Shanghai BabyESP KOIKOISRB Hause PlantsPRT TramhausNL
Afterparty: Pushin Wood Soundsystem
ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is the Music Conference and Showcase Festival (18-20 January 2023 in Groningen, The Netherlands)
With 4000 delegates, showcases by 300 artists and a conference with 150 panels, keynote speakers, interviews and meetings, ESNS is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, European artists, international music industry professionals and organisations.
This is the VERA program for today:
Shanghai Baby (ESP)
In January 2022 Ade Martin, until then known as the bassist for Madrid indie rockers Hinds, emerged under the moniker of Shanghai Baby. On her debut ‘EP01’ she takes us through the themes of young adult life in a vulnerable and striking way, and with a classic indie rock feeling. In her songs the seemingly nonchalant vocals contrast with an abundance of energy and hooks.
KOIKOI consists of a bunch of creatives from the vibrant Belgrade music scene with a common love for indie rock/alternative pop. Their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Pozivi u stranu’ (2021) showcases unorthodox pop with loose references to The XX (female-male harmonies), Serbian alt rock, electro-rock à la Chromatics and indie dream pop in the mould of DIIV. KOIKOI. A gem for all those who know that sophisticated indie pop is the new punk.
Hause Plants (PRT)
Indie rock group Hause Plants is the product of teenage years in Lisbon’s nightclubs and bars surrounded by live music and listening to The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Rapture. Their catchy melodies and intoxicating sound showcases modern inspirations from Nilüfer Yanya, Wet Leg, Turnstile and The Garden. They moved the band to Brooklyn for 6 months in 2022 and recorded the ‘Sleeping With Weird People EP’, an invitation into their world of connection, nostalgia, and adventure.
Rotterdam’s new livewire post-punk act Tramhaus have quickly carved out their own space within the Dutch port city’s notable enclaves of noise-making firebrands. The five-piece prowl right at the nerve center of the city’s suffering. On stage, the group creates shell-shocked havoc, together with fragments of unfortunate incidents and bleak everyday realities. Like any great punk rock band in their formative stages, Tramhaus thrive on a knee-jerk energy and pure insanity to propel their songwriting, spitting the words of the oppressor back at their targets.