| * OH MY BLATHERING BARNACES! IT’S PANDAMONIUM ’12! *
* FIERCE PANDA LAUNCHES 18TH BIRTHDAY WITH NEW YEAR REVOLUTION!! *
* SECOND GIG ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 4TH 2012!!! *
The Thing: fierce panda & Club Fandango present PANDAMONIUM ’12 (day two)
The Bands: HEY SHOLAY + THE QUEENS ENGLISH + PURSON
The Stardate: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4TH 2012
The Place: LONDON KENTISH TOWN BULL & GATE
(389 Kentish Town Road NW5)
The Doors: 7.45pm. The Damage: £5.00 from
HEY SHOLAY (onstage 10.15pm) are from Sheffield and play beamingly creative alternative rock music with pop hooks and progressive undercurrents. The sent us a demotape (a tape!) in fake bearskin (bearskin!!). Unsurprisingly we liked them so much in our gigantic communal penthouse office suite that Label Fandango released their 'Dreamboat' single in the autumn, and fierce panda will be putting out their frankly splendid debut album, called 'Clouds', in early 2012.
THE QUEENS ENGLISH (onstage 9.30pm) are based in Camden Town, where they wear unfeasibly tight trousers and write unceasingly propulsive British pop (not Britpop) songs which nod at The Jam, wink at The Smiths and add a tease of XTC’s pop panache.
PURSON (onstage 8.45pm) aren’t afraid of the cosmic dark, that’s for sure. They name check Amon Duul II, King Crimson and ‘Witchfinder General’, happily support Pentagram and with their flirty flutes and heavyweight guitar fondlings are embarking on one heck of a madrigal mystery tour. The fact that at the centre of this stoned circle is Rosalie from Ipso Facto, quite literally letting her hair down, only adds to the intrigue.