Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ The Empty Page, 13.07.18

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us recently – including LIINES, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, H.Grimace, Dream Nails and The Menstrual Cramps  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off, Brighton’s Jetstream Pony treat our ears to their dreamy indie-pop, filling the room with their bright, jangly melodies, sugar-sweet vocals and enthused beats.

Next up, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something deliver their immense, psych-infused offerings with a captivating charisma and vibrant energy.

Penultimate band of the night MeMe Detroit return to play for us once again, blasting out their infectious rock ‘n’ roll anthems with a rousing magnetism.

We’re super excited to have Manchester’s The Empty Page return to headline for us after playing at our first gig at The Finsbury. Treating us to a set filled with frenzied, grunge-tinged offerings old and new, their gritty, riotous power succeeds in blowing us all away.

 

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

EP: Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something – ‘Someone Else To Blame’

Not satisfied with songwriting and guitar-playing for Bella Union’s Landshapes, Jemma Freeman has hitched her wagon to a Cosmic Something and put together a four track EP, showcasing her dream-pop view of various corners of the world. For those familiar with Freeman’s work with Landshapes’ pysch-rock explorations of earthy magick, the guitarist’s solo work is perhaps a more sonorous, spacey departure – albeit with her familiar guitar style.

The EP’s title track kicks things into gear. Freeman’s laconic verse vocals sit high above an overdriven garage beat, interspersed with flecks of bleepy-guitar, before slipping into some higher notes for its chorus. With the song’s lyrical criticisms ringing in your ears, the effect is rather like Cait Le Bon and Courtney Barnett crossing swords above a pub in Hackney.  

Second track ‘Black Rain’ is slower, but hypnotically so, as a gently lilting guitar line wrests for control with a flash of strings, before exploding with a flurry in the middle eight. The follower, ‘Kopenhagen’, is a little more real-world, depicting the Danish capital with a ‘so-so’ quality – so much so that it verges on the eerie. The sense of the oddity amongst the mundane is a little bit Bowie, as is final track, ‘The Visitor’. A sombre, string-laden ballad about being on the outside of a disaffected world, the closer is an ideal final showcase of Freeman’s abilities, her voice echoing into the onrushing vacuum of feedback.

As debut solo EPs go, this is the way to do it. A multi-faceted, kaleidoscopic journey in just four tracks, released on a custard-yellow cassette. Cosmic or otherwise, Jemma Freeman’s certainly onto something…

Someone Else To Blame, the upcoming EP from Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, is out 20th October. And you can celebrate its release by coming along to see her live for Get In Her Ears live at the Amersham Arms that night!

John McGovern
@etinsuburbiaego