ALL YEARS LEAVING 2015 – FRIDAY ACT RUNDOWN
Topping the bill on the Friday night for this year’s All Years Leaving are The Wytches.
We first got excited about this Brighton 3-piece when debut track ‘Digsaw’ surfaced a couple of years back. It revealed an sound largely characterised by dark, psychy grooves and frontman Kristian Bell’s terse vocal delivery.
They’ve played the Hare once before, in support of Drenge a while back. Since then, they’ve gone on to release their lauded debut record ‘Annabel Dream Reader’, produced by ex-Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones. It was a scuzzy, abrasive, grunge-indebted affair, but one that demonstrates the massive potential of this young band.
They have released a string of new tracks and EPs since; their latest EP was released last month via Soundcloud. From what we’ve heard of lead single ‘Wasteybois’, it sounds like a faster and nastier affair. Listen here.
The day’s preceding acts should set the stage perfectly for The Wytches to bring it to a fearsome close.
This is not the first time we’ve hosted the brilliant Speedy Ortiz; they played here alongside Joanne Gruesome at the beginning of last year. That was an amazing night and we hope for more of the same when they play this year’s AYL.
Hailing from Massachusetts, Speedy Ortiz started as the DIY solo recording-project of front-woman/songwriter Sadie Dupuis. Dupuis’s knotty, lyrically dense songs were soon fully fleshed out by her new bandmates, creating a sound that was simultaneously catchy and jarring. Attention came swiftly following their 2012 Sports EP on the Boston-centric label Exploding In Sound, and with good reason.
Their much lauded full-length debut record ‘Major Arcana’ followed in 2013, with the band cementing its reputation there after through an extensive touring period, with bands in whose angular, abrasive tradition of independent 90s rock’n’roll they followed – notable amongst them were Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Ex Hex, and The Breeders.
They emulate the personalities of these influences, but with their own distinct language and style; Dupuis’s lyrics at once clever and literary, offering a large array of emotional and often empowering narratives to latch onto and explore, all underpinned by her understated delivery and sardonic wit. With the release of this year’s ‘Foil Deer’, they expand on this lexicon, as well as the other qualities that have made them so reputable.
Apparently, Chastity Belt started as a joke between four friends, but following a handful of shows and enthusiastic responses from Seattle’s DIY community, they soon found themselves in a practice space, emerged with debut record, ‘No Regrets’ not long after. The success that followed was of great surprise for them; good album sales, culminating in an American tour.
The themes of their songs are simple and true; funny, often revelling in their own self-effacing, self-mocking cast. With song titles like ‘Why Try’, you quickly come to understand their knowing, yet endearing sense of irreverence. Their brilliant press shots say it all.
Despite this, they embody an important sense of youthful malaise, and with this year’s ‘Time to Go Home’ in particular – their second full-length release and first on their new label Hardly Art – a more serious and earnest sense of melancholy and detachment permeates the record.
Sonically, they play with a relaxed confidence; built-on post-punk instrumental moves that honestly couldn’t be anyone else’s.
And whilst some all-female bands choose to ignore the label entirely, Chastity Belt look like a group fuelled by its girlhood, although we’re pretty sure they don’t care. In conclusion, they are not to be missed.
Kagoule, a young 3-piece band from Nottingham, formed for the same reason most teenage bands do, to relieve their boredom. The last 12 months or so have been huge for the band; the prolific teenagers have released a string of great single releases and played some breakthrough shows, culminating in the released of their debut album ‘Urth'; released last month to widespread acclaim.
The band’s engaging brand of skewed, 90s alt rock influenced music is delivered with a distinctive youthful energy and angst; a heavy, dark and melodic style all of their own. Despite their age, with ‘Urth’, Kagoule have shown themselves to be a forward-thinking and exciting prospect; a blistering live band too, who will no doubt prove the perfect bridge from the day’s earlier acts into the evening.
THE MIGHTY YOUNG
Local band The Mighty Young are a blues/garage rock duo, whose titanic sound brings to mind the early, stomping, heavy blues sound of The White Stripes (tracks like Cannon or Astro) as well as ‘Thickfreakness’ era Black Keys.
They’ll be sure to wake up the day-time crowd when they take to the stage.
Mutes are another new local-band. They will kicking of this year’s proceedings and they will no doubt prove the most distinctly different offering of the day. Their crackling lo-fi recordings exude a largely hushed, chiming beauty, with subtle melodies and harmonies, that instantly bring to mind ‘Yellow House’ Grizzly Bear, married with the sound of early 90s acts like Slowdive.
These are often folky, lilting songs that verge on the ambient, but there are fuzzed-up louder/faster tracks too amongst the 2 brilliant EPs that have surfaced so far on Soundcloud. There is a lot to admire about this prolific band, whose diverse sound is already established, and we can wait to see them open this amazing Friday line-up. Listen to them here.
We can see this year’s AYL being the best ever, with both days providing equally brilliant, but distinctly different line-ups. Either way, make sure you’re there to see it.
Weekend tickets are sold-out, but for Friday tickets, click here.
And for Saturday, click here.
Saturday Act Rundown is now up too…..