Well, ‘Summer’ went by fast didn’t it. So fast no one even noticed. Not one football-in-the-park day. Not one London Fields Lido trip. Not a sniff of a tan. Alas, we can’t say it’s been a bad summer. At the start it was very good, but that was more like spring. Then it just became Autumn. Also, we’ve had fun: Bon Bon started up, LED Festival, 1-2-3-4 Festival, Hackney Regatta. Fun times. And so summer ends and the season starts again. Football is back and so is your weekend drinking.
Well, Bon Bon has been our highlight. We’ve had some great times. Not that it’s anywhere near over. Last Bon Bon on the August bank holiday was great fun. Thanks to Nwando and the hula team who came and brought a lot of fun. That ritual of ‘Who’s Got The Crack’ as the final song of the night as decreed by me seems to have stuck. If you don’t stay until the end when we play it then you just aren’t trying hard enough.
Lots to look forward to then. Including this Saturday 10th, and Saturday 24th when the wonderful Messy Fingers are taking over the upstairs rock ‘n’ roll room and generally causing trouble. Leon Hatcher from Messy Finger is responsible for our amazing visuals that are blasted onto the wall in the Ballroom at our nights and he will do a sterling job of keeping you dancing so come on down, it might be the best one yet!
As always, we will be free entry and open until 4am. We have a lot of fun. It stays busy until late so come down at any time. There is a guest list so make sure you attend the facebook event to get on it. We play indie, electro, some new rock and garage and some 80s classics downstairs. Upstairs we play rock n roll of the good old days with a good helping of surf and some original garage rock. Drinks are amazing and if you get there before 10pm it’s 2-for-1 on the cocktails (and they are strong!). There isn’t a cooler night on Upper St. See you there!!
Well that was a pretty f**king good start wasn’t it. To those of you who came to our launch night, thank you, we love you all! To those that didn’t, you seriously missed out! But don’t worry, Bon Bon will of course be back on Saturday 30 July. Plans are already taking shape and Bon Bon II may or may not include: free polaroids, free booze, free surf lessons and a free trained live panda. More details will follow soon, but until then you can (reminisce/see what you missed) by taking a look at a few of the photos from Saturday’s shenanigans.
Well mes copains, the time has finally come. The very first Bon Bon party launches Islington off into the nethersphere to return anon. The Muses have been singing about us and the streets call out our name; the future is a double-ended dildo. The dichotomy of life is thus: Great new indie, electro, disco, surf-rock and some persistent classics will exist in a space of exquisite lasciviousness perpetrated by some terrible perpetrators in the Ballroom (that’s the downstairs bar and dancefloor). Whilstwhile, ascending the staircase will pertain to an otherworldly sound echoing back from the early 20th century: proper rock n roll, swing, surf, rockabilly in two beautiful vintage lounges cherrydecorated with chandalier and candelabra.
We are free, but if there is a queue then you can say you know us. Dressing up is encouraged, we love vintage fashion, but not necessary. Looking good is. Of course, that comes naturally.
We begin at 9pm and finish around 4am. That’s the latest party on Upper Street.
It’s nearest to Highbury and Islington, but you can get from Angel in about five minutes too.
Drinks are very reasonable and the bar staff know how to make a helluva cocktail.
While one distinguished member of the Crumble Mega Squad is fishing his tent out of a quagmire in a field somewhere in the South West of God’s Glorious Country (not USA), we are going to look at an altogether different festival that’s coming up in just two weeks’ time. On 9th July, Shoreditch Park (which is situated behind Hoxton Street) will dehisce and let in fuck loads of crusty hipsters. Yes, this is very much Shoreditch’s festival, it belongs to East London. That’s not to its detriment, in fact, it means that what you’ll be getting at this festival are bands at the absolute cutting edge of music, the newest and coolest bands that you will be listening to in a year’s time thinking: “Fuck, why didn’t I see these guys at 1234 rather than trying to finger that 18-year-old arts student?”
We don’t know her, but she’s sleeping and she might not notice…
Black Lips – Starting Over
Anyway, I want to alert you to the fact that, in collaboration with Noisey.com, you can get 1234 tickets for about a fiver less than the normal price! Additionally, this gets you in to a number of after parties which you will be wanting to go to. XOYO has Zombie Nation, Autokratz, stopmakingme, and more (which is a line up in itself!) for £6 (or free with the Noisey ticket!), Dalston Superstore has Hannah Holland, and other places such as Old Blue Last and our favourite gash-trap Catch-22 open their doors. XOYO might be the latest but Catch is pretty close and we do love Catch. FUUUUUURRRTHERMOOORE, there are some motherflippin’ PRE-PARTIES to go to too. Man, it’s a hard life. At The Shacklewell Arms (in new management and now super-cool) there will be a pre-party this very Saturday. Advert, Peepholes and French Kissing will play live and there are DJs til 3am. Not bad.
Black Lips are headlinging the festival, and are obviously going to be quality; be sure to wear leather or denim and grow your hair especially for the event. However, there are some other bands we want to highlight for your delight.
Damo Suzuki is a crazy Japanese guy from Can (an old krautrock band) and could well be worth catching just for some experimental, messy, insane, hard rock n roll. Lydia Lunch is some mentalist 20th century version of Laurie Anderson or something, not the most accessible music but interesting nonetheless.
Rainbow Arabia – Without You (Nguzunguzu remix)
Rainbow Arabia are a nice and lovely electronic singy band from “fucking L.A.” and they play quite nice electronic singy music with good drums. Worth catching. Look a bit old though; hope they aren’t trying a Ting Tings.
Nguzuznguzu are bloody excellent though!
Munch Feat. Lexx – Shottas (Nguzunguzu remix)
And check this badman out.
Nguzunguzu – Strut (Dubbel Dutch remix)
Purity Ring – Ungirthed (Christian AIDS remix)
Rave is back. More proof of which comes in the form of one of our very favourites Christian AIDSStay+, who have had to change their name because of threatened legal action from the Good Samaritans at Christian Aid. It is a pretty offensive name, I did wonder how long it would be before it happened. However, you are going to be cutting off your foreskin to get tickets to see this band next year, mark my words. We are actually seeing them at The Victoria in Dalston next Thursday 30th June, it’s a free gig but you have to go on Ticketweb to get the tickets. They are a pretty mysterious outfit so you better get them while they’re hot. Pretty much everything Stay+ have done so far is amazing, and its got a distinct and fresh sound. Rave for the post-2 girls 1 cup world.
Nelson Grover – Awake (TWR72 remix)
TWR72 are another act reviving rave, or ‘Future Techno’ as NME dubbed it. Either way, if you come down to 1234, and like electronic dance music, the trio of Stay+, Nguzunguzu and TWR72 will keep your ear drums ringing with the sounds of 1993 for days. They are another band that Crumble hope to catch while we are there.
If it’s dirty, and messy, and raucous, then we can do business.1234 is all about finding out what’s going on in the future. Get your cheap ticket from Noisey.com through seetickets here, and come say hi to the guys giving flyers to any and all hot girls; the flyers will look like this:
Further mentions go to:
Babeshadow, who sound like an English version of Fool’s Gold, and are actually very nice. I’m a sucker for summer.
Two Wounded Birds, from Margate of all places. Sound like an English The Drums maybe. British Surf rock, if such a thing exists. On Moshi Moshi so you know they are legit.
Another surf rock band, that apparently started out as a joke, are Sex Beet. English version of Wavves?? Pretty good! Nice and noisy.
Hooray for Earth are the kind of band that could go unnoticed. I don’t know what it is about music that is synth driven into outer space that makes it indistinct, but it would not be wrong to compare Hooray for Earth to MGMT, Yeasayer, Klaxons, Late of the Pier etc who all seem to disappear until a new album comes out and everyone remembers them again. All these bands are loved dearly for a short period of time and passed over to the annals. I would like to hope, for Noel Heroux’s sake and our sakes too, that this won’t happen to Hooray for Earth. However, it’s a sad inditement of music today that it’s all too transient and short-lived.
Having said that, forget all about it, max-screen this video, turn the volume up and let it wash over you.
I knew I would write a postive review of this album within about the first two minutes of the first song. The euphoric opener (Realize it’s not the sun; above) is an impressive intro to a very good (and sometimes fantastic) album. It sets the tone of space dreams and nightmares of the distant future well, and it sticks to it. Songs like Hotel show lonely, depressed element of Heroux’s personality that has been documented before. However, other key tracks (the better ones on the album) have an overwhelmingly euphoric and dare-I-say-it ‘epic’ effect. It’s like listening to a great tragedy where the love story ends in massive heartbreak but it’s so beautiful that you are glad it ended, as it would never have been important if it hadn’t.
The title track of the album (True Loves; above video) is probably the best to date, and the video really works. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Yearsayer’s Ambling Amp video.
The music is huge. Layers upon layers of synth. Two vocalists. Stacks of drums and beats. I want to see this happen live in a big way, and can’t wait for them to tour here in the UK, of which there are no current plans. They are currently touring with Architecture in Helsinki in the US, but the album was just released on 7th June via Dove Cote Records, whom I assume you will be able to buy the album from if you are in the US?
Hooray for Earth first came to my attention from their work with Twin Shadow. Twin Shadow did an excellent remix of Surrounded By Your Friends (from the Momo EP) and then they collaborated to write A Place We Like. I leave you these gifts and will probably be playing them at our new night ‘Bon Bon’ on 16th July, to be held at Albert & Pearl on Upper Street. Click for the Facebook event page and the ‘Like‘ page. Hopefully see you there!
Hooray for Earth – Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow remix)