Bristol gigs: LICE, HMLTD, The Parrots & More

There’s some very exciting guitar music emerging from the capital – bands such as HMLTD, Dead Pretties and Shame are all being championed as the pioneers of London’s new scene. However, further afield in Fresh Juice’s hometown of Bristol there are bands such as LICE doing exciting things plus in the Spanish capital of Madrid, Heavenly signees The Parrots are making a lot of noise. And, fortunately for us, all of them and a few more are gracing our city over the next fortnight.

MAY 1ST: LICE, JESUITS & SCALPING / LOUISIANA 

LICE wear their post-punk, Fall-esque influences boldly and unashamedly on their sleeves. Singer Alastair Shuttleworth appears unassuming but once the live show kicks off the mayhem unfurls. Jesuits and Scalping are young bands but also evidence of Bristol’s extensive guitar scene. Launching their new single, this LICE headline show will set you back a mere £3.50 on Dice.

MAY 5TH: HMLTD, DEAD PRETTIES & LICE / LOUISIANA

Credit: Wes Foster

We’ve been making a lot of noise about HMLTD in recent weeks and this is no time for respite; rumour has it they spent four hours decorating the venue for the Manchester leg of their tour. With two singles to their name, a deal with Sony and two equally exciting support acts this is not one to miss.

MAY 8TH: SHAME & SORRY / CROFTERS RIGHTS

In the same vein as LICE with an even greater degree of politically motivated lyricism, Shame offer quite the same post-punk intensity and attitude with their live show. They’ve got some cracking Theresa May themed merch by the looks of their Instagram posts and support from Sorry (f.k.a Fish) who are turning heads in London.

MAY 9TH: THE PARROTS, YOWL / CROFTERS RIGHTS 

The masses who’ve been lucky enough to witness a Parrots set all speak of guaranteed mayhem and chaos. Currently signed to iconic independent label Heavenly, The Parrots will be making a lot of noise on Stokes Croft next week. YOWL have one EP to their name and match the garage-rock noise of their Spanish counterparts.

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