Summer By The River: Front Room Songs presents Welly, AtticOmatic and Whitelands
Festival curators Front Room Songs present an evening of their favourite up and coming artists.
Welly and his band of PE-kitted disciples are the fun, sarcastic pop that this grim post-punk generation needs.
Just 12 months into their career, Welly and his band of PE-kitted disciples are the fun, sarcastic pop that this grim post-punk generation needs. They have just released a short live EP, taken from a recording made in an empty village hall.
A full film and mockumentary followed, gaining extensive radioplay from Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 6. Live shows include a live TV feed, horoscopes read, live lyric writing, and maybe a few songs too (where there’s room). A jam of Fatboy Slim, The Human League, Rizzle Kicks, and Harry Hill, Welly are more than just another 5 fools with guitars – they have bells and whistles, too. Literally.
Brighton based Quintet AtticOmatic emanate a dark, brooding yet uplifting formulation of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Spoken Word with Post-Punk sensibilities. As if absorbing their musical influences through a kaleidoscope.
‘Each one of them is a cog in a futuristic machine, all knowing where each other will be at any given point in their musical cycle’ (sussexmusicmag).
A group whose early shows included an attachment to DIY Space For London – a crucial underground hub in the city – they’ve evolved into something potent, subtle, and extremely beautiful.
Taking their name from a space at Roehampton Uni that housed one of their first shows, Whitelands have been drawn into the orbit of Sonic Cathedral, a key voice in platforming shoegaze (and related) sounds.
Often viewed as a predominantly white genre, Whitelands in their very make-up offer a different perspective, linking back to Black innovators such as AR Kane.