If there’s anyone else out there who overheats when it gets over ten degrees, I feel your pain. I smell your pain. If you’ve been applying anti-perspirant to parts of your anatomy that don’t always get such attention, then I get you. But if you’re still willing to throw yourself into a crowded room, even a moshpit, when the evenings are so barmily balmy, then you are a true devotee of musical joy and I salute you. Go wild. Stay hydrated. Enjoy this week’s spectacular gigs.

Friday 6th July

Austeros

Austeros + Erica Freas + Nietzsche Trigger Finger + Dogeyed + The Earth & Me – Exchange

If you’ve never heard Austeros before, then this is your chance. Their final Bristol show before going their separate ways, you can expect this to be a heartfelt celebration, rather than a glum requiem. Their pop-punk output doesn’t easily lend itself to solemnity or stasis, but if they play ‘No Rush’, especially closer to the end of the set, there may be a few people with ‘something in their eye’. More here…

Liquid Library: Tremolo Ghosts + R.R.S. + Yungylek – At The Well

I like the idea of a liquid library. It sounds like a euphemism for a pub, where books are drinks. I can imagine that reading rates would rocket if you could distil the meaning of a work of literature into a pint of beer. How wise many of us would become. This trio of bands will give you plenty of opportunity to relax on a summer’s evening, with the lo-fi strum of Tremolo Ghosts the ideal way to end a frazzled week. More here…

Creatures + The Hungry Ghosts + Radiators + Arno – Old England

Opening ceremonies can be hit-and-miss events, but Bristol Psych Fest’s Warm-Up Party at the Old England is bound to please. Creatures have only been around since 2016, but they’ve already supported Temples and been invited to Paris by Rough Trade to celebrate the label’s 40th Anniversary. Be warned – William Yates’ crisp, crooning vocals will reverberate around your cranium all weekend. More here…

Saturday 7th July

Night Beats

Bristol Psych Fest: Night Beats – SWX

The Psych Fest is ready to rumble for another year. Existing between the raucously unholy trinity of SWX, The Lanes and Rough Trade, you can find all the psychedelic salvation you need on Saturday. Headlining this year’s excellent line-up, are Night Beats, whose recent release, Who Sold My Generation showcases their rhythm and blues-infused psych. Grab yourself a festival ticket and check out as many great bands as you can, including Captain Süün, The Wytches, Guili Guili Goulag, Nebula and Fumaca PretaMore here…

Oh, The Guilt + Captain Stingray’s Groove Machine + Tayne + Big Thing + Silent Cities + A Standard Model – Café Kino

All manifestations of ‘punk’ are in vogue at the moment, and there’s a similarly ominous UK gloom lurking around that we had in the late-70s, when post-punk first shuffled in and sat moodily in a dark corner of the room. But what it may bring in its lyrical moroseness is often offset by the incredibly uplifting mind-and-body swell of the instrumentation. Oh, The Guilt have that cathartic power, and then some. More here…

Liquid State + Havisham + From Idols to Ashes – Crofters Rights

Calling your EP ‘Save Yourself’ raises the question “From what?” Attending Liquid State’s EP launch on Saturday night will enable you to save yourself from all manner of things, including Russia vs Croatia, repeats of The Bourne Identity and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and possibly the kinds of domestic dysfunction that could be summed up by their rather fine headbanger, ‘Temper’. More here…

Monday 9th July

Asylums

Asylums – Rough Trade

The sizzling, searing sound of Southend-on-Sea comes to rough up Rough Trade on Monday night. Asylums will be playing tracks from their album, Alien Human Emotions that comes out this Friday (6th), as well as exercising their signing muscles afterwards. ‘When We Wake Up’ feels like one of those rides that spins you round and throws you from one side to the other (but without the motion sickness – everyone’s a winner). More here…

Tuesday 10th July

The Breeders + Pip Blom – O2 Academy

Having battered your eardrums in the 90s with Pod and Last Splash, and released more brain-rattling joys up to 2008, The Breeders decided to give us a decade to recover and to miss them terribly, before releasing All Nerve this year. If you’re already suffering from World Cup Fever, maybe consult your GP before attending this sell-out show at the O2 Academy. More here…

Wednesday 11th July

Queen Kwong

Queen Kwong + Gold Key + Grumble Bee + No Violet – Rough Trade

More warm-ups (not that anyone needs to be warmer this week) to be enjoyed – 2000 Trees stages its launch party at Rough Trade, headlined by Queen Kwong, LA indie-rockers, formed around Trent-Reznor-protégé, Carré Callaway. Songs like ‘Love Me To Death’ and ‘One Lung’ bristle with restless rhythms and enough latent tension to set off the average volcano. More here…

Kino Basement Sessions: Pup Tent + ¡Ay Carmela! + Timmy Woahnows + Bridget Hart – Café Kino

Without even mentioning the music, the fact that this is a fundraiser to support one of our finest vegan cooperative cafés and event spaces while The Carriage Works next door undergoes extensive redevelopment should compel you to get down there and do your bit for Bristol. Add in the line-up, topped by the life-affirming loveliness of Pup Tent, and you can enjoy four great acts whilst building your reserves of good karma too. More here…

Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision + Cybernetic Witch Cult + Moon Goose – The Lanes

It’s as if someone knew that we’d be suffering from withdrawal symptoms after the Psych Fest by Wednesday night, and so they decided to book Ecstatic Vision. Can you guess from their name how restrained and straight-laced they aren’t? If I said that they had a proper face-melter called ‘Under The Influence’, would that further help you form an accurate view of what they’re like? Monster Magnet meets Mötorhead. Mighty. More here…

Rainmaker + Tropic + The Shuks – Crofters Rights

Formed in Exeter, before they saw the light and relocated to Bristol, Rainmaker give you the kind of sonic swirl that will have you gazing at your shoes in no time at all. With shades of Ride, Chapterhouse and Dinosaur Jr, they bring an indie pinball intensity that ought to leave you more wired than a pint of espresso. Add in lo-fi slacker punk from Tropic and grungey post-punk from The Shuks to season, and stir thoroughly. More here…

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