March 2018

MONO CLUB by Keith Goldhanger

Keith Goldhanger reports on his new discoveries during the third month of 2018.

During a month that has brought weather conditions with fancy names, ear infections, more snow, rubbish TV sports presenters gobbing at cars, a very decent radio 4 show featuring bands we know and love talking politics  and even more superb performances by bands we already knew about (Asylums aired a few new tunes this month that one of us cannot wait to hear again in the comfort of the living room), this cold windy horrible month has had some of us scouring the festival line ups wondering which fields we’ll be standing in as we watch some of the bands we’ve championed over the years as they slowly creep up the pecking order.

As this month came to an end it was realised that the months highlights mostly seemed to feature personnel we’d seen before in other bands.

Skinny Girl Diet were down to a duo last time we looked. This month the bands’ guitarist DELILAH HOLIDAY uploaded a solo track that’s worth playing over a dozen times before realising you’ve been listening to this for days on end and need to stop keeping tunes like this to yourself.

RAF RUNDELL appeared alongside Insecure Men (Fat White Family/Childhood) this month and arguments ensured as to whether we’d ever heard a more eclectic bunch of tunes from just one band in half an hour that we did that evening. Raf is also half of the musical duo known to us all as Two Bears (The other half being Joe Goddard of Hot Chip) and as members seemed to arrive on stage for three minutes, disappear or reappear again sometimes donning paper mache heads it took some of us a while to decipher who was in charge of all the beautiful chaos we were witnessing. This was the tune we were looking for once back home that night.

The harsh weather meant MONO CLUB (main pic) have still yet to be witnessed in the flesh but their debut album ‘Sky High and Submarine’ that arrived in the shops at the end of March already feels like a long term winner to place alongside the two Goldheart Assembly albums the personnel involved were also responsible for. Goldheart Assembly may have finished now but a quick browse along the available photo’s of MONO CLUB suggest this is pretty much the same band minus James Dale  (who now runs LGM Records , the label this album has been released on).

Essex record label Cool Thing Records have given us yet another fabulous band called  INDIAN QUEENS who were once called Bleech. This wasn’t known to some of us as we watched them and marvelled at how a band could remind us of the Slits and Radiohead at the same time. This tune is something impossible to discard at the moment.

Staying in Essex (just about I believe) — BESSIE TURNER  has gone a bit loud and overloaded on some strong guitar on her upcoming 22:22 EP. This is out on Don’t Try records soon and is stunning.

Finally though, this arrived this month. In what isn’t the track that the man behind the Email was asking me to listen to but the idea of this ‘Things’ piece is really an excuse to throw you together short mix of 4 or 5 bands and not feel too guilty about not knowing anything about them. Life’s a marathon and I may or may not come back to this artist again soon. They describe themselves as makers of  ‘Sad boy Disco’, they call themselves ELLEH and this track is infectious enough to get you dancing around the living room before slipping on those dancing shoes for another big night out.

Coming up soon ….. The month we know as April.

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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