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video: Graceland

Graceland, Debut London gig, The Old Blue Last, 11 Novgraceland
Much excitement led up to the London debut of this all woman four piece. Fans of popular shouty trio Fever Fever were keen to see what Rosie and Ellie did next.
Well, they joined forces with twins Maxie(drums) and Stevie (bass), Gedge who some may recognise for the band The Brownies and formed Graceland – (apparently named after the Paul Simon album as opposed to the Elvisresidence). Graceland are focussed, pounding joyously dark, hook laden indie pop somewhere with a whiff of Warpaint, at points chucking in a bit of a light surf rock vibe that wouldn’t go amiss in a Go Go’s song. Although completely ‘of the now’, there is a nod to the 80s in their sound and the band would not sound out of place playing in the nightclub at the beginning of San Junipero (Black Mirror).

Charley Stone and I caught up with Ellie and Rosie from the band after the gig:

video: Hot Sauce Pony

by Jen Macro
Hot Sauce PonyThe first two bands to feature in the rehearsal studio’s 7” singles club, played live in the practice rooms in sarf lahndahn. The launch of the Brixton Hillbilly record label brought down quite a crowd. Gaygirl, led by Bex Morrison are a bit goth, bit sassy, bit heavy, bit moody. As well as sounding very contemporary, there are hints of All About Eve to their melodies, crossed with some of the slightly heavier lady-led alt-pop bands of the nineties. Their set preceded the well-honed, full-toned Hot Sauce Pony, who enticed a slightly more mature crowd, including BBC 6Music DJ (and superfan) Tom Robinson. Hot Sauce Pony mean business. They are powerful and gnarly with tunes that get right under your skin.
I spoke to both bands pre gig – you can see what they said in this video: