Bristol's live music highlights: 20th-26th MarchPosted on: 20 Mar 2017
As usual, the eclectic rules supreme in Bristol this week, with choice cuts from baroque-influenced rock, jazz-infused hip hop, post-hardcore and Glaswegian house all on display. Feast your ears.
Alexis Taylor - Lantern, 21st March
Where Hot Chip play intelligent, yet often reasonably club-friendly music about dancing and dance-culture, the solo project of its frontman, Alexis Taylor, has allowed for the display of the introspective qualities that his performance in the band never quite betrayed. Showcasing a much more intimate development, the succession of his three studio albums to date has culminated in the release of last year’s Piano, a record of ballads featuring simply keys and Taylor’s vocal, which should ideally suit the space available at The Lantern.
Thundercat - Thekla, 22nd March
The enigmatic Thundercat (born Stephen Bruner) has thrived consistently this decade through the teasing out of his idiosyncratic sense of humour, and setting it against the suitably malleable soundtrack of Flying Lotus-esque jazz fusion. The latest offering thrown up by this formula is Drunk, a sonic odyssey through Bruner’s headspace which incorporates appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa and, obviously, Michael McDonald. Catch it in the flesh below the decks of Thekla on Wednesday.
Pulled Apart By Horses - Rise, 22nd March
With a name like that, Pulled Apart By Horses were never going to make meek music. Their rambunctious blend of post-hardcore alt-rock has proffered four respected records, which easily fit into the oeuvre of each genre. Their latest, The Haze, is the first since the departure of founding drummer Lee Vincent, but the line-up reshuffle doesn’t seem to have interrupted the band’s canter, with the Leeds outfit sounding as good as ever. Catch them in unusually modest surroundings at a Rise instore show on Wednesday - this time you might leave with you voice slightly less, ahem, hoarse than usual.
The Lemon Twigs - Thekla, 23rd March
Channelling the baroque‘n’roll of the ‘60s, as well as bands who form the more contemporary avant-garde like Sunflower Bean and Twin Peaks, The Lemon Twigs stormed strutted onto the scene late last year with Do Hollywood, a sun-tinged 10-track of six-stringed nostalgia. The record has gone down a treat with warm reviews across the board, and has launched several tours, with this latest jaunt taking in a date at HMS Thekla.
Denis Sulta - Marble Factory, 25th March
Stepping forth from the same Glaswegian house scene that produced Optimo and Jackmaster, Denis Sulta has fast gained a reputation for being one of the brightest young things in the business at present, and was recognised as such by both Mixmag and Resident Advisor in their polls at the end of last year. The producer, with a peroxide mop to rival Trainspotting’s Sick Boy, has been consistently on the road at the beginning of this year and will check into the Marble Factory, alongside Maurice Fulton and Brassica, as the guest of Dropout Disco.
An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at firstname.lastname@example.org.