If you’re not familiar with Fuzz Club Records, that’s something you need to rectify immediately. This label are promoting some of Europe’s finest new psych, post-punk, shoegaze talent; and their showcase at The Shacklewell Arms last week proved their eclectic mix of artists are capable of captivating the capital’s new music fans.
Opening the night were Float, a London five-piece who have impressive post-punk sensibilities and (if it’s not too bold to say), excellent taste in tailored trousers. Whilst collectively the band are animated and interesting to watch, their frontman instinctively knows when and how to move. His raw, Ian Curtis-esque arm movements punctuated most of the set, but he stood statuesque for the band’s final song as waves of ear-buzzing bass rolled out across the crowd, temporarily over-powering guitar and drums.
Up next were Netherlands duo Spirit Valley who had listeners hooked with their mesmeric riffs and intense, powerful drumming. Their blend of primitive but sharp sounds rang out with the momentum and resonance larger bands often struggle to achieve when playing live, and as cliché as it sounds; the duo need to be seen and heard in this format for their talent to be fully appreciated. Stockholm’s Dead Vibrations followed the pair, and they drew an impressive crowd who were sucked in by their moody, raw shoegaze.
Headliner NONN modestly delivered his ominous, synthetic waves of post-punk with drum machine, synths and live guitar. His self-titled debut (released via Fuzz Club earlier this year) developed from a reclusive stint he spent in Stockholm last winter, and live it translates as an excellently balanced blend of steady, introspective vocals and broody pulsating beats. Singles ‘Need’ and ‘Hills’ were effortlessly delivered, and proved that NONN has an enviable ability to produce captivating coldwave noise.
You can find all the band’s who performed on the night on Facebook, and make sure you follow Fuzz Club for updates on more of their future stellar line-ups.