From the monthly underground psych/garage and punk night that brought you live sets from Slaves, NY Punks Cerebral Ballzy and God Damn to name but a few comes a brand new festival, Flufferfest. 3 days of the best in up and coming guitar music from around the UK at London’s Shacklewell Arms, Dalston. 22nd – 24th May. Bank Holiday Weekender.
We spent 9 months trawling through soundcloud, facebook events and visiting live venues around the country to find the line up. And it’s a fucking belter. Here’s a few not to miss sets and how we found em:
PURPLE HEART PARADE – SUN 8.45PM
Really beautiful psychedelic sounds from Manchester. No idea how we came across them, probably trawling through a line up for a festival or a DIY night being put on somewhere. Maybe it was the name that enticed us to listen.
VULGARIANS – SAT 6.00PM
Vulgarians are from Hull. They sent the label one track back in December. We then heard them live in Sheffield and the performance was even better than the recording. Cannot wait to hear this set at Flufferfest, will be so intense.
Shake A Fist Vol 2 Track: Naturally Nothing
SEWER RATS – SUN 9.30PM
We came across these 3 lads from Grimsby playing in a pub up North last summer. They played a killer set of the most high energy rock we’ve ever heard then proceeded to trash the place and themselves. Killer live set, killer debut EP coming out on our label this summer.
DEMOB HAPPY – SAT 10.15PM
We went to watch a gig at The Lexington in London and heard a track being played by the DJ. We asked him who it was and he said Demob Happy. We booked em that night. Kinda a better version of the Queens of Stone Age, in our opinion. We booked the DJ too.
MADDONATRON – SUN 2.00PM
4 girls playing Post-Hysterical-Noise as they put it. It’s new age punk at it’s rawest. They’re fucking brilliant. They kick off the Sunday at the fest . Not to be missed. We saw them playing in a shop window on our way to another gig and ended up staying.
CASSELS – FRI 8.45PM
Two brothers who blew us away when we first saw them live. Already backed by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood. They’re writing and playing their own breed of garage rock that sounds like nothing else anyone is doing. Lots of sparse sections where the lyrics stand foremost in amongst waves of brutal fuzzed up noise.
But to be honest, every band is fucking sick. So get a weekender pass and watch the whole damn lot.