So, we’re ridiculously excited to be getting none other than our favourite two piece That Fucking Tank down to play our stage as part of the 2nd Homespun Festival. Last year, for the first ever Homespun, we did an all dayer at the Singapora Lounge with 12 bands and it was an amazing success. For those of you who don’t already know, Homespun is a festival that a few promoters decided to start up in response to the local council’s failure to recognise the local independent music scene we have here. We wanted to create a music festival where the bands got paid rather than the promoters, and to showcase the creativity, uniqueness and skill of our local musicians. We also wanted to get some bands in who wouldn’t normally play these towns, so that people who don’t usually go to gigs can come along and see that there’s more to Medway than poundland nights and shitty pay-to-play battle of the bands nights where only the promoters really gain anything.

There’s some more info about the whole festival here: http://homespunmedway.com/blurb-2014/

Our particular stage takes place at the Billabong, Rochester, on Friday 25th July. We’ve got the amazing Leeds duo That Fucking Tank, who’ve recently been on tour supporting Foals. We’ve loved them hard, ever since we saw them play The British Wildlife Festival a good few years back.
Andy plays a specially tuned baritone guitar through guitar and bass amplifiers, James plays a minimal drum kit. Their novel name, energetic performances and extreme volume have had them perform all over Europe and the UK with brain-mangling regularity, sharing stages and tours with bands including Hella, Q and not U, Unsane, AIDS Wolf, Vialka, Nervous Kid, Don Caballero, Hoover, The Fucking Champs, Lightning Bolt, Melt Banana, The Fall, Bilge Pump, Foals, The Ex and the like. They like owls and are playing a gig at an owl sanctuary soon, which makes them wonderful human beans.

http://www.thatfuckingtank.co.uk/

Bear vs Manero are a much adored, and quite rightly so, 4 piece from Medway/Haywards Heath/London. They bring us bass porn, monster riffs, kickass dance moves and physics-defying drumming combined with discordian principles and songs about christmas dinners. Seeing them play makes us happy in our pants. They also love cats, which is an excellent indicator of awesomeness.

http://bearvsmanero.com/

Punching Swans, a frantic mathy 3 piece from Medway and London write songs about sea creatures and rhinos wearing inappropriate footwear. They mix Shellac/Kong style bass riffs with weirdarse guitar squeals and mad frantic fills that Stewart Copeland would be proud of.
Listening to them has an intense effect on my sympathetic nervous system and I’m gonna need a fuckload of digoxin if I’m to keep my heart rate under control after a dose of these dudes.

http://punchingswans.bandcamp.com/


The Consortium Of Dead Souls manufacture sublime, epochal soundscapes to feed the famished void heads and the wretched drug addled damned. This Medway 4 piece bring us beautiful intensity that makes us go all dreamy and misty eyed in a comforting cocoon of synaesthesia. In a black hole. Scary gorgeous.

Tickets: £5 adv/£6 on the door, get them here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267775

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/301744806656472/

 

 

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