Vibration ep Launch Party
with support from
Soundwave, Level Up, Queen Dogs, RedX and The Daze
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sunday 9th December, 2-5pm.
(A Young Performers Extravaganza)
Cambridge seems to be awash with talented, motivated and exciting young performers, as if they were washed in from the fens along the Cam.
Whether it be the Junction Fivers or Young Performers gigs at The Portland Arms and Relevant Records, the demand to play seems endless and the enthusiasm of audiences infectious. Even national radio has been eager to get in on the act, broadcasting releases recorded by school kids in local sheds.
Recently a number of even younger bands have sprung to notice. Prominent amongst there are Vibration, straight outta Histon louder than a road race on the A14.
Forming while in Year 5 at Primary School, these 3 boys have just started big school. However they’ve been making big noises for a whole lot longer. Churning out quality compositions faster than I can type this text, they recorded their debut ep (tentatively entitled ‘Brainbomb’ or perhaps ‘Instant Pressure’) at R*E*P*E*A*T’s Big Badger studios over the summer holidays, aged just 11. The tracks pack energy, melody, harmony, heartfelt lyrics and spiky guitars: reference points include Green Day, Nirvana and Feeder, but they also bristle with originality and inventiveness.
The band are already planning their first album.
To launch this precocious musical assault, the band are holding an all ages release party at Cambridge Portland Arms on the afternoon of Sunday December 9th, and they’ve invited some of the best of the rest of young local talent to join them. So, support so far comes from Cambridge’s Level Up and Soundwave, along with Queen Dogs, RedX and The Daze, all from Bury St Edmunds (“Rock City”), some of whom are considerably younger than their hosts.
The Vibration ep should be available to buy on the night, and it will also be able to buy online from and https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/ and to stream from usual digital distributors.
The gig runs from 2-5pm and is open to all ages; however kids need to be accompanied by responsible adults, while adults need to be accompanied by reckless kids.
Entry is free, with a collection for Love Music Hate Racism.
If you believe that kids these days don’t love rock’n’roll, come and have a listen and be prepared to have your brain bombed!
It’s time for Green Mind’s annual indie rock christmas party!
This year’s headliner is Lemondaze who’ve been our favourite new local band by far. Pushing all our musical buttons they take the best of 90s shoegaze and twist it into new energetic shapes. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Dinosaur Jr and more.
Maud are a sparser affair, with chorus drenched guitar and spindly bass, bringing to mind Warpaint, The XX and more.
|Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
On very rare occasions, from the most destructive of places, beauty can emerge. Ever since singer Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel met as “two strangers with disparate tastes and influences,” the two have been carving out a body of work that resembles an essence of chaos and beauty; a feeling of estrangement, an expression of morbid elegance, inspired by opposing sides. The funny thing about opposites, is they need each other in order to exist – one wouldn’t be what it is without the other.
From this place of tension, Estrons found their debut album. Ultimately, the bind that ties them is their love of creating fresh, exhilarating music, and with You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough, they’ve done just that.Beginning as an experiment, Estrons quickly became significantly more important than intended. They are simply aforce that cannot be forced.
With its off-kilter rhythms, angular guitar work and clashing atmospherics, the album is both arresting and thrillingly disorienting – a fitting sound for a band of “highly driven, frustrated, volatile people.”#
Vocals and instrumentals collide together throughout, creating a wild, beautiful noise – likely mirroring the self-confessed love/hate relationship between Rhodri and Tali, tied together by bassist, and long running producer,Steffan Pringle, whom they eventually convinced to join them. Despite the odds, they have captured a sound of their own. Estrons’ music “can be off-putting at first glance,” says Rhodri. “It’s only when you make your way through it that you get it. I have no time for music that doesn’t leave some sort of a mark.” And nor, evidently, does he make it.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
“A voice for the voiceless, Louisa Roacher’s lyricism is poignant and powerful as she offers a critique on social norms and government actions, her words lifted higher by zero-gravity synth lines and psychedelic splashes of guitar. Spoken-word that borders on rap at times, Roacher performs poetry that challenges the status quo to create a sonic revolution; “how can one be free whilst one lives in pain,” she defiantly sings.” Clash Magazine
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm
Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It’s also the alter ego of four notable talents – Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ ‘Moose’ McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica).
Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka’s music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under. The band will be making their live debut in November 2018.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm