When? Friday October 20th
Where? The Wave Maiden
Ticket Link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/416877
Pie & Vinyl Presents are pleased as puppies to announce that Tooting’s purveyors of lo-fi fuzzed up outsider psych pop Dignan Porch will be joining us at home from home The Wave Maiden on Friday 20th October.
If you dig early Pavement, Blue Orchids, Syd Barrett (Official), Galaxie 500,Sebadoh, Television Personalities, Daniel Johnston, etc. we’re certain you’ll find much to love within Dignan Porch’s melancholic grooves and melodic skewed musings.
Starting as the bedroom recording project of chief songsmith Joe Walsh the Porch (‘Dignan’ would come later inspired the name of a friend’s dawg) were picked up by New York indie Captured Tracks – home of DIIV & Mac DeMarco – on the back of demos posted on a MySpace page.
Developing into a full band though the addition of Walsh’s guitarist brother Sam, bassist Ben Goodwin and drummer Philippa Bloomfield they released 90 second scratchy psych pop gem ‘On a Ride’ in 2009. This was quickly followed by debut album ‘Tendrils’, a no-fi classic based largely upon Joe’s original 8 track bedroom recordings.
2011 saw Hayley Atkins joining on keys & vocals and the release of the ever so slightly polished but still beautifully intimate EP ‘Deluded’, featuring an awesome reworking of fragile haunting track ‘Like It Was’. In 2012 they released 2nd album ‘Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen’ which again upped the production even further, approaching full on fuzz rock territory – perhaps inspired by touring with a certain Ty Segall – and Fripp-esque guitar duelling as exemplified on key track ‘Pink Oil’.
2014 saw a departure from Captured Tracks and the finding of a new home at Brighton’s Faux Discx records – home to Cold Pumas, Hookworms, Sauna Youth – for whom they produced the streamlined ‘Observatory’ recorded in Joe’s cold and noisy flat above a South London used carpet store. Exchanging doses of fuzz for echoing metallic sheen it recalls The Cure on jangle mode and Bend Sinister The Fall. It’s very very good.
This year has seen them embark upon a trilogy of ep releases issued digitally via Plastic Stuff. The first two – ‘Golden Beak’ and ‘Don’t Try It’ – are out now and include some of their best work – ‘The Flood’, ‘Don’t Try It’ and ‘Meat Vessel’ are particular faves and show a move towards heightened band dynamics that can only be achieved through years on the road.
They have a tasty live reputation and have been praised for their explosive live shows by The Fly and Drowned in Sound: ‘fuzz-infused lo-fi punk that gives many of their US contemporaries a serious run for the money’.
‘Dignan Porch are several matches made in heaven. All the way from exotic Tooting, the group touch down into the effects-heavy shoegaze/dream pop world with some lovely vocals and harmonics but they really fly when they unashamedly let loose on the slacker guitar-hero stuff. Bursting with coolness and melodies to kill or die for.’ – Rough Trade
‘Dignan Porch has crafted the perfect companion for sullen moments in heat bred summer nights with Observatory, an enticing vehicle through which explorations of evocative realms and personal corners bring a wealthy dose of pleasure.’ – Ring Master Reviews
‘Songs that seem to teeter on the brink of collapse yet are utterly beguiling’ – Q
“I’d at least kill a goat for this band. It’s that f****** good” – VICE
‘.. the best moments are when the noise and the clutter fade away and you are left with this uncertain haze, perhaps just the beat and a fuzzed out guitar, that seems to refract all this massive sadness hidden underneath the skin of everything and expose it to the brilliant daylight.’ – The Line Of Best Fit
‘Dignan Porch are the kind of band who don’t aspire to be like the bands that influence them – they seek to better them. To challenge what their idols have crafted before and push the boundaries that they defined. Fuzzy bedroom psych-pop just got revitalized, folks.’ The 405
‘Dignan Porch have created an unassuming, but addictive rainy-day bedroom-pop gem.’ – Stereogum
Support comes from Pie & Vinyl Records own Barbudo and Ban Summers. Originating up the road in Havant BARBUDO deal in nu-eyed psychedelic soul grooves with a taste for the bizarre. They have just released the excellent ‘pleasures’ ep via Pie&Vinyl Recordings – be sure to grab a copy at the show. Ban Summers is the new project of The Boy I Used to Be main man Edward Perry which continues his love affair with hazy lo-fi indie pop whilst bringing in some darker post-punk elements to the mix.
Tickets are £5 in advance via WeGotTickets or for the same OTD if there are any left!
• Doors – 8:00
• Ban Summers – 8:30
• BARBUDO – 9:15
• Dignan Porch – 10:00
• Curfew – 11:00