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 16 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 for the foreseeable future! This handy site provides timezone demystification to make sure you’re actually purchasing on Bandcamp Friday as they work in the PDT timezone.
Bandcamp Friday is set to return on the first Friday of August and will continue until the end of 2021.
In brief: Portsmouth hardcore/noise rock band with concise tracks that are packed to the brim with a ferocious, intense energy.
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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.
Edit: The band have just announced their forthcoming album ‘Flaws’ which is set for release on 8th October 2021 and the preorder is available via Brutalist Records Bandcamp page here.
In brief: Fast Trains is an alternative pop project of Portsmouth based producer/song-writer Tom Wells.
In brief: Flowvers are a Portsmouth based indie-pop band who’ve just released their latest single ‘Far Away’!
In brief: Fugitive Orchestra creates a unique blend of jazz-infused blues, pop and even hip-hop with beat-boxing and live looping.
In brief: Post-punk quartet who have had a string of huge, catchy tracks over the last few years and have gone from strength to stength.
In brief: Raucous, heavy punk music with both monotonous parts and energetic, explosive choruses.
Highlights of our Modern World
In brief: Musician/producer creating ambient, lo-fi beats alongside looped instrumentation.
In brief: Acoustic folk-roots artist who creates both powerful and vulnerable music straight from the heart.
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. (Have since split up, but some members are now part of Spin War, see below.)
In brief: Spin War are new Portsmouth based psychedelic, noise-rock quartet.
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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. (Have since split up, but well worth a listen regardless.)
In brief: One of the most forward-thinking and impressive local bands of the moment with déjà vu-esque, hypnotic, experimental post-punk tunes.
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!