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Wednesday 4th December THE FALLEN LEAVES + THE MYND SET + THE ELECTRIC EYES + THE LONE GROOVER + late set LONG TALL MICK £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B
THE FALLEN LEAVES are continuing their monthly MINIMUM R&B Wednesday residency, building a new following in THE ROOKERY OF ST GILES
7.30 The Lone Groover
8.15 Electric Eyes
9.00 The Mynd Set - Filling a space that has long been empty in the British music scene, The Mynd Set are the era-bending, genre-defying purveyors of psychedelic freakbeat not seen since the heady days of Swinging London. Aptly enough for a band of such raw, raucous energy, they were formed in Stevenage, a town which thirty-five years previously had earned a dedication on The Who's Quadrophenia. Rising from the ashes of The Petty Hoodlums, a band that had earned infamy for their enthusiastic covers of beat classics, inadvertently inventing their own unique Heavy Mod genre, they continue to offer unmatched power and excitement, but this time the likes of Steve Marriott and Pete Townshend are relegated from composer to influence as the burgeoning compositional genius of axe-wielding scallywag Leon Hewitt and organist Parsley The Lion (he of Dutronc and The Solar Flares fame) instead becomes the focus of their act. But that's not to say anything is lost, in fact quite the opposite. Whereas The Petty Hoodlums were notably successful in bringing the Mod sound up-to-date, The Mynd Set go one step further, with the eclectic Hewitt merging the best of the 1960s and the present day into one giant ball of danceable fuzz rock, complimented to perfection by the world's coolest bassist Glyn Tomlinson, the near-effortless drum masterclass of Ken Cooper, as well as the sheer vocal powerhouse of Matthew Barrett, who's raw and energetic voice sum up the attitude and style of one of the best new bands on the scene.
10.00 Fallen Leaves - punk rock for gentlemen www.thefallenleaves.net
"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" Mark Paytress (Mojo)
"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)
"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." Plan B
11.00 Long Tall Mick
Thursday 5th December ESD presents.ON/AIR + TESS PARKS + JODYS FLAT £6
Dominic Scott writes.
On/Air: Internet Fanzine Mudkiss describe On/Air singer Joshua Carruthers' vocal delivery as "lush as velvet, deep as Bovril, poured like golden honey a voice which sticks in the head" and XFM's Mary Anne Hobbs is a fan. On/Air's music certainly made an impression when a friend who caught their recent show at the Queen of Hoxton sent me a link, I recommend a 10 minute visit to their soundcloud to take in their three track E.P. Listen to:
12 Bar Club's very own Andy Lowe put me onto Tess Parks last month and her psychedelic rock and roll (with an emphasis on the ROLL) has been a spotify fixture since. Tess has quite a story to tell, having left Toronto at 17 to make music in London she had a brief spell behind the bar at 12 Bar. Notorious label boss and manager Alan Mcgee signed her to his new label saying "I got lucky again".
Jody's Flat have never played a show before. At the time of writing the band haven't released a note, I don't even know how many members the band has, though from the one half finished demo track I've heard I'm guessing they're a four-piece. I like what I've heard though, two intertwined guitars sound like early (Legs 11-era) Libertines combined with a bit of mathematics and some stoner vocals.
Friday 6th December TV SMITH + ANABOLLIC STEROIDS + THE CROWS + 16 GUNS + late set RAGE DC £6 in advance, £7 on the door London Callin presents
Saturday 7th December NINEBAR + PROWLER + DOGFIGHT + SOLEMN PROMISE £6 Rucktion Records presents
Sunday 8th December tbc
Monday 9th December tbc
Tuesday 10th December TIM KEEGAN & THE QUIET LIFERS + guests £6
Tim Keegan is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter. Unmistakably English, but better known in France and the US, Keegan is a master craftsman of the thoughtful pop song, with influences ranging from Dylan and the Velvets to the Smiths and Teenage Fanclub. He lives on the West Sussex coast.
In the UK Tim is perhaps best known as frontman of the acclaimed 4-piece, Departure Lounge, folktronic pioneers and darlings of the fledgling Bella Union label in the early 2000's ("casebook studies in flawless songwriting", according to the NME, "some of the most wonderful, eclectic, optimistic pop music being created at the moment", said the Sunday Times, who made their debut Out Of Here album of the week). DL's Kid Loco-produced follow-up, Too Late to Die Young, was hailed as "a top to bottom masterwork" by influential US music magazine, Magnet, and became BBC 6 Music's first ever album of the week.
Tim has been a regular accompanist of Robyn Hitchcock (appearing on several albums and in Jonathan Demme's Storefront Hitchcock film) and has worked with numerous others over the past 20-odd years including Kid Loco, Josh Rouse, Tahiti 80 and The Blue Aeroplanes, while living variously in the UK, Nashville and Paris.
In 2007 Tim released his solo debut Foreign Domestic."The emphasis here is on quality songwriting - think vintage Lloyd Cole or The Go-Betweens in their quieter moments" (Q), "a voice made to sing of love and truth" (les Inrockuptibles).
Having recently completed work on a new album, The Long Game, recorded by Julian Tardo at Church Road Studios in Brighton with Bernd Rest (guitar), Ben Nicholls (bass), Chris Anderson aka Crayola Lectern (piano) and Alex Eberhard (drums), Tim will be previewing the new material alongside old favourites with a full band at a special festive show at the 12 Bar on December 10th
Artist homepage: www.facebook.com/timkeeganmusic
Facebook Event page: www.facebook.com/events/545350565544182
Wednesday 11th December tbc
Thursday 12th December EDGY + OF ARROWE HILL £6
Launch party for new Edgy CD "And/Awe"
Friday 13th December tbc
Saturday 14th December D MINISTRY + KICK THE MOON + CHIEF + BRETT McLAUGHLIN TRIO £6 Enterprise Studios present
Sunday 15th December pre-album launch acoustic night with ROSIE MAY £5
Singer and songwriter Rosie May, 17 born and bred in North East London, having been working on her album for a year now she is finally inviting London town to a sneak peak at just what she's been doing. Her unique jazzy sound, with her deeply soulful and sultry vocals, combined with her fresh, uplifting messages for fronts Rosie May as someone to look out for in the future.
Her musical inspiration lies in her love for 60's Motown, old school funk and her ecliptic musical upbringing. Writing from the tender age of 13, Rosie May has always found inspiration from storytelling and writing on experience, also her love for London and the sun.
"I write, on how I feel, and just what's going on in my life. I get inspired by the hustle and bustle of London life. When the sun is shining I feel at my most inspired."
This gig is a pre-launch of Rosie's album, simply stripped back to just her vocals, an acoustic guitar and bassist.
Monday 16th December WILLIE DOWLING & CHRIS CATALYST + BRIAN SCARY tickets from WeGotTickets.com
Willie and Chris did a concert recently at12 Bar Club, and everyone had such a nice time that they thought they'd reprise it.
This time it's the night before Ginger Wildheart's legendary birthday bash, so we hope that some of you fancy making it a little holiday and we'll all have a lovely time.
There will no doubt be various special guests during the evening.
Tuesday 17th December tbc
Wednesday 18th December tbc
Thursday 19th December TANKUS THE HENGE + BILLY VINCENT + BEAU BOW BELLES + ZIEGLER CO £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents
Friday 20th December tbc
Saturday 21st December GOLDBLADE + FIRE EXIT + MORGELLONS + MINISTERS DEAD £10 advance, £12 on door London Callin' presents
Sunday 22nd December tbc
Monday 23rd December JOHN £5
Tuesday 24th December ***closed***
Wednesday 25th December ***closed***
Thursday 26th December***closed***