Independent Venue Week and So Young Magazine team up to bring you three of the buzziest new bands from the UK underground scene in deep tan, Priestgate and DEADLETTER!
All three bands will be making their Ramsgate debuts on Wednesday 2nd February!
Though very much part of a new wave of post-punk acts, all three hark back – being both musically and visually reminiscent of 70’s and 80’s acts such as The Cure, The Slits, Gang of Four and Bauhaus…
DEADLETTER channel the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythms of LCD Soundsystem into a strain of vehement post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through a lens of narrative-driven levity. With members being firm friends from birth, there is an instinctive understanding of movement and danceability to their music worth its’ weight in gold, whilst never cheapening the nuance and grit of their sound.. With four singles now under their belt, the only way is upwards for DEADLETTER.
Also part of London’s thriving post-punk scene, deep tan make music that emerges from the fatalistic side of life with a flash of cynicism and a rumble of venomous intent. Simultaneously bitingly focussed and deadpan-apathetic, theirs is a distinctly modern take on the genre, with the band’s stripped-back, minimal sound engaging mostly with contemporary themes, from deepfake revenge pornography to surreal meme pages and stories of furry hedonism.
And finally, raised in the sleepy town of Driffield in East Yorkshire, Priestgate formed as a battle-cry against the restlessness and mundanity of rural life, and began as a reaction to the sparse local music scene around them, which in turn has allowed them to craft and develop their own unique sound without the added pressure of conformity. Drawing comparisons to The Cure and The Maccabees, Priestgate have combined bright guitar-pop hooks with darker lyrical sensibilities, concocting their own angst-laden blend of the hypnotic and euphoric.
“Deep tan are without a doubt one of the coolest bands emerging from the prevalent UK, post-punk scene” – GigWise
“Priestgate: gothic dream pop to crush small-town boredom” – NME
“DEADLETTER are yet another addition to the aural vanguard of the fight for equality, fairness and dignity in the current UK. Absolutely brilliant” – Joyzine