Psych specialist label Fuzz Club have announced the bulk of their line-up for their festival in Eindhoven – a Dutch city with a thriving underground scene even when the festival isn't on thanks to cheaper rents than neighbouring Dutch cities.
Fuzz Club Eindhoven takes place on 23 – 24 August 2019 at the lauded Effenaar venue, and its USP is its colossal deluge of all things psych/shoegaze/garage/punk. Compared to the one-stop shop approach festivals such as Reading and Leeds are taking, it’s a nice change of pace: they're offering something closely resembling a scene. Fuzz Club the record label have organised this forthcoming two-dayer in collaboration with the masterminds behind Eindhoven Psych Lab. Here's the top bands we'd recommend seeing if you're going. Ticket information is here.
This band’s Masana Temples album made our 2018 albums of the year list. Of it Gigwise’s Robert Ham wrote: “[...] the unrelenting rhythms of NEU!, the elongated explorations of the Dead, the jazzy intricacies of Can — but it is a uniquely Japanese record, suffused with not only their native tongue but also a craftsman's dedication to making sure every detail is perfect. Each squiggling guitar solo and elliptical rhythm feels reassuring, logical even. Trust in Kikagaku Moyo."
Night Beats’ latest album Myth of a Man, which was produced by Dan Auerbach in Nashville, came out in January this year and absolutely slays. It comes at a time when singer Danny Lee Blackwell remains the only sole constant member of Night Beats and he’s introduced some great session player from Nashville onto the record. The sound, which is said to get its anguished inflections partly as a consequence of the band’s instability, is fairly removed from the intensity of garage fuzz of their first albums. But, Blackwell’s soulful voice, with the reverb dial wheeled back a fair bit, fits the detailed, most ambitious soundscape he’s ever created. They’re one of the best bands around and a stellar addition to Fuzz Club.
The Underground Youth
This Berlin via Manchester band released one of the best singles we’ve heard all year – and that’s reason enough for us to be reeling at the prospect of seeing them live. Of said single, ‘The Last Exit To Nowhere’, we said: “Live, we can almost envisage the singer squirming on the floor Iggy Pop circa Raw Power style as the track builds in intensity. The vocalist echoes, too, the likes of Nick Cave, Jim Morrison, and Ice Age's Elias Bender Ronnenfelt. His strength lies in responding to the soundscape as if he's invested his entire being.” But on second listening there’s definitely a bit of Bauhaus in there, too. Top band.
Belgian post-punks Whispering Sons are definitely a band on the rise: we’ve noticed from ETEP data that they picked up five festival bookings after playing Eurosonic. They just played The Great Escape, too, and are going from strength-to-strength. Sonically there’s a bit of Cure, Joy Division, and Nico. One of their best tracks, ‘Alone’, is streaming below and it packs a punch: Pummelling rhythms, haunting low-register vocals combine with guitars which are satisfyingly jangly and conjure romantic images of pre-Oakenfold and MDMA Hacienda. Plus, the guitars have the audiophile tenacity of post-punk revivalists Interpol. Meanwhile, the synth veers between driving the tune and providing ornamentation. An artful rock band to believe in.
Chile’s not all about the psychedelic mountain scenery and starry desert vistas: it has an immense underground guitar scene. A couple of years ago, Vuelveteloca kindly guided us through some of the best bands from Santiago in this guide. But of all those bands, it’s Vuelveteloca themselves that remain a favourite. They’ve shared a stage with Dandy Warhols, A Place To Bury Strangers, Dead Meadows, Spiritualized and Pond, to name a few; and will most likely be one of the most talked about sets of the weekend. Miss them at your peril.
You can see the full Fuzz Club Eindhoven 2019 line-up so far below:
Kikagaku Moyo | The Soft Moon | Iceage | The KVB | Night Beats | Tess Parks | The Underground Youth | The Telescopes | Froth | Les Big Byrd | The Warlocks | Cosmonauts | The Vacant Lots | Lumerians | Rendez-Vous | Snapped Ankles | Whispering Sons | Teeth Of The Sea | Acid Baby Jesus | Iguana Death Cult | RMFTM | Minami Deutsch | The Oscillation | 10 000 Russos | The Janitors | Dead Vibrations | JuJu | The Gluts | Medicine Boy | Vuelveteloca | Routine Death and Firefriend.