Gigs Of The Week
The Barbican hosts an exciting show this Saturday, 4 March. Forty years after their first ever show, experimental rock band The Heat are set to reunite, with the help of a cast of special guests. One of the gems of the UK DIY scene of the ’70s, their reign may have been short lived, but their influence is felt to this day, through jagged post-punk guitars wielding heirs, some of whom will join them on stage, including Thurston Moore, Alexis Taylor and James Sedwards. There’ll be a late bar after the gig, with a DJ set from Nick Name.
Jenny Hval brings her venomously titled new album, Blood Bitch, to Rich Mix on Tuesday 28 February. It’s the Norwegian artist’s third record, and her most ambitious yet, full of strange arrangements and prose. Of it, she says: “This is my most fictional and most personal album. It’s also the first album where I’ve started reconnecting with the goth and metal scene I started out playing in many years ago, by remembering the drony qualities of Norwegian black metal. It’s an album of vampires, lunar cycles, sticky choruses, and the smell of warm leaves and winter.” So there!
The Dears return to the capital this week, with their first show for six years. It marks the release of the Montreal band’s new record, Times Infinity Volume One – a 38-minute sweep of orchestral rock-tinged pop that’s as uplifting as it is angst-ridden. Known for throwing their all into really intense live shows, their gig at Village Underground on Tuesday 28 February should be something special.
Announcement Of The Week
We’ve not really yet come to terms with the news that legendary indiepop label Fortuna Pop! are winding up after two decades of releasing, promoting and enabling some of the most brilliant DIY bands to exist and, in some cases, prod them towards far bigger audiences than they’d have ever imagined possible. The label’s chief, Sean Price, is bidding us farewell with a mini-festival; five days of gigs across London. Highlights include Withered Hand, The Ballet, Pete Astor and Would Be Goods at Bush Hall on 24 March; The Butterflies Of Love, Sodastream, Flowers and Darren Hayman at Islington Assembly Hall on Friday 24 March; an all-dayer at Tufnell Park Dome on Saturday 25 March, featuring Comet Gain, The Proper Ornaments, Evans The Death, Milky Wimpshake, Tiger Cats and September Girls; and Martha, Joanna Gruesome, The Spook School and Chorusgirl at the Scala on Sunday 26 March. Tickets are available as five-day passes or for individual gigs.