Words by Ian Pennington

Welcome to the final few days of February, told through the eyes and ears of Bag Thing’s weekly gig guide.

Straight off the bat, check out Toy tonight at Gorilla. Expect jangly shoegaze rock born in the ‘80s.

Ever wonder what Alexis Taylor gets up to when he’s not with his Hot Chip bandmates? Well you can find out at Band on the Wall on Tuesday 25th, which is where he’ll be performing with About Group, the band that assembled for the first time and forged an album in the space of a day back in 2009. Or if you like your fries less fiery then head to The Castle Hotel where there’s a serving of local bands in the form of Playacting, Jo Rose and the irrepressible groove peddlers, Walk.

Wednesday 26th’s pick is a little different. Gorilla will play host to a night of horror film soundtracks performed live by the cult hero composer Claudio Simonetti and his band, Goblin.

From Goblins to Apes in the space of a day, the Dead Sea variety arrive at the Bay Horse to top a bill with post-rock running through its veins on Thursday 27th.

And from Apes to Bonobo, the animal monikers seem to be a theme this week. If you didn’t manage to bag a ticket for the trip hop producer’s live band show at Albert Hall on Friday 28th, then there are other options worthy of your time. Blue Touch Paper light up Band on the Wall with their ambient jazz, alt-rock wordsmiths I Like Trains steam through St Philip’s Church or, later on, Truss and Szare team up for the Eastern Bloc showcase at Soup Kitchen.

There’s not a lot to choose between the pair of picks for evening entertainment on Saturday 1st. Shield Patterns at Gullivers and Pixel Fix at The Castle Hotel only have Oldham Street separating them, both preaching the word of electronic FX-addled indie. If one has to edge it, go for local duo on the Gizeh Records label, Shield Patterns. Night owls should head to Selective Hearing’s fourth birthday bash at Gorilla, where Clark, Shed and Clouds are all lined up to perform. Fans of Jon Hopkins’ latest work should head along for Clark’s AV show.

Finally, a showcase of new faces at The Ruby Lounge to finish off your week, aptly named New Faces on Sunday 2nd. Unless of course you’re already familiar with the sounds of Luke Sital-Singh, Eliza & The Bear, Farewell JR and Annie Eve, in which case they’re not new faces, but you’ll know that it’s a gig worth attending.

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