The DIY music scene is being rightfully celebrated at the Hashrock Festival all-dayer at the Hairy Dog on Saturday 5 May 2018, as ten frankly amazing bands take to the stage.
On a line up featuring some of the best bands around on the underground alternative scene at the moment it’s a shame Derby’s own fine offering across this genre is passed over in favour of showcasing out-of-town and touring bands – with a particular focus on Nottingham bands – but its an all-dayer you’re not going to want to miss nevertheless.
Opening the day is the first in a run of Nottingham bands – two-piece progressive rock band MINATORE, the early afternoon continues with a set from The Madeline Rust. With touches of Throwing Muses in their sound their latest album, 21 Girls, is a unique proposition taking the accounts of real-life criminal profilers it is a trip through the mind of one man and – as the title suggests – 21 girls. Diablofurs follow on – a full-throttle post-punk-pop explosion – with Kiss My Acid and London-based electro-garage band Dronningen keeping the day flowing fast.
The second half of the day sees more of the best underground bands taking to the stage – with art-punk duo Tokyo Taboo kicking off first, followed by Weekend Recovery. Then there is a truly worthwhile final three for you to get your ears around – bands who are making waves and bound to be impressing on festival dates across the summer.
The Shrives are another Nottingham area band making the A52 trip and one which has been impressing with their rock n roll sound and aesthetic over the last few years, including recording their debut album with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
Duo CHAMBERS are out on tour at the moment and with support from PRS and I’m Not From London Records they’re beginning to forge a fierce reputation for their heavy doom sound.
Headline for Hashrock comes from London band The Kut of who Q Magazine said, “There’s a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that’s a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut‘s scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges.”
The alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist Princess Maha they play as a three-piece live and will be marking the release of a long-awaited album, Valley Of Thorns, out 4 May.
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