1.Cloud Control on Saturday 1st October at Bungalows & Bears
Hailing from Sydney, Cloud Control have been somewhat of a slow burner. They’ve been together for 4 years now but their debut album, Bliss Control, was only released in the UK earlier on this year. It was definitely well worth waiting for. The album is cram-packed full of delicious psychedelic pop and sumptuous vocal harmonies. You’ll be hearing a lot more from this band I’m sure, making this is a fabulous opportunity to see them in an intimate venue for free.Cloud Control-There’s Nothing in the Water
2.Pete & The Pirates on Friday 30th September at The Leadmill
Pete & The Pirates have quietly been going about their business for several years now. I was at SXSW a few years ago and the British band I heard the most buzz about was these guys, which is odd as they’ve never really had a lot of exposure here. Their second album, One Thousand Pictures, is highly impressive. It’s one of my favourites of the year thus far, and sees the Reading indie-rockers take their music to another level (sadly not Another Level mind).Pete and the Pirates-Come to the Bar
3.The Whip, The Crookes & Mabel Love on Thursday 29th September Sheffield University Foundry
Wow, what an absolutely corking line-up for the meagre price of £3.50. I sadly didn’t get a chance to see The Whip at Tramlines, and with two great local support bands, this promises to be a capital evening of aural entertainment.The Whip – Loxley
4.Starlings, Teeth, AUX Innocent & Hail to the Eskimo on Monday 26th @ SOYO
Mixing Sheffield’s rich musical traditions with the Balearic sound of the likes of Foals, Starlings are on to a real winner. It’s a catchy and unique sound, which embodies Sheffield past and future. Teeth were raw but very impressive when they played at The Forum, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again.
The line-ups at SOYO Live just seem to get better and better, and with Let’s Buy Happiness and The Chapman Family coming this autumn, the only way seems to be up.Starlings – Sirens
5.Early Cartographers, Who Killed the Cranks? & Shed Boat Shed on Wednesday 28th September at The Washington
This week sees another great free line-up at The Washington. Three relatively new, but very talented, folk-influenced local bands. I’m fascinated how Early Cartographers are going to fit on the stage!
Have a great week and make sure you take advantage of some of the great free music around the city.