Here’s an old session we dug out of Revere for 6 Music. They are one of our favourite live bands, and their control of tension/release is at its best in this performance of ‘I Can’t (Forgive Myself)’. They are back playing for us on April 4th, and also play at Field Day.
Award Season has been upon us for a little while, and although The Horrors might not have been up for an Oscar at the weekend they are up for an NME award. Here’s our handy guide to who won what, who was nominated and who to root for.
A couple of EYOE acts were nominated for Brits this year. Florence and the Machine found themselves up against Adele for Best Female Solo Artist as well as British Album of the Year. Anna Calvi and the Vaccines contested the Best Breakthrough Act - stories we followed in 2010 with excitement.
FACT’s Alternative Brits
FACT magazine ran an alternative Brits on their website and a few Field Day/EYOE acts scooped prizes. Maya Jane Coles took Best British Female, Rustie got Best British Album, and the superb Julia Holter got the Best International Female nod.
Next up is the annual NME Awards. We’ll be treated to a performance from The Horrors with Florence and the Machine, which is something to get excited about, but there are some acts to root for too. The Horrors are up for Best British Band + Best Album, Florence and the Machine for Best Solo Artist, The Vaccines and Tribes will duke it out in the Best New Band catagory. Metronomy will surely scoop Best Dancefloor Anthem for ‘The Bay’. Field Day is also up for Best Small Festival.
Lots of gigs to tell you about this week, and all but one of them is sold out. If you are heading out to a show this week keep an eye on our twitter @eatyourownears for stage times, and let us know what you think too.
Django Django - Monday - XOYO
Anyone who caught Django Django at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen at the tail end of last year might have had an inkling that a big year was in store for these guys and so far they haven’t disappointed. The debut album came out last month and is absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to hear the highlights.
Open Assembly: Arthur Beatrice - Tuesday - Dalston Victoria
Another band on a big upward curve is Arthur Beatrice. We posted their new song last week and can’t stop listening to it. Seeing them in such an intimate venue will seem like a special moment in a few months time.
Gotye - Wednesday - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Here’s one band you definitely won’t see in a small venue again, especially after their huge number 1 hit. A leap year happens only ever four years. Gotye play on that rare 29th day in February and this one promises to be just as special.
SBTRKT - Thursday - KOKO
This one at KOKO sold out in the blink of an eye and now we only have to mention SBTRKT in passing for people to load up the ticket websites. One of the best, and most popular, live acts in the country right now. We’re hugely excited to see SBTRKT at KOKO before two huge dates later in the year, which you can still get tickets for HERE.
Spector - Thursday - 100 Club
The singular Spector will also be making some noise on Thursday at the legendary 100 Club. This ought to be a special and cosy show for Spector before conquering the world with a debut album this year.
Sleigh Bells + Charli XCX - Thursday - Electric Ballroom
If those two shows weren’t amazing enough then how about a band with one of the most fun shows on Earth? Sleigh Bells return to London to perform songs from their new - and excellent - record. We can’t wait. Charli XCX a little further down the bill is a bonus and has impressed us with her dark-pop over the last few months. Unmissable.
NLF3 - Saturday - Shacklewell Arms
French pan-global psych trio NLF3, two brothers in blood and a third in passion, play drifting yet highly focused instrumental music.
NLF3’s music is cyclical, textured and emotional, halfway between movie scores and innovative psychedelic transgressions. The band cites influences such as Aphex Twin, Fela Kuti, Ennio Morricone or Sonic Youth - mixing a lot of electronics together with a wide variety of instruments. This one will be another one not to miss at the Shacklewell.
Here’s another Arthur Beatrice song that emerged today. It’ll be released on their own OAR label in March (a plush 12” follows in April). It sets the scene nicely for the now sold out show next week and we can’t wait to hear some more.
Only two shows this week but two that are raising the temperature already. Here are our gigs of the week:
Loney Dear - Monday - Bush Hall
We are hugely excited to present Loney Dear at Bush Hall - returning after his beautiful set towards the end of last year. This time he brings a full band in tow (for the first time since 2008) and that qualifies this show as doubly-unmissable. There are some tickets left for anybody with no plans tonight.
Baxter Dury - Thursday - XOYO
Baxter Dury’s Happy Soup is one of our favourite records of the past couple of years and we are eagerly anticipating this sold-out soireé at XOYO. The record is a bit of a word of mouth hit and we expect those mouths to all be singing along on Thursday night.
Here’s a late-week treat for anybody planning to catch up on some new music this weekend - a Spotify guide to the next couple of months of EYOE shows. The mix takes in the new pop aural delights of Charli XCX and Sleigh Bells who play together soon, the heartfelt swoon of Loney Dear (who is with us next Monday!) as well as a tiny highlight from Kindness (pictured).
Pitchfork just dropped a Best New Music on the excellent new Grimes record Visions. They also caught up with her for a very interesting chat, touching on gender, her use of voice and philosophy! Take a read HERE.
Here’s another new vid from Niki and the Dove who return to play for us again this week after wow-ing us at the Sebright last week. This is one of our favourite Niki songs so far, so very pleased to see it get the audio-visual treatment.
The new Grimes record has attracted a healthy new sum of fans to her bizzaro world pop-jams - a very good thing in our books. The album is one of our favourites of the year (make sure to check out late-album highlight ‘Skin’!) and is now streaming for your pleasure at NPR - the album stream website de jour.
Another week and another three shows for us to get ridiculously excited about.
Matthew Bourne - Wednesday - Cafe OTO
The first of which takes us to Cafe OTO and a performance from piano maestro Matthew Bourne. Anyone who has seen him before -in person, or on video - knows to expect the sort of virtuosity you don’t see every day. Highly recommended.
Errors (pictured) - Thursday - XOYO
Errors have had an amazing start to the year. Their new record has garnered accolades far and wide and deservingly too - the three-piece finally deliver on their enourmous potential. We can’t wait to see it in a packed (and sold out) XOYO.
Niki and the Dove - Thursday - Hoxton B&K
Another date with Niki and the Dove following an intimate, brilliant show at Sebright last week. We’re excited for a repeat performance in front of yet another sold out crowd. The duo of shows kicks off what should be a breakthrough year.
That images above, like the sticker on a VHS heralds the first new music from Outfit since last Autumn’s wonderful ‘Two Islands’. This one is a bit of a sleight of hand - rumbling bass, pitched up vocals and slo-mo hooks - but holds up to the band’s big promise. An EP is coming soon and we are very excited.
Two very special gigs this week and a couple more exciting ones onsale to look forward to. Here it is, our run down of the week…
Niki and the Dove - Thursday - Sebright Arms
The Sebright Arms isn’t a large venue and we expect this will be the smallest audience Niki and the Dove will play to for the foreseeable future. The excitement is palpable then, for the opportunity to get up close and have your head blown back by some huge, iridescent pop songs. This one is SOLD OUT.
Toy - Friday - Shacklewell Arms
Continuing their series at the Shacklewell is Toy. The shows so far have been sold out and packed, with many witnessing some shows we think people will talk about for a long time to come. Get down early if you want in.
ON SALE: Here are a couple of shows onsale but selling very quickly.
First is an October date for SBTRKT - standing is sold out but we have a handful of upper level spots left.
Also onsale now are two special shows for Perfume Genius, who plays at St. Pancras Old Church in May - tickets went on sale this morning but are already on the way to being all snapped up.
Another one close to being full up is Baxter Dury, whose enormously fun live show comes to XOYO on the 23rd of this month.
If you want a part of any of those three dates then don’t delay. Details on our website.
Errors celebrated the release of their excellent new album this week by going in to the studio and hosting the Rock Action podcast. For some great music selections and entertaining hosting by the band follow the link below.
We just announced another show from the excellent Rocketnumbernine, this time at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. We’re happy to use this as an excuse to once again post one of our favourite songs of the past couple of years the brilliant ‘Matthew and Toby’. The duo are hard at work recording at the moment and we can’t wait to hear some more.