Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The hills are alive with the sound of Tropical Fuck Storm

This year's Green Man line-up, then. I have to admit there was more than a touch of disappointment when I saw that neither Angel Olsen nor Pavement were included, and Michael Kiwanuka and Mac Demarco are underwhelming headliners - the latter filling the Father John Misty role of To Be Avoided At All Costs.

Those grumbles aside, there's a wealth of stuff to whet the appetite on a bill that suggests a continuing move away from folk, country and MOR singer-songwriters. Personally speaking, I can't wait for a first encounter with Ty Segall, the most prolific man in garage punk, and Tropical Fuck Storm, the provocative new(ish) project from Gareth Liddiard of The Drones.

It'll be nice to renew acquaintances with Moon Duo, recent Mclusky tour support John and Nadine Shah (the latter's show at the Globe was one of my favourites of 2017), and to see how Shame and The Murder Capital match up live (my money's on the latter).

If their sets at ATP in 2011 are anything to go by, Caribou will get the whole of the Mountain Stage crowd moving - as will Parquet Courts if they play 'Wide Awake'. Label du jour Speedy Wunderground are once again represented, with black midi following in the footsteps of Black Country New Road and Squid, and there are of course local flagwavers in the form of Gruff Rhys and Boy Azooga.

Throw in Danish experimental pop artist Agnes Obel and Richard Dawson, whose single 'Jogging' was one of the oddest and most fascinating I heard last year, and we've got one hell of a weekend in store.

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