PREVIEW: Camden Rocks, 7 Bands To See

The annual, one-day festival Camden Rocks takes place this Saturday, headlined by The Subways and Reverend And The Makers, with many more acts playing throughout the day in the various venues Camden has to offer.

Here are seven bands Trygve Hjelle recommends catching, and a little taster of what you can expect from them. For those about to go to Camden Rocks, we salute you.

Orange Goblin

British Stoner rock veterans Orange Goblin are definitely one not to miss next Saturday when they take to the stage at Barfly. The band have built a devoted following and have been called the best live metal band in the country. Orange Goblin’s heavy metal is monster fuelled by beer and bong hits, destroying everything in its path with colossal riffs.


Two dudes from Kent who play infectious, chaotic Garage Punk. Listen to the 2013 debut album ‘Sugar Coated Bitter Truth’ and you’ll be hooked.

Whales in Cubicles

Earlier this year the band dropped their debut album ‘Death In The Evening’; a strong album filled with lush shoegaze atmospheres and massive anthemic choruses.

God Damn

A duo hailing from the Black Country, God Damn blend elements from grunge, hardcore, doom metal and psychedelic rock to create a vicious breed of punk, in which infectious pop hooks crash into a savage barrage of blasting drums and thundering guitar riffs. The band has a handful of EPs free to download which are well worth a listen.

Shiva And The Hazards

Featuring a sound which has its roots in bluesy psychedelia, fuzzed out shoegaze and classic British rock melodies, Shiva And The Hazards are definitely ones not to miss this Saturday.

Gang of Gypsies

Formed in December 2013, Gang of Gypsies played their first live show in February this year. A five-piece hailing from London, Gang of Gypsies channel the classic sounds of 60’s and 70’s rock into a modern blast of energy and high-voltage music. The band members hail from France, Italy, Portugal, England and Canada, and met at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.


In the years since their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Turbowolf have become a seasoned act in the festival circuit, playing events such as SXSW, Download, Sonisphere, and Great Escape to name a few . The band describe their sound as “Magic noise for psychic colossus”, and despite the fact that the statement makes little sense, it perfectly describes the bands difficult to pin down sound. The Bristol based foursome draw from a wide range of influences including psychedelic rock, electronica, heavy metal and punk rock, among others.