Alongside all the many festival press releases that come our way daily we get a scattering from hopeful PR types trying to get us to review new albums.

Now as a rule we don’t review albums…after all, aren’t they a dying artform in these days of blip-vert culture. An anachronism hanging over us from the days when music really mattered?

But thankfully of course there are still bands out there who have stood the test of time, weathered well, and remember what it means to package up 10 or 12 great songs into one long-playing dollop of listening pleasure.

Welcome The Cravats – and their soon-to-be-released ‘Dustbin of Sound‘ (29 September).

Back in 1977 the band rode the tidal wave of punk.

Today they retain that edge and have carved out a joyous romp that fuses discordant jazz and unconventional song-writing into an unforgettable slab of delirious delight.

In the great tradition of describing music by referencing other music we’d put this somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram at the point where Otway, Beefheart, and The Bonzos overlap.

Here’s the single they put out in advance of Dustbin of Sound – Jingo Bells

You can see the band live at a string of UK dates coming up over the next few months (hopefully they will add them to their Facebook page so we can share them with you) – and we’ll be angling to get them onto a few more festival stages next year. The world needs to experience this first-hand.

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This happens on Saturday. Ticket flying like lizards so be quick.

The Cravats, Interrobang, The Astronauts. By Guided Missile ClubOct 21, 7:30pmThe LexingtonGuided Missile presents..
A rare opportunity to witness three of the UK's more intriguing bands... And DJ Heidi Heelz!

The Cravats
After 35 years, Peel faves, The Cravats return with a brand new LP, 'Dustbin of Sound' on Overground Records.
Formed in 1977 and featuring as always. co-founder The Shend and sax-riddling behemoth, Svor Naan, the band have recorded 13 brand new tracks of dada-fuelled, bass-laden oddness and will be performing a pile of it at this special launch do, along with a spattering of hits from the past.
With Rampton Garstang on drums, Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass plus Mr H watching the telly, you can unexpect the expected.

Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer from anarcho-pop-cabaret troupe Chumbawamba and Griffin - former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries. How do they express their anger now? They reject the idea of nostalgia, they refuse to live in the past, no looking back; this is all forward, forward motion.
Angry motorik loop-driven post-punk rock three. An agitpunkfunkstorm. An angular assault course of taut techpop.

The Astronauts
Formed in 1977 on the backend of the punk explosion and with a history of lineup changes bested only by The Fall, chief songwriter Mark Astronaut is still battling on with his genre-bending sound and his blusteringly brilliant anarchist lyrical perspective. One of the UK's best kept musical secrets - catch them live soon before they vanish back into the suburbs.

The awesome Disc Jockey, HEIDI HEELZ spinning some lovely vinyl to complement the evening's live entertainment.

Some other stuff that we have yet to nail down but it's bound to be flipping interesting.
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