Three big bills but no musical ills at Craufurd

Polar Bear Club
Polar Bear Club

DEAF Havana kick start a busy week of live-hem at The Craufurd Arms this evening, when they pick up the pace in anticipation of their sophomore album, which is due out later this year.

In the last year or so, the band has celebrated some highs (playing at Sonisphere, Hevy and Slam are up there, along with a Kerrang! Award nomination) and endured the odd low (losing a band member), but now it is full steam ahead for the Norfolk quintet.

This new album is where it’s at: “...I’ve written with so much expression and meaning,”says front man James Veck-Gilodi. “This is the first record where I’ve had to do everything myself.

“It was a crazy and daunting experience but we couldn’t be happier with how the new album is sounding.

“It is a new direction for us, but like everyone does, we’ve grown up and matured and this record will reflect that.”

Support comes from Not Advised and The First.

City-ites Heart of a Coward will replace Sunday night drear with some sliding groove metal, when the We The Brave tour rolls in.

Former Sylosis fella Jamie Graham now fronts the troupe and if media reaction is to be trusted then Heart of a Coward are on the rise and rise.

Never a band to amble on stage and deliver a so-so show, this will pack in power and thud and in the Craufurd things will be nice and sweaty for their arrival.

The rotating headline bill also features angry noise from hardcore fiends Heights, who are spending 2011 enjoying territories including Asia, Australia and plenty of Europe.

Now Wolverton. Crikes.

Croydon troupe Against the Flood aren’t exactly sloppy about their outpourings either, so you can get set for a bill of bludgeoning sounds all round.

Tickets are £7 on the doors, a fiver in advance.

Monday night belongs to Polar Bear Club, the New Yorkers with a penchant for mixing post-hardcore with emo.

These chaps are scared of nowt for a chainsaw wielding monster, that is.

Support is coming from Man Overboard, who have recently been in the studio working on a new opus with New Found Glory fella Steve Klein.

State of Grace and Hearts of Gold also step up.

Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the doors.