No carols or Christmas singalongs on our radar this month, sorry about that. Here’s what we’ll be filling our time with this month.
We start this month’s round up down Norfolk Street at The Blue Moon where for your late night fix, indie purveyors Sweet Revenge will host their Christmas party on the 17th. Expect old & new indiepop, punk, post punk, new wave, US alternative, grrrls and more with a few Christmas surprises…
Owl & Mouse are a five-piece band from London, writing and performing bittersweet, open-hearted indiepop songs with a folk tinge and they’re in town on the 2nd. Also on the bill is Cambridge’s Model Village who mix jangly guitars, boy-girl harmonies, upbeat melodies and downbeat lyrics sit somewhere in the niche between Belle & Sebastian and The Promise Ring. Cambridge’s premier pedlar of melodic melancholia Paul Goodwin completes the impressive bill.
The same venue hosts our favourite show of the month when Leeds indie-pop outfit Bruising come to town (11th). Mixing a sugary rush of noisy Pixies guitars and soft, sweet, addictive vocals, Bruising are one of the most exciting emerging bands in the UK with lush pop sensibilities, with hooks that are both blistering and bashful.
A busy month of Christmas shenanigans and noise at The Portland kicks off with legendary first wave punks UK Subs on the 1st. Fronted by part-time Primal Scream (more on them later) guitarist Barrie Cadogan, Little Barrie might be best known for penning the Better Call Saul theme tune, but their set of cryptic rock and roll rooted in blues is unmissable, catch them on the 4th.
The Dunwells are a band of two brothers and two best friends, drawn together by a mutual love of acts such as Elbow, Bon Iver, and Damien Rice. Their fusion of rock and electronics recalls early Killers, while the down-to-earth songwriting nods towards Elbow. Earlier this year saw The Dunwells release their second record and on the 15th they play The Portland.
Cambridge’s stand out new act this year, Grieving see out the year at The Portland on the 16th. If you’re new to Grieving then expect direct, twisting, art punk. They join Standing Like Statues on the 16th. Cambridge classic rock outfit The Treatment boast an impressive CV including US tours opening for the likes of Kiss and Motley Crue. They see out a small run of UK dates with a long awaited home town show on the 18th.
The blistering intensity of Cambridge trio Prison Whites grabs you and shakes you like a new born baby. Picture Post-punk meets post hardcore, for fans of Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, Eagulls, Prison Whites play The Portland on the 27th. The Bodies are also on the bill, bringing their excellent new EP with them.
A big month at the Cambridge Junction is topped by the legendary Primal Scream playing on the 5th. Primal Scream have been a driving force behind British culture ever since their inception in the early eighties. Taking their name from the screaming therapeutic method for relinquishing childhood trauma, the band are known for the iconoclastic image and kaleidoscope of influences to produce music that spans from garage rock to psychedelic indie, acid house rave and beyond. The band released their critically acclaimed 11th studio album ‘Chaosmosis’ earlier this year and we’re excited to have them in Cambridge.
The Mouse Outfit are a live eclectic hip hop act from Manchester who produce a slick combination of quality samples and fiendish beats. influenced by a smorgasbord of soul, jazz, funk, reggae and classic hip hop breaks and laced with lyrics from some of Britain’s most promising emcees, this is conscious British hip hop at its very best. They’re at the Cambridge Junction on the 2nd.
Other Cambridge Junction highlights include Scottish rock legends Big Country (6th) Prog-rock legends Magnum (7th) and a blues rock double bill with Nine Below Zero and Dr Feelgood (8th).
Whilst Christmas carols and hymns don’t quite make it into our review, we will give a nod to the band whose hit epitomises Christmas, Slade play the Cambridge Junction on the 21st.