Over the course of their four albums, West Midlands-based Alunah carved their own path merging elements of doom, psych and classic heavy rock with earthy hypnotic vocal melodies. Their last album, ‘Solennial’, is out now so give it a listen!
BONGCAULDRON (Intoxicating Party Sludge)
Stumbling drunk in to the UK underground in 2011, BongCauldron released their first EP in 2013 and started grafting in an attempt to deafen as many people as possible up and down the country, supporting legends along the way such as Windhand, Acid King, Yob, Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod. 2017 will see the release of their debut album, ‘Binge’.
EARTHMASS (Metal, Progressive, Doom)
Featuring members of Chestburster and The 5 String Dropout Band, Essex-based Earthmass play crushing, planet-destroying doom so heavy that not even Hercules himself could lift it.
Entry by advance ticket only. 18+ event
The concept is very simple: bring down your records, play them on our turntable, enjoy dancing and hang out with other music lovers.
There are no restrictions on genre, style, period or provenance; if you like it, we want to hear it, so be brave!
We hope to attract dancers (bringing music is encouraged, NOT compulsory!) and collectors alike to enjoy and listen to each other’s music in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Alexander Shields has been recording music under the moniker A GRAVE WITH NO NAME for a number of years now, creating collections of songs that encapsulate the longing, desolate feeling of his namesake. Shields carefully crafts voice, ambient noise, thoughtful acoustics and field recordings to create an atmosphere that is at times both distant and intensely intimate.
CAM DEAS is an experimental musician based in London. Currently working with electronics, he uses an integrated array of synthesis techniques that are triggered by, and in turn manipulate, external acoustic sound sources, in and out of conjunction with pure electronic sounds. Working in an entirely live environment, Deas creates a kind of real-time musique concrete, resulting in an abstract yet organic contemporary electronic music.
Plus, distressed/distressing vox and electronics from MK duo THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NEXT.
Our monthly comedy night returns for a new year of shows!
Headline – Mark Felgate
A man with many unique talents! Mark’s startling abilities as a ventriloquist, combined with guitar playing and a wickedly daft sense of humour, have helped him become a sought after act on the stand-up comedy circuit.
Performing without a dummy, Mark throws his voice to create side-splitting routines on school life, freaking out drunks and pallbearers and the vagaries of censorship. His performances include a slew of silly voices, noises, vocal acrobatics, twisted songs and guitar histrionics
Opening – Eric Patric
Compering – Adam Broomfield-Strawn
Tickets just £6 in advance, £7.50 on the door.
“Pastoral and folky songs recall everybody from Jeff Buckley to Ryan Adams” – NME
A singer / songwriter from Ealing, London who generated industry salivation for a single song he recorded on Garageband in his bedroom; ‘Last Words’. It signalled a young artist wearing his emotions on his sleeve and in control of a quite incredible voice.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
We can think of many things to say about this show, but to be quite frank, Sub Pop have said it more eloquently already:
“On Friday, January 19th, 2018, Hot Snakes entire discography — Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress — will be reissued on CD / LP / CS / DL worldwide through Sub Pop. The first pressing of the LP reissues of these albums will be on colored vinyl (Automatic Midnight on orange, Suicide Invoice on yellow, and Audit in Progress on pink) and each album will come with its own, new set of 6 stickers designed by the band’s Rick Froberg. And Jan. 19 will be the first time any of these albums have been available on cassette.
These influential post-hardcore all-stars boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more released three of our favorite rock records of the past 20 years: Automatic Midnight in 2000, Suicide Invoice in 2002 and Audit in Progress in 2004. And now, finally, they’re ours! As we await the somewhat-later-in-2018 release of their first new album since 2004, please make these Sub Pop reissues yours”
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
“It’s the sound of all your messiest student rock nights packed into 39 breathless minutes.” NME
“Noisy, riotous, anthemic and bristling with excitement, INHEAVEN is an album to rage along with.” DIY
“A complete throwback to everything that’s been missing for over twenty years, INHEAVEN have blown the cobwebs off and are ready to kick some life back into a stale scene.” The Line Of Best Fit
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm
Excitable alt-rock from the dark heart of East Anglia. One for fans of twisty alt-rock, like early Biffy, Reuben et al. Travelling many miles to play reasonably attended shows. Receiving mutual respect and making friends. Playing loud raucous music in cramped spaces.
Moonstrips are psychedelic adventurers, channelling both classic psych like Floyd and noisier more recent examples like Spiritualized.
What a night we’ve got planned for you! Celebrating our 10th birthday* on our annual Portland jaunt, we’re teaming up with Cambridge Rock Royalty, THE LONELY!
Fronted by critically acclaimed local legends Graham Buxton and Ted Koehorst, these blokes are still rocking as hard as anyone after 39 years on the national circuit. These boys have always been the blueprint for the Indietones, so come see the original Rock Behemoth and the heirs apparent on the same night!
£10 entry on the door, first come first served so get there early. This WILL be a full house, we’ll get as many of you in there as regs allow!
*10 years. Blimey. Friday 22nd February 2008 at The White Horse Milton to be exact. A pint of milk was 2&6 Back then.
Aaahh!!! Real Records presents
EL MORGAN & THE DIVERS
El Morgan is a singer armed with an edgily soulful voice, one that conveys unwavering passion and a gritty determination. Her sound is born from a love of dark post punk, punk rock and her early musical experiences. She was raised to perform from an early age, often brought out to sing and play at parties by her country musician father, a man she sites as her earliest musical influence. After initially rejecting this influence during her rebellious teens, following her father’s death, she used this project to embrace her early musical education creating the hybrid sound we hear today.
B-SYDES (FULL BAND)
Cambridge/London indie-punk singer-songwriter backed up by a full band.
Please note: this is a matinee show, with doors at 4pm and an expected finish of 7pm.
Join us for the Cambridge LGBT+ History Month open mic and benefit gig with headliner Grace Petrie. All profits will be donated to Galop – the UK’s LGBT+ anti-violence charity.
Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today. Grace is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, and has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures.
Open mic slots will be available on the night, first come first served. (10 min slots, bring your own instrument/talent!)
“Strange Bones come from Blackpool, and Blackpool is Strange Bones. A town in Lancashire but a town not ‘part’ of Lancashire. This is a town of total political autonomy, fiercely independent of mind, body and spirit. Not ‘part’ of anything except itself. Strange Bones could come from nowhere else.
In 2014, now still only in their early 20’s, Bob and Will Bentham teamed up with lifelong friend Stuart Newburn and formed Strange Bones. Just mates, playing punk rock music together in this most independent of British towns.
First comes ‘Sick of it All’(SOIA) a powerful slab of Blackpool Rock. But the music falls out of them: Marbles, Gods Girls, Dutch, God Save the Teen all towering melodies and deep riffs. Annie Mac plays the record, gigs start getting booked and Blackpool is on the road again.
Strange Bones are a three piece from Blackpool. Bobby Bentham, vocals and guitar. Will Bentham, vocals and bass guitar and Stuart Newburn, drums. They are putting loud music out again, it’s worth listening to because it has a purpose. Their mum and dad are proud of them.”
With support from FALSE HEADS
We are thrilled to announce we will be playing in Cambridge on Friday February 9th with an incredible line up alongside FutureLives, Grieving and the mighty Tuskar.
Please join us for an epic evening of live music and a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Please help spread the word and we can’t wait to see you all there!
Featuring ex-members of The Tupolev Ghost (Big Scary Monsters) and Victory Points, our debut EP, “Demonstrations”, saw 4 of its 5 tracks supported by the likes of Dan P Carter, Huw Stephens and Tom Ravenscroft at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 and extensive support at BBC Introducing.
“My Friend, The Ghost” was included in Already Heard, Kerrang! and Oklahoma’s Lefty’s best tracks of 2016.
With an eventual album in mind, 5 more songs were recorded with Bob Cooper (Nai Harvert, Self Defense Family, Citizen) in Leeds in early 2017 – two of these, “Brian Emo” and “Start Young”, have since seen the light of day, both of which also secured plays on Radio 1’s Rock Show and premieres with Washed Up Emo and Kerrang!.
Future Lives is a solo project from multi-instrumentalist Ross Smithwick of Lonely The Brave. Having spent much of the last year writing and recording his own material, he has put together a live band and in his own words: “it’s time to start sharing that music with the world”
Relatively new to the fold having formed less than a year ago by vocalist/drummer Tyler Hodges and guitarist Tom Dimmock, this October saw the official release of Arianrhod, the debut EP from Milton Keynes’ nastiest “nuclear sludge” duo, Tuskar.
Signed to Riff Rock Records – the UK’s leading purveyors of sludge, doom and stoner rock – Tuskar’s arrival completes a hard rock triptych of artists currently residing on the London-based label; together with afro-psych trio Vodun and the quite frankly, fuck-knows-whatery of fuzz-masters Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters.
For Hodges and Dimmock the chemistry they share is unmistakable, both live and in the studio. Having grown up listening to the likes of Conan, Sleep, Behemoth and Darkthrone, at only twenty years of age both bring an energy and savagery that could potentially mark Sludge Metal’s future as forever theirs.
“We’re really excited to be a part of Riff Rock,” explains Hodges. “We can’t wait for this chapter of our journey to start, and we can unleash the riff upon the masses.”
Arianrhod by Tuskar was released on 20th October 2017 via Riff Rock Records.
The Grey have come to the table with a debut release which is very strong with just the right balance of ambience and sheer ferociousness. Those moments that are heavy are just that. Those with a thirst for great riffs will be more than catered for and if groove is your thing you check that box too. It’s not often bands come to the table with such well-produced and expertly crafted music.
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit Ahab, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of Ahab originator Dave Burn.
Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, whose drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with Ahab, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014.
A contact of Brookes later lead to a meeting between Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott. The lead guitarist was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn’s demo’s for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.
Graham Knight was quickly drafted in on bass and vocals, having already played shows with ahab throughout 2012, he was an obvious fit.
The band have some impressive credentials with Llewellyn and Burn having already honed their songwriting craft during their tenure with Ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their performance at the Cropredy Festival 2010. That performance paved the way for a collaboration with legendary producer John Leckie and being championed by BBC 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. The band went on to play many successful tours in UK, Denmark, Germany and Australia as well as notable festivals; Bestival, Green Man, Wilderness and Board Masters amongst others.