ArcTanGent seemed unlikely to set the world ablaze when it launched in 2013. Established as a sister weekender to 2000 Trees – which is itself a decidedly underground festival in the South West of England – the plan was to appeal to fans of “math rock, post-rock, noise-rock and everything in between”. Only the most dedicated muso would be able to tell you what actually constitutes as ‘in between’.
We speak to Katie Buchan, aka Best Girl Athlete, about her eponymous second record
In her short time releasing music, Katie Buchan – aka Best Girl Athlete – has toured America, supported the likes of Richard Hawley, been pushed by BBC Scotland, and she was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award off the back of her 2015 debut record, Carve Every Word.
Pulled Apart By Horses have always been something of an anomaly in the UK rock landscape, ever since emerging at the turn of the decade. At a time when faceless post-punk revivalists ruled the airwaves, the Leeds four-piece carved their own riff-based niche.
Despite their taste for unorthodox arrangements, they possess a unique sound that manages to be both ethereal and experimental.
They inform us early on that frontman Brendan Lukens sadly isn’t performing tonight due to illness. It hardly seems to matter on tracks like Coals and The Weekend as the young audience shriek back every word as if it’s the most cathartic thing they’ve ever heard.
If you’re familiar with the work of Swedish pop veteran Jens Lekman then there’s little about Life Will See You Now that’ll surprise you. His songs are still endearingly garish, his vocals still bring to mind a quasi-operatic Stephin Merritt and his lyrics are still painstakingly specific.