Top Gig Picks: April – Michael Counsell

There can’t be many more people better placed to tell us which bands we ought to be listening to or heading to gigs of than one of the main guys at the London Indie Music Meetup: and Michael Counsell’s evidently got a busy April’s worth of gig-going for you if not himself! CPP - Michael Counsell (Indie MU)
Five for you to check out, plus support to boot – with You Tube vids and links on for your convenience. Link on to the Indie MU page at the end if you fancy joining them at any of these gigs!


Polymath @ Old Blue Last – Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 7:30 PM

Polymath are a great math rock band from Brighton who have just released their crowdfunded EP, Reptiles. According to their BandCamp page (through which their EP is released), they are influenced by Battles, ASIWYFA and Santana.

I’ve been meaning to see them for a while but until now somehow haven’t quite managed it… until now!


Support is from post rock / math rock band, Lost in the Riots who, again, are a band I meant to see last year when they supported Toundra…

Also playing are Pocket Apocalypse who are new to me but sound right up my street. Alt-rock / post rock in the vein of Arcane Roots, Radiohead and Oceansize (according to their Facebook).

Tickets are £5.50 in advance or £7 OTD.


(Baba Yaga’s Hut presents) ENABLERS @ ELECTROWERKZ – Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:00 PM

‘Is power rock the new jazz? No, of course not, don’t be silly. But in the way that the Enablers rock out to spoken word, they are definitely true cats. Adhering to the notion that what you say is as important as how you say it, this is beat music for the 21st century.’

– The Skinny




(Mama presents) Black Peaks (formerly known as Shrine) + Broker + Charlie Barnes @ Barfly – Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:00 PM

Black Peaks (Formerly Shrine) are a great band from Brighton taking influences from math rock, post rock and post hardcore.

Their Closer to the Sun ep (originally release under the name Shrine) was an incredible debut of 3 brilliant songs; after hearing the EP I’ve been evangelical about them. The EP attracted attention from math rock and prog rock bloggers but also Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and Zane Lowe. Their new single “Glass Built Castles” has been similarly well received by Radio 1.

New Single:


Tickets – £6 in advance


KAST OFF KINKS – The Half Moon Putney – Friday, April 17, 2015, 8:00 PM

CE - Kast Off Kinks The Kast Off kinks are back with Original and Long Term ‘Kinks’ Members to Re-Live The Good Times!! The iconic British rock band are often cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. Drummer, Mick Avory, bass and vocals, John Dalton, and keyboard and vocals, Ian Gibbons are joined by guitarist, Dave Clarke, who has formerly played with the Beach Boys.
Tickets – £11 inc booking fee


JUNIUS & CITY OF SHIPS @ The Barfly – Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

Junius and City of Ships are two US bands who have been described as many things including, bizarrely, “indie-metal”. For me its all about the support band City of Ships, but more on them later…

Headliners Junius are a heavy shoegazy/prog rock band (maybe a bit goth?); their record label classifies them as metalgaze.


City of Ships released one of my favourite albums of 2011 with “Minor Worlds” However I missed out on their UK tour and they haven’t been back since. Their music varies from quiet sombre reflective moments to loud cathartic releases and everything in between. The vocals move in and out of focus as the album progresses and the mood changes. So 3 and a half years later I’m eager to see what they can do live 🙂

3 consecutive tracks from the middle of Minor Worlds:


Tickets are £12 + fees


Join up and join for any of these gigs with the London Indie Music Meetup group!