Wednesday, 4 October 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: Gig Nights @ Nambucca Live


Hiya peaches. This is a look I wore last weekend when I went to Nambucca Live on Holloway Road, London. As the venue is ran by Jack Rocks and is quite an edgy getup, I wanted my outfit to match the setting. The main focus of this outfit is for sure this long sleeved fishnet top which I layered over a teal bralette top. To contrast I wore my favourite pink leather mini skirt to make it a little girly. I paired this outfit with my trusty black converse as I do love to have a boogie at a gig. You canny ever go wrong with a plain black velvet choker and black hoops to match. 


Mesh Top - Urban Outfitters 
Bralette - Miss Selfridge
Skirt - Vintage 
Shoes - Converse
Choker - H&M


Friday, 29 September 2017

Absolute Bangers: SEPTEMBER


Recap

Wagwan peaches, the past month has been a rather busy one. This month I moved to Southampton and started uni; only halfway through freshers events, I've only died twice this week. 
Since the last AB post, I went to Reading Festival which was quite easily one of the best experiences to date. Even though I went Wednesday to Monday, I had to go home for the day on Friday and cover bass for Maverick at Reaper Fest at The Melbourn Rock Club (even if it did mean missing The Big MoonMarika Hackman and Two Door Cinema Club. But at least I caught the last 20 minutes of Kasabian). 
The majority of my Saturday was spent running between the BBC Radio 1/NME and Festival Republic stage. The first band I saw (properly) that weekend was Wolf Alice's secret set and left halfway to catch the end of King No One. After KNO I stayed at NME for Blaenavon and saw InHeaven for the first time. I spent the rest of the day at Festival Republic and saw my favourite band for the second time, Superfood, who I'm also seeing again next month at The Joiners in Southampton. The Japanese House were the best mid afternoon comedown band as I was completely mashed at this point and was in desperate need of some chilled out vibes before Black Honey. This was easily one of my highlights of the weekend as Izzy Baxter held my hand during Corrine and signed my white Doc Martens after their set. 

I started off my Sunday with VANT on the main stage and honestly it's the worst band I've seen live. I love their studio album however their stage performance was piss poor. Maybe it was due to the fact they were on the main stage at 2pm however I was expecting so much more from them. This didn't ruin my day though as the next band I saw was possibly the best band I've seen live to date. Prior to Reading I'd never actually listened to Pond even though multiple friends have recommended them to me. From Perth, this Psychedelic rock band are the side project of Tame Impala with a revolving lineup. It was rather nice having comedy to just mong out to in the afternoon, I've been a fan of Katherine Ryan for years now so seeing her grow in popularity over the past year and at Reading was the absolute best. I started the Sunday evening with Blossoms followed by Liam Gallagher which was indie heaven. When it came to the headliners, I had the conundrum that i told myself id see the first 15 minutes of Muse then bounce over to Haim on the other side of the arean. However I managed to get a perfect front and center spot for the main stage, so I had no option but to crowd surf my way out of there if I was going to make it in time for the NME stage (dw I did with time to spare). I'm so glad I finished my weekend with them as they were one of my gateway bands when I was a tiny ickle music connoisseur.  
A few weeks after, there was an end of an eara. It saddens me so much knowing that there isn't gonna be anymore Staycations for a while as of their farewell for now gig last fortnight. It was a rather emotional gig as after four years they're all off to uni. And also for me, it was my last Cambridge gig before I moved to Southampton. Even though they have no more gigs planned for now, all their music is on their Spotify and soundcloud. 
Last week I went to Nambucca on Holloway Road for the first time to see my pals Maverick at their first London gig. The event was hosted by Jack Rocks and I managed to stick around for some great bands like Sophie & The Giants, Kevin & The Vandals and The K's from Manchester; all of which I highly recommend. 
Lastly I went to my first Southampton gig at The Joiners this week. I didn't stay right till the end of the night (had freshers to get to) but two acts that really stuck out for me was singer-songwriter Matt Bialas and grungy/funky four-piece Lost Or Stolen. 

Tracks 

The Staycations - Why Can't You Make Up Your Mind

In their blazing glory, Staycations have left the Cambridge music scene for now with three brand new tracks on the EP Just Before It Falls, including their hit Ophelia. Why Can't You is darker, edgier and shoutier than ever, and is a massive leap from their first original tracks like Dust Beneath Our Feet which had a lot of Mumford and Sons influence. But this new EP has for sure nailed the unique sound that is theirs. 


 Links: Soundcloud
            Twitter 
            Off The Chart

Superfood - Where's The Bass Amp?

I'm so excited to be seeing Superfood for the third time next month, especially now that their swaggering wonky indie second studio album Bambino is out. This song is an absolute super happy bop, a downright funky strut, and like many other tracks on the album, has a hazy yet creative use of sample-heavy highlights. The entire album is giddily infectious and also as a bassist, I've never related to a song title so much in my life. 

Links: Dirty Hit
            Twitter
            Instagram   

Dates:
4th Oct - Thekla, Bristol 
5th Oct - The Joiners, Southampton
6th Oct - The Garage, London
7th Oct - Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
9th Oct - Think Tank, New Castle
10th Oct - King Tuts, Glasgow
11th Oct - Mama Roux's, Birmingham
12th Oct - Bodega, Nottingham
13th Oct - Dryden Street Social, Leicester


Pond - Don't Look At The Sun Or You'll Go Blind
 
Even though this some was released back in 2009 on their debut album 'Psychedelic Mango' (only 500 copies were printed), it was this song that captivated me at Reading Festival. Hearing it for the first time in that atmosphere with the right people really made it stick, and was just as good when i searched it up online after the festival weekend (it was harder than I thought, but the best audio i could find of it was the KEXP Live Lounge session on youtube which you can find here. I think it's the driving bass line that keeps the whole song together and going. Their new album 'The Weather' is out now.

Links: Soundcloud
           Twitter
            Store


The K's - Sarajevo

These Merseyside lads made a debut onto to spotify this July with Sarajevo, which was one of my favourites during their set at Nambucca this month. Front man Jamie Boyle has this 'textbook Jack the Lad' style with his stage presence and audience awareness but their songs are well crafted indie-drunk-sing-a-long bangers. Even though they had the quality PA system and the whole venue bopping along, it honestly felt like Nambucca wasn't big enough for their songs to thrive. 

Links: Soundcloud 
            Twitter

Dates:
30th Sep - Double Denim Live Leeds, Verve Bar
16th Dec - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 

Tom Copson - High Hopes

This track is quite sentimental to me as Tom Copson and I had the same guitar teacher growing up (big up John). I haven't seen/heard any new stuff from him since 2013, so when he released the High Hopes this month I was absolutely thrilled. Like his influences of Damien Rice and Sufjan Stevens, this song is a perfect omnichord acoustic ballad with stark but genius lyricism about his own experiences and the future. His first Live @ The CB2 EP was one of the first locally produced albums I ever bought, so listening to his sound develop over the years to such a special quality really hit me hard. 

Links: Soundcloud
          Bandcamp

Dates:
3rd Oct - The Troubadour, London
24th Oct - Seedling Sessions, Bristol
28th Oct - BBC Introduction Live Lounge, BBC Radio Cambridge
16th Nov - The King's Head, Guildford


Friday, 18 August 2017

Absolute Bangers: AUGUST (ft. new music from Lacuna Bloome, GIRLI and Bedroom / Boredom)

RECAP

Image may contain: 2 people, people on stage and people playing musical instruments
Photo via Catherine North
Yet again we've got another Absolute Bangers, this month wasn't as full gig-wise as last month however the few I have been to have been pretty intimate as they've all been with pals. Right at the end of July I did my first solo gig in over a year at The Portland Arms, supporting a whole bunch of great musicians all thanks to Mark McGivern who organised the event (and also organises the Cambridge's infamous music and poetry nights, Sunday Night Lives). One act that stuck out for me from the evening was a dark blues trio called Murder Ballads, fronted by Anna Knight who has the most incredibly distinctive voice which you can find right HERE
I finally lost my Cambridge Junction Fiver virginity this month. For those who don't know what the Fiver is it's basically five local bands, on a friday, for a fiver (what a concept). The fiver nights always have the best that Cambridge has to offer in young talent and I'm not dropping any hints or anything but Violet Flares may or may not be doing a fiver in the near future. This months lineup consisted of Maverick, The Lost Volts, followed by Deep City, The Hemingways and Oscar Corney who also played at River Town Festival in St Ives the next day hosted by Tom Lumley
Photo via Local Distortion Official
As I was recovering from the night before, I only stayed for a few sets at River Town (which I later regretted as Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles were one of the headliners) but thankfully I caught Searching Grey who have been on my gig list for ages. 




Tracks


Lacuna Bloome - Only One 

Lacuna Bloome are a relatively new on the scene Brighton based four piece who are heavily influenced by Wolf Alice, Foals and Oasis; however for me they have a fresh resemblance to the likes of late 2000's indie bands like Pigeon Detective, early Arctic Monkeys and even Viola Beach. They sent me their brand new track Only One last week and is released today! For me the track is so contagiously catchy and anthemic and has been on my repeat on my lazy days (lmao everyday is my lazy day). 


Links


Dates:
16th September - The Camden Assembly, London
18th October - The Prince Albert, Brighton


Redwood - Aster

This alt-rock five piece from Hertfordshire have just finished a three week European tour supporting Drawstrings. They released their latest double A-side Night Garden/Aster back in May. It's super dreamy like Warpaint, but has this prominent post-rock drive mixed with fragile and thought-provoking lyrics from Alex Birchall. 



Links:


The Big Moon - Sucker


I'm definitely a SUCKER for all gal bands (sorry shit puns). This band has been a fave of me and the Violet Flares gals for a while and I'm planning to see them again on their upcoming tour in September/October (although where I see them is dependant on where I end up in September). The one thing about Sucker that I love is the 6/8 time signature which you don't usually hear often or at all in typical indie rock music. It starts off kinda sad but then progresses into one of those super happy feel good bangers. 



Links:


Dates:
list on their whole uk tour dates here



JUICE DIGITS - No Interruptions

This five piece from Cambridge made their debut at Strawberry Fair this summer on the Love Music Hate Racism stage. Their bassist Billy was first to introduce them to me and they have their first demo out on soundcloud. It could easily pass for a Hills boy rapping about random shenanigans over a funk jam (hang on a minute), but the simplicity of that concept is what makes it so damn appealing and an absolute banger. Their main influences are ATCQ, Parliameny Funkadelic and John Mayer, and over the course of the next few months they'll be doing gigs in Cambridge pubs, house parties (think Libertines in a London flat style) and are set to play The Portland Arms on the 2nd of December. 

Links:
Soundcloud

Dates:
2nd December - The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Girli - Hot Mess

I reviewed Girli's track 'So You Think' a few months ago after I saw and fell in love with her at the Cambridge Junction supporting Declan McKenna. Fast forward to now, she's released her brand new track 'Hot Mess' that made its radio debut on the Huw Stephens shows on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday night (was literally the perfect way to wind down before the results day madness) and is now out TODAY! It starts off sounding like a bond track motif if 007 was an anime character until she starts rapping about being, well, a hot mess in her North London accent. Like a lot of her tracks, her lyrics are very tongue in cheek and sarcastic as fuck which makes it such a pleasure and refreshing to listen to. 

Links:

Dates:
30th August - XOYO, London


Bedroom / Boredom - Shuteye

Will I ever stop raving about this six piece from West London? Probably not. Their brand new EP 'Reefs' came out today and is just as feel-good and exciting as the first. The last track on the EP, Shuteye, is really sticking out for me as it has such a fun carnival/festival vibe with a really prominent sax riff which is perfect to get me into the pre Reading Festival hype. As much as I adore their first EP 'I Wouldn't Worry', Reefs definitely sounds a lot more experimental within their unique sounds n vibes. You can buy the new release, as well as other cool merch like t-shirts handmade by the band and tape cassettes on their bigcartel store.

Links:
Bandcamp
Twitter
BigCartel

Dates:
14th September - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London


UPCOMING GIGS












Monday, 14 August 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: Blush Rush


Hiya my loves it been a bit of a while but nevermind I'm here now with another What Would Willson Wear. Yesterday I went out for lunch with the fam in Newark and the weather was absolutely gorgeous (finally after weeks of humidity n rain, my hair has not been happy). 



Today I focused my outfit on blush tones, clashing my fave pink leather moto jacket with this adorable burgundy pinafore skater dress. I layered a plain white tee under the dress to make it more day-time casual. For anyone looking for the perfect PWT this one from Zara is the one. I bought these white trainers last weekend in Brighton, as I needed some emergency comfy shoes for a night out seeing as my feet had been destroyed from wearing heels the night before. They have a cute lil pink suede lip on the heel which makes them perfect for this outfit. Of course I couldn't leave the house without my trusty sequin eye mini backpack to throw all my shit in x


Dress - American Apparel
Jacket - Zara
Trainers - Primark




Friday, 21 July 2017

Absolute Bangers: JUNE/JULY (ft. brand new single from The Seamonsters)


RECAP 

We're back again with yet another Absolute Bangers. I missed last month purely to exams so we're gonna combine the two lads get ready. 
The past month and a half has been good to me for gigs, whether that be watching or actually performing at. Right at the beginning of June me and the gals played our first festival at Cambridge Strawberry Fair, the largest and longest running free festival since 1977. We opened The Flying Pig Stage which gave us the rest of the day to watch our fave bands, get absolutely spandangled in the rave tent and dad-dance the night away. I managed the catch the last half The Staycations' set at The Portland Ballroom Stage who I've been meaning to see for ages, thankfully they saved their bangers Hey GuysThe Enemy and Ophelia for the end of their slot. On the main stage I saw my faves and winners of the under and over 18's Cambridge Band Competition, Maverick and Flint Moore, and caught Saltfen's set at the Cambridge 105FM stage. 
creds: @katoliviah
At the end of June I went to a gig hosted by the band Ugly at The Blue Moon. The first support was General Waste who I'd seen back in April and fell in love with instantly. They're what I'd imagine Slaves would be like if they were all gals. Next was a two-piece called Self Love whose sound I can only describe as the Royal Blood of fucked up time signatures (which made it fascinating to listen to). By the third band I had already hit blur level with the JDs n cokes but boi were Kill Liz killing it. Fronted by Harry Shapiro (who is only 16 might I add wtf what an absolute boi), they've got a keen following in Cambridge and are definitely on my gig list for the near future. Of course the headliners Ugly were phenomenal as usual and have been now been banned from The Blue Moon Pub after this gig (I managed to get kicked out after being on someones shoulders, but does it really count if it's the last song anyway?) which means they've been officially blacklisted from every venue in Cambridge. If thats not an achievement then I dont know what is.  
During the first week of July me and the gals of Violet Flares headlined a festival for the first time ever holy shit man (read more about those shenanigans HERE). 
The following weekend I saw Flint Moore and Maverick yet again at the Cambridge Big Weekend at Parkers Piece. I made a bit of a rookie error going to this gig the day after my summer ball in which I moshed in six inch platforms. My feet were blue by the end of that weekend lmao.  


The Seamonsters - Wonderland (OUT TODAY)

The Seamonster's brand new single is being released today! I've been following this band for a while now so I was thrilled when they sent my their new track prior to the release to review. This up and coming six piece all-girl band from Sheffield are for the fans of Black Honey, INHEAVEN, bright colours and a fuck ton of glitter. Wonderland has an Alice in Wonderland theme that has driving guitar rhythms paired with the angelic voice of Naomi. Their other track Lost (and Found) which was released earlier this year is also such a summer banger so go show them some loving. 
creds: @hatfulofh0llow

Links 
Insta - @theseamonsters
Twitter - @cmonstersmusic
Soundcloud 


Dates
23rd July - Crystal Stage @ Tramlines Festival, Sheffield 
7th October - Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough  





Bedroom / Boredom -  Sex Hair



I finally got round to ordering B/B's most recent EP 'I Wouldn't Worry' this month, even though I've already listened to it to death on spotify. From their snapchat stories over the past few weeks it looks like they've got some brand new tracks in the making (hopefully) very soon ayyy. My favourite track at the moment on the EP, Sex Hair, has a little bit of sax, a little bit of funk and a shit ton of catchy lyrics that get into your head. They've also started making band tees so go get one of them and their EP n cassettes from HERE


Links: BandCamp
            Twitter
            Instagram

Dates:
14th September - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London





Suburban Minds - Addicted To A Daydream


This five-piece from Bury St Edmunds were at strawberry fair this year and released their new EP 'I'll exist when I wake up' last week. It's got an early The Smiths vibes minus the melancholic after taste, and is what I'd imagine what it would sound like if Tom Odell joined The VaccinesAddicted To A Daydream is my personal favourite as it's got this early punk/new wave love child sound. The intro has this cool distorted sample similar to Lemon Jelly from the 90s which transitions into their anthemic soulful lyrics and layered guitar riffs. The whole EP is full of bangers so go hit it up. 

Links:
Soundcloud
Instagram 
Twitter

Dates:
(EP Release Party) 22nd July - Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
28th July - The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich 




HAIM - Want You Back

This track was released back in June, soo it's a bit late but hey we're combing it all in one. I've been a huge fan of Haim since I first heard 'Forever' back in 2013, and the fact they're an all gal band makes them even better. If you don't know who they are already, they're a sister trio from San Fernando Valley, LA who are well know for their dimension and variation to a slightly unconventional indie rock sound. Their latest single Want You Back is upbeat and fresh yet still retains their classic Fleetwood Mac meets R&B vibe. 

Links

Dates:
25-27th August - Reading & Leeds Festival





UPCOMING GIGS

VIOLET FLARES



In conclusion, I'm happy to announce that Violet Flares have a new track out today called 'Wax' go check it out.