A late summer/ early autumn fixture on the London festival circuit, 1-2-3-4 Festival has a new location this year, taking place out east at Thee Mills Island in London on 3 September. While you adjust your Sat Nav, 1-2-3-4 Records' Elliot Hale and Sean McLusky have made Q a playlist of personal picks to guide you through this year's bill.
The Cribs – Burning For No One "The Cribs formed back in 2002 in Wakefield, they are one of British music's more remarkable – if under-stated – success stories. Three brothers driven by a love of underground rock music, the band have a near flawless catalogue, one which mines an instantly recognizable sound yet continually expands into new areas. To half-inch John Peel's famous phrase about The Fall: they're always different yet always the same. Now, six albums into their career they bring an exclusive summer festival appearance to the South East, at the 1-2-3-4."
The Jesus And Mary Chain – April Skies "Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols UK music scene. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder."
Carl Barat & The Jackals – Glory Days "If there's something a little different-sounding about Glory Days, the debut single from Carl Barât & The Jackals, then it's all down to situation and circumstance. All magnificence and power, the track is perhaps the most extravagant, full-on rock song that Carl has ever made – equal parts glam, Britpop, and late-90s LA punk (the good kind: Rocket From The Crypt, Queens Of The Stone Age)."
Spector – Celestine "Inspired by the The Strokes, the new romantic sounds of Roxy Music and the anthemic indie pop of The Killers."
Claw Marks – Should Food "Claw Marks share members with Human Hair and Boneyards. As one of the loudest and craziest bands around, Claw Marks are not one to miss at the 1-2-3-4 this summer, expect a hectic live show and lots of sweat."
Milk Teeth – Brickwork "Stroud’s Milk Teeth evoke memories of oversized plaid shirts, taking walkmans to school and pirate videos of Wayne’s World. Formed in June 2013, 5000 miles from their spiritual home Seattle, Becky, Chris, Oli and Billy have taken their unique scuzz pop sound from their small town to venues across the globe. Milk Teeth's early EP's saw them garner the attention of Hopeless Records who released their acclaimed debut album Vile Child in January. Vile Child a twelve-track bombast of a record, filled to the brim with youthful abandon, impossible to fake, though never naive. Since the release the band have lived and breathed the road, touring throughout the UK, Europe and all across the US."
The Wytches – Gravedweller "Led by Kristian Bell’s luminous lyricism, feral delivery and overdriven, surf-like guitar bends, the trio create a sound that is at once raucous and unruly, and yet decorated with semi-automatic poetry and authentic emotional clout."
Shame – The Lick "A new band, Shame are a must see at this years 1-2-3-4 Festival."
Telegram – Follow "Telegram first collided with our consciousness in 2013. The delay in hearing this debut LP must have sat poorly with a band that sounds as if it operates at light speed. Obstacles in the path however have only racked up the urgency that motors their songs. The eleven we get here are luminescent, rooted in solid grooves but anti-gravitational in your mind’s eye."
Toy – Motoring (pictured) Formed in 2010 in London, Toy have quickly established a sound that is as modernistic as it is faithful to the spirit of psychedelia of decades past. Marrying sophisticated chord progressions with a cornucopia of effects, enigmatic lyricism and driving Motorik rhythms, Toy’s songwriting is very much a communal effort: lyrics are contributed by Dougall, Panda and Salvidge; songs are born and evolve from each individual’s chords, basslines, synth motifs or drum patterns; and themes and textures developed with a democratic ‘best idea wins’ policy."
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