The Wytches | Ruby Lounge | Monday 1 December

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Following the almost instant sell-out of their forthcoming Deaf Institute show, Now Wave are proud to announce a December date for The Wytches.

After spending the majority of their teens flitting in and out of various bands, The Wytches got together in 2011 through an advert on the Brighton university campus. Since then, they’ve become one of the most important up and coming bands in the UK, putting out their debut single through Hate Hate Records in 2012. Entitled Beehive Queen, it quickly sold out, as did subsequent releases Robe for Juda and Crying Clown – something which caught the attention of Heavenly Records, who signed them up for their debut LP, Annabel Dream Reader.

The Wytches – Digsaw on YouTube

Produced with Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral), Annabel Dream Reader is the culmination of everything the band have learnt through their tender years. Mixing psyche with their own intimate textures and lyrical clout, it channels intensity of their famed live performances, with Pasta Magazine noting “Anyone weaned on the fizzy punk abandon of Bleach-era Nirvana–that holy union of feedback-dappled punk on metal–will identify almost rapturously with The Wytches” (9.1/10).

The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise on YouTube

NME perhaps got closest to describing the three-piece when they said in a recent radar feature that they were a “fearsome proposition” in the flesh, while elsewhere claiming they were the “best live band in the country”.

Tickets are £8 and are available through See Tickets.

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) | Night & Day | Saturday 8 November

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Cutting his teeth in the late 1990s with cult Boston band The Recoys – who sadly never got around to releasing a proper full-length LP, despite a slew of much vaunted EPs – Hamilton Leithauser shot to international acclaim as the vocalist and one of the main creative forces behind The Walkmen. Creating some of the most iconic albums (including Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone and Bows + Arrows) and songs (most notably, The Rat and Little House of Savages) of the 2000s, the band have since gone on hiatus, with Leithauser forging his own career as a solo artist.

Hamilton Leithauser – I Don’t Need Anyone on YouTube

Put out earlier this year through Ribbon Music, debut album Black Hours builds on many of the themes hinted at through Hamilton’s lengthy career. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Richard Swift (The Shins), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), The AV Club called it “a lively, confident, and charming first effort” (8.3/10), with MOJO adding “[Leithauser] revels in letting his talent run free” (8/10).

Tickets are £14 and are available through Skiddle.

TOPS | Eagle Inn | Wednesday 19 November

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Formed from the wreckage of their past band The Silly Kissers, TOPS have spent the last 4 or so years quietly creating some of the most affecting and brilliant music from their base in Quebec. Quickly signed to the massively influential Arbutus Records imprint, the quartet put out their debut LP Tender Opposites to huge acclaim – BBC Music said of the album that “[it is] a subtle magic TOPS weave here, and like all the best records, Tender Opposites rewards repeated spins”. Gorilla vs Bear went one further in placing it 8th in the albums of the year list, with Tender Opposites being a staple of 2011′s end of year polls.

TOPS – Way To Be Loved on YouTube

The band took their time in crafting their follow-up record, both distilling and expanding their sound on Picture You Staring. Released this September, most critics seem to agree that the band have built upon their already sturdy base. DIY were perhaps the most effusive in their praise, stating “TOPS are a rare band that have an covalent bonding chemistry with one another, and the results are a bright, sparkling album that continues their legacy” (8/10). This sentiment was backed up by the likes of Best Fit (8.5/10), CMJ (8/10) and All Music Guide (8/10).

Tickets are £7.50 and are available through See Tickets

Real Lies | Eagle Inn | Tuesday 21 October

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Now Wave are proud to announce the debut Manchester show of Real Lies, creators of one of our favourite tracks of the year in North Circular. Prompted by the song, Pitchfork described the band as “unabashed romantics, respectful of the potential listener’s fathomless longing, incapacitating nostalgia and the belief that these feelings and the fleeting, intense relationships responsible for them are worthy of being presented on a grand scale”.

Real Lies – North Circular on YouTube

Formed in 2012, Real Lies put out their first release earlier  - Deeper – through Marathon to instant acclaim. Dummy described it as “a belter – it manages to sound like both the beginning and end of a night out, its slo-mo groove giving the impression that things are just about to kick off, yet its 6am vibe feels like rolling in from a night out and skinning up”. Since then, they’ve taken their time crafting new work along with putting out the occassional track ahead of the release of their debut LP later this year. Of the many critics to have fallen for them, The Quietus perhap captured them best, describing them as making “nocturnal, rave-tinged love songs” before adding that they “[explore] life and evolving masculinity through pop songs made from seeing London through young eyes, dilated and shining at 5am”.

Tickets are £6 and are available through See Tickets

Outfit | Gullivers | Thursday 7 October

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Many bands from Liverpool can struggle to deal with the weight of the city’s musical heritage, just as many artists in the modern day struggle to justify early hype on blogs – Outfit have managed to dodge both those pitfalls by simply ignoring them. Coming the the attention of the music industry with a couple of demos as far back as 2011, it took until 2013 for the band to finally release an LP – and it was certainly worth the wait. Released through ultra-influential London label Double DenimPerformance uses a whole host of reference points, from obscure world music through to Orange Juice and Portishead, The Guardian called it “a hedonistic but haunting debut”, giving 4 stars, with Clash Music going one further by naming it one of the year’s great British albums.
Outfit – I Want What’s Best on YouTube
Following on from the enormous success of Performance, Outfit will be premiering material from their forthcoming follow-up record at this show. Support comes from Embers – a band who themselves have emerged fresh from the writing and recording of their debut record. The Guardian perhaps captured them best when they noted that “they knock every other touted new “epic rock” band into a cocked hat”.
Embers – Part of the Echoes on Soundcloud
Tickets are £7.50 and are available through See Tickets.