As usual, our pals at Roadkill Records have planned an incredible celebration of all things fuzz to grizzle up your sunny August weekend. And, as usual, we recommend going to both days; not just because of the line-up, but also because we're DJing the hangover shift on Sunday and want to see you there, hungover from Saturday, ideally swaying slightly.
Saturday afternoon will kick off with the intensely powerful Petsematary. Harrowing melodies, empowering lyrics and a charmingly sinister darkness.
The easing in gently continues to an extent with the tricksy beats and insect-crunching guitars of After London. Expect theatrical vocals punching out catchy choruses and punctuating intergalactic synths breaks.
Next, everyone's favourite creep-synth duo Sex Cells take over. Their dark, kraut-influenced spaced out alt-pop is undeniably good, as are their incredible live shows. Check them out on the rather handy playlist that the guys at Roadkill pulled together for you, below. Then, continuing the psych-electronica vibes, Two Tribes will be bringing their equally high-energy performances along with some seriously hook-laden space-pop bangers.
We're steadily getting into the evening portion by the time I Am Lono will hit the stage. Moving away from the space synth and further towards synth rock, the band hit hard with killer bass lines and post-punk vocals, while us listeners get lost in fogs of swirling guitars.
Things will start getting predictably crazy by the time self-confessed ghost grungers GHUM get involved. We absolutely love how everything they write builds from post-punk darkness into a full blown grunge frenzy. They're able to write songs that hit you like pop should, while still retaining a wealth of darkness. We stan.
Saturday's main support, Cosmic Strip push what-passes-as-indie to its new wave psych limits. Brooding, building and unpredictable we expect to be fully whipped into a frenzy by the time they're done with us. Their songs are carefully crafted and musically luscious, coming at you like a well-watered acid-trip garden.
Closing Saturday off are the sweetest noise-makers of them all, Thee MVPs. Their haphazard garage rock, non-stop riffage and seemingly inexhaustible ability to "just play it faster" makes them one of the greatest party bands around. The songs are made up of sixties pop hooks hidden behind an oozing wall of fuzz and absurd guitar solos. They're quite simply, the most fun.
We asked Roadkill's Josh Cooper if he wanted to say anything about the weekender. He replied, with characteristic gleeful enthusiasm, "Just that we’re stoked I guess! The last one was special because it was the final gig we did at The Lock Tavern, which is where we started the weekender. So we really wanted this one to be a step bigger - bigger venue, bigger garden, more bands. Most of the line-up are friends and artists who’ve played for us before, but there are a few in there we’ve been aching to have on for years and finally got ‘em - namely our two headliners. So yeah, bigger, better, nastier."
Read about Sunday's line-up right here.