Wednesday, 28 July 2010

1234 Festival @ Shoreditch Park

A tiny park surrounded by concrete blocks deep in the throbbing veins of Shoreditch hosted a party with music from the underground last week.

There was eye liner, big hair, lots of black attire and a tonne of the grubbiest bands in the world. Me and my fellow reveller Rosa hopped and skipped about to unearth new bands, chat to fat old bald guys and throw glitter on unsuspecting passers by.

There were rather a few after parties too so we bombarded a couple, (including the kitchen of Rivington Bar and Grill) and ended up in Electricity Showrooms. Which unfortunately was pants. Anyhow the festival was a good egg and I'm definitely warmed up for Field Day on Sataurday. BRING IT!

Funny place to have a snooze!

Vivian Girls

We Have Band


Dum Dum Girls



Thursday, 22 July 2010

Field Day is Approaching

It's almost time for this! Where Victoria Park transforms into a busy paradise full of cutting edge bands and young folk monkeying around.

Last year it poured with rain but no one really cared. Santigold, Aeroplane and Erol Alkan were our highlights, and this year will see Phoenix, Babeshadow, Fake Blood and Factory Floor among hundreds of other hotties.

It all happens on 31st July. Nearest tube Bethnal Grizzle.

There's an after party too for all you caners

I can't freakin' wait. I'll give you a full run-down of what happened on the Filthy Disco next week, I'll pop some snaps on here too.

Check it here


The Cheek + Chapel Club + The Courteeners @ iTunes Festival

The Cheek.
They were dark and the lead singer was raspy. I thought he owned the vibe of an old and withered singer but the look of a young tear-away at the same time.

Chapel Club
This chap kept looking wistfully into the audience. His Mum had won tickets for his show that night which he thought was quite nice - I bet he was looking for her.

The Courteeners
They got a massive reception, clearly everyone was there for them. Apart from the lady behind me who I think must have won tickets by accident as she looked positively bewildered at the whole experience.

Sorry for the rather shoddy pictures, there were a lot of tall people there that night and I tried.


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

This picture is cool, they are Vivian Girls who I'll be playing on the Filthy Disco tonight. They're playing at the 1234 Shoreditch fest soon. I can't bloody wait to see what they do on stage.


Friday, 2 July 2010


You might have seen previous posts about these chaps on this blog before, or heard them on Filthy Disco. But if you haven't, DearJoseph are two sets of brothers. Emmanuel and Alexi, Guy and Piran. They’re originally from Dorset (home of scones and fishermen according to Alexi) and are now based in London where they make a dark and twisting noise. They met up with me to converse and here's what went down.

Sarah: How would you describe your sound? You’re quite Melancholy aren’t you?

Emmanuel: We play Rock N Roll music that’s quite dark, it’s quite expansive but it’s got a fragile heart.

Sarah: So who have you been influenced by growing up?

Alexi: There’s a lot of old soul records we used to listen to at home when we were growing up, a lot of 1950’s kind of dance hall stuff, soul records, Motown.

Emanuel: Where we come from Piran was well known for being a DJ, so he comes from a dance background

Sarah: Yeah I saw you DJ the other night at Bar 23 in Dalston, you pretty much packed the place out it was a bit of a zoo in there!

Emmanuel: Yeah it’s a really cool bar, it’s not too big but it’s got a really good atmosphere. It’s Alexi’s local and when he moved to London a few years back he started drinking in there, got to know the people and one thing led to another and before we knew it we were playing some records.

Sarah: I’ve been looking at your Myspace quite a lot, stalking you a little bit! It’s quite minimal I notice, very dark and there’s not actually any pictures of you guys on there. Is there any reason for that?

Emmanuel: Well I suppose there is a reason, we wanted it to be a bit more mysterious than the average. I know it sounds stupid but basically we feel that bands and music today are very disposable and people can just consume it and throw it away and we don’t want our band to be like that we want our band to be interesting.

Alexi: So people will make a bit more effort to actually find out more about the band rather than all the information being there straight away when you look - like a cheap magazine.

Sarah: I’ve seen quite a few funny old videos on your page, there’s one with some subliminal messaging going on. Who shot those?

Emmanuel: Alexi made that

Alexi: That’s in the middle of nowhere in France. Our parents are French so we’ve got a house in the middle of nowhere. There’s lots of strange buildings that have been there for years, we don’t even know what’s going on there and we just did a bit of filming to try and get a sense of the atmosphere.

Sarah: Have you been gigging anywhere recently?

Alexi: We’ve been doing a few at parties and stuff like that rather than the circuit where there are ten bands on the bill and it’s all a bit lifeless. We want to try and set something up where it’s a bit more specific to what we want to do, and make a bit more effort to do something a bit more memorable.

Emmanuel: Yeah that’s where the films came from as well. We wanted to do stuff that was a visual aspect to the music. So when we do gigs we want to show our films as well. So it’s not like going to the Hope & Anchor and watching some band for 25 minutes and not knowing what’s going on. We want to have a night that’s more interesting. That’s why we’re playing warehouses and parties.

Sarah: So what are you listening to at the moment, if I was to flick through your iPod what would I find?

Emmanuel: Well you’d have to flick through my CD player because I don’t have an iPod, but I really like Archie Bronson’s new stuff

Alexi: I’d say The Triffids

Guy: My favourite band is Glassjaw

Piran: I’ve actually been listening to Nirvana over the past few days and probably The Walkmen

Sarah: What’s the plan for the summer then?

Emmanuel: We’ve got more songs to record and more films to make and were gonna do some gigs as well and were just going to enjoy the summer.

Dearjoseph will be playing Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 8th July. Keep checking their Myspace for all the movements.

Sarah T x

The Drums + Scissor Sisters @ Roundhouse, Camden

Fresh faced New Yorkers The Drums kicked off the iTunes Festival last night supporting Scissor Sisters at the magnificent Roundhouse. I've been gagging to see The Drums for a hot minute so I'm chuffed to cross them off the wishlist.

The main chap Jonathan clearly had ants in his pants as he was incredibly enthusiastic with his body movements, roving and winding all over the place on stage. Ana Matronic appeared unannounced to sing a few lines which went down smashingly.

The Scissor Sisters were big, loud and tight as expected. They previewed loads of their new album 'Night Work' which I need to give a good listen to because I wasn't instantly hooked to many of the tracks. They encored with Comfortably Numb and Filthy Gorgeous which I'd been waiting for all night.

They looked amazing and were full of beans. I'd love to know what they eat for breakfast!


PS. My camera battery died as soon as I turned the silly thing on, so had to make do with the old Blackberry as you can tell by these well below-par snaps.