Birthday Party returns to O2 Academy 2 Islington on Thursday 12th February featuring The Tunics, Lo-Fi Culture Scene, Telegraphs and Raygun.
The Tunics are a young three-piece from Croydon (Joe Costello (vocals & guitar), Scott Shepherd (bass guitar), and Max Karpinski (drums)) with a unique brand of lyric- driven, incisive rock'n'roll. The band recorded their debut album Somewhere in Somebody's Heart in late 2007 with James Lewis (Cajun Dance Party, Wombats, Arctic Monkeys). With the stripped down sound of drums, bass, guitar and vocals as the basis of each song, the Tunics mix stomping high voltage tunes of hope with dark tales with wit and suspicion, occasionally falling into more melancholic, quieter times that talk of momentary defeat. Their single Cost Of Living which was released in December, gained them new fans in the press (NME club pick of the week), radio (John Kennedy at XFM, 6Music plays) and TV (E4 and NME TV play lists).
Lo-Fi Culture Scene are made up of five boys from North London. The band have an average age of 15 years old, and, ages aside, have made remarkable progress in the last year. The band released their debut single Abstract last summer under super cool DIY label KIDS which gained them play on Radio 1, XFM and saw them beat Coldplay to 2nd place on The Myspace Chart on MTV2. The band have since sold out venues such as the 02 Academy & The Camden Barfly. Lo-Fi are often compared with the likes of The Strokes, Bloc Party, and The Mystery Jets, and are generally considered to be one of the front-runners of the underage scene along with school-mates Bombay Bicycle Club & Cajun Dance Party.
2009 is already looking to be a momentous year for Telegraphs, kicking off in January with some key supporters already behind them. Telegraphs have already been main support to the Datsuns on their UK tour and have just picked themselves up a UK tour around the release of this single I Don't Navigate By You, in February.
With a singer whose on-stage alter ego could be the lovechild of Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Iggy Pop with his mesmerizing charisma and snake-hip moves, Raygun are completely refreshing - catchy, sexy, rampant and exhilarating. Their music is an explosive concoction of Roxy Music, INXS and Bowie with a completely individual twist. The London-based band, currently residing in a basement in Brixton, will be releasing their debut album in 2009.