Bristol bands: a primer

Written for Bristol 24/7:

An article about Bristol bands in 2017 couldn’t begin with anyone other than LICE, an art-punk band of University of Bristol graduates. Whilst their single The Human Parasite has a sound reminiscent of Fat White Family and The Fall, the best way for you to get an idea of what LICE are like is to experience them live.

I was lucky enough to get to chat to LICE and ask them for their advice for any incoming Bristol students interested in starting their own band – after all, it was only a few years ago that they were freshers themselves.

“The best piece of advice we could offer a new band is to do your own shows! We wasted months asking venues to stick us on existing line-ups and received no replies until The Crofters Rights suggested we put on our own DIY headline show there.

“Secondly, engage with the local ‘scene’. Howling Owl, Breakfast Records and Stolen Body all put on amazing shows; they will expose you to a lot of exciting and interesting new music. We also found the University’s resources really useful. We met by advertising for bandmates on the Bristol Livesoc Facebook page and spent our first year practising for free in the basement of the Students Union.

“We’d also recommend that people be outgoing and make the most of this opportunity to make new friends, as we’d have gotten nowhere if we didn’t have a bunch of our mates come to our first shows and help us get the word out.

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