'We’ve actually been discussing the importance of sharing other cultures through the arts, as a way of bridging and maybe undermining some hostility that might exist, or counteracting some of it,' says United Strings of Europe’s artistic director Julian Azkoul.
We’re never gonna persevere with something if we think it’s not up to scratch. A lot of ideas just get ditched because they don’t make your pulse race,’ say’s Teeth of the Sea’s Jimmy Martin.
Most commonly pegged as a psych rock outfit since forming in 2006 Jimmy, Sam Barton, Mike Bourne have in fact traversed a multitude of genres in pursuit of raised heart rates, be it through punishing beats or lugubrious brass.…
‘It was very interesting to do something different, to leave the distortion behind, the heaviness, and try to be more tonally heavy and bring together all those elements of music we’ve liked over the years,’ says Jodie Cox of experimental guitar duo Markers.
‘We wanted to start a new chapter of music events in the borough, that supports this grassroots music, while also keeping gender equality, which is so important, at the heart of what we do, making this part of Croydon’s new music legacy.’ Says Julia Woollams, co-founder of South London’s newest edition to the music festival calendar, Cro Cro Land.
‘When you listen to our records there is a level of wanting people to think and react, and maybe think differently. But live, we really just want people to have fun and lose themselves,’ says Lower Slaughter’s bassist Barney Wakefield.
Pitching themselves at the heavier end of rock’s range with riffs big enough to rival Black Sabbath and vocals so powerful they could raise the dead (courtesy of ex-Divorce member Sinead Young) the four-piece delivered their first collection of socially conscious racket in 2017 with What Big Eyes.…