HATCHAM SOCIAL JOIN THE BULL & GATE RELAUNCH PARTY!
The Thing: fierce panda presents a ‘Gruff Trade’ party
HATCHAM SOCIAL (onstage 10.00pm)
...LA SHARK (onstage 9.15pm)
YOUNG HUSBAND (onstage 8.30pm)
The Date: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH 2010
The Place: LONDON KENTISH TOWN BULL & GATE
(389 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ)
The Damage: £6.00 advance / £7.00 on the door
The Truth: The rebirth of the Bull & Gate continues apace as indie skillsters HATCHAM SOCIAL join the likes of Pete & The Pirates, Ultrasound, The Heartbreaks, Goldheart Assembly, Kingmaker MMX, Jim Bob and The Crookes in Club Fandango’s September celebrations for the Bull & Gate’s 30th anniversary. Not only that but this September 6th show is also a wee party for fierce panda’s current ‘Gruff Trade’ compilation EP, which has been described as “adorably-titled” by Pitchfork and features groovy new tunes by the whacked-out likes of Sex Beet, Still Corners, Not Cool, Fiction, Wild Palms and two of the bands playing tonight, those bands being LA SHARK and HATCHAM SOCIAL. Hatcham Social themselves are virtually stalwarts of the ‘Gruff Trade’ world by virtue of a string of ace Postcard-flecked 7” singles and the 2009 release of their lovingly welcomed ‘You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil’ album (fierce panda). They are taking time out from creating the follow-up to play this very special show.
LA SHARK have been – rightly or wrongly – construed as half-crazed funkoid playboys whose recent ‘A Weapon’ single highlighted some sun-blasted melodic outbursts while squelching in all the right place and some of the wrong ones as well. As things should be. Their ‘Gruff Trade’ track is called ‘Mr Modern Man’, btw.
YOUNG HUSBAND don’t actually feature on the ‘Gruff Trade’ EP at all, but they fit the package very well, in a spiritual sense. They are certainly friends with tonight’s headliners and they are definitely purveyors of tense, modern alt.pop with synthesisers and bendy Valentines-esque guitars and much moodiness besides.