We may only be a month and a half in, but 2020 is already looking exciting for lo-fi punk/shoegaze duo CULTDREAMS. February sees the band release their new EP, 'The Piano Sessions', before embarking on their biggest UK tour to date, so we thought it would be the perfect time to catch up with drummer Conor Dawson to hear his top tips and amazing stories from the road.
As far as line-ups go when you put Nervus, Cultdreams and Milk Teeth on the same bill you’re guaranteed to not only have a great night of live music, but also a crowd of open-minded fans willing to embrace and enjoy everything thrown their way. When this tour rolled into The Anvil in Bournemouth last week we got to experience the strength and solidarity of this scene first hand and had a great time in the process.
Country spanning two-piece Cultdreams took the advice of those offended by their previous name on board and made changes with no fuss, which is exactly how the process should work. This change in name could be the perfect opportunity for a change in musical direction, and within the first few moments of the album there is a suggestion that changes will be made with this release.
With its focus on math-rock, post-rock and the weird, noisy spaces in between, ArcTanGent Festival presents a uniquely refreshing atmosphere that you don’t find anywhere else on the annual festival calendar. It’s not only unique for its line-up, but is also the only festival where the crowd can clap perfectly in 7/8 and are just as likely to sing along to a guitar lead line or trumpet riff, than they are lyrics. ArcTanGent 7 promises to be the biggest one yet and it can be daunting to pick your targets, so we’ve given you a headstart with our pick of the bunch this year.