Live Review: Frauds, JOHN + Sit Down at Roadkill, The Lock Tavern

Roadkill Records have been putting on some of the most consistently excellent line-ups in London over the past few years and tonight’s show, their 50th, is no exception.  It features three two-piece bands (which we’re assured is a mere coincidence), but how much variety is it possible to get out of one guitar, a drumkit and some vocals?

First to show us are Brighton duo Sit Down, who blast together huge, heavy vintage rock riffs, thunderous drums and a vocal that purrs and spits in equal measure.  It’s early days but they’re comfortably our favourite new discovery of 2018 so far.

Rather more familiar are JOHN, playing the final leg of their co-headline UK tour with Frauds with a set of tracks mostly drawn from their excellent debut LP God Speed In The National Limit.  Drummer John powers through a bout of flu, his already throaty growl tinged with an extra layer of lurgy-fuelled rage, while guitarist Johnny unleashes hell at a hundred miles an hour to his right.

The night’s final act Frauds will be well-known to regular visitors to these pages as we’ve been shouting about the Croydon post-punk pair for quite some time now.  Debut album With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice was one of our picks of 2017, and their combination of bludgeoning heaviness, playful musical twists and schoolyard humour just seems to get better every time we see them.  Catch them next at Paper Dress Vintage on 13th March and thank us later.

So, three bands, six members and a hundred reasons to get along to see each of them as soon as possible.  Minimalism is making a huge fucking noise – get involved.

Review & Photography by Paul Maps
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Roadkill‘s next night, a joint promotion with We Can Do It, takes place at The Shacklewell Arms on 28th February, headlined by Joyzine favourites Table Scraps with Melt Dunes and Noise Noir.

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