Kantine am Berghain
(Berlin-Friedrichshain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, S Ostbahnhof)
Für Fans von Fontaines D.C., Art Brut, The National, Wet Leg…
Originally from Brighton, the band now reside in South London. Regulars at The Windmill in Brixton – their back catalogue grapples with issues such as police brutality and the crimes of soldiers in Northern Ireland. New B-side Declare deals with complicity and inaction in the face of violence or persecution. Despite navigating such serious political themes, ITALIA 90 still manage to convey sardonic humour and a sense of playfulness in their songwriting.
Italia 90 thread together several disparate influences, united by childhood friendship and a drive to make exciting, interesting and politically/socially engaged music. The band have released two EPs on cassette, as well as two singles with the experimental label Box Records. That preceded another EP, „Italia 90 III“ which came via Fierce Panda and Permanent Creeps.
The London based 4-piece have released a number of singles and Ep’s since 2018, building a cult live following as well as performing with the likes of Viagra Boys, Cocaine Piss and The Murder Capital. The band have received critical acclaim from publications such as DIY, The Quietus, So Young etc. In 2021, Italia 90 shared a new single „Borderline“ which was available as an exclusive 7″ via Brace Yourself Records (sold out).
KING KUIPER is an indie rock band based in Berlin, consisting of two lifelong friends and three new friends who started writing their first songs in their basement studio in 2017. Their sound combines old-school sensibilities with a new take on indie. “For fans of Editors, Interpol and The National, King Kuiper is where cool post punk meets anthemic indie rock” [Visions.de].
In pre-pandemic times, they played shows around Berlin. After a successful release of their single “Is Chaos”, they are ready to release their debut EP “KING KUIPER” in November 2021.
What future? What futures? When fear substitutes truth / Misinformation obscures reality / And speculation prevails on experience / Brutality seems necessary / And empathy appears naive
One. Simple. Direct. Question. Quale Futuro? What Future? Obliterated by a tumultuous year with lingering anxiety, uncertainty and a city ready to break any strand of hope, QLOWSKI, resorted to what they know best, turning frustration into dreams, stockpiling possibilities, fabricating desire and simply, living. This is „Quale Futuro?“ their debut LP for Maple Death Records and Feel It Records.
London based twee-punks Qlowski entered the studio in late January 2020, basically before everything. Crammed in a small studio room in Tottenham Hale with producer Lindsay A. Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas, Middex) they created a striking, full blown manifesto, where their early post-punk nuances are heightened by an extremely poetic and compelling vision that encapsulates words, imagery and noise. Propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop are still the foundation of their sound but it’s the combination of bandleaders Mickey and Cecilia’s voices that creates an eerie effortless sense of familiarity.
It’s no wonder they’ve known each other since they were young kids. ‘A Woman’ shines bright with Cecilia’s intimate and prismatic approach that unites Poly Styrene’s fierce delivery with the ethereal vocal melodramas produced by Joe Meek in the 60s. Mikey’s howl is confrontational and direct, moving from the motto-induced style of Italian new wave art-punks CCCP on ‘Lentil Soup’ to a deep commanding calm steadiness on ‘Lotta Continua’ and frenetic frenzy on ‘To Be True’. The stabilizing presence of Danny and Christian’s rhythm section has freed the band to develop and expand furious kraut-punk assaults like on deep cut ‘The Wanderer’. Les Miserable from London punks Italia 90 lends his snarl on the sci-fi 50s tinged romantic closer ‘In A Cab To Work’.
Ferocity, heart, art and conviction travel together on „Quale Futuro?“, placing Qlowski in that beautiful lineage of bands trying to escape the masculine showmanship of borderline rock’n’roll and outsider punk. Martin Newell, Television Personalities, Half Japanese, The Raincoats, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk. Music narrating life through all the artistic forms. If concrete-punk was just a fun label thrown around to define Qlowski in the early days, now it has become a calling, a statement defining their future.