The Joe Strummer Foundation is teaming up with Independent Venue Week to put on a special show at the Brass Monkey in Hastings.

They have decided to put on a show that will firmly put Hastings on the map, with a show aimed firmly at young music fans.

Organisers have said that as far as they are concerned they think “…the area seems to get missed off tour schedules and needs some love.”

Now we all know that there is always a tonne of great music on offer in Hastings – but it’s certainly true that it would be great to see more touring bands setting down in the town.

This bill, consisting of brilliant new breakthrough bands, looks like being just the ticket.

As the stummerville team say, “With performances by Arrows Of Love, Bloody Knees, Yowl, Lice and Heavy Lungs we think we’ve nailed it, and we are excited!”

The Joe Strummer Foundation will keep door prices to a minimum and pay all acts as well as raising much-needed funds and awareness for the charity.

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About the bands…


East London art-rockers Arrows Of Love have released their eagerly anticipated second album, ‘PRODUCT’, a ten track masterpiece and an epic amalgamation of blisteringly heavy guitars and earnest, heartfelt lyrics.

Here, the collective weave a world which is in equal parts aggressively powerful and vulnerable, where poetry meets pure punk attitude. The LP was produced by Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke, Gaz Combes), in the studio he built himself at Goldsmiths University, and mastered by Bob Weston of Shellac. Lead track ‘Signal’ was also given a separate ‘Redux’ mix by celebrated engineer Margo Broom (Fat White Family).

As with their acclaimed 2014 debut, ‘Everything’s Fucked’, the album is a striking and beautiful critique on modern life, politics, philosophy and the fight against apathy. ‘PRODUCT’ is a call to arms, even more so than previous outputs, one which has been forged over the years and created by circumstance.

During the album recording process Arrows of Love stepped away from their musical activities to fight a campaign against the ex-Olympic Authority – “London Legacy Development Corporation”. With their own warehouse community threatened with demolition, as London continues to lose parts of its soul to corporate profiteers, Vittoria Wharf hit local and worldwide news when residents stood up to fight closure. The band and a slew of local artists spearheaded the defence of what i-D called “a thriving centre for cultural and artistic output” during the #savevittoriawharf campaign. Not only that but the band have continued the campaign, forming Save Hackney Wick and tackling wider issues across the city.

The 5-piece led by co-writers Nima and Nuha recently found themselves backed by the UK’s highly competitive PRS Foundation Momentum Music Fund. After accepting an invite from CMJ Music Marathon the band confirmed a string of US dates, followed by a headline London show with Parallel Lines before the album recording began.

Arrows Of Love are, above all, a live phenomenon. Originally aligned with the early East London wave of bohemian rock bands, it was their fiercely independent and creative drive that has taken them across the globe, to the likes of SXSW and End of the Road, sharing stages with the likes of The Fall, Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Wytches and many more. It’s on stage where London’s own Arrows truly hit home.

Drawing comparisons to the discordant, emotive musicianship of Sonic Youth to the raw power of McClusky, this second LP sees a band fully diversified, and truly unique.

“One of the most extreme and extremely enjoyable albums of the year” – Louder Than War

“Brilliant. Ferocious”The Independent

“Given this dearth of decent guitar music, it’s something of a surprise when one comes along and punches you in the guy. Or in the case of Arrows Of Love, plunges you one in the eye.— An arresting record.” – The Quietus

“The five piece have been building a reputation as a main live act with a sardonic twist. Suddenly, on both sides of the Atlantic. The sarcastic brutality has started to click. They know it, too” – Noisey (USA)


Collective noise-makers as teenagers, Bloody Knees took their infectious spirit to the masses playing festivals across the country and shows alongside the likes of Wolf Alice, The Magic Gang, Swim Deep and Superfood. Bloody Knees are everything you would expect – noisy, teething with pop-punk sentiments & sleazy riffs. All in a delicate, rapturous balance, ultimately enough to ensue mayhem whilst packing enough punch to keep you on your toes with each and every listen. If you like being covered in blood, pits and stage diving or even if you’re prone to thinking too much, it’s time to listen up to the bands ferocious, no-hold barred style thats pushing their sound towards new visceral heights.

“One of the gnarliest, most hardworking bands and reckless crews in British Music are back” – NOISEY

“A blood splattered, lust fuelled rampage 9/10”NME

“Sort of link Blue Album era Weezer if they’d hewed closer to Nirvana than Pavement”STEREOGUM

“I dare you to listen to the first 12 seconds and not want to go ape shit”LONDON IN STEREO


Following the release of 2016’s Before The Sleep Sets In EP Peckham five-piece YOWL released debut single ‘My Headache Likes To Speak’ in May 2017. Across its noir-laden four minutes, the band marry gnarled razor-wire guitars and a swaggering rhythm section with the sick croon of vocalist Gabriel Byrde. ‘My Headache Likes To Speak’ was the second release from London’s Big Score imprint, after recently putting out material from Bristol’s LICE. The label comes from the minds behind Golden Arm who have watched over the likes of HMLTD, Goat Girl, and The Big Moon.

In October YOWL released a second single and video for ‘DARKROOM’ and then headed out on a UK tour with label mates LICE including a SOLD OUT headline show at Seabright Arms. It was then on to Europe to play PITCHFORK AVANT GARDE and LONDON CALLING AMSTERDAM.

Nobody’s happy putting up with poor job prospects and a city pricing out the poorest, but the Peckham-formed YOWL capture a frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others. And in frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion. YOWL are often viciously loud, but Byrde’s fanciful delivery gives them an edge.

“YOWL take the mundane and make it sound like a never-ending thrill” – NME

“YOWL are a band who make Peckham sound like New York City 2002” – LOUD & QUIET

 “YOWL tell bleak, beautiful stories” – DIY


Satirical art-punk band LICE have emerged from Bristol’s artistic community and embarked on a historic, noble crusade.

Drawing influence from an abrasive clutch of early post-punk groups such as Psychic TV, Pere Ubu and Public Image Ltd., LICE’s lyrics deal with subjects such as xenophobia and misogyny through first-person monologues and short-stories (confronting ye listeners with your own hateful impulses and biases).

The glorious campaign was established with a string of incendiary DIY shows (including a Halloween show in a 13th century crypt) and support slots for The Fall and The Fat White Family. After seizing the capital, LICE’s debut release ‘NUTMILK: The Basement Demos’ (comprising four demos recorded in their drummer’s basement) won the hearts of many further afield, leading to tour dates with brothers-in-arms IDLES, Spectres and Bad Breeding.

In April 2017, LICE became the first release on Big Score Records with standalone single ‘The Human Parasite’. Paired with a music-video featuring fellow Bristol artists such as Oliver Wilde, Spectres and Jesuits, this noble talisman won high-praise from the likes of DIY and Loud and Quiet, receiving plays on Radio 1, Radio 6 and Beats 1. Following historic summer shows with Psychic TV and The Rebel, as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury and Green Man, LICE’s first UK tour (co-headlined with YOWL).

“LICE are off the fucking wall… they are well and truly one of the most exciting things to happen in the history of Western art.” Vapour Trail

“…vocalist Alastair Shuttleworth has the same barely keeping-it-together swagger as a certain Mark E Smith, always on the brink of collapse yet thoroughly entertaining because of its lack of stability.” DIY

“Lice could easily be filed next to the likes of chaotic Londoners Happy Meal Ltd. They’ve got a sound turbulent enough to get people’s backs up, yet they don’t take anything too seriously.” NME


With only one track to their name, abrasive four-piece Heavy Lungs have already found themselves opening for the likes of Metz. Their three-and-a-half-minute introduction to the world ‘Poster Boy’ arrived like a missile of early eighties punk recently. There’s a refreshing disinterest in self-promotion or trundling the tedious social media route with these guys. Everything so far has been earned off the back of a short string of captivating and chaotic live shows. – NME

“Front man Danny Nedelko performs with the urgency of an individual who’s just been told its his last day on earth.”CRACK MAGAZINE