Wednesday October 23rd – 7:30pm to 11pm
Indie Midlands Presents Dead Naked Hippies + Special Guests
Dead Naked Hippies
Dead Naked Hippies are relentless, punchy alternative-rock outsiders. The trio fronted by force-of-nature front woman Lucy Jowett, will lull you in with subtlety before taking your head off with their wall of sound.
They are a force to be reckoned with live with huge guitars, booming drums and Jowett’s banshee like approach hitting hard, with freneticism and attitude to boot. Following a festival season which has seen them headline BBC Introducing stages, play packed out shows to rapturous Live at Leeds & Truck Festival crowds, and with upcoming performances at Beautiful Days Festival, Bingley Music Live and more, Dead Naked Hippies will release their exuberant new single ‘Eyes Wide’ on 20th September.
An outsider anthem, ‘Eyes Wide’ was produced and mixed by Grammy & BRIT Award nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Rammstein) and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Robin Schmidt (Placebo, The Black Keys, Pale Waves). It is the follow up to trenchant and visceral single ‘Young Male Rage’ which received support from BBC 6 Music & The Independent.
The Leeds band has had a whirlwind 18 months; with extensive touring up and down the UK, sharing stages with the likes of Dream Wife, IDLES, Queen Zee & DZ Deathrays as well as taking to stages at Leeds Festival, 2Q Festival, Twisterella Festival, Humber Street Sesh & Stockton Calling. They have received support from Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, KCRW & Amazing Radio, as well as coverage from DIY, Clash, The Independent, Metro & DORK and features on E4 & BT Sport. They were awarded the first ever ‘Do it Differently’ fund by leading UK Music Charity Help Musicians UK in late 2018 and have previously worked alongside Leeds indie label Dance to the Radio (Forward Russia) & 7″ singles club Come Play With Me. The band isn’t afraid to discuss confrontational topics, speaking about self-love, mental health & gender in an open and unapologetic way, both in their music and in conversation.
“(Dead Naked Hippies) take twisting, sharp-as-a-knife guitar lines and wield them like a weapon” DIY
“brutal yet remarkably precise” Clash
“one of Leeds’ best up-and-coming bands” DORK
“These guys are coming at you with a wall of sound, all driving guitars and booming percussion, bolstered by enigmatic front-woman Lucy’s powerful vocals.” Metro
Dreamy grunge-pop fermented with the knotty impatience and potent vulnerability of obsessive-compulsive songwriter Siân Alex, North London outfit Gold Baby serve an own-brand concoction of confessional indie-pop.
Armed with a band name and a handful of songs, Siân moved to London from her hometown Nottingham in 2018 and set about finding musicians who would help tell her short stories. Taken from a Sylvia Plath poem, the name of the band would become fatefully linked to what Gold Baby would become, as the band stepped through several incarnations, each smaller and stronger than the last. Stepping up on to lead guitar, the name became a source of strength as the words of the poem became her mantra. ‘I am the pure gold baby. Out of the ash I rise with my red hair and I eat men like air’.
Gold Baby pairs the neurotic verbosity of Fiona Apple with the white noise nonchalance of Pavement. Packaging cryptic lyricism and delicately fractured guitar parts with surges of power-pop and feedback, Siân describes it as ‘what it might sound like if Norah Jones wrote a Weezer song’. Gold Baby now consists of Siân and Scott, with friends stepping in occasionally on live shows, a small collective of creatives committed to the Gold Baby vision.
Upcoming single 500/1, sees songwriter Siân in conversation with a younger doe-eyed version of herself, bitterly measuring up the years that have passed between them – ‘All I’ve learned is duller ways to waste my time’. It is released on the 10th of July and is already being championed by the BBC’s Dean Jackson.
Gold Baby have further releases planned across the summer, including Japanese Racehorse, an ode to the steed that captivated a nation and Philadelphia, which interweaves the stories of a night spent lost in Pennsylvania with that of a Mexican fisherman called Jesus Vidana.
A floating 5 piece of glistening psych pop.