In October 2018, London band Mass Datura were deep in the French countryside, holed up at Capitola Analogue, studio of French producer and drummer Nico Brusq. There they recorded 11 tracks straight to tape, capturing band leader Thomas’ Rowe’s songs with an immediate energy and analogue warmth. The resulting album, Wish Untitled, is a personal, but willingly shared, journey through the emotional upheavals we’re all familiar with; fractured companionships, the perils of damaging dependency and crumbling under the weight of a world that doesn’t care.
In Mass Datura, named for the poisonous vespertine plants said to help witches levitate, Rowe is joined by Patrick Bartleet on drums, Joseph Colkett on bass, Alice Hubley on synths and mellotron, Leanne Roberts on violin and Joshua Hayward (The Horrors) on pedal steel.
Wish Untitled is a follow up to 2017’s Sentimental Meltdown, an album that was critically well received (God Is in the TV zine review) and saw the band playing at Liverpool Psych Fest, as well as touring with the likes of Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Black Mountain and Greg Ashley.
The Shadracks are a three-piece rock n’ roll group hailing from Medway, Kent, with Babylonian overtones. They come from Medway but no way meddle with "the medway sound", making a stupidly tight, youthful punk rock racket. Tranquil it ain't. Taking a cue from The Ruts; Adverts & The Lurkers, with grumbling bass, and shrill singing in the rear like Poly Styrene reborn, they burn up florid red vinyl.
Doors at 7:30pm, FREE entry!