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Black Doldrums + The Barratts + Under The Sun

18 June 2022 @ 7:30 pm 11:30 pm

BLACK DOLDRUMS (Fuzz Club) + guests
Live at Bedford Esquires, 8pm, Sat 18th June


No Strangers to Bedford Esquires Black Doldrums ft Kevin Gibbard and Sophie Landers produce a dark psych, contemporary form of gothic post-punk under the name Black Doldrums.

Their songs contain hook and lead tribal drums and euphoric guitar textures that frame lyrics about purpose and introspection.

The duo have been building up a devout following since their self-released ep on a limited number of cassettes ‘Exit City Lights’ before their first official signing to independent shoegaze label Club AC30 in 2018, releasing two sold-out vinyl ep’s in 2018 and 2019, ‘Sad Paradise’ and She ‘Divine’.

In 2020, Black Doldrums collaborated with electronic duo ‘TVL’s Jared Artaud, producing their debut album with grammy award winner Ted Young.

In early 2021 Black Doldrums recruited former DMT member Matthew Holt on bass guitar. In March the same year, Black Doldrums signed to psych/post-punk giant Fuzz Club Records who are due to release the band’s debut album ‘Dead Awake’ on March 11th, 2022.

Support comes from The Barratts and Under the Sun

The Barratts
Indie can seem a bit of a reductive term for the range of styles Northampton four-piece The Barratts dip their toes into. The one constant is singer and guitarist James Faulker’s wistful, Romantic lyricism that celebrates (‘The Garrison’), satires (‘Name Badge’) and despairs (‘Satellites’) at the types and trappings of life in a middling English town in the 2020s.

While their recorded output foregrounds Faulkner’s lyricism and wit, their live shows turn these words in to rallying cries, with their full sound and impeccably structured songwriting whipping crowds in to both disco boogies and riff-induced moshes mere minutes apart.

Releasing their first single in 2015, The Barratts have amassed a devoted local following over years on the Northampton scene before branching out to play venues up and down the country and abroad in France and Germany. While the pandemic brought an abrupt end to a nationwide tour in March 2020, the band have played a couple of packed out headline shows at The Black Prince at the end of 2021 and start of 2022, showing that both they and their dedicated fan base have successfully weathered the pandemic.

Their latest single ‘Name Badge’ was released on February 11th 2022.


‘Sad Paradise’ single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tQhurwS5pI

Under The Sun (Shore Dive Records)
Under The Sun is the solo project of Matt Catling, formed in Ipswich during the 2020 lockdown. Under the Sun has an array of influences from shoegaze, dream pop, electronica and post punk.

Formed in Early 2020 in Suffolk, UK With Two Previous E.P Releases Bloomer in March and Gated In July, whirlwind in November last year , 2022 saw the release floating and gained a bit of attention from radio airplays from the like of BBC introducing and DKFM shoegaze radio and few good reviews.

After a Eight year Hiatus Matt Catling is Back with A refreshing project Under The Sun, the project mostly take on the shoegaze genre with a sonic experimentation, with influences of My Bloody Valentine, massive attack, Portishead, Radiohead, mogwai, Explosions in the sky, Sonic Youth Jesu, Seefeel, Slowdive, M83, Swervedriver, Boards Of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. The band have supported the likes of RIDE Guitarist Andy Bell, Magic Seas, Collars and Italy’s A/lpaca

DEBUT ALBUM IS OUT NOW Via Shore Dive Records

Tickets priced £10 on sale from Seetickets / Slide Record Stores/ Esquires Bar / Vinyl Revelations

60A Bromham Road
Bedford, MK40 2QG United Kingdom
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