24 Jun 2014

Ten bands you need to see at... TRUCK FESTIVAL

Taking place in rural Oxford on the 18th and 19th of July, Truck Festival is shaping up to be one of the better small festivals in the UK. Whilst it's going to be my first time at Truck and I can't give an insight on much more than the photos on a website, here's our preview of ten of the best bands playing Truck this year... there are some obvious 'heavy weights', as well as some of the smaller bands that are playing the Oxfordshire festival.

The 3 best Heavy Weights...

The Cribs
Wakefield's premier 'mid-fi' band headline the festival on the Friday. With a handful of great albums under their belts, The Cribs are one of the British indie scene's most consistent members, and have more than enough credentials to headline the festival. With their last release being a greatest hits, it's probably that they'll exhibit some of their early gems and best known songs. With any luck, some kind of performance of Be Safe will feature, and that could just about make The Cribs the most essential band to see.

Gang of Four
Whilst a little different from the rest of the line up, the seminal four-piece are without a doubt one of the greatest remnants of the post-punk scene of the eighties. In fact, the last time I saw them play, they smashed up a microwave in the name of art. If they exhibit some of their greater material, Gang of Four are absolutely essential to see.

Although they've played high billing Dot-to-Dot shows, Peace's appearance at Truck looks to be the first time they're playing a fairly major festival so high up the bill. This of course means that they should be planning something just as eccentric as the Glastonbury dungarees. Of course, Peace's recent singles have been lacklustre, and a lot of older material could be essential for making Peace's set amongst the best. In other words, they need to play 1998.

7 Bands a Bit Lower Down the Bill...

With their blend of Ash-come-Soup Dragons indie pop, Birmingham's Superfood take to the main stage during the middle parts of the Saturday. Like Peace, they're one of NME's better buzz bands, and they're looking to release an album very soon, so material from that should be on show.

Black Moth
Black Moth, for me, are the most exciting band on the bill. They're a Leeds-based band, that make heavy riff-orientated grunge inspired music. Female fronted, they take influences from the proto-punk of Iggy and the Stooges, The Sonics and The Velvets, as well as the riff-heavy grunge of The Melvins and Mudhoney, and maybe even Julian Cope's Brain Donor side project. They look to be one of the highlights of the weekend, playing before DZ Deathrays on the Friday.

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion
On not long before Black Moth, the first thing you notice about The St. Pierre Snake Invasion is their name. But boy, can they play. Their fuzzy stoner rock, and ominous, sinister lyrics should make for a brilliant show.

Playing the Saturday morning at The Barn, Radstewart are a must see, despite their name. They sound very like Pavement, but also a bit like Stephen Malkmus' solo work, but more towards Pavement. They just sound a lot like Pavement, so they're more than worth checking out.

Circa Waves
Whilst most modern bands take a bit of an influence from The Strokes, Circa Waves sound exactly like them, with a bit of a Beatles-y twist. Whilst they're probably not the most innovative band at all, they should be more than entertaining, and more than good enough at getting a crowd going to their fast-paced songs.

The Dreaming Spires
The Dreaming Spires play Truck twice. And one of them is well after everyone else finishes, so you don't really have much excuse to miss them. They're a local Oxford band, and they make slow, but quite atmospheric indie music. They're certainly worth a look...