Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Next show: USA Nails, Vincent Vocoder Voice & JazzHands @ Old Blue Last

Bloody hell, here's a noisy little treat for you. 3 great bands for the price of... Nowt! It's another great free show!

It's on a Sunday eve so we will aim to finish by 10pm so you can all go home and get in your PJ's so you can be ready for Monday. We're pretty nice like that.

Here's the bands:


Dirty, dischordant, psychedelic, kraut inspired rock featuring current and ex members of Kong, Oceansize, Silent Front, Death Pedals and Hawk Eyes. Expect loud noises.


Self described suburban gothic post-hardcore. Eerie undertones and multilayered arrangements. One to watch for fans of the pAper chAse, later Brand New and Cursive.


Insane 6-headed noise-rock behemoth from Liverpool, basically sounds like the bastard child of Hella, Lightning Bolt and John Coltrane. Have an EP called 'Smelly Envelope' which should be enough for you to want to watch them in itself.

There it is. Doors at 7:30pm, see you there!

Thursday, 19 December 2013


So it's that time of year again when everyone reflects on the past 12 months and rounds up their top ten records of the year. And we're joining in!

In no particular order:
  1. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt (Wichita)
  2. Deafheaven – Sunbather (Deathwish Inc)
  3. Modern Life Is War – Fever Hunting (Deathwish Inc)
  4. Crash of Rhinos – Knots (Topshelf Records)
  5. The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk (Bar None Records)
  6. Owen – L’Ami du Peuple (Polyvinyl)
  7. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Domino Recording Co)
  8.  John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union)
  9. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold (What’s Your Rupture)
  10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd)
There's been tonnes of great music this year, and I've also discovered loads of older records I've never got round to listening to before and bands that completely passed me by last year.

When Rupe has finished essay hell I'll get him to post his too.

Default This has been pretty quiet on the gigs front this year as real life kind of took over, but we did get the chance to work with some awesome bands - as you can see below! Rupe's band Bloody Mammals have been busy gigging and will be recording new material next year.  I've also been  busy repping shows for the awesome Parallel Lines Promotions. Go check them out if you haven't already!

We'll be doing a few more shows in 2014, so get in touch if your band is touring.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Tangled Hair added to the Owen line up!

Hugely excited to announce that Default This favourites Tangled Hair have been added to the Owen show, making this gig one of our favourite line ups ever! Check out the awesome poster by Rupe below. Tickets are still available but flying out - so make sure you get yours here to avoid disappointment:

Monday, 4 November 2013

Fundraiser for the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre

Really pleased to be a part of organising this fundraiser for the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre.

RAPE CRISIS SOUTH LONDON (RASASC) has been the Rape Crisis Centre for South London since 1985. They are an independent organisation based in Croydon providing a high standard of professional, specialist support to female survivors of sexual violence. RASASC also provides the national Rape Crisis helpline on 0808 802 9999 for female survivors of sexual violence, calling from anywhere in England and Wales.

They do absolutely fantastic work, and it would be amazing if lots of people came down to support them. There are some brilliant bands playing (see below!) and the lovely Beth Siveyer from Girls Get Busy Zine is DJing. You can get tickets for just £4 here:

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Next Gig! Suffer Like G Did & Delta Sleep @ JT Soar, Notts

Pretty excited to announce the next Default This show will be for awesome bands Suffer Like G Did and Delta Sleep. We'll be announcing the local supports in the upcoming weeks so keep an eye on the blog or our Facebook page here.
Suffer Like G Did
Instrumental, jazzy math-rock from Essex that will make you scratch your noggin and shuffle your feet simultaneously. Impressive and infectious in equal measures.

Listen here:

Delta Sleep
Twisty, turny, loud/quiet tech-pop, with a big old dollop of melody and more than a handful of exciting intertwining riffs to get lost in. On Big Scary Monsters.

Listen here:

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Kowloon Walled City Interview

San Francisco noise merchants Kowloon Walled City released their 2nd LP, Container Ships, in December 2012 and managed to instantly top many people's end of year lists, including ours. Their ominous, crushing brand of sludgy post-hardcore is absolutely thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. Container Ships is a raw, bleak and discordant record, but somehow still manages to capture enough energy to make it consistently compelling.

I recently fired an email with some questions over to guitarist/vocalist Scott Evans. Here's what he had to say in response:

Some of your music reminds me of 90s era bands like Unsane, Helmet and earlier Unwound. Would you say that era and those bands were influences on you musically? What else of a non-musical nature do you draw inspiration from?

Those bands are definitely important to me and I think their music has held up well. And when we started this band, Unsane was one of our big touchstones, along with Shallow North Dakota, Godflesh, and a few others. Non-musical inspiration is everywhere and I try to stay tuned into it when I can.

How often do you guys get out on the road? Have you had any interest or inclination to make it over here to the UK?

We manage one or two tours a year, depending on what's going on in our personal lives and if we're recording. We've never played in Europe, but everyone would love to do it. We may be working something out for next year.

What's coming up for you in the next 12 months?

For KWC, we have a few good shows lined up and we'll see what else happens. We're writing for another record, but you never know how long that will take. For me personally, I'm a recording engineer and I'm moving into a new studio in Oakland next week, which is really exciting.

Can you shed some light on Snailface for the uninitiated?!

I doubt it. Snailface is a riff mirage.

I first heard Container Ships during the winter last year and it soundtracked the season pretty well. What do you listen to during the cold season, and alternatively when the suns out and you've got your shorts on?

The weather in San Francisco is a little weird -- it's rarely sunny and hot, especially in summer. Summer here means fog and chilly, windy days. In autumn we get a few weeks of clear warm weather, and through the winter it rains. It's not as gloomy as it sounds. Anyway, the days here seem to work equally well for loud music or mellow music. Recently I've been listening to a lot of Roomrunner, Speedy Ortiz, True Widow, whatfunlifewas, Killer Mike, and Cellos.

Speaking of soundtracks, here's a hypothetical question. Kowloon Walled City has the chance to soundtrack one film. What movie would it be and how would it sound?

That's pretty hypothetical alright. Maybe something like Killing Zoe? That soundtrack was pretty amazing already though. We could do Falling Down. That feels about right. Not sure how it would sound… I could hum a few bars maybe.

Any bands out there that we're likely to have not heard about in the UK that we really should hear?

The bands I listed a couple of questions ago are great. Who else… Dog Shredder, from Portland. Lisa Papineau, from LA, has a couple of amazing solo records. We'll Go Machete. I like Cellos enough to mention them twice. We played with The Narrows (different band from Narrows) and Cower a few months ago and both bands were great. Also, Omotai, from Texas.

Finally, if you have any words of wisdom, life tips or tricks, share here.

I know the drummer loves that undamped kick, and it's cool, but put a t-shirt in there when you record.

- RR

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Bloody Mammals / Great Cop August Tour

Bloody Mammals and Great Cop are heading out on a few dates together this month. Check them out in the following cities:


Thursday 8th - Nottingham, JT Soar (Bloody Mammals only)
Friday 9th - Edinburgh, Opium
Saturday 10th - Glasgow, The 13th Note Cafe
Friday 16th - London, Brixton Windmill
Saturday 17th - Plymouth, Tiki Bar
Sunday 18th - Norwich, Fine City Studios
Tuesday 20th - Glasgow, Arts College (Great Cop only)
Friday 23rd - Manchester, Trof Fallowfield (Great Cop only)