In our final preview of Dot To Dot Festival, a multi-city event taking in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester from the 2nd-4th June, we chat to Harrison Koisser from atmospheric indie act Peace to find out their top artists to look out for at the festival. Recent editions have included chats with Dot To Dot promoters Anton Lockwood and Dan Ealam, co-headliners Pulled Apart By Horses and yesterday, Clock Opera.
“We played with Lucy rose at The Great Escape but I had to dash after we played and we missed her set. Her soundcheck really intrigued me because she has an amazing voice & just seems to be smashing it & has these gorj tekkers on life. I managed to get to sleep that night by promising myself I’d see her play live at Dot To Dot. I do not lie to myself.”
The English singer-songwriter is set for a busy time ahead, having recently signed with Columbia Records. Despite not having an album out yet, she can boast 230,770 scrobbles, with tracks “Red Face” and “Middle Of The Bed” regularly listened to by over 1,000 unique listeners each.
“Basically when we toured with Mystery Jets, Sophie from The Night was singing live with them. She’s in the most awesome 5 people ever & has an incredible voice & what I’ve heard of the Night I like… I can’t wait to see them live. CAN’T WAIT.”
There isn’t much to make of The Night from their scrobbles just yet but slots at Dot To Dot and at the giant Hard Rock Calling with Bruce Springsteen shows that is certain to change sooner rather than later.
“Friends are another band we’ve played before & I’ve missed every time. Their bassist has lent me a lighter TWICE so I should definitely do the decent thing & catch their set.“
Self-proclaimed ‘Weird Pop’ band Friends from New York will be looking forward to the release of their debut album Manifest! in early June, with scrobbles of their track “I’m His Girl” reaching 109,691 on Last.fm. It was listened to by 1,555 listeners last week, whilst “Friends Crush” clocked up 984 listeners.
“OK, Pond rule? Pond basically rule.”
Australian act Pond are formed from members of Tame Impala who play a brand of psychedelic rock that has mustered around 300,000 scrobbles. Latest album Beard, Wives, Denim has been scrobbled 105,240 times, with the recent announcement that a new EP and album are on the way.
“My friends in SWIM DEEP love Wavves and would be really disappointed if we didn’t see them. I’d probably be pretty disappointed if we didn’t too because i’ve never seen them even though I have two of their records and now I probably won’t have to pay. No I do actually like them. They also share the double v with Lovvers who i lovved and yeah whatever.”
you're such a drag on everyone
you're such a burned out zombie
you always suck out all the fun
Easily the highest profile of Peace’s picks is noise pop act Wavves. With 7,854,885 scrobbles to Nathan Williams’ name, the latest release was the Life Sux EP, which features collaborations with Best Coast and Fucked Up.