The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 17th-23rd November

Slaves @ O2 Academy, Monday 19th November

Over the past decade, Slaves have been consistently proving that they are one of the best British guitar bans out there. Their two latest albums turned out to be pretty excellent, with Take Control (2016) expanding the band’s palette of influences, and Acts Of Fear And Love, which came out earlier this year, showing an emotional and honest side of Slaves. What’s also really appealing about the duo is Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent’s vivid personalities that give direction to their music and attract new listeners with each new record. Slaves are a truly memorable act, and their Monday gig at the O2 Academy is surely going to be a one to remember, so grab your tickets while you still can!

Shame @ Leeds University, Tuesday 20th November

Shame appeared on the post-punk scene earlier this year, with their debut album Songs Of Praise and made a huge impression on us and everyone else who was anticipating the band’s first full-length record. An insanely clever and bold approach to lyricism combined with an outstanding instrumental performance made the London-based quintet one of the most promising and exciting acts in British music. We already can’t wait for the next one – but before that happens, let’s enjoy Shame playing live this Tuesday at Leeds University, it will definitely be a blast.

Sunflower Bean @ Church, Tuesday 20th November

Sunflower Bean are a New York-based indie-rock trio whose inward-looking yet often politically charged songs received a lot of attention in America, as well as in the UK in the past couple of years. Their music is infectious and possesses a sweet, melodic quality, intertwined with a psych-rock flavour that adds a lot of intrigue to their songs. Their incredible sophomore album Twentytwo In Blue, which came out earlier this year, proved that Sunflower Bean were rightfully a “one to watch” act and a band that could deliver an outstanding second album after a successful debut. Sunflower Bean are surely one of the most interesting rock bands of the past few years, but more importantly, they are just at the beginning of their career, so grab your tickets for the show at Church to see them live!

The Japanese House @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 23rd November

The Japanese House is a solo project of a London-based singer-songwriter Amber Bain. The dream-pop sound, inspired by Fleetwood Mac and combined with elements of electronica make Bain’s music both mesmerising and energising, a combination that is really difficult to overlook. Saw You In A Dream (2017), Bain’s fourth and latest EP, was an exquisite release too – compelling and atmospheric. It also clearly showed that Bains is always evolving, adding new things to her sound and keeping her listeners on their tows. Fortunately, she’s also playing live this week in Leeds, so come down to the Brudenell Social Club this Friday to hear some of her best tunes.

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