Warmduscher, Self Esteem, PVA, Talk Show, BABii03.10 Near Future
- Warmduscher | Self Esteem
- PVA | Talk Show | BABii
- and loads more TBA
We’re delighted to be able to present this bill of vital, exciting artists who represent some of the most interesting aspects of contemporary pop, rock and electronica. This all-day event also serves as the final statement in our initial run of Near Future shows in our pop-up venue.
Co-headliners Warmduscher and Self Esteem embody the forward-thinking spirit of our Near Future series. Five-piece troupe Warmduscher are a band of miscreants, formed from the sleazy rock collision of members of Fat White Family, Paranoid London and Childhood. Self Esteem is new-yet-not-new project of Rebecca Taylor, a songwriter, vocalist and pop alchemist of the highest order. Since her musical divergence from Slow Club, Taylor has revelled in unleashing a whole version of herself with no compromises – which resulted in the critically acclaimed album Compliments Please, released in 2019
Genre-hopping trio PVA also join the fray, traversing techno landscapes, Balearic euphoria, and industrial miasma within their rapturous live sets. London four-piece Talk Show burst onto the scene at the beginning of 2019, impressing immediately with their intense, raucous outlay of post-punk energy. Completing our initial announcement is BABii, an artist who specialises in incredibly forward-thinking, electro-tinged pop/R&B which features skittering beats and thick, layered synths.
A whole wave of artists for this all-day show is still to be announced, including some of the best of the very exciting crop of local musicians.
Warmduscher are a group of miscreants, known only by aliases: Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London), Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family), Quicksand (Fat White Family), Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men) and The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London). Produced by Dr Dan Carey. Ardent fans Iggy Pop and Marc Riley have only gleaming praise to heap on the band, and in return, Warmduscher have blessed them both with immortality.
The band’s live show has left thousands across the UK and Europe desperate for more. During their set at End of the Road Festival 2018, they were accused of inciting a riot and thrown into a giant hole. They have since emerged and will soon embark on a worldwide tour of France, Switzerland and Italy. Breathe it in before it’s gone.
Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, and a project which began with painting and prints and video alongside her day job writing and performing as one half of Slow Club. Since her musical divergence from the band, Rebecca has revelled in unleashing a whole version of herself with no compromises, no reducing herself, no hesitating. She would go on to write the songs that had been rising up inside her all through the years — big songs, that spoke of love and sex and chaos, that brought in huge basslines, gospel choirs, the kind of polished, provocative production she admired on the biggest pop records.
Compliments Please, the 2019 debut album released on Fiction, saw Rebecca working with songwriter and producer Johan Karlberg, seeking him out because she loved his band, The Very Best, as well as his approach to production. Guardian Music praised the record for it “sly, covetous pop”.
Since forming in the din of a house party two years ago, PVA are the genre-hopping passion project of London musicians Ella Harris, Josh Baxter, and Louis Satchell. The three-piece traverse fistfuls of genres throughout rapturous live sets, incorporating techno landscapes, Balearic euphoria, and industrial miasma within the same songs. The band’s unique energy combines with blocky synths, deadpan vocals and motorik drum loops to earmark the group as one of the capital’s foremost new bands. The band signed to Speedy Wunderground to do one of their prestigious sessions, (following the path of Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road among others) selling out 250 records before any could ship and have been widely praised and played heavily on BBC Radio 6 and KEXP, with Divine Intervention being described as “Patti Smith fronting Factory Floor”, (Pierre Hall) with “that sweet LCD Soundsystem energy … God, it’s good” (The Guardian).
London quartet Talk Show bust onto the scene at the beginning of 2019 with the release of their debut single via YALA! Records, Fast And Loud; an intense, raucous outlay of post-punk energy that races its way through a jagged, dark account of an imagined metropolis.
Following on from their outstanding debut release, the group released Ankle Deep (In A Warm Glass Of Water) via Council Records, a single that firmly set their marker down as a band on an unstoppable rise. Headline shows at London’s Lexington soon followed, as the band’s unmissable live show once again demonstrated their status as one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming artists.
BABii produces incredibly forward-thinking electro-tinged pop/R&B which features skittering beats and incredibly thick, layered synths with heavy bass with a semi industrial feel to them. The lyrics are dark, yet the vocals are sweet and despite its incredible pop hooks, the whole LP drips with a sentiment of loss and abandonment. BABii wowed SXSW this year playing 7 shows in 5 days, being compared to everyone from Grimes to FKA Twigs and while those comparisons give you a jumping off point, they also feel lazy as BABii definitely inhabits her own unique world.
“This is a very smart record, and one that bears repeated listening. The emotional maturity and frank lyricism shine through the electronic sounds and idiosyncrasy of her style.” – The Quietus