Weeks Highlights

Following on from their triumphant UK tour, Glass Animals come to Exit07 tonight bringing with them their palm leaves i’m sure. From their artwork to videos it’s obvious Glass Animals have a clear idea of how the whole experience should be consumed visually as well as audibly and if the album is the bench mark then the show should be the highlight of the week. I only came to Glass Animals recently but their album has barely been off the stereo since. Their sounds goes from mellow grooves to to jazzy hip hip beats and although ‘Gooey’ was released last year, seing as i’m a late comer I have it down as my song of the year so far.

Bringing in the weekend with his blues rock Hanni El Khatib has already progressed from the raw blues debut album to the more polished Dan Auerbach produced (Black Keys) second album, which from the few tracks I’ve heard it’s quite clear the influence the Black Keys man has had. Hanni is back with a new album this year so expect some new tracks at Den Atelier this Friday.

Also on Friday night expect propulsive bass lines, primitive disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass from London’s Shopping at Exit07. Formed in November 2012 the band released a 7 inch single a few months later which sold out within a week. Their debut LP Consumer Complaints was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of Consumer Complaints is due in early 2015 via Fat Cat records and this will be quickly followed by the band’s highly anticipated 2nd LP, out worldwide in Spring 2015.

The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. Described by the NME as a “band you need to hear” their gigs are incredibly fun and undeniably thrilling to watch.

If you’re looking at keeping it more chilled this weekend then singer/songwriter Astronauts at de Gudde Wëllen with his self styled experimental dad-folk could be just your gig this Saturday. Astronauts is the new project from Dan Carney, formerly of critically-acclaimed East London alt-folkers Dark Captain. After his former band finished in 2012, Dan decided to go it alone, enlisting the help of a few friends – most frequently former bandmate Michael Cranny – as and when he needs it.

Debut single ‘Skydive’ arrived to great acclaim, climbing into the top ten on hypemachine and staying there for over a week! Then followed a rush of critical praise.  Skydive is a cascading, gently menacing mish-mash of creaking acoustic guitar, bleeps, electronic beats, and breathy vocal harmonies, which tell a tale of escape from constraint and freedom to fly unchecked through the air.

To finish off the weekend we have some classic 80s power pop from Spandau Ballet. This show sees them returning to touring for the first time since their 2009 Reformation tour which saw the band finally reunited, this gig is surely going to be ‘Gold’ (sorry, I had to)

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