In a city shrouded by a cloud of intelligentsia, math rock and deliberately innaccesible thinking man’s music it takes a smarter and braver band to break the mould and thrust post-punk shoutalong anthems more in the vein of Future of the Left or The Young Knives than Radiohead or Foals.
They’re described as a group of “Yob Savants” and you know I wouldn’t cover anyone where there would be even a slight risk of having to mention the Kaiser Chiefs or Hard-Fi so I feel I should reassure you that there is more going on here than an English answer to Drop Kick Murphy’s.
While BK might not promote themselves as being arbiters of academician music tracks like Blood and Space have elements that are borderline prescient. The muscianship is in the class of the sadly defunkt Dartz! and i’m thinking here we might finally have a worthy replacement. Thank Oxford for Black Hats!
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- 24TH APRIL 2011 MAXFEST AT THE EAGLE TAVERN, WITNEY FREE
- 13TH MAY 2011 WITTSTOCK FESTIVAL AT THE RAILWAY INN, CULHAM TICKETS
- 30TH MAY 2011 JERICHO TAVERN, OXFORD TICKETS
- 11TH JUNE 2011 OXFRINGE @ JERICHO TAVERN, OXFORD TICKETS
- 16TH JUNE 2011 THE HOBGOBLIN, STAINES TICKETS
- 17TH JUNE 2011 THE SWAN, WANTAGE FREE
- 18TH JUNE 2011 RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL, CHARLBURY FREE
- 23RD JUNE 2011 FAT LIL’S, WITNEY TICKETS
- 13TH JULY 2011 12 BAR, SWINDON TICKETS
- 23RD JULY 2011 THE BEAR, MARLBOROUGH (PRIVATE PARTY) N/A
- 30TH JULY 2011 D-FEST AT THE RED LION, DRAYTON TICKETS