After the intensity of March. April was a much more relaxed fare.
This month’s bands
New bands are in italics
Bands I liked
Aldous Harding, Dream Wife, Gold Class, Black Mountain, The Weather Station, My Baby, The Magic Gang, Meilyr Jones, Peaness, Try the Pie
Bands that were okay
Stranded Horse, M.Ward, Hayley Harland, Farao, Throws, Basia Bulat, Sophie Winterson, Arcadian, VITAMIN, FISH, The Great Pagans, Girl Ray, The Cross Makers, Whitebelt, Wolf Girl, T-Shirt Weather, Two White Cranes, T.O.Y.S
Bands I won’t be going out of my way to see again
EMMI, Lull, Seconds, Modern Rituals
I managed to catch Aldous Harding twice in April. Both gigs were really good. But her headline gig at Hoxton Square at the start of April was about as perfect a gig as you could hope for. Silencing a usually noisy crowd and even doing a very good Kate Bush cover / impression.
Best new band
Dream Wife impressed this month. But Black Mountain’s warm sound actually left me with a beaming smile.
Albums of the month
IV – Black Mountain
It’s You – Gold Class
The Dream Wife gig returned some surprisingly good photos. I’m not sure how, as there was little front lighting. I love the colours of this photo and the fact that despite the big spot light behind the singer, it somehow came out okay.