We can’t wait to be back at Camden Rocks this year – an all dayer, 20+ venue festival with around 100 acts of up and coming, unsigned talent and a few bigger names topping the bill. It’s a largely rock orientated festival but there’s a few indie bands chucked in with some of the best topping the bill.
So with so many bands and artists to see on Saturday June 3rd, Vulture Hound have put together a list of some of the acts you need to see at this years event – from the newest and hottest to some old favorites.
Born out of Brixton in late 2015, Pretty Pistol have quickly gained a reputation for their energetic, sometimes chaotic and always powerful live shows. Featured on BBC Introducing and an ignorable presence on the London circuit, Pretty Pistol are a hard act to follow but one you can’t afford to miss. We caught up with the guys to see how they were feeling about Camden Rocks.
Can you introduce Pretty Pistol?
Pretty Pistol are a garage punk four-piece from South London. We’re two girls (Laura – vocals, Emma – drums) and two boys (Billy – guitar, Rich – bass). We’ve been together since 2015, with Rich joining in December 2016, and we’re basically here to make noise and jump around.
Where and when can people see you at Camden Rocks festival?
Be At One, 12:00. Early start, but we’re looking forward to kicking things off then getting out to see loads of the other bands on the bill and having a few beers.
We heard you climbed on the bar at your last Camden show, what can we expect from your set at Camden Rocks?
More climbing, for sure! I guess I’ll scope out the venue on the day, see if there’s any prime spots, but it never stops the boys chucking their instruments into the drums/crowd – you’ve been warned, people. Whatever happens it’ll be energetic and we will be bruised, I’m sure.
Where can people find your music?
Our debut E.P. Bones has just been released on Spotify, Apple Music – all those places. You can also catch us on Facebook, Twitter and at prettypistol.co.uk – you can order a CD of Bones from our store, if you’re into the whole physical media thing. Actually the artwork is really cool, so get one even if you can’t play it.
Is there anyone else you are looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks?
The Damned, most definitely! Also can’t wait to see Hands Off Gretel again, we played with them a couple of weeks ago and they were awesome. There are so many great bands playing this year, we’re gonna try to rush about and see as many as possible before we get too drunk.
Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performances.
With an almost mechanical solidity and a rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, their introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the punk, noise and rock genres they would comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands like Pulled Apart By Horses, USA Nails and Idles, as well garnering support from writer/actor Simon Pegg and XFM DJ John Kennedy.
Other bands not to be missed…
THE BLINDERS attempt to be in your face at all times, smelting loud and visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and tones.
Brighton four-piece YONAKA bring dark brooding alt rock with heavy riffs. Yonaka are defo a band to keep your eye on.
Another Brighton based band WHITE ROOM – Enter the White Room and inside you’ll find a serrated blend of sky-gaze psychedelia and raucous distortion.
FALSE HEADS – Signed to Gary Powell’s (The Libertines) label and cited as a fave band by Iggy Pop, this London trio are filled with the spirit of late 90’s / early 00’s British Indie Rock.
Another band, another Libertines link – BLACKWATERS. The indie punk band from Guildford had Carl Barat produce their debut single, ‘So Far Out’ and they’ve been gaining serious momentum ever since. Feeling frantic and riled up? Don’t miss them.
MILBURN – After splitting up in 2008 after just two albums, these Steel City lads have come back bigger and better than ever with latest release, Take Me Home showing they’ve still got a knack for writing a banger. Camden Rocks comes the day after their huge outdoor Sheffield show, so they’re sure to be on form!
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS – Another Sheffield band that are still writing tunes better than ever five albums into their career. Latest album Mirrors received critical acclaim all over and the Rev certainly knows how to put on a live show. Not to be missed.
Camden Rocks is happening on Saturday June 3rd. For full lineup and ticket info visit camdenrocksfestival.com.