On 24th September 2015, Fred Perry Subculture hosted the latest instalment of Sub-Sonic Live, at the Garage in Islington, London. Mercury Prize nominated musician, East India Youth headlined the night of new music co-curated by Dave Rowntree (Blur, XFM).
Read about the gig and watch exclusive video of all three bands below.
First on, Kagoule firmly cemented their position as one of the most exciting young bands in the UK, delivering the perfect blend of punk, grunge and indie-rock to an already packed out floor even for the first act. No doubt the eager arrival of the gig-goers had been triggered by the current wave of excitement about this young band from Nottingham, whose recent debut 'Urth' was described as 'a perfect blend of melody and brutality.' Just like their debut full length, the dark, melodic, heavy and constantly evolving sound was complemented by an unboxing of energetic ardour.
Stand out tracks from Kagoule's set included 'Adjust The Way' and 'Damp Sand', both of which can be viewed here.
Next on were Brighton's Black Honey. One of the most hotly tipped artists around, Black Honey are fronted by the enigmatic, alluring Izzy, who channels a curious mix of Nancy Sinatra and Kim Gordon through a fantastic combination of 60s psychedelia, post-punk and grunge. As a band who only formed last year, the delivery and dynamic between the band members was delightfully palpable, gritty in all the right ways to full effect.
'Bloodlust' is perhaps the secret band's best known song so far.
Also performed on the night, Black Honey's recent single, 'Corinne'.
Last but not least, the slow rock of 'Sleep Fovever'.
East India Youth
After the reiled up furore of two heavy guitar bands, you would have thought it would be difficult to further enrapture the crowd, but through an atmosphere-building progression, building layer upon layer of sounds and textures, headliner East India Youth, armed with only a laptop and a mic, was an act who not only kept the packed-out gathering going, but to captivate and enthral, with some of the most exciting electronic-indie music to have graced our ears in a long time. Also performing with guitar and keys throughout his set, EIY proved himself as quite the one-man performer. His huge techno tune 'HINTERLAND' had the whole venue in a mesmerised euphoria.
Recent single 'BEAMING WHITE'.
'HEARTS THAT NEVER', another amazing track from 'CULTURE OF VOLUME'.
And of course the truly epic version of 'HINTERLAND' that rounded off the set.
Alongside the live acts, the night came complete with a headline DJ set from the gig's co-curator, Dave Rowntree. Best known as the drummer of seminal British band Blur, Dave Rowntree, is an avid new music listener and regularly champions emerging artists on his own XFM radio show. As well as playing some top tunes to the crowds, Dave introduced East India Youth to the stage.
Photos by Mike Mills