New Year's Eve @ The Lock Tavern

An Article on Dead Pretties & Bad Breeding (Arriving later than expected I unfortunately missed the other artists earlier on the bill, THE RHYTHMN METHOD, Meal Deals and Drug Store Romeos)

 Tonight’s gig comes highly recommended by The Guardian who listed it at the top of their live music events to attend on New Year’s Eve, ahead of Robbie Williams.

 Hailing from London three-piece band Dead Pretties are influenced by artists such as Fat White Family and Sonic Youth. The atmosphere at the lock was electric, the room completely packed with no space for latecomers as Dead Pretties took to the small stage. Prior to this gig I had jumped around alongside other flailing bodies to their energetic, lively, fast paced music in Van Zeller’s basement in Bristol and their set tonight did not disappoint. Staring intensely into the crowd whilst simultaneously dynamically moving around the stage, vocalist Jacob’s stage presence is faultless. Fundamentally, when watching Dead Pretties it is apparent they are having a good time, their energy is infectious. It penetrates into the crowd who continue to jump around in unison to their music. Dead Pretties are a tough act to follow with their undeniably intense presence on stage, talking to the guitarist of Yuck on the roof terrace after their set he commented that he would not like to play after them!

These young gentleman have many gigs lined up and are not to be missed!

Video: Dead Pretties in Van Zeller’s House -

 When Bad Breeding took to the stage the room somewhat emptied, leaving behind only the most impassioned followers of the four piece and alcohol fuelled revellers of the night, excitedly thrashing to their heavy guitar riffs enjoying the end of 2016. Originating from Stevenage, a small town on the commuter belt into London, punk band Bad Breeding produce an almost deafeningly loud, heavy and intense sound, reminiscent of Bristol based band Lice. Their music is certainly not for the faint hearted but is fuelled with such an abundance of vigour and vitality that it perfectly complimented the build up to midnight at the Lock. Vocalist, Chris Dodd has previously stated that he wants “to empower people” which they certainly didn’t fail to do on New Year’s Eve.

 Video: Bad Breeding, Corrupting Fist -


Review: Issy Villiers