I’ve got my knickers in a Twisterella
There are forward-thinking independent music promoters in the region, and then there are Middlesbrough’s The Kids Are Solid Gold and Pay for the Piano. They continue to pull the cream of emerging talent to the region and they’ve really outdone themselves for this year’s multi-venue Twisterella festival which is brimming with ‘must sees’.
In all there will be around 40 acts playing – over several stages – but I’d like to give a special plug to some of my favourites such as Boy Azooga who have released one of the year’s best albums with ‘1, 2, Kung Fu!’. Skittering gleefully across indie-disco-boogie, laid-back psychedelia and stomping pop/rock, there’s nary a dud note among its succinct 35 minute running time.
Also pretty special is Bryde (pictured), a Pembrokeshire-born, London-based singer/songwriter of rare talent. Her ‘Like An Island’ album (also released this year) mixes strength and vulnerability with the atmospherics of The xx, and it’s another crackerjack.
A band yet to release an album, but already causing waves, are Estrons (their debut long-player is due on 5 October). This Welsh band, fronted with fervour by Tali Källström, knock out punky rock that is as sharp as a paper cut, but with plenty of melodic pop know-how.
A band from closer to home arrive in the shape of local heroes Avalanche Party. Fizzing with all the energy of a hopped-up Stooges, their garage rocking ways feels like someone shoving a hoover up your blouse – in the nicest possible way.
Space constraints are beginning to hem me in here but can I also chuck these names your way: The Blinders (scuzzed-up indie), Cape Cub (local go-getters hitting us up with euphoric pop), Harri Endersby (sublime alt-folker from Durham) and Shy-Talk (post-punk, noise-rock, sunglasses).
These are just some of my faves: find yours by checking out the full line-up from the website below.
Twisterella, Saturday 13 October, Teesside University + The Townhouse + Westgarth Social Club + TSone + pop-up session at other venues, Middlesbrough, £17.50. twisterella.co.uk