In an attempt to raise awareness of the impact of the current pandemic on musicians worldwide, Bandcamp have kindly waived their usual fees to put much needed money directly back into artists pockets. Over the past day, I’ve compiled a list of 9 local bands who all have music on Bandcamp and have all had gigs cancelled/postponed. I’ve seen all of the following bands live and they’re all brilliant, so please consider supporting them in any way you can.
Please note, Bandcamp’s fundraiser will be happening every first Friday of each month for the rest of 2020! This handy site provides timezone demystification to make sure you’re actually purchasing on Bandcamp Friday as they work in the PDT timezone! The next Bandcamp Friday will take place on 2nd October 2020!
In brief: Portsmouth hardcore/noise rock band with concise tracks that are packed to the brim with a ferocious, intense energy.
Edit (October 2020): ACCOST have announced that all proceeds from sales of ‘DEMO 2020’ will be donated to help rebuild Fuzzbrain Studios which was sadly destroyed by fire last week.
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In brief: Lo-fi, melancholic indie rock/pop that’s equal parts monotonous to melodic and very easy listening.
Dutch Criminal Record
In brief: Indie-pop quartet with energetic but also nostalgic, summery tunes.
In brief: Post-punk trio who write anthemic, driven tracks with melancholic undertones.
In brief: Post-punk quartet who have had a string of huge, catchy tracks over the last year and have just released ‘Yesterday (With Him)’ today, a track that is probably their best yet.
Edit (August 2020): In support of their latest single ‘Modern England’, the band are releasing a cassette/zine compilation (via Brutalist Records/Nice Swan Records) featuring their latest singles ‘Modern England’, ‘Yesterday (With Him’ and ‘Habit’. You can preorder the release here (limited edition of 50).
In brief: Raucous, heavy punk music with both monotonous parts and energetic, explosive choruses.
Edit (June 2020): All money from purchases of Happy2000’s EP on Friday 5th June will be donated towards the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, Black Lives Matter and National Police Accountability Project.
Highlights of our Modern World
In brief: Musician/producer creating ambient, lo-fi beats alongside looped instrumentation.
In brief: Southampton based trio who write intense, even ferocious tracks that overlap psychedelic, grunge and even shoegaze music.
(All proceeds from purchases of ‘Normal’ go towards Tonic Music for Mental Health charity)
In brief: Punk band with energetic, sharp and snappy tunes.
The Stone Birds
In brief: Infectious, blues-tinged rock with riff for days. One of the most talked about bands in Portsmouth of the moment.
In brief: One of the most forward-thinking and impressive local bands of the moment with déjà vu-esque, hypnotic, experimental post-punk tunes.
Edit (August 2020): The band have a limited run of t-shirts available on Bandcamp with 1 remaining (at time of writing).
Bonus addition! Brutalist Records ‘Save Our Scene!’ Cassette
In brief: Portsmouth’s Brutalist Records have put together a cassette featuring 24 of the best upcoming Portsmouth based bands musicians in support of our local music scene. This set for release August but it’s available to preorder now and it’s for a very worthy cause.
Only 100 are available and don’t worry if you haven’t got a cassette player because it will come with a download of all 24 tracks. The cassette is now sold out but you can still purchase a screen-printed t-shirt which comes with a download of this release below!