Rough Trade Recommends | SHITKID + FRUIT TONES + ALEX CHILLTOWN

£5 adv. Tickets on DICE

Wednesday, 5th February 2020

Rough Trade East

Doors 6:30pm
On-stage 7:30pm
Tickets available

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Rough Trade are excited to present the next episode in a monthly series of three-band live showcases, highlighting some of our favourite emerging artists...

FEBRUARY 2020 Rough Trade Recommends welcomes ALEX CHILLTOWN, FRUIT TONES and SHITKID, all live in-store at Rough Trade East.

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£5 Tickets available from DICE, with releases available to buy and get signed on the night. GET TICKETS HERE!

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STAGE TIMES:

6.30pm | Doors open

7.30pm | ALEX CHILLTOWN

8.15pm | FRUIT TONES

9.00pm | SHITKID

*All stage times are subject to change.

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ALEX CHILLTOWN

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A pun on Bigstar’s Alex Chilton, Chilltown is the project of London’s Josh Esaw alongside friends and collaborators. The line-up of the band, which is often in flux has featured Esaw as its one consistent member and lead songwriter. In its various incarnations, Alex Chilltown has encompassed members of projects and bands such as Big Joanie, Deerful, Toothpaste, Flirting and Tugboat Captain amongst others. It was a DIY ethic that inspired the beginnings of Alex Chilltown some years previous. Esaw, dejected by his musical endeavours, including once being mockingly referred to in NME as “The Future of Rock”found new inspiration in a bourgeoning UK scene, releasing tapes on bedroom labels and playing shows alongside national and international acts such as Yohuna, Small Wonder, Tallies, Emperor X and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In the years that followed Alex Chilltown honed their unquestionable nouse for inimitable futuristic sonic textures.

New album ‘Eulogies’ is released on 24 January 2020. An incredibly personal record, ‘Eulogies’ is reflective of a life lived claustrophobically, encased in the concrete and tarmac boundaries of South London suburb, Croydon. ‘Eulogies’ is crystallised in the kind of dreams the can only be borne by such suburban isolation. ‘Eulogies’ is a sighing ode to the place Alex Chilltown call home. Just as King Krule inhabited neighbouring South London districts in ‘The OOZ’, Chilltown fully envelop themselves inside the grey malaise and contradictions of post-industrial Croydon. The sites, smells and sights materialise in hyper realism via bursts of luscious dream pop that touch on all cornerstones of the genre without ever being pinned down under the weight of any one influence.

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FRUIT TONES

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Hailing from Manchester UK, Fruit Tones are the real deal without any artificial sweetener. We're talking one steam-rolling-mondo-garage thud here, folks! Stomping drums, menacing guitars & vocals that bite. The sass of the Dolls, the fizz of Four Loco & the looseness of the Stones, you find all of it on their debut effort, juiced into 14 tracks knocked out in just over 30 minutes. They're travelling Transatlantic to US east coast and west, through field of Europe and rainy UK motorways just to get to you. A real cool time.

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SHITKID

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Few bands do things so fiercely on their own terms as ShitKid. When Åsa Söderqvist began making music under the name back in 2015, her appeal lay within her intense punk ethic, which saw her bucking trends at every turn as she slipped seamlessly between genres - there was a sense that the ShitKid sound was defined not by one unifying aesthetic, but rather whatever it was she felt like trying her hand at on any given day. The early results were exhilarating, with praise from across a music press equally confounded and beguiled by her fearlessness. There’s a reason why Bandcamp called her “the weirdest musician in Sweden”, and it’s probably best explained by what Beat Magazine went on to say about her: “it’s fully possible that no one has ever sounded like they give less fucks than ShitKid”.

Now a duo with Lina Molarin Eriksson on Bass, the new album Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” has taken the band from recording tracks inside Åsa’s car, over to two studios in the USA while playing at SXSW 2019. Her company at both studios was a dream scenario for most musicians, with her new found fans and friends Melvins recording and performing on half the record- with Buzz Osborne handling guitar, and Dale Crover’s on drums - with the other half taken care of by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) and Josh Freese of Devo, The Vandals and NIN fame.

Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” is released on LP Jan 24th worldwide via PNKSLM Recordings.

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