Wednesday, 2 February 2011

We're moving.

We are officially moving the blog over to our new tumblr page!
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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Interview with Thomas Tantrum

Next thursday (3rd Feb) it's time for another 'Offset Festival Presents...' here at the Macbeth.
In the past few months we've seen Bo Ningen, Teeth and The Neat (and many many more), and this month we are proud to present the live return of Thomas Tantrum.

Megan of the band was kind enough to answer us some questions about their new record:

1) It's been 3 years since the release of your debut LP. Fill us in on what has been going on in those 3 years.
Hello! Well it's actually just been a little over 2 but it does seem like longer. After the touring of the first album finished, our drummer unfortunately decided to go on to pastures new. Finding a new drummer who was right for us took quite a while, but we were lucky enough to find a winner in Dave Wade Brown! Having a new band member means a whole new influence on songwriting, so a lot of trial and error tunes were experimented with before we started writing material we felt was right for our second album. I guess this is why it has been a long time coming! We've had a lot of fun though and still been playing shows including a tour with the lovely Band Of Skulls and some summer festivals. Everything is coming into place for our second album now though so it's getting really exciting again.

2) The Cure circa 'Wish' seems to be an obvious influence on your new EP 'Birdsong'. What other bands have you been inspired by more recently?
Ha. Yeah, the cure was a huge inspiration for the 'face the music' track off the ep. I think there is more coming from that direction because it really works. I wouldn't say I was particularly influenced by any other bands during the writing of the album. In fact, i tried to stay away from listening to other bands too much because I think that strategy can make for the purest of music. You don't want to latch on to what's popular, you just have to do your own thing. Obviously I am only one quarter of the band though and we all vary quite drastically in our musical tastes. I would say the second album is possibly more mature and melancholic yet still retaining an enthusiastic pop sensibility.

3) Have you guys started working on album no 2 yet? Can we expect a new Thomas Tantrum full-length in 2011?
Album number 2 is all finished and ready to go. We don't have an official release date yet but the single should be coming out late March and the album somewhen after that. The problem with having such a big gap between records is that we have too much material, it's tough deciding which tracks will go on the record.

4) Got any new band tips for 2011?
There's quite a few good bands emerging from down our way actually. There's Montage Populaire, Oresteia, Suicide Party, Haunted Stereo, Maths and the Moon and Wolfe. Southampton seems to be properly on it at the moment. All worth checking out.

Thomas Tantrum will be playing our free-entry 'Offset Festival Presents...' on Thursday, 3rd Feb.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Legends profile #1: Half Japanese

Half Japanese were formed by brothers Jad and David Fair around 1975. Famed for Jad's notorious out-of-tune guitar playing, the brothers' DIY approach was a huge influence on fellow noise-mongers Sonic Youth and a certain Mr.Courtney Love (AKA Kurt Cobain), who even counted their album 'We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love' (released in 1990) amongst his 50 all-time favourite records.

Half Japanese will be coming to the UK in spring 2011 - meanwhile you should check out this mini-doc on youtube:


Monday, 17 January 2011

Our Tips for 2011

Two weeks into the new year and finally fully recovered from our Cherry Cola New Year's Eve Extravaganza, we thought we'd present you our very own list of artists we think might or might not make it in 2011.
Here goes:

1. Cloud Boat
Minimal internet presence and only musical output being a 49sec long youtube video, Cloud Boat have just popped their live cherry with a prestigious support slot at James Blake's Plan B show last friday.

2. Lapalux
Aka Essex-bred Stuart Howard played the Macbeth only recently in support of Ghostpoet and we'll have him back on the 26th Jan alongside Porcelain Raft (see below).
3. Zoo Kid
Debut release 'Out Getting Ribs' dropped on House Anxiety Records last month. Reminiscent of early Wild Beasts; pre-sexual frustration.

4. Vondelpark
Minimal 2-step beats set to an ambient backdrop, Peckham-based Vondelpark is on everyone's lips at the moment. Legendary belgian dance label R&S Records-released EP 'Sauna' was only a taster of what's (hopefully) to come in 2011.

5. James Blake

To celebrate this, we have invited Porcelain Raft and Lapalux to play the Macbeth on the 26th January with DJ sets from No Pain In Pop, Simon Is Tropical and yours truly.
It's FREE entry so no excuses, kapishe?


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

TONIGHT! TAST w/ Magnetix, Black Manila & Kap Bambino DJ set!

So Tonight we have Black Manila and Magnetix come grace us with their presence tonight at TAST.
Find the usual links and ting to the band so you can have a listen, and get you in the mod for tonight!

Doors are open from 8pm until Late!

The door tax is three squids.

Black Manila are fresh from their successful Tour of France with LSD and are playing their first London show back of 2011 with Magnetix one of France's biggest and best Garage Punk bands from the Parisian label Born Bad.

Big beat / Drogue Electrique





Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Tonight - KnickerRocker Glory don't forget, and tomorrow we see Offset Festival and Dancing Bear!

Offset Festival and Dancing Bear kick off Thursday with its series of monthly Free Entry Parties!


With Their Debut Album 'Teeth Union' out now, Ice Sea Dead People are ones to watch for 2011, come and see them before they go sky high.
- A Mind-Bendingly Glorious Primal Racket - NME

+ DüD (Live)

Düd might be a band. Members of Düd might have been in other bands before but they can’t remember. Düd could possibly be the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Jon Jackson. Düd may or may not have been influenced by Dinosaur Jr. Düd don’t have a myspace. Düd do play live.

Second head combine post punk and future pop to create a monster of a supergroup! With two EPs already out in the public domain who knows what this group of talented art punks will come up with in 2011. Greatness we presume.

- DJs -




Remember guys its FREE ENTRY all night, things kick off around 8pm and go on til around 2am! It's gonna be ace, so make sure you come on down!

The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street
N1 6LP

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Boutique Promotions London present. . .


Sponsored by. . . Sailor Jerry

Forget the winter blues and come dance off that post Christmas bloat at this vintage mish mash night hosted at The Macbeth in Hoxton.

Expect Bands doing Old Stuff in New ways, Beautiful Burlesque and Quirky Cabaret along with Vintage Treats Every First Wednesday of Each Month.

Line up:

THE PINS (live)

Fresh off a UK Winter tour supporting Laura Marling, this is The Pins homecoming gig. Expect a trio of lovely ladies harmonising their way through an original blend of folk, 50s, doo wap songs.

OH! GUN QUIT (live)

A tornado of spunky rumble bop surf blitz, twangy with a slice of exotica and a dose of listen and your transported to a world of b-movies, grind a go-gos and adventuring.


From the conception of one comes the sounds of many, A Rock N Roll machine piloted by a man.


Jimmy The Brute (The Brute Chorus)

Rodney Fisher


Luna Rosa

Distinctive in her style, Luna Rosa is the epitome of classic exotica, a beautiful reincarnation of performers of yester-year, who takes the audience to another world with seductive charm and statuesque elegance .

Vintage Quirks:

KnickerRocker Glory Vintage Bargain Bin

Katie Martin -Vintage Design/Fashion/Accessories stall

Cupcakes to scoff

Swing Dancers

Booze Sponsor:

Sailor Jerry

Complimentary Drinks and Transfer Tattoos on arrival!

Entry is £5 (including free drink!)

7.30pm til late!

The Macbeth

70 Hoxton Street



N1 6LP