We've got some great Glasswerk bands playing on Wednesday this week at our usual venue, Upstairs at the Highbury Garage. It's dead easy to get to, right opposite Highbury and Islington tube, so come down for some great music. What else is there to do on a Wednesday night?
A glam-punk-pop driven sound that captures the irresistible energy of youth and a healthy dose of sex-rock makes them a refreshing alternative to the deluge of cynically manufactured contemporary “popular music”. Glamour and passion are the watchwords of this band and with intelligent and quirky songs, drinkme occupy a space removed from any current scene or musical genre. There's an x-cellence factor, though which means they don't belong on the fringes either. Beautifully spontaneous onstage, they have been known to play gigs anywhere and anywhen, from the historical setting of the cafe de paris to the punk immediacy of the infamous, shambolic and illegal hoxton “fuck the jubilee”
“Quintessentially English Swing-beat Rock”. Having had their demo song ‘Loaded’ played on the Claire Sturgess Xfm Unsigned slot, BUGWIG were subsequently invited to record an ‘Xfm session’ which was broadcast on 19th February 2004. Unusual but highly radio friendly intellectual pop that has been on repeat at Glasswerk for some time
“The bands we play, you know, we play 'cause we like them. Bugwig, I have to say, I like just that little bit more.” Claire Sturgess (Xfm)
“Petite Poule… the best French song since Bonnie & Clyde.” Adam Krupa (The Tube Club)
Bruise have earned themselves the reputation of performers of rare distinction. “Inspired a rash of sticky staines…” “Absolutely.Jaw.Dropping” according to Logo Magazine. “Stunning throughout…unique and brilliant” Leeds Music Scene. “My God, it's like having Fleetwood Mac in the studio” Island FM.
Bruise have played to audiences from York to Guernsey, Bath to Belgium and shared the bill with Feeder, Reef and Terrovision, supported Hawkwind, The Levellers and Glen Tillbrook (Squeeze)
Bedhed have only been together a year, and they’ve already managed to fit in as many epiphinal moments, stellar comparisons and once-in-a-lifetime gigs as a band twice their age. They are cool, talented and inspired musicians, with an ear for a catchy hook and the balls for a squealing solo, and their collective muse has already created a handful of modern classic tunes from the irrepressible Blood Love Time to the stadium-sized confessional of Mercury. they remain believers to the core in the music they make and hear, they give great shows that look and sound a world away from their contemporaries, and they write timeless songs.