SPOTLIGHT X KILLING MOON FT MANTRA, BEACH RIOT AND THYLA, 9TH JANUARY, CAMDEN ASSEMBLY
SPOTLIGHT x Killing Moon
Camden Assembly launches a month-long series of showcases known as SPOTLIGHT.
The series aims to put the ‘Spotlight’ on artists we believe are the ones to watch for 2018. We’ve also enlisted brands and curators to champion their own new talent, and we’ve teamed up with Ticketweb to provide FREE tickets to each show.
This is your chance to see these artists in an intimate setting before going on to greater things.
West London rock band Måntra would rather stand up and deliver music with a message for the left-behinds and the disenfranchised. “It started at university”, explains frontman/guitarist and the band’s principal songwriter Simon Stark. “I felt so removed from everything socially and emotionally. I just didn’t want to be there, it was numbing for me. Music was the only thing that actually meant something”. Simon would go on to form Måntra with two friends from Ealing, Richard Leeds (bass) and Rob Emms (drums), as an expressive outlet for these subversive sentiments, underpinned by their shared musical influences. Having released their much anticipated debut EP, ‘I Want’, through Dine Alone Records (Alexisonfire, Fidlar, Jimmy Eat World, At The Drive In), premiered via Upset Magazine, the band’s live prowess has been demonstrated time and time again through a number of high profile supports and tours, heading to SXSW in 2017. The band are currently back in the studio working on their debut album, set for release in 2018.
“Loping riffs, DIY production, and searing vocals, the four-piece has that innate sense of
cool that runs through Stephen Malkmus, or Josh Homme, even.”
Beach Riot are a fuzzy four-piece consisting of Rory O’Connor (guitar/vocals), Cami Menditeguy (guitar/vocals), Jim Faulkner (bass/vocals) and Jonny Ross (drums). With members split from Brighton and London the band share a mutual love for making a lot of pop fueled noise that lives and breathes on the live circuit.
The quartet’s DIY nature assorts as a distorted haze compiled with big hooks and a distinctive raw energy that’s incredibly current. All of this attends to a underground scene that is brimming with fuzzy pop. Taking influences from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Cable, Sleater-Kinney and Pavement, their sound is brash and untamed.
Hailing from Brighton, Thyla majestically blend glassy distorted guitar tone with driving rhythms and lilting ethereal melodies; front women Millie Duthie brings crystal like beauty to Thyla’s blend of dynamic alt-rock. Herself, Danny Southwell, and Dan Hole met at college in early 2015 and found instant musical companionship but it wasn’t until guitarist Mitch Duce joined, that the band found their sound. They spent much of late 2016 reimagining their centre and writing and recording new music that garners a distaste for the stale state of the industry.
A new single is due before the year is out.
Curated by Killing Moon