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Bands to Look Out For in 2019 (Part Two)

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by Chris Henniker (subscribe)
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Published December 2nd 2018

The people I met over the past year have introduced me to some of the south London music scene's best bands and performers. Seeing as I'd better stick my oar in before that zombie, the NME, does, who are the best south London artists going around?

Black Midi

Harking back to the early days of Pavement and Sonic Youth, Black Midi are a noise rock band whose song titles are cryptic and are more like Improvised jam sessions than Sonic Youth's later pop song period. I think they touch on the avant-garde influences of both bands, such as krautrock acts like Can and the more experimental hardcore of Black Flag, The Minutemen and The Meatpuppets, but also update them subtly.

Darren Lawrence of Legpuppy's absolutely right: "If you want to see them, you have to go see them live." Why? Song titles like Bmbmbm are bound to get your head scratching, as will the name.

Live from The Windmill, Brixton. It's Black Midi!

The name itself is taken from when the Midi fills the screen with black and you can't make out individual notes. It's just the rock'n'roll equivalent of that, which Black Midi does.

Hot Sauce Pony.

Angela Martin of Bugeye turned me on to these guys when she mentioned that Britpop, grunge and shoegaze were making a comeback. Well, Hot Sauce Pony is a prime example because it takes me back to my teenage years with What You Don't Know's Butch Vig production bringing out the sludgy guitar and bass, as a foil to Caroline, the lead Singer's sweet vocals. This is a continuation of PJ Harvey and her vitriolic and confrontational style that has its roots in punk, but it updates it for the twenty-first century.

What you don't know? Now you do.

Ham Legion

This almost uncategorised band has been described as progressive pop, psychedelic punk or "Faith No More doing Heavy Vegetable Covers". Georgie Porgy has been called by John Clay, "a rock behemoth like none other before it. Catch them live." I think John Clay's right, you only have to listen.

A Ham Legion might be marching down your street. Enlist today.


This resurgence in alternative rock from the Nineties gathers apace with Hurtling, who's hurtling from the same Brixton Hillbilly studios as all the others mentioned. Their song, Summer, evokes memories of The Cranberries, Throwing Muses and Sonic Youth at their pop best, even reviving the quiet-loud-quiet dynamics of the period.

Where are you hurtling towards?

What do they have in common? They're all based around the Brixton Hillbilly studios on Brixton Hill, where they all support each other. You can support them, as well as Brixton Soup Kitchen, this Christmas by buying their Christmas compilation, (Noddy Holder Voice ready) It's Brixxmas!

Brixton Buzz reported that bassist for Hot Sauce Pony and owner of Brixton Hillbilly Studios , Stephen Gilchrist, said the compilation is more than just raising money:

"This record is not just about trying to raise a few pounds for a local charity. It's more than that. It's about creating awareness about the fact that there are people genuinely struggling to put food on the table to feed their loved ones, not just at Christmas, but all year around."

You can show your support for these bands and a community asset by buying it from The Genepool. It comes out on the 7th of December.

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