The Jack Cades ‘Music For Children’

Shindig! are proud to stream the debut mini-LP from THE JACK CADES Music For Children, released on Dirty Water Records on May 18th

The Jack Cades were born in late 2017 when Mike (lead guitar, vocals) and Elsa (rhythm guitar, vocals) decided to record some of their songs at Mole’s (drums) notorious State Records Studios in Folkestone, Kent. They invited John Gibbs (The Masonics, The Wildebeests) to record bass on some of their songs at the time, which resulted in a mini debut LP Music For Children.

At first, the band wasn’t sure if it could work full-time as everybody was pretty busy on the garage/soul/freakbeat/other undefined musical genre scene.

Mike, Mole, and Elsa were all in other bands (The Baron Four, The Embrooks, The Galileo 7, The Missing Souls…) But, after recording, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. It sounded too good!  The Jack Cades had to play live!

They then had the brilliant idea of asking the lovely Alexandra (Speedball Jr) to join them on bass, who accepted the proposition, thankfully.

The Jack Cades is a mix of a shared passion for inspirational sounds such as ’60s garage bands, snotty punk from the ’70s, sun-kissed sweaty rhythm ’n’ blues, and a lot of inspirational people.

If this means nothing to you, it doesn’t matter. Just listen to The Jack Cades and come see them play live, as music is for the soul and the ears, not for the eyes!

Pre-Order now here




Shindig! Broadcast #50

JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS and THOMAS PATTERSON enjoy spinning two hours worth of great music and chatting live on Soho Radio, Tues, March 15th, 1600-1800.

Gruff Rhys: Shindig! #79 cover star and featured on Soho Radio Show, The Shindig! Broadcast #50


Serge Gainsbourg & Michel Colombier ‘Psychasteni’
Procol Harum ‘Long Gone Geek’
The Choir ‘Boris’ Lament’
Taiconderoga ‘Speaking My Mind’
Bang ‘Questions’
Moby Grape ‘Omaha’
Moby Grape ‘Truly Fine Citizen LP promo’
Bubble Puppy ‘Hurry Sundown’
Fatty George Crew ‘Strassenfahrt durch wien’
Meic Stevens ‘Rowena’
Gruff Rhys ‘Frontier Man’
Gruff Rhys ‘Limited Edition Heart’
Gruff Rhys ‘The Court Of King Arthur’
Ron Grainer ‘Omega Man’
Damien Jurado ‘Percy Faith’
Jessica Risker ‘I See You Among The Stars’
Bess Of Bedlam ‘Folly Stone’
Kacy & Clayton ‘The Light Of Day’
The Left Outsides ‘The Unbroken Circle’
Ryley Walker ‘Spoil With The Rest’
Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band ‘I Really Learnt How To Cry’
John Howard ‘Goodbye Suzie’
Sunflower Bean ‘Twentytwo’
The End ‘Intropsection – Part 2’



The Shindig! Revue #2 Band Showcase – Cat Black

BEN ADLAM has the unenviable task of introducing a band almost possibly  hard to introduce – London retro rockers CAT BLACK, who headline The Shindig! Revue #2 on Friday 18thMay at The Victoria in Dalston. Tickets here

Formed in a wizard’s hat in 2011, East London quintet Cat Black have been blowing audiences away for the last seven years. Their full throttle rock ’n’ roll drives at 100mph with no hands on the wheel and both eyes on the rear view mirror. Retrospective, yes. Revivalist, no.  The intertwined guitars of Ed Jalil and Dave Preston have authentic ’70s overdrive and licks, the rhythm section (Tony Coote on drums and Lee Grubb on bass) keep the grooves flowing. Cat Black also have a rare commodity in a world of beige singers, they have a solid gold, 100% gen-u-ine, bona fide frontman.

Like the rock ’n’ roll bastard messiah child of Mick ’n’ Keef , Rodders ’n’ Woody, Chris Robinson, Jim Jones and Bobby Gillespie leaping from the stage, Billy Skinner is a cyclone of a front man, engaging, funny and really fucking loud! His particular brand of rock ’n’ roll excess has graced almost every stage in London and across the country leaving jaws on the floor and ears pinned to the wall. It’s no surprise that they were voted one of the NME‘s Must See Live Acts.

Criminally under represented on record Cat Black have released a single self titled EP (buy here). Six tracks of diamond encrusted glam spliced with Exile era Stones and The Black Crowes.  The sound is a journey to a time of choppers, hotpants and spangles, it’s ’73 and it’s hot.  I feel shortchanged, there should be an album, there should be stadium tours, there should be stretch limos, this is real rock ’n’ roll band!

Come to the Vic and catch the black cats.


The Shindig! Revue #2 Band Showcase – Black Cat Revue

BEN ADLAM introduces Glasgow quartet BLACK CAT REVUE who’ll be making their London debut and taking the middle slot at The Shindig Revue #2 on Friday 18thMay at The Victoria, Dalston. Buy tickets here

Black Cat Revue were born when (in their own words) “two freaky cats met atop a grassy knoll at midnight under a full moon to marinate in smoke and play sacred vibrations to each other”. On that night a brand new psychedelic fuzz manifesto was written and they’ve been preaching it ever since. Those two freaky cats were Garry Thomson and David McIlwraith. After some gigs as a duo they were joined by bassist Gary de la Latina and more recently Alex Abate behind the kit.

With a knack for writing songs that spin around your head for days and a steely determination to convert the masses to the psychedelic way Black Cat Revue have made great advances north of the border in their three short years, supporting heavy hitters such as Thee Hypnotics, The Stairs, Mystic Braves and Night Beat as well as playing for BBC Introducing at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Now these psychedelic post-punk outlaws are coming south!

Last year’s debut single ‘Them Red, White & Blues’ b/w ‘Gravedancer’ (Buy It Here) is an acid drenched West Coast jangle affair that feels like it was recorded in a Berlin coal cellar.  Full of reverb and echoes but still feeling intensely claustrophobic, shades of Neil Young and The Black Angels, it’s a strong beginning and definitely deserves a follow up soon!


The Shindig! Revue #2 Band Showcase – The Black Doldrums

BEN ADLAM introduces London duo BLACK DOLDRUMS. See them open the proceedings at The Shindig! Revue #2 on May 18th at The Victoria, Dalston. Buy tickets here

Taking their cue from bands such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and My Bloody Valentine and mixing it with Syd Barrett via The Sisters Of Mercy they have created a genre defying sound. If Phil Spector was a goth this is what his wall of sound would be like,  relentless, pounding beats over fuzzed and distorted guitars and topped with a vocal so ethereal it’s barely there.

Since forming in 2014 Black Doldrums have released a handful of singles, a debut album People’s Temple and, our personal favourite, the Exit City Lights EP. All are full of full of J. Moriarty’s reverb drenched guitars and PViolence’s simple yet powerful drumming with a little dash of lightness from the vocals.

The latest single from the London based duo ‘Those With A Rope Around Their Neck (Don’t Always Hang)’ was released on 18thApril this year via Adjust Records.  A huge helping of stoner drone rock with a big side order of lyrical politicising, very good, very heavy and very now!

Having just completed a wholly inclusive tour of the UK, Black Doldrums are right on top of their game and the perfect way to begin The Shindig! Revue #2.  Bring your cash as we guarantee you’ll be buying records and t-shirts of this band.

Black Doldrums’ Bandcamp

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