London 4-piece indie shoegazers Useless Cities are coming to Brighton's The Joker on Friday 22nd July to play a show with Nicoteen and Bad Girls, supporting The Speak (featuring Matthieu Hartley, formerly of The Cure).
Useless Cities are made up of paired male/female vocals from Tom (Vocals/Guitar) & Conny (Vocals/Keys), alongside Clare on Bass and Sebs on Drums. Starting off in a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal space, the band was up and gigging after about 12 months. They list their main influences as The National, Mogwai and Arcade Fire - so if you like the sound of those then we reckon that you'll love Useless Cities too.
Combining the melancholic and forlorn with the quietly optimistic, the outcome is a somewhat bittersweet mix, with deadpan melodies pinned together by a skewer of flowing guitar, simple piano, warm bass tones, aligned on OCD-like overthought drum beats. That's one musical kebab that we like to get our teeth stuck into. For a band still in their early stages, their sound is already well on the way to be being formed, with their influences clearly audible without coming to close to pastiche for comfort, as many bands do during their early stages - this can still lead to greatness later down the line, but the original flair from the off is always a promising start.
The band have just finished recording their first EP with Jessica Corcoran at Gravity Shack Studios in Tooting. It has had radioplay on the Uni of Cork campus indie radio show, Freakscene radio show and Spark Sunderland new music show. It has also had good reviews, including one by The Organ zine. Check out the band, alongside Bad Girls, Nicoteen and The Speak on Friday 22nd July 2016 at The Joker in Brighton. Tickets just £5 from Overhead Wires - BUY HERE
Watch their live performance of How to Feel below.
Find out more about this gig including info about the full line-up and buy your tickets for just £5 on the AfterDark Event Listing.
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