Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Mammoth Penguins, 12.04.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including ARXX, Wolf Girl, Sit Down, Fightmilk and Peach Club, 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 from awesome womxn.

Kicking things off is the completely dreamy, shoegaze-inspired soundscapes of Winter Gardens. Alongside high-octane riffs and propulsive beats, the soaring vocals of Ananda create an utterly captivating start to the night.

Next up, Oxford’s Death Of The Maiden blow us away with their immense, sweeping power. Combining Tamara’s smooth, beguiling vocals, poignant narratives and a twinkling grace, they deliver a truly immersive set, leaving us honoured to have hosted their first ever London gig.

Penultimate band of the night, DUCK, return with their unique, fun-filled groove to play for us for a second time. And what a pleasure it is to host the trio again; with their wonderfully wonky noise-pop, they treat us to a whirring array of synth-filled sonic delights, getting the whole crowd dancing along to their unique, colourful offerings.

Having been a big fan of Mammoth Penguins for a long while now, it’s a real privilege to have them headline for us. And they don’t disappoint. Delivering truly dreamy indie-pop offerings old and new, I find myself singing along to every single song. As the raw, distinctive vocals of Emma Kupa flow alongside shimmering melodies and jangly, energised beats, I’m left with butterflies in my stomach at the fuzzy, scuzzy loveliness of everything this band create.

Huge thanks to the four amazing bands who made Friday night so special, to sound engineer Joe and to everyone who made it out to pack out The Finsbury! Hope to see you next time, on 12th May, when we’ll have Leeds band Crumbs headlining for us, along with Charismatic Megafauna, Panic Pocket and Rookes.

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

Track Of The Day: Winter Gardens – ‘Coral Bells’

Brighton “dream punks” Winter Gardens have shared their latest single ‘Coral Bells’, released via Austerity Records earlier this month. The band take influence from 80’s post-punk, Factory, Postcard, 4AD, Creation era groups; and their new track is an anthemic blur of each of these elements.

Over the past six months, Winter Gardens have supported the likes of Say Sue Me, Magic Wands, Charles Howl and they opened 2019’s Rockaway Beach too, headlined by Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen. The band will be releasing ‘Coral Bells’ on limited 7″ vinyl, which you can pre-order here.

To celebrate the release, Winter Gardens will by performing at Austerity Records’ label launch party on 22nd February at The Blackmarket VIP Venue in Hastings. Penelope Isles will headline the show, and there will be a DJ set from IDLES too (RSVP here). Watch the video for ‘Coral Bells’ below and follow Winter Gardens and Austerity Records on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut