Our friends from End Of The Road festival pick some tracks they’re most excited about at this year’s festival.
KARL BLAU – THAT’S HOW I GOT TO MEMPHIS
I’ve been obsessed with this cover for a fair few years now. Bella Union have finally given it a proper UK release now and we finally got him over to play the festival. This track seems o have crept onto any compilation I’ve made for the last few years. He’s released more than 40 records in 20- odd years (many self-released in handmade packaging). He’s also toured and recorded for years with Laura Veirs, the Microphones, Little Wings, D+, and Earth and his music is just as eclectic – to say Karl is prolific is an understatement and I’m excited to finally have him play at EOTR.
JENNY HVAL – SABBATH
This track is a track I love playing a lot – every time I play it people are like ‘who’s that, what an interesting voice.’ I also find the subject matter really intriguing – I believe the song is about a dream she had as a child – when she dreamt she was a boy…I think she is one of the most original and interesting artists in a while. And live, her performance art makes her show a genuine one-off. Expect her to slip onto the stage wearing a velour sweatsuit and pink wig and to sit down on a small yoga ball. It’ll be the show you’ll be talking about all weekend.
THEE OH SEES – THE DREAM
A band we have been trying to get for a few years now. A whole career of making the most terrific rock racket has seen them build up a fearsome back catalogue that combines sublime rhythmic focus and freaked-out guitar intensity. That’s the key: the thrill of Thee Oh Sees is in the way they find that perfect balance between chaos and control. Can’t believe they’re playing the festival this year, they’re absolutely one of my all time favourites.
MARTHA – DUST, JUICE, BONES AND HAIR
This band for me sum up indie music in the right way. You just don’t hear proper DIY indie punk bands like this any more. One of the most thrilling bands to emerge from the North East, I find their records so witty and fun – their 2014 debut album Courting Strong showed off songs packed with energetic, impassioned power pop and intricate vocal interplay.
EZRA FURMAN – WILD FEELING
Slightly biased with this pick since I work with Ezra! But this is an old one and more people should hear it. The first time I heard it played at a house party I turned to my friend and said “Is this a Dylan or Townes song that I don’t know?” Turns out it was an Ezra song, which sums it up really; a classy and classic songwriter. Really pleased to have them back at the festival this year, look for a few surprises from Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends around the site…
End Of The Road takes place at Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset from September 1st-4th. The last few tickets are available here.