Tokky Horror is the brainchild of Zee Davine (Ex- Queen Zee).
“I wanted to find my own sound and my own way of expressing myself that takes from all of our influences across dance culture psychedelia and punk,” explains Zee, who returns with are track ‘Girlracer’.
“Lyrically the song addresses hyper-masculine spaces (which is very often dance culture itself) and inserts Tokky Horror with confidence. Girlracer’s unashamed appreciation of fast cars and loud music is a tongue-in-cheek to every boy who thinks they’re better than us.”
Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new monthly post here on Almost Anything Media. I’ve wanted to make a new post for a while. A monthly post that’s inclusive of the local area of York as well as its outlying and other areas of the country and showcases the talent I know there is around here. One way was to write a post about the latest singles you need to listen to, but I thought I might need to reach out to more people before that does happen. In truth, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting right out there to meet some new people and to listen to some great music and discover bands along the way, so without further ado, I welcome the monthly post of the Mondo Monthly Gigs. This is all the recommended gigs I’m looking forward to in a particular month. Now, of course, there will be one’s I won’t always have the chance to get to but they’ll always be a few local to me around the Yorkshire and outlying areas.
Similar to the weekly Music Video countdown list, this list will compromise of ten gigs I’m sure will be a fun treat for all those involved so let’s dive straight into a local show that’s happening within the Yorkshire area.
1.Foxhaunt. The Crescent, York, 09/08/19
Support: inFade, Avenoir, Pray For Hayden
It’s a showcase of some of the best talents within York for the Alternative scene as the celebration for Foxhaunt’s latest single is being released down at one of the best venues in The Crescent. Armed with inFade, Avenoir and Pray For Hayden as their supports the Alternative outfit are sure to put on a unique night for fans of the genre.
Tickets for the gig at The Crescent on the 9th August are on sale now for £6 in advance.
2. This House Is Haunted. The Crescent, York. 16/08/19
Support: Amongst Thieves.
This House Is Haunted are a three-piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from post-hardcore and metal with influences from Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.
This House Is Haunted have the sensibilities of melodic, hooky vocals and guitar lines, with post-rock bass and drums. Often This House go in tangential directions to reveal rich sonic landscapes to crushingly heavy riffs.
With Amongst Thieves as their main support for the evening, everything is set to go off as one of the best nights for the local scene in recent memory.
Support: WRTHLESS, Pray For Hayden, Without Andrew.
Embarking on their first steps in their new lineup, Better Days are set to kick off a new era for the band as they embark on a mini-tour of the UK.
The band have been described as a fresh new take on pop-punk which combines all the elements of the early 2000’s era and the upcoming new breed, all eyes will be on them as they look forward to the future with brand new music in mind.
4. Stand Atlantic. The Deaf Institute, Manchester. 28/08/19 (SOLD OUT)
Support: Royls, Superlove
The Aussie up and comers absolutely ripped through their debut UK headlining tour with their fresh and energetic ‘Skinny Dipping’ just a short insight to what goes into their shows. With a few dates set around their Reading and Leeds festival appearances, the band are set to storm across some larger stages than when they came across earlier in 2019.
Adding to this, with their now full-time bassist Miki, the Australian Pop-Pinks will come forth with a clear vision so fans will get a glimpse of just what to expect the second time around.
I was at their last UK tour for the Leeds date, their output was a little sub-par but from what I’ve heard since then, there’s going to be absolutely no stopping this band coming forward in the future.
5. Frank Iero, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. Manchester Academy 2, 28/08/19
Support: Moving Galore
I think the only way to truly describe this lineup is Punktastic! That’s the only true adjective that does come to mind as two of the heads of the scene come together for a joint UK tour.
With festival season up and running, it seemed cruel not to mention two of the best bands, Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers as they’re on a mission to reclaim Manchester for their true punk heritage. Both projects have new music out and fans to devour them at the ready so everyone better be primed just for what’s going to go down on the tour.
I think when independent bands come down to the Key Club, it just goes off and is a little more special. I say this because when I went to see Sumo Cyco and Blood Youth, the atmosphere just transforms and elevates the show to new heights. With the metalcore troupe in Black Tongue coming across to Leeds and their EU shows in full swing, things are just going to be sweaty and rough if things are to be believed.
Another Aussie group straight onto this list, the up and coming rockers are embarking on a lengthy UK stint in celebration of their upcoming release, ‘State Of Mind’ and it’s interesting to see what will occur on these shows coming up as you have the varying bands supporting them on their UK tour. For example with Woes, they’ve modified themselves into an experimental rock outfit but that makes them all the more enjoyable to watch and with The Faim, their transference to more Poppier sounds but with all the meaning int their lyrics shows just how much they’ll be rooted into their ways. Obviously, it’s a departure from the ‘Summer Is A Curse’ EP, but with their rhythmic sections on current singles, it shows that the crowd is going to love them all the same.
Tickets cost £13.20.
Other Tour Dates:
27th – Dublin Academy 2
28th – Belfast Oh Yeah
29th – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
30th – Liverpool Arts Club
31st – Sheffield Corporation
1st – Norwich Epic Studios
8. Skunk Anaise. O2 Academy Leeds. 30/08/19
Support: Queen Zee
Skunk Anaise are a once in a generation band but unlike some older and well-respected bands, they’re one of the most consistent groups who are still in the scene and that’s just the only reason people still enjoy them. But it’s more than that here, as they’re continuing the experience and going further with their latest headline tour as they visit more cities following the release of their 25th anniversary live album, 25LIVE@25. As they’re hailed as one of the most exciting and greatest live acts across the globe, these shows will see the band hit a huge milestone in their career, so don’t miss out.
For fans of Local Natives and The Japanese House, the new outfit Talk More are heading over to The Fulford Arms in York for the release of their two brand new singles, ‘Planned Fights’ and ‘Heart Again’. With the three-piece band all collectively being involved in the scene for a while, this will be a true test to see what the band are capable of.
Wow. Marmozets just proved they were back. I’ve been following this group for a number of years now and after their second record dropped I thought okay, this can’t get any better. I was completely wrong! Marmozets are back in full force now and the sky’s the limit on just what they can do.
Although they’ve been away a few years after a few complications, this date was part of Marmozet’s third headlining UK tour in less than a year. From the outset, it just shows that the band are hungry for more touring and non-stop mayhem on stage. Newcastle’s a city that’s always been kind to them so it was no surprise that they’d storm their set on the night.
Opening up the night was the amazing support set from Queen Zee. Initial thoughts before the set were that there’s not going to be much to this band and I can just relax through this set. But I was completely mesmerised by the band. I thought, hey massive cheers to Marmozets for bringing out someone new but the raw energy that came out of this set was almost unfiltered. This is a band the scene desperately needs to hear right now, not because of gender, but because this is a group that needs to be heard. The way they feed off of everyone was just in a way that I haven’t seen in a while and it’s always good to see a new rocking band who deserve to be out there more.
Now, I saw Marmozets perform in Middlesbrough on their last UK tour. Now that was good, but this performance in Newcastle was so much better. Their showmanship, sound and performance by everyone in the band just felt like a raw energy that they just couldn’t be rid of. It felt they were a steady form of energy and they just kept giving and giving to the point of which they wanted to perform more. I had to leave about three-quarters of the way through for the train but found a live link and watched it while I was travelling back home. Following this tour, they’re in America for a run of dates before coming back to the UK for another run of headlining dates. You don’t need to ask them do you want to play a show because I think they’ll be playing shows more than they have off days for this year and by the time the festival season comes, they’ll be up high on the standing where we can only cheer and get in those moshpits faster than move, shake hide comes kicks into their set.
Is this the best version of Marmozets yet? No. I’m only saying that because they’ve proven they can up themselves with every record they release and tour they play. If they continue the way they are, there isn’t anything they can’t do as a band. Especially with tracks such as ‘Born Young & Free’ or more recently ‘Run With The Rhythm’ or ‘Habits’, the sky is literally the limit and who knows? The next tour will bring their legions of fans back again for more! Marmozets are now above all else, a force to be reckoned with. They’re a product of the British scene that’s as important as anyone and you can expect them to be around for a long time.
Oooh, this festival just got even bigger. I am of course talking about Live At Leeds which has announced 60+ bands to the bill.
Here are all the additions:
Gaffa Tape Sandy
The Howl And The Hum
The Indigo Project
The Magic Gang
The Ninth Wave
Only The Poets
Pulled Apart By Horses
Sounds Like A Storm
Live At Leeds Festival will be held on May 8th 2018 across several different venues in the city centre of Leeds.
Adckets cost £36 and can be purchased online from the festival’s website.