Sunday, 17 January 2010

White Heat

White Heat is a cutting-edge weekly band and DJ night that takes place at otherwise cabaret bar/tranny haunt Madame JoJo's in Soho. Matt, Olly, and Marcus - the three lads responsible for the night - have got some top shows coming up over the next couple of months:  

Tuesday 19th January
MEN are a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective consisting of JD Samson (Le Tigre) Michael O’Neill (Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR). Having recently completed U.S. tours with both Peaches and Gossip, and following on from packed club shows in London last May, MEN take a break from recording their debut album to return with their high energy live show / dance party.

Tuesday 26th January 
"If Talking Heads had been listening to African music and not funk at the time they recorded Remain in Light, it's conceivable they would have ended up something like the Los Angeles-based 12-piece band Fool's Gold, who play African-based music that will appeal to indie, pop and dance audiences. Despite being steeped in Tinariwen's desert blues and soukous music, they have also grown up listening to American pop radio – especially Talking Heads and R&B. The result is a brilliant, euphoric, universally transcendent amalgam of global sounds." - The Guardian, 'ones to watch in 2012'

Tuesday 2nd February 
Shy Child have just finished their new album, Liquid Love, and they're coming to White Heat to do a bit of showcasing.
"Like DFA 1979 produced by The Neptunes" - The Guardian
"Brain bending cyber pop" - NME 

"They make your feet twitch, your head nod and...make you throw up some shapes your body never knew existed" - Dazed & Confused

Tuesday 9th February 
"[Pope Joan are] A colourful explosion of post punk adorned, effects laden guitar lines, quirky synth noises, elasticated bass lines and creative drum patterns topped off with an undeniable pop sheen" - Artrocker  

Tuesday 16th February 
Freelance Whales have been touring with Fanfarlo over in the USA and are coming over here to show why they're getting the attention they're getting. Quoth the NME: "It's awash with gentle, naive bliss, and if you're the type that likes to observe hooks blossoming with the pace of an actual flower opening, then you might have just found a new favourite band." 

Tuesday 23rd February
Wild Palms are finally headlining a White Heat show. They're one of the best new bands in the country at the moment, and heading up up up. Catch 'em before they get there.

Tuesday 2nd March
Dum Dum Girls are signed to Sub Pop and make the kind of lo-fi fuzz pop that's "neither lo-fi nor too polished... a short tribute to love, fun and the classic pop form of the '60s girl groups and early punk rockers" - according to Rough Trade. They say they're making "blissed-out buzz saw" and that's about right too. It's very, very good. 

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