Labasheeda, Monster Island and Nick Alexander...

In The River presents…. Labasheeda: Labasheeda play at KRAAK as part of their April UK tour. Labasheeda hail from Amsterdam NL and take pop on a different journey via twisted post punk guitar riffs that might remind you of Spiderland era Slint and Sonic Youth. ‘Growling, dynamic stuff here from the Netherlands. Labasheeda make intelligent but not emotionless, angular rock music; it’s a brooding sound with touchstones in the post rock (some gorgeous violin playing in parts) and post-hardcore camps. Singer Saskia Van Der Giessen in forlorn almost-romantic vocals which sound all the more sharp set to a back ground of foreboding guitar chimes.’ In 2012 the band released the LP Castfat Shadows and a split 7″ with Wavezero. http://www.labasheeda.nl   Monster Island: Manchester’s Monster Island released their latest album The Retaining Wall late last year –  “These are often tales of the inner soul, the solitary dreamer’s inert reaction to the world around them, a sort of lugubrious coping mechanism…To prise open what is really going on the gnomic world of Monster Island – especially whatever’s happening on the title track – may be a mistake anyway.” (Incendiary Magazine) www.monsterisland.co.uk/ Opening up proceedings, we have an acoustic set from singer-songwriter Nick Alexander who is also the front man of the band Politburo. www.politburo.co.uk 8pm start, £3 otd....

Men's Adventures, Fruit Tones, Third Smoke and Nick Alexander...

In The River presents… London based Men’s Adventures head up the dusty trail to Kraak – “Dick Dale-style surf and spaghetti-western inspired rifts hark back to a simpler time and place: somewhere that’s a bit country and a bit South Pacific. It’s the type of music that makes you want to ride a horse and drink whiskey.” (Psychedelic Psyblings) https://soundcloud.com/mens-adventures-1 https://www.facebook.com/mensadventures New band Fruit Tones are about to release ‘Split Cassette Tape’. Good time palm beach vibes, plenty of lo fi sunshine. https://www.facebook.com/FruitTones https://soundcloud.com/fruit-tones From Dundalk in Ireland, Third Smoke present instantly strong beats and catchy hooks unfolding in unexpected ways. Intricate harmonies and a passion for song writing…influences include The Dandy Warhols, The Beatles, Kings of Leon and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. https://www.facebook.com/ThirdSmoke/ http://www.soundcloud.com/thirdsmoke Opening up proceedings, we have an acoustic set from singer-songwriter Nick Alexander who is also the front man of the band Politburo. www.politburo.co.uk 8pm start, £3 otd....