ATP curated by Shellac of North America
After six years bringing the best of the leftfield to Butlins, Minehead, All Tomorrow’s Parties is returning to its original base at Pontins, Camber Sands. Their homecoming event is the annual Nightmare Before Christmas festival, which this year finds Steve Albini’s band, Shellac of North America, curating three days of music, cinema and culture.
You can check out our pick of the line-up, and preview and download music from the rest of the performers below.
Top three must-sees
Pixies bassist/all-round alt-rock legend Kim Deal is a veritable ATP veteran, having curated a weekend with The Breeders back in 2009. At the behest of Surfer Rosa-producer Albini, this year she’s appearing sans band, begging the question what exactly will she play? Of course, she’s hardly short of classic material to plunder but we’re hoping that, alongside the likes of ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Gigantic’, she’ll be debuting some solo stuff. And, just maybe, bringing a few special guests with her...
Future Of The Left
Formed from the ashes of Mclusky and Jarcrew, Future Of The Left had a line-up reshuffle in 2010 and now boast ex-Million Dead bassist Julia Ruzicka, and Strange News From Another Star’s Jimmy Watkins in their ranks. The Cardiff-formed quartet put that added muscle to good use on their third LP, 2012’s The Plot Against Common Sense, offering up a blistering set of post-hardcore/noise-rock that won them a 9/10 rating from NME, and a spot in Albini’s ATP dream team. Expect stabbing keyboards and savage riffs.
Prinzhorn Dance School
If you’re seeking some respite from the pummeling post-hardcore of Shellac, or Neurosis’ punishing post-metal, Brighton-based duo Prinzhorn Dance School might be just the ticket. Signed to legendary dance-punk label DFA, Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn use a sparse pallette of guitar, percussion and boy/girl vocals to deliver minimalistic, post-punk-influenced, indie-rock. Their hypnotic last album, Clay Class, was a masterclass in restraint, and probably the only source of good press for the phrase “austerity measures” in 2012.