The 8 legged love child of shoegaze and post-punk, Lemondaze have been wooing venues across East Anglia with their MBV / Slowdive lemon flavoured dream pop grooves. AS heard on You Flexi Thing Vol 5
Hailing from Essex, England, The Verdicts are a group of teenagers who write songs about living in a Post Millennial generation. Their first single You Believe took aim at PM Boris Johnson, with their second single Liverpool Street being an ode to London culture. Their new EP Quaker’s Alley has songs that deal with everything from Essex culture, to heartbreak and dingy alleyways.
As heard on You Flexi Thing Vol 8
Psychedelic punk-prog 4-piece band from Cambridge
As heard on You Flexi Thing Vol 8
Pockets for Girls
Original mix of dream pop, shoegaze and post punk from another young band with huge aspirations
Note: change of lineup as Myles Knight is no longer able to play.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Black Country. Her shouty but melodic brand of folk/punk music often has her being likened to a female Frank Turner or Billy Bragg, and it gets people sitting up and listening. Armed only with an increasingly sticker-covered acoustic guitar and a distinctive, gravelly voice that many don`t expect.
A raw and rowdy modern folk sound of foot stomping anthems and sing along choruses
A singer/songwriter in the alternative folk scene. He has been active on the UK festival circuit since 2005 playing with ‘festival favourites’ Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs at major festivals This is a chance to witness a totally different side to him as he goes solo and sings his own songs about various subjects from love to politics and a few well chosen, reworked covers
Jake’s sound is a distinctively energetic and engaging blend of brash acoustic punk, and melodic indie folk. He intelligently blends tales of life, love, and the road, with dark satire, politics, and his own cheeky brand of cider fuelled humour
One man, a guitar and a loop pedal. Warren Ireland is a modern day troubadour with an arsenal of songs for all kinds of tastes. His originals touch on some of the closest subjects to our hearts, including personal battles, love and unity. An absolute power house of an up and comer.
Yard Act formed in Leeds in September 2019 when Ryan Needham found himself temporarily living in James Smith’s spare bedroom. The two had been pub associates for years, but their new living circumstances served as a catalyst for their friendship and creative partnership which saw them fuse James’ interest in spoken word with Ryan’s primitive proto-punk demos using an ancient drum machine and borrowed bass guitar. They released their first material in March 2020, coinciding with you-know-what, and with just three singles (The Trapper’s Pelts, Fixer Upper and Peanuts) and three gigs to date, Yard Act have staked out a territory all their own. Setting up their own imprint Zen F.C. they released their debut 7” which can now only be found for exorbitant sums on Discogs, they’ve scored two 6music playlists, and they’ve won a growing fanbase with their coruscating, narrative driven, spoken word dance-punk. Now girding their loins for a 2021 filled with new music, new recordings, debut novels, and (fingers crossed) plenty of live shows, Yard Act have most definitely marked our cards as one of UK’s most exciting prospects.
This event has been rescheduled to Friday 15th April 2022. All tickets remain valid.
Shonen Knife – from Osaka, Japan – formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko & Atsuko long before terms like ‘riot girrrl’ entered the lexicon, the all-female trio were happily snapping guitar strings to the sound of imported Ramones covers. Like fellow cult Japanese girl group The 5,6,7,8s, Shonen Knife have weathered decades of musical change by adhering to what they know best: belting out their own infectious brand of feelgood pop-punk.
Over the last 40 years they might not have packed out out stadiums but have been credited as a huge influence on alt rock acts from Sonic Youth to Nirvana. Despite years on the road, their enthusiasm for live
performances remains a joy to see as they delve into an extensive back catalogue ranging from solid thrash rock through to hit parade melodies.
This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday 16th March 2021. All tickets remain valid.
Egyptian Blue make music that is uncompromising yet uplifting. They channel modern anxieties and nervous energy into razor sharp guitar lines and post-punk grooves. Crafted originally above a jeweller’s shop in Colchester, the band then decamped to Brighton (UK) to develop their sound. Egyptian Blue are signed to Yala! Records.
POZI come steeped in the lineage of the very best weirdo British indie pop. The trio of drummer/vocalist Burroughs, violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook and bassist/vocalist Tom Jones have a skittish, restless energy.
Despite drawing on influences such as Devo, Wire and Television, there are no guitars in POZI and the space afforded by the lack of this potentially domineering component is refreshing. Instead, there’s Brook’s violin that by turn swells and stresses, either buoying proceedings along or collapsing them into discord. Jones’ rough, scruffy basslines hold each song tightly together as all great bassists should do. Then there’s Burroughs’ sparsely-filled but frantically driven rhythmic repetition and his capital city yelp, words tumbling out as though desperately trying to get out of the way of the ones behind.
West London five-piece Chubby and the Gang are balanced by two energies – a casual “f*** it” on one side, an active “f*** off” on the other. For every moment of punk imperfection, there’s an intricate flurry of detail.
Made up of musicians from across the consistently thriving and criminally overlooked UK hardcore scene (ft. The Chisel, Big Cheese and more), Chubby and the Gang marinate its characteristic speed and sick-of-it-all energy in a mixture of 50s pop sounds. The result is a prickly take on the older, more melodic genres that punk derives from, chewing them up and spitting them out into something mangled but revitalised.
Through sheer force of strength, their debut album Speed Kills pummelled its way out of the local hardcore scene and across the Atlantic, where it was met with a landslide of critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.
Millie Manders and The Shutup create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of Pop appeal.
We are very pleased to be welcoming long time faves, P.A.I.N, to headline a benefit for Scarecrow Corner. They played on the SoundScape Solar Stage in Scarecow Corner a couple of years ago at the Fair.
Established in 1995, The Propaganda And Information Network (as P.A.I.N is officially named) was first put together from the ashes of two seminal free festival bands: A.O.S.3 and Radical Dance Faction. Brought together to carry on the same Anarcho-style rantings, but with a much harder, Punk Rock attitude to it (less toking and more drinking!) within the first 7 days of forming P.A.I.N managed to book up a 3 week tour, literally writing the set in soundchecks. The band went from strength to strength releasing their first live demo (Prison’s no Place for Punishment – a real collector’s item these days,) within their first month of existence. Well that was years ago. Since then P.A.I.N. have released 2 studio albums, 2 cd singles and a couple of live albums, and are currently working on a new studio album and a P.A.I.N. in Dub album. “Sharpen your cutlasses boys, there’s a mighty stormy sea ahead!!”
We welcome The Blunders back to Cambridge after a fantastic benefit gig last year and a storming set at this year’s Fair.
Loud, full on and in your face no-holds-barred post punk at its best – that’s The Blunders. This band take no prisoners and are getting recognition for their live gigs and on the festival circuit. Tight and danceable with biting social commentary and savage humour from this West Country 3-piece.
They have 2 albums out and are currently working on a third.
Another long time fave of Scarecrow Corner, we are always very happy to welcome The Skraelings to Cambridge. They have played for us many times before, both at benefit gigs and at The Fair.
A 5-piece Essex-based band of noise deliverers, with roots in the 70s punk explosion.
Established in 1990, they blazed a three year trail across the stages of squatted parties and free festivals before summoning themselves into the timely now.
Their ‘Good Medicine’ EP is produced by Rat Scabies and Bob Earland. And they are currently working on new material.
This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 22nd April 2021. All tickets remain valid.
“New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency” – New York Times
“[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance….extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness.” – NPR Music
“Part It’s Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by” – The Guardian on ‘Hasta La Vista’
“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” – The Fader
“The art-school project that’s evolved into one of indie-rock’s most politically dynamic emerging acts” – Entertainment Weekly
“Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that’s roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude” – Rolling Stone
“The girl gang proving there’s force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation” – Dazed
This event has been rescheduled from 30th September 2021. All tickets remain valid.
Shonen Knife – from Osaka, Japan – formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko and Atsuko. Long before terms like ‘riot girrrl’ entered the lexicon, the all-female trio were happily snapping guitar strings to the sound of imported Ramones covers. Like fellow cult Japanese girl group The 5,6,7,8s, Shonen Knife have weathered decades of musical change by adhering to what they know best: belting out their own infectious brand of feelgood pop-punk.
Over the last 40 years they might not have packed out out stadiums but have been credited as a huge influence on alt rock acts from Sonic Youth to Nirvana. Despite years on the road, their enthusiasm for live performances remains a joy to see as they delve into an extensive back catalogue ranging from solid thrash rock through to hit parade melodies.