment). This CD goes from the obscure (like Age of Chance and The Revolving Paint Dream) to the most successful candidates of that era for example Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain. With this CD you get a greater understanding of the music that was around then and gives you a deeper degree of knowledge on music that is around now. Primal Scream are still kicking around and The Jesus and Mary Chain have reformed for gigs, which demonstrates that there is still a demand for this music too, which is great to see as all music should be judged for its own merits. So if you have a couple of quid hanging around i would recommend you buy this CD.