Get In Her Ears @ Notting Hill Arts Club w/ ESYA 30.11.19

Get In Her Ears returned to Notting Hill Arts Club to host another evening of alternative music, headlined by the multi-talented ESYA (Ayse Hassan of Savages/Kite Base/180 db). South London duo Scrounge shared the bill, as we as spoken word artist & drummer Eilis Frawley.

The task of opening the night fell to Berlin-based Eilis, who delivered her unique cacophony of live drums, electronic elements and spoken-word lyrics with captivating precision. Performing singles ‘Strangers’ and ‘Illusions’ (both championed by Radio X’s John Kennedy, who was in attendance), her one woman show felt all the more powerful, as many of her songs are informed by feminist beliefs that align perfectly with GIHE.

Scrounge took to the stage next to perform their savage post-punk noise. Lucy & Luke’s live sets are always a raw, urgent affair; and we felt every beat of tracks ‘Badoom’ and ‘Purpose’. The duo released their EP Ideal, earlier this year, and it’s barely left our ears since. They’re firm favourites of GIHE, and their heavy guitar riffs and knockout drumming sat perfectly between Eilis & ESYA’s sets.

  

Headlining the night and performing her last London show of 2019, ESYA hypnotized us with her dark, brooding electronics. Filled with buzzing synth textures, direct vocals and pummeling beats; her songs flesh out the absurdities of our relationships and interactions with each other. Set highlights included ‘Nothing’, ‘Everything’, and brand new single ‘Blue Orchid’, lifted from her recent EP, Absurdity of ATCG (II) – Emergent Form. She multi-tasks triggering synths, performing  vocals, and plucking bass strings throughout the set, and she’s met with deserved cheers and applause at the end of the show.

Huge thanks to the sound engineer and staff at Notting Hill Arts Club.

Follow the bands on Facebook for more updates: ESYA, Scrounge, Eilis Frawley.

Photo Credit: Jon Mo

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LIVE: The Joy Formidable – Islington Assembly Hall, London 24.11.19

“Maybe we should’ve started a Bee Gees tribute band? They’re big in Mold” jokes Ritzy Bryan, lead vocalist & guitarist of alternative trio The Joy Formidable. She’s talking about her Welsh hometown, and how her affinity with the Flintshire county is stronger than ever, 10 years after releasing the band’s debut EP, A Balloon Called Moaning. “Matt’s got the shirt for it”, bassist Rhydian Dafydd chimes in, as drummer Matt Thomas feigns offense and laughs off the comment.

Fans who have been following the band for the last decade will be used to these charming chats between songs. The trio are on form once again at The Islington Assembly Hall, as they’re in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first EP. Before the jokes start rolling out, the trio have already ripped through three of A Balloon Called Moaning‘s tracks; ‘The Greatest Light’, ‘Cradle’, and ‘Austere’. The room is full of fans and friends – including previous drummer Justin, who gets multiple shout outs – and the feeling is one of excitement and mutual gratitude for the dynamic sound of a band who have weathered this uncertain industry for the last decade.

“This is the farewell tour” teases Rhydian, before quickly adding “Jokes! There’s new music in 2020”. “Who knows what song’s coming next?” Ritzy interjects, as she plucks the opening notes to ‘While The Flies’. The band play the tracks in the order they’re listed on the EP, giving their fans the full A Balloon Called Moaning experience. The enduring power of ‘Whirring’ comes next, with its thudding drum beats, as well as the extended outro that didn’t make the cut on the original EP. It’s followed by stripped back lament ‘9669’. Ritzy and Rhydian’s call-and-response vocals are delivered with grace and gravitas, as the lyrics give insight into an intimate conversation. It’s offset perfectly by penultimate track ‘The Last Drop’ with its manic stop-start rhythms and bold percussion.

Final EP track ‘Ostrich’ is still a dizzying wall of sound when heard live. It’s a mixture of buzzing riffs, longing vocals, and relentless percussion that forms an all-consuming, disorientating aural blur. The crowd are unsure of what comes next – as the EP tracklist has now been completed – but the band burst into ‘Y Bluen Eira’, followed by the powerful ‘I Don’t Want To See You Like This’, lifted from their 2011 album The Big Roar. These non-EP tracks are greeted with the same amount of enthusiasm.

‘Passerby’, a b-side track from 2016 album Hitch, prefaces a stripped back version of ‘The Leopard & The Lung’. Lifted from their 2013 album Wolf’s Law, Ritzy introduces the track with a message about caring for, and protecting our environment. Rhydian’s gentle keys and the pairs dual vocals make this song a real set highlight. Next, they ask the crowd if there’s a track they’d like to hear, and after lots of inaudible shouts, the band settle for ‘Caught On A Breeze’, before leaving the stage.

They return for an encore of ‘Anemone’ – influenced by the tragedies of John Webster – and the formidable ‘The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie’. It’s an apt song to close with, as the trio have evolved and grown over the last decade into gracious, and talented performers. There’s nothing to lament about their celebratory performance of A Balloon Called Moaning, and that is a fitting legacy for a formidable record, produced by an equally formidable band.

Order your 10 Year Anniversary reissue of A Balloon Called Moaning/Y Falŵ​n Drom on vinyl here.

Photo Credit: Steve Reynolds

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Salad, 08.11.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including GENN, Chorusgirl, Witching Waves, CLT DRP and Crumbs, we were back at The Finsbury last night with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off, and completely packing out the venue instantly, London trio Macadamia Sluts deliver their insightful pop-punk – delving into poignant subjects of toxic relationships and the struggles of being an introvert, with refreshingly confessional lyricism and an impassioned, buoyant energy they uplift and inspire; securing themselves as a definite new favourite band.

Next up, Gold Baby dazzle with their shimmering, heartfelt offerings on the first outing for completed new line up – consisting of Siân, Scott and Sara. The trio deliver dreamy lamentations on life, love and alternative realities, as glistening melodies flow alongside Siân’s utterly spellbinding crystalline vocals that ooze with a raw emotion. Just beautiful.

Penultimate band of the night, all the way from Seattle, Cozy Slippers charm us with their catchy, twinkling slices of indie-pop. Delivering delightfully jangly tales of stolen cars and lost love, they treat us to exquisite harmonies and a gentle romanticism that leaves each and every one of us with a smile on our face and a warmth in our hearts.

And then the secret’s out… our headliners reveal themselves to be reformed ’90 legends Salad. Kicking things off with an energy-fuelled rendition of last year’s single, ‘The Selfishness Of Love’, the band continue to treat us to offerings new and old, predominantly showcasing their latest album The Salad Way, released earlier this year, whilst fitting in classics such as ‘Drink The Elixir’. Oozing a vibrant charisma and sparkling pizazz, despite battling the flu, front woman Marijne leads the way in delivering a set jam-packed full of relentless riffs (courtesy of most recent member Charley Stone) and buoyant melodies, proving that Salad is well and truly back on the menu…

Massive thanks to all four bands for making last night so special, and to everyone who made it out to show support. Catch us next month, on 13th December, with headliners Screaming Toenail!

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Keira-Anee Photography / @keiraanee

 

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ ĠENN, 11.10.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including Chorusgirl, Witching Waves, CLT DRP, Crumbs and Mammoth Penguins, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off to a joyous start are Breakup Haircut. Treating us to songs about everything from wanting to be a “greaser”, to not feeling cool enough to move to Berlin, their set’s filled with an uplifting buoyant energy and infectious punk fuzz.

Next up, Bitch Hunt deliver their poignant offerings with stirring emotion. Covering themes of being non-binary, experiencing domestic abuse and general feelings of grief and being an outsider, they bring an impassioned energy and gritty power to an immense set.

Penultimate band of the night, The Weird Things, bring their racing energy propelled by the soaring vocals of front woman Leila, creating a set filled with rough ‘n’ ready rock ‘n’ roll anthems.

Having played for us twice before (under their former moniker Cryptic Street), it’s an honour to now have ĠENN headline for us. With their wonderfully eccentric charisma and immense, empowering spirit, they deliver impressive riffs and racing beats, enrapturing the crowd with their buoyant spirit, as vocalist Leona bounds across the stage in a whirlwind of joyous energy. Once again proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with, ĠENN deliver a memorable set that does not disappoint.

Massive thanks to all four bands who played for us on Friday! We’ll be back at The Finsbury on 8th November with a super exciting Secret Headliner, plus Cozy Slippers (all the way from Seattle!), Gold Baby and Macadamia Sluts. Not to be missed!

 

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Chorusgirl, 13.09.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including Witching Waves, CLT DRP, Crumbs, Mammoth Penguins and ARXX, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off is the energy-fuelled power of Swimsuit Competition. With raging riffs, immense pounding beats and the soaring gritty force of Amber Scott’s vocals, the band radiate a sense of frenzied fun and vibrant passion.

Next up, adults charm the ears with their ‘tweecore’ indie-pop goodness. Despite guitar issues (soon remedied with the help of Chorusgirl!), their emotion-strewn scuzz, jangly uplifting energy and candied, dreamy harmonies leave me feeling all the feels and a bit more in love with this South London group with each fuzzy note.

Penultimate band of the night, Tape Runs Out, deliver their genre-defying soundscapes with a joyous energy. Filling the stage with seven incredible musicians, each showcasing a sparkling musicality, they create rich, textured offerings, complete with folk strewn strings and the twinkling tones of a hammered dulcimer (a first, I think, for a GIHE night!).

Closing the night, Chorusgirl return to the GIHE stage, nearly three years after playing for us at our first ever night at The Finsbury. It’s pretty special to have them back, having been solid faves for so long, and they certainly don’t disappoint. Treating us to their dreamy garage-pop, effervescent harmonies and impressive driving riffs flow as Silvi’s distinctive, lush vocals soar throughout. Delivering tracks from both their albums, with their utterly unique, shimmering sounds and endearing modest charm, they ooze a heart-rending, cathartic energy. And no more so than when Silvi dedicates my most favourite song to me; as the poignant emotive power of ‘Stuck’ fills the room, I feel my eyes gently moisten, as I’m filled with a wave of joyous pride at how far both this band, and I, have come.

I’m so grateful to be able to bring like-minded people together each month to share their love of great music, and show support for each other, and Chorusgirl remind me of just how important this is.

Huge thanks to all four bands who played for us on Friday! Join us next month, on 11th October, back at The Finsbury with headliners GENN (fka Cryptic Street).

 

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

 

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Witching Waves, 12.07.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including CLT DRP, Crumbs, Mammoth Penguins, ARXX and Wolf Girl, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

The immense, soaring power of Hubert’s Friend gets the night off to an energy-filled start. With frenzied riffs and the seething emotion of front woman Elly’s vocals, songs about everything from depression and false economies, to rabbits of doom, are blasted out with an impassioned force.

Next up, Finish (“not as in the country”, we’re reminded by the band) Flag charm us all with their dreamy lo-fi indie pop. Flowing with twinkling hooks and luscious harmonies, their angst-driven offerings – interspersed with welcome Love Island banter – cement them as new firm favourites.

I can’t help but fall a little bit in love with Milk Crimes‘ catchy scuzz. Propelled by driving beats and whirring jangly hooks, each offering is delivered with a sunny, uplifting energy, marking them out as definite ones to watch (and listen to, at every opportunity!).

Having been a fan for a couple of years now, it’s a real honour to have Witching Waves headline for us. Propelled by Emma’s frenetic racing beats, their energy-fuelled post-punk packs out the venue and lifts our spirits. With an infectious, visceral power, each offering showcases perfectly in-sync musical layers, as Estella’s driving bass and Mark’s metallic melodies accompany propulsive rhythms, and raw impassioned vocals.

Massive thanks to all four fantastic bands who played for us on Friday, making the night so special. We’re actually taken a break next month (who knew weddings took up lots of time?!), but will return to The Finsbury on 13th September when faves Chorusgirl will be headlining.

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

Get In Her Ears @ Notting Hill Arts Club w/ ANNAVR 22.06.19

The sun was shining bright yesterday, but that didn’t deter us from venturing in to the basement of Notting Hill Arts Club to uncover the hypnotic electronica of three very different artists: ANNAVR, Zoey Lily & Death Hags.

The task of opening the night fell to LA based artist Death Hags, who delivered her dark, opulent, sci-fi inspired sounds beneath flickering stage lights. Her understated but confident delivery meant the obscurities of tracks such as ‘Oublie Moi’ and ‘Electrochemical Communication’ could be fully appreciated by listeners as she performed her one woman show.

Zoey Lily took to the stage next to perform her melancholy pop sounds. The London-based newcomer charmed listeners with her soft, elegant vocals and impressed them with renditions of her singles ‘I Wish I Had A Heart’ and ‘Hate You’. She looked especially pleased when the crowd participated in singing along to one of her tracks too.

Headlining the night and performing for her first time in London, Berlin-based producer ANNAVR melted us with her luscious electronic soundscapes. Originally a classically trained pianist, ANNAVR’s skills have transcend the pop barrier and have blossomed in to a mix of uplifting and distracting sounds. Between songs she spoke about how she relied on music whilst growing up in Berlin to express herself and to take her to new places, and we were proud to give her a platform to share her sounds and her stories.

Huge thanks to the bands, sound engineer and the staff at Notting Hill Arts Club for your help. Keep your eyes peeled for more gig announcements from us soon!

Follow the bands on Facebook for more updates: ANNAVR, Zoey LilyDeath Hags.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut