The clocks have gone back. The nights are drawing in. Some bastard locally has been letting off fireworks for the last twelve nights. The Bake Off is over. On the bright side, you made it through the cultural apocalypse of Halloween and you’re growing a massive hairy lip slug for charity. Don’t let November feel like thirty days of waiting for the beginning of festive musak season. If you’ve still got a few pounds jangling in your pocket, after having been conned by the ubiquitous Halloween tat at the supermarket, why not invest it in a local venue and some bloody marvellous tunes?
Thursday 2nd November
Scruff of the Neck Presents: Farebrother + Monico Blonde + Socket – Hy-Brasil
When Scruff of the Neck decided to branch out from Manchester to Bristol, they certainly recognised the thirst for new music that both cities share. This triple-bill ought to satisfy all your aural needs.
Siblings of Us EP Launch – Mr Wolf’s
In their first twelve months, Bristol’s Siblings of Us have made their mark with their moody, murky synthwave. Fonzy Armour and Zack Reed launch their second EP in a year at Mr Wolf’s.
Mount Kimbie – Motion
Mount Kimbie’s post-dubstep, post-punk, new-wave, ambient-with-attitude electronica is like a free bar: sometimes you just don’t know where to start. And it’s deeply intoxicating. Don’t even consider consuming responsibly. Fill your boots.
Friday 3rd November
Julia Jacklin – Thekla
Having sold out the Louisiana in March, Australia’s Julia Jacklin returns to rock the boat (gently) with her swooning, swooping vocals at the Thekla. Her alt-country indie-folk comes with a sharp eye for an observational lyric.
Donut Records Presents: Three Kings High + Some Villains + Raptor – The Lanes
Indie psych-rock, with neo-soul and a funky underbelly, Three Kings High are the hand you’re always happy to be dealt. Their own imprint, Donut Records also brings you alt- and blues-rock for a night of serious air drums and head nodding.
This Feeling – Bristol With: Trampolene + The Malarkey + Zepher + The Belishas – Mothers’ Ruin
Welsh trio, Trampolene, have earned comparisons to early Manics; they’ve supported The Libertines recently and are about to support Liam Gallagher on his arena tour. You’ll hear tracks from their brand new album, Swansea to Hornsey.
Saturday 4th November
LaDIYfest – Southbank Centre
LaDIYfest celebrates the achievements of self-identifying women and oppressed genders in music and the arts. From 6PM til midnight, you can Deeply Immerse Yourself in six bands, including the belligerence of militant punks, Screaming Toenail and ferocity of Bristol riot grrrls, Kiss Me, Killer.
Kagoule + Catholic Action – Louisiana
A kagoule is a traditionally lightweight garment, but once you combine Cai Burns’ and Lucy Hatter’s vocals with Lawrence English’s chunky drums, you’re in for heavy-duty sonic drenching.
The Lovely Eggs – Exchange
With This is Eggland due out in February 2018, why not whet your appetite for that with The Lovely Eggs’ show at the Exchange? Saturday night’s just what whimsical, gnarly, lo-fi garage rock was made for.
Sunday 5th November
The Bristol Sessions – BIMM Showcase – Gallimaufry
This weekly centrepiece for local soul/R&B talent gives BIMM’s finest a chance to perform with the Bristol Sessions Collective. Who’ll be scorching this Bonfire Night? Expect fireworks.
Monday 6th November
Julien Baker – Lantern
22-year-old Julien Baker called her debut album Sprained Ankle and her follow-up, out last week, Turn Out the Lights. Melancholia dominates the lyrics, yet her cathartic voice will cleanse your soul.
River Matthews – Crofters Rights
Having supported Rag’n’Bone Man and Coasts on recent tours, River Matthews finally gets to take top billing, at The Crofters Rights. With his quiet Jeff Buckley chills on ‘Undo Ordinary’ and gospel-rich rousing on ‘Sunshine,’ you need to make like REM, and find the River.
Marmozets + Queen Zee and the Sasstones – The Fleece
With two new singles, ‘Habits’ and ‘Play’ this year, as well as successful sets at Reading and Leeds, their October shows will round off a big leap of a year for Marmozets. Knowing what you’ll know after seeing them, you’ll be well up for the new album in January.
Tuesday 7th November
Sylvan Esso – SWX
If you still think that Sylvan Esso played up front in the 1998 World Cup-winning French squad, then you haven’t heard the album What Now, or had the delights of Nick Sanborn’s beats or Amelia Meath’s other-worldly vocals. Expect nothing but bangers.
Girl Ray – Louisiana
Girl Ray assembled at school in Finchley, North London. That was only three years ago, so it’s no surprise that they retain an element of those school days in their self-conscious, confessional C86 pop. Their Killer Sting Ray of Death Tour brings them to the Louisiana.
Wednesday 8th November
Quit Yr Job Showcase: Moth + The Shuks + Rainmaker + Wych Elm – Old England
The home of the Bristol ‘dream punk’ scene and stalwart supporters of the three-day week, Quit Yr Job Records presents four bands and a tailor-made excuse to overdo it and have to chuck a tactical sickie the next day.
Autobahn – Louisiana
If you’re thinking Kraftwerk from the name, and expecting a bit of computer love, you’ll be sorely disappointed. If you want goth-draped, industrial post-punk from Leeds that billows with energetic solemnity, Autobahn’s grimness ought to put a smile on your face.
Bad Sounds – Thekla
Underpinned by brothers, Ewan and Callum Merrett, Bath five-piece, Bad Sounds, meld soul, hip-hop and indie-pop. Even then, their fresh sounds resist categorisation. You know Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys? Well, they don’t sound like that.
Wolf Alice – O2 Academy
Since their inception in 2010, Wolf Alice have become progressively noisier. Aptly named after a feral child in an Angela Carter short story, they are, as their song suggests, ‘Beautifully Unconventional’.
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