Another week, another clutch of excellent live shows to catch in the fair city of Leeds to chase away the last of the January blues.
Dead! @ The Key Club, Saturday 27th January
To mark the release of their very long-awaited debut album The Golden Age Of Not Even Trying this week, London quartet Dead! are embarking on a publicity push around the country. Their scruffy, fidgety DIY take on punk-rock based on unreconstructed volume will surely fit in well with the surroundings at The Key Club, one of the best small venues in Leeds and a great place to head on a cold Saturday night.
Hot Snakes @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 28th January
Reformed after well over a decade out of the game, Hot Snakes were one of the most celebrated American cult bands of the 2000s, responsible for a trio of much-loved albums between 2000 and 2004 before splitting suddenly. Dealing in compressed, breakneck post-hardcore that makes you want to fling yourself into the nearest moshpit, the group has a first album in 14 years tentatively pencilled in for 2018 – now could be the chance to hear some brand new material! The Brudenell Social Club, obviously, is the optimal environment for these shenanigans.
As the joint-lead vocalist of New York slacker-punk outfit Parquet Courts, A. Savage has been one of the few artists that have yielded some originality from guitar music in the 2010s, their music registering somewhere between the wise-ass goofballery of Pavement and the nonchalant cool of The Strokes. With the band temporarily mothballed, Savage is currently touring his recently released debut solo album Thawing Dawn. The tiny environs of Oporto on Call Lane offer a unique chance to see an underrated songwriter in an intimate venue.
Tags: A. Savage, Dead!, Ed Biggs, Gigs of the Week, Hot Snakes, Leeds, live music, preview
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