Ringo Deathstarr +Blushing
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

“Ringo Deathstarr” is a dynamic, introspective psychedelia, multi-layered album with Frazer and bassist Alex Gehring’s trademark, gorgeous, duel harmonies. ‘Nagoya’ opens with cinematic ambience before the groove-laden gothic allure of ‘God Help The Ones You Love’ and ‘Gazin’. An upbeat, more direct shoegaze bristling with a precision and confidence that’s rarely captured with such energy, and the 90s seeped ‘Once Upon A Freak’ as well as ‘Be Love’ elevate the bands now iconic sound pallet.
Elsewhere the reverb-soaked and dark 80s post-punk of ‘In Your Arms’ and ‘Heaven Obscured’ continue to show a band unwilling to stick to the rule book, with poppier sensibilities, while ‘Lazy Lane’ and ‘The Same Again’ showcase their more lo-fi and garage-rock leanings. And in true Deathstarr fashion album closer ‘Cotton Candy Clouds’ sees us out with a climatic cacophony of guitar work and riotous power from drummer Daniel Coborn.

Ringo Deathstarr began in Austin TX in 2005, but really came together in 2007 after Elliott recorded the first EP and recruited Alex. After a couple of tours and losing another drummer, Elliott’s high school friend Daniel joined up.
Over the band’s lengthy career they’ve seen support from the likes of The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, NME, VICE, Pitchfork, NPR, KEXP, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and many more.

Special guest support comes from Austin band BLUSHING – Considering Austin’s long love affair with boundary-pushing alt rock, it comes as little surprise that it would produce a band like Blushing. Formed in 2016 and consisting of the double husband & wife pairs of Christina & Noe Carmona and Michelle & Jacob Soto, Blushing’s unique brand of dreampop-infused indie rock hearkens back to the halcyon days of college radio. With a diverse array of influences including Elastica, Curve, Veruca Salt, Lush, The Breeders, and Smashing Pumpkins, Blushing manages a deftly executed eclecticism that recalls the best elements of alt rock’s past while retaining a vitality and immediacy that tethers them firmly to the present.

After releasing the Philip Odom engineered EPs Tether (2017) and Weak (2018), the band partnered with Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier to produce their self-titled 2019 debut LP on Wallflower Records and their 2022 followup, Possessions, on Kanine Records. Across their discography, the group’s ever-expanding scope and increasing refinement is easily chartable, culminating in the swirling but propulsive shoegaze of Possessions. Boasting collaborations with Miki Berenyi of Lush and Mark Gardener of Ride, Possessions channels the dreamlike qualities of 4AD’s most ethereal bands paired with the guitar-forward approach of early 90s American indie rock. The result is an astoundingly effective synthesis of forms that is as dynamic as it is comfortingly familiar.

Between their recent Japan tour with Softcult, extensive stateside touring, multiple appearances on live-session staples like LEVITATION, SXSW showcases, and sharing stages with Snail Mail, Blonde Redhead, Beabadoobee and countless others, Blushing’s mastery of their craft is hardly mysterious. Buying a Fender Jaguar and an analogue reverb pedal is one thing; Knowing what to do with them is another matter entirely. Blushing is a band who understands that fact acutely, and they continue to demonstrate it with an adroit, genre-bending versatility that only seems to sharpen with each new effort.

The Pad Presents: GAYE BYKERS ON ACID +Daemonik Force
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

GBOA , the psychedelic electro punk pop ‘grebo’ combo from LA & the Leicester Area are coming to The Portland Arms Cambridge for the very first time on Thursday 5th September.

Gaye Bykers on Acid were formed in late 1984 by Ian Reynolds (Robber) and Ian Hoxley (Mary). They were later joined by guitarist and art student Tony Horsfall and drummer Kevin Hyde. Their first gig was at The Princess Charlotte in Leicester in mid-1985.

Their first releases – the single Everythang’s Groovy and the Nosedive Karma EP – were both recorded in Leeds with Jon Langford of The Mekons, and released on the InTape label. They then signed to Virgin Records releasing the albums Drill Your Own Hole and Stewed to the Gills. Initial quantities of the vinyl version of Drill Your Own Hole were pressed without a hole in the centre, so it was necessary to drill your own hole to play it. The album spent one week at number 95 in the UK Albums Chart in November 1987.

They also played gigs (dressed in women’s clothing) under the name ‘Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds’, supporting themselves, and thus getting paid twice. They also performed as a fictitious East German thrash punk band “Rektüm” (they claimed to have jumped over the Berlin Wall), recording an LP Sakredanus and an EP Real Horror Show under the name.

However management problems and poor sales meant that they were dropped by Virgin in 1989. They subsequently released the album Cancer Planet Mission on their own record label, Naked Brain. They also recycled and used the band name ‘The Purple Fluid Exchange’ (PFX) to release their dance cross-over material. It was at this time that Rocket Ronnie joined the band as DJ, sample player and dance advisor.

In 1990 they released Pernicious Nonsense, their last studio album, recorded with Jon Langford at the Stone Room Studios and at Alaska St. Studios with house engineer Chelo Zambelli. After difficult tours in the US and UK the band broke up, the final blow being when the label Rough Trade, who distributed their Naked Brain recordings, went bankrupt owing them and many other bands considerable amounts of cash.

Two compilation albums were subsequently released on the Receiver record label, From the Tomb of the Near Legendary… (1992) and Gaye Bykers on Acid (1993). A further bootleg compilation of Virgin records studio demo’s was sold by their ex-manager (Tracy Lamott) to Cherry Red Records – Everything’s Groovy (2001).

Tony and Kev collaborated in 1993 to form ‘Steroid’, releasing a CD album entitled “Jism Harvester” on Clay Records, a crazy industrial mish mash of samples and guitar riffs. 25 years later they followed it up with “Scrotox Ulcer” in May 2018 and “Baptising The Alien” in September 2018.

On 22 February 2016, it was announced that Gaye Bykers on Acid would be reforming for a final performance at Indie Daze in October 2016 however the band have continued to tour with Mary Byker spending time between big GBOA and Pop Will Eat Itself, 2 bands, 1 great frontman.


Guest support comes from Daemonik Fonce.

Date hold
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Date hold

Bands TBC

Ouse Valley Singles Club
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm