FRI 10 (HIDEOUT 6:15PM, THE HOPE AND RUIN 9PM); SATURDAY 11 (THE OLD MARKET 7:15PM)
The power pop four-piece from Kent, formally known as Get Inuit, recently released their debut album Be Content. Packed with indie-pop bangers, the album is a highlight reel of their best hits so far, with some of their older songs like Barbiturates and Pro-procrastinator getting a shiny new release. Indoor Pets are producing fast and catchy tunes which preach self-acceptance and celebrate the social misfit, and their wonderfully and wacky music videos make for great viewing.
FRI 10 (THE HAUNT 11:15PM)
The six-piece met whilst studying at Cambridge, and their alternative punchy sound and witty lyrics, as well as their manic live performances, quickly caught the attention of the music press. The lyrics of their best tracks, Kutcher, M5 and Margate are humorous, charming, and seem to resonate particularly with a young British audience. Bands like Sports Team are making important contributions to the indie scene, and serve as a reminder of why the genre is having a revival.
A. SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS
THURS 9 (LATEST MUSIC BAR 12:15AM) SAT 11 (THE DIVE BAR – BEACH SITE 1:30PM)
Coming all the way from The Island of Inspiration, Tasmanian born four piece A Swayze and The Ghosts bring garage-punk with Iggy and The Stooges inspired undertones to the UK indie-rock scene. Having just released their debut 12” last month, along with lead single Suddenly, and signed to UK based Rough Trade Records, the thunderously electronic rock group are ones to watch. Written by frontman Andrew Swayze and his wife, the lead single lends an ear to topics of gender imbalance.
SAT 11 (VOLKS 1PM)
Hailing from Surrey, pop-rockers Shaded saw a big rise with the release of their EP A Familiar Love last October. The four piece, consisting of vocalist Matt East, guitarist Callum Irons, and, bassist Dan Bradberry merge catchy melodies, slick vocal work and bright instrumental hooks effortlessly to create a unique infectious sound. Having recently toured across the UK and Europe with Australian pop-punk stars Stand Atlantic, Shaded are set for big things in 2019.
SAT 11 (THE DIVE BAR – BEACH 8PM)
After opening for Veruca Salt and touring alongside Death Cab For Cutie, Brooklyn- based power-pop four-piece Charly Bliss made ripples in the US indie scene. With their upcoming sophomore album Young Enough set to release next month, the group transform the grungy thrashing of debut album Guppy into a synth-filled pop punk set, fusing the raw energy of Black Honey with the ironically whimsical darkness of Paramore. Complete with intelligent lyrical lamenting, the band promise contemplative head-bobbing.
THURS 9 (THE HAUNT 6:30PM)
Belgium based Brutus recently released their long-awaited second album Nest a follow-up to 2017’s widely received Burst. The three piece, consisting of front-women Stefanie Mannaerts, guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden, and, bassist Peter Mulders offer up a fierce mix of math rock, hardcore punk, and, black metal. Brutus are truly something to behold and shouldn’t be missed at this years Great Escape Festival. For fans of: Rolo Tomassi, Conjurer.