COMING UP: Wild Front + Dutch Criminal Record + Jimmy Herrity + HALLAN (CLOSEUP X PORTSMOUTH)

The perfect remedy to the recent bout of bad weather is finding yourself inside a warm venue watching some of the coolest artists on the indie scene right now. Fortunately, CloseUp has the stellar line up for you as we return to The Wedgewood Rooms this coming Wednesday 7th March.

Top of the bill is South-Coast 4 piece, Wild Front, a band who share a love for 80’s rock and alternative indie, as well as their individual passions of hip-hop, classical and folk music. Together they’ve created an experimental sound that’s soulful, expansive and joyful to the indie-pop scene. 

One of Wild Front’s earlier releases, the mellowed out dreamy ’Rico’, has had over 1 million streams on Spotify, and the band have been lucky enough to play Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival, and grace the prestigious BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year where they were described as “Imagine Alt J, The Temper Trap and The 1975 having musical babies and you’re starting to get somewhere close to the dreamy indie pop of Wild Front. Totally mesmerising.

In 2017 they released their energetic and flavoursome EP ‘Physics’ that accentuates the bands variety in sound, which includes title track ‘Physics’ with its ambient character and intense and lingering fade out, the vivacious ‘Midnight in Hackney’, the chilled out ‘In the Dirt’ that gives off that aforementioned The 1975 sound, and ‘Trunk’ that radiates Hawaiian vibes. What you hear on record we guarantee sounds even better up on the stage. 

Describing their music as ‘Indie Surf’, the lads in Dutch Criminal Record will be bringing their jangly riffs and blooming harmonies to transport you straight into the bosom of Summer. The band are no stranger to The Wedgewood Rooms having won their coveted showcase in 2015 and have had recognition from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and NME. They have the art of creating memorable melodies down to a T as prominent in the incredibly catchy ‘On The Fence’, and the jaunty ‘Room with a View’. Their most recent release ‘Wasted Time’ is a shimmering indie-pop track that is sure fire to get you grooving. If you’re into the likes of Circa Waves and The Kooks, you won’t want to miss out on these guys. 

Also born and bred on the south coast is our opener, Hallan, the solo project of Conor Clements who combines his love and influence of indie, punk, and jazz to produce a sound that’s rife in reverb, fluorescent chords, and honest lyrics. They are definitely one to watch with songs that are amicable and contagious. You’ll find yourself falling for Hallan as they perform the single ‘Descent’, your feet will be tapping along to ‘It’s Happening’, and no doubt we’ll hear some tracks from the 2017 EP ‘A Creature So Ugly I Could Cry’.

Tickets to the show are flying out the door, so make sure to grab yours on Dice for just £6:

Words by: @RosieChad 

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