Who’s managed to get to a gig this week?
Yes, seated, socially-distanced shows are a mere echo of the chaotic live action that we crave, but how good does it feel to witness an artist do their stuff IRL once more! It’s been a long, anxiety-ridden 14 months since the temporary postponement of gigs left us in hopeless limbo, but – as ya gal Shania Twain once said – it looks like we made it.
Support your local venues, RIOT readers, they need you now more than ever. Bangers below.
Billie Marten // Human Replacement
Billie has just dropped her new album Flora Fauna, and ‘Human Replacement’ is a perfect sample of the LP; insightful, folk-facing songwriting, delivered with an irresistible pop thump.
POND // America’s Cup
The Aussie psych mainstays have returned with a delicious slice of robo-funk. Pond’s ninth (!!) studio album is set for release 1st October.
FUR // The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life
The care-free jangle of Supergrass’s ‘Alright’, with the frantic fuzz of The Strokes, this hits like an immediate indie classic. FUR have just signed with Boy Pablo’s 777 label, so strap in for more bangers-a-plenty.
Tirzah // Sink In
Domino’s Tirzah is one of the coolest artists doing their thing in the UK right now. Collaborating once more with Cobey Say and Mica Levi, ‘Sink In’ is the perfect soundtrack for these early summer evenings.
Hauskey // Cream Shirt
Clocking in at under 2 and a half minutes, ‘Cream Shirt’ plays out as a short, sharp hit of woozy nostalgia. Hauskey’s stock continues to grow in the wake of last year’s dreamy Slow EP.
Enola Gay // Sofa Surfing
Chaotic, turbulent noise-rock from Belfast’s Enola Gay on ‘Sofa Surfing’. Catch us front row at an Enola Gay show as soon as humanly possible.
Photo Credit: Julia Nala