Powerful six-piece emerging from city with Pearl of a gig

Lola Colt
Lola Colt

One of the most highly rated new bands coming out of London are promoting their debut album release during February and will be gigging in Bedford.

Lola Colt take their name from a 1960’s spaghetti western and are a powerful and imposing six-piece with three girls and three guys, fronted by captivating Danish vocalist Gun.

The band have sent their audiences into a frenzy with their more than memorable live performances, including a sold out show at London’s Electrowerkz to celebrate the release of their debut single and an intoxicating set at the International Psych Festival in Liverpool last year.

There’s a chance to catch them on your doorstep on Friday, February 13 when the band visit Esquires, with special guests Pearl Handled Revolver.

Lola Colt originated as the song writing partnership of Gun and lead guitarist Matt, who came together through a long-standing love of vintage films and cinematic sound, as well as having freakishly similar record collections. Film scores have featured heavily in both their lives and continue to be a big influence in their music today.

When Matt first started writing music, it was in the form of film scores and theatre productions. As the band developed into a six-piece, their earliest ideas were to create a soundtrack to a film that hadn’t been written yet.

When writing or performing they let a feeling or mood lead the music whilst still paying particular attention to detail - nothing is superfluous.

They say: “We’re fellow travellers on the journey, helping to guide the way, but not dictating the path”.

People talk about their music and live experience in terms of what they felt or where the music took them - a desert highway, an open road or a seedy inner city alleyway.

Breaking out from their psychedelic underground beginnings, they are an impressive proposition live and they make certain every show feels like a special event. Visuals are a trademark feature of their live shows, where cinematic projections complement a collection of unusual visual instruments used on stage. A VJ acts as a seventh member of the band with scripted sets performed in real time. The band have also picked up some unusual Asian instruments on their travels and vintage equipment which they “twist and torture with modern day effects and techniques to give them a unique sound”.

Special support on the night comes from the incredible Pearl Handled Revolver, the heavy psychedelic rock four-piece on a voyage into the outer realms of filth ridden blues and inner eye bulging hard rock exploration.

First up on the night the club welcomes one of the most hard working bands in Bedford - The Doghouse Roses, who play honest, energetic, country-infused rock music.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door, from Seetickets and Esquires, and also from Boutique Planet, The Arcade, Bedford - there are no booking fees from this outlet.

Visit www.pearlhandledrevolver.co.uk and www.lolacolt.com