Things we didn't know a month ago : April 2018

Pleasure Complex by Keith Goldhanger

Keith Goldhanger provides us with some of the new music that’s crept out during April 2018.

As the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer it’s also noticeable at the moment (around here anyway) that whilst the big gigs are getting even more expensive, the amount of free shows available is also on the increase.

An expensive gig doesn’t automatically deem it a great gig and of course vice versa, you don’t need telling this of course because the chances are you’re eyes (and ears) are here because if you wanted to hear The Arctic Monkeys you’d put the radio on (perhaps you have it on anyway).

Trawl through this series of ‘Thing we didn’t know….’ articles and you’ll notice most bands that have been mentioned are also those that have appeared at one of many free gigs in the capital. This month I think it’s time to catch up on some old friends.

People we knew a month ago but tunes we didn’t. . . . .

Gig of the year so far for at least one of us was the recent (Free) Francobollo / PLEASURE COMPLEX (main pic) gig in what seemed to be a new venue for most of us called Set in Dalston Lane (East London). With a capacity of roughly 100 – 150 (there wasn’t a head count) this was a night that reminded one of us that these bands as well as the bands also in attendance (not performing) need mentioning again. Especially the ones that have just made a new tune or two available for the people at home who maybe don’t get the chance to spend a fiver on a pint during a wet Tuesday night.

FRANCOBOLLO – Turned up at this gig and played a bunch of new song that sounded as marvellous as everything else they’ve ever done. Some of us love it when bands do this. This came out in April and if you’ve not heard this band yet then you have a lot of catching up to do.

Another band that turned up recently and played us a heap of new tunes were ASYLUMS.

There’s a second album on it’s way this year plus three or four half written articles I still haven’t completed that I need to complete before the whole Cool Thing Records story explodes even more and makes it impossible to keep up with. Asylums is one thing – The record label the boys run is equally impressive.

HOO HAS  have provided us with another fabulous new ditty which disappointingly isn’t called Francobollo and  GABY GARBUT has a new tune available that sounds like a cross between The Libertines and Dexys.

THE INDICA GALLERY was a 1960’s art Gallery where John Lennon met Yoko. I met this lot who have decided to call their band this in a pub one night apparently …..a few months later they sent me this which needs your attention. It’s the only tune they have available at the moment. It reminds me of The Silent League, a band that played one gig in London and released one great album about ten years ago. Oh …. and John Lennon. This is fab.

I do remember meeting them …honest!

HEAVY LUNGS however are a band I’ve never met.

A band that played a free show at the Old Blue Last a couple of hours after the football had finished one Saturday evening. Some people cannot walk past a bookies without going in for a bet. Others cannot walk past a venue hosting a free show without sticking their head through the door for half an hour. This is my favourite tune of April 2018.  They were pretty awesome live too, and yes that really is the bloke from Idles in the video. turn this up, sit back and come along to see them when they play next.

It might be free.
It might cost a fiver.

It certainly won’t be more than fifty quid.

Tune in next month where we hope to have received the answer as to why Morrissey would want to know where eggs are kept in a supermarket ?

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV). You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page or browse some of his photos too if you so wish.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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