Sure… we hear you. Four Tet and PJ Harvey? Uh huh. Deerhunter and Orchestra Baobab? Yep. Oh, and Girl Band, Metz, Cass McCombs, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre are coming too? That’s not a bad list of bands for this year’s Field Day weekend in Victoria Park.
But here at London in Stereo, you know we never let our hometown bands get far from our sights. So rest assured that this summer’s Field Day bill is loaded with gems that we’ll be watching. They include Novelist – the founding member of The Square crew who was previously nominated for Best Grime Act at the MOBOs in 2014 – as well as the likes of Thurston Moore Band, The Big Moon and Nao who will proudly step up for the capital’s music scene.
And representing Peckham will be Tangerines. Formed just two tender years ago by singer Gareth Hoskins and childhood friend/drummer Isaac Robson, the group have perfected their catchy and riotous music, mixing in just a hint of 70s classic rock. They rocked up at RIP Studios to record their recently-released debut – You Look Like Something I Killed – which was mixed by MJ of Hookworms.
The album was largely driven by early demos set to tape by Gareth and Isaac before they could even recruit a full band. But that didn’t stop another three-lettered music magazine from describing them as ‘raw enough to set them apart’ with an ‘undoubted nod to melody’.
Soon after, the guys bumped into guitarist Miles Prestia in Brixton at 4am and asked him to join the band. And not long after they recruited bassist Ricky Clark to help the group transform into a bigger and more boisterous unit. They proceeded to cut their teeth with ferocious support slots for the likes of The Parrots and Hooton Tennis Club, before their first single ‘Skin Dives’ began to turn heads.
Sitting right on top of the south London band’s chugging, riff-heavy tunes is Gareth’s wild lyrical drawl which holds everything together. I caught up with him to enquire what’s inspired him to write music and make the Tangerines into a musical force for the future. He responded by sharing five tunes that rock his world…
Michael Hurley – Be Kind to Me
I remember the first time I heard Michael Hurley, and with that, the first time I laid eyes on his artwork. I was instantly blown away with the detail he took to every element of his material. This song is just one of many that I can really relate to; that chilled out, country, somewhat childish approach he has gave me the urge to go out and buy anything physical of his, and when you’re holding one of his records you know you made a damn good purchase.
Troggs – Push It Up To Me
One of the more forgotten sides of Troggs, this number is so sexy, tropical and uh uh! There’s too many Troggs songs that people just disregard due to laziness, I think that’s the same with The Kinks too, so many people don’t go sifting through back catalogues of bands and in turn you’ll end up missing out on so many great gems. Those guitars too, the layers Troggs create are so simple yet so effective. I always feel we try to incorporate all things uncomplicated within the elements of our music and when you try and put too much into the cooking pot it can really go the wrong way if you don’t do it right.
Kevin Ayers – Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Genius! And I dig his solo career so much more than his place within Soft Machine. There are not many singers that have a voice like this that can cut so finely into their music. You feel that even if he tried to sing it badly it would still come out interesting. Shouting in a Bucket Blues has such a great feel, perfectly placed guitars and a lyrical love journey, if anyone can tell a story as well as Lou Reed it’s Kevin Ayers.
Chris Spedding – Video Life
This song still has the same impact it had on me from the first time I came across Chris Spedding. I feel like Video Life was created and recorded in space, it’s that strange and yet so beautiful, and when you weigh it up against the rest of Guitar Graffiti you begin to realise the entire album might have well been written while wearing 3D glasses. Unlike some of his other stuff that’s pretty hard up, straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, this song shows the complete flip side of Spedding.
Simply Saucer – Illegal Bodies
Jolan from Pink Teens introduced us to this one while we were banging around in a van touring with those guys. Proto-punk meets psychedelia, I’d never even heard of Simply Saucer until then and this track is just relentless. We do love a jam, but this is one awesome nutty jam sandwich and you just want more and more of it.