An Alternative July Gathering
The Theme + The Rising + Who Killed Nancy Johnson?
An Alternative Gathering are back for our July show with three excellent Mod Rock/Post Punk Revival bands.
From 8pm Free Entry Great beer Excellent Food
Mod rock band hailing from South East London, The Theme formed in late 2011. For most of 2012 and 2013 the band gigged extensively all over London and beyond, including sell out gigs at the 100 Club and Clapham Grand, also supporting OCS and Weller guitarist Steve Craddock and with one gig in Canning town being described as 'the gig of the year'. https://www.facebook.com/thethemelive https://www.thethemeuk.com
A 60's influenced 7 piece mod/psychedelic rock'n'roll band from Southampton - with now more contemporary influences as well. They signed to Detour Records in late 2013 and released their debut album in March 2014. “The Rising are fronted by Tommy Overington. He′s a star, and he means it! Great tunes and a great band” Alan Mcgee – Creation Records https://www.facebook.com/therisingbanduk https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzqbOlD3TGjJu3F4V46uMVA
Who Killed Nancy Johnson?
"Spiked with amphetamines... a band that embraces punk's origins as well as influences from the last four decades" - thePUNKsite WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON? are a Reading-based high-energy original punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act. "Full of energy... a really cool post-punk feel" - New Music Saturday https://www.facebook.com/WhoKilledNancyJohnson https://www.wknancyj.com
The Birds Nest 32 Deptford Church Street London SE8 4RZ
WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON? are a Reading-based high-energy punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act.
"It's really worth getting to see these guys" - Punkarolla
Influences include The Ruts, Wire, Magazine, Black Flag, Fugazi, Killing Joke.
"Powerful yet melodic... this lot would be well received up Blackpool on the Rebellion line up" - Lights Go Out
The songs - apart from one cover that pops up in the live set from time to time - are original.
"A brilliant band... full of energy... a really cool post-punk feel" - New Music Saturday
Formed in Reading (UK) in 2015 from the embers of punk/pop band Nancy Johnson, the change of name mirrored a development from the frat-boy approach of Nancy Johnson to a more edgy and aggressive sound.
"A style that is quite unique... pour out a huge amount of energy... if you get the chance, go see ’em" - Plasma Music TV
Since 2016 the band has gigged at multiple venues in Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford, Guildford, High Wycombe, Kingston, London, Brighton, Chatham, Southampton, St Albans, Colchester and Cirencester, releasing their first EP, Cops and Robbers, in January 2017.
"Spiked with amphetamines... a band that embraces punk's origins as well as influences from the last four decades" - thePUNKsite
In late 2017 WKNJ made their first visit outside the UK with a couple of dates in Milan, and played a set for BBC Introducing LIVE.
"Quality stuff" - IssuePunkZine
In 2018 they toured France, released their second EP, Flat Earth Theory, followed by an eponymous full-length CD-only album that collects all their recorded work so far, including remixes and material not released elsewhere.
"Well worth checking out" - 4.52am
Most recently (September 2018) they released a single, They Reap, for Musicians Against Homelessness. A vinyl release via Sounds of the Suburbs is incoming late 2018/early 2019.
"Jaw-droppingly good... more hooks than a deep sea fishing line" - Scene Sussex
Who Killed Nancy Johnson are Stefan BALL - vocals; Pete MOULTON - guitar; Mark WREN - drums; Julien BRUINAUD - bass. The question mark is optional.
"Bloody good... shades of Killing Joke" - RG New Music