All this week, we'll be running articles about and around Peckham, the area of south London having such a moment right now. Expect articles on King Krule, digital art, gangland, the pre and post-clampdown squatting scene, all-night dancing, self-publishing and fashion chicken shops. On top of the bigger features, we'll be riunning a portfolio of the people that make this place so fun. Click here for more!
Astral Pattern are three of the five members of S.C.U.M., one of the best bands from the New Cross screne a couple of few years ago. Now, their sound is full of vast kosmiche-inspired guitarwashes, but they are still some of our favourite south London musicians. Here, they tell us about their area.
Tel us about yourself!
Astral Pattern started earlier this year after we all got more and more into analog synths, drum machines and 70's krautrock and we released our first EP this summer called Light Poems. We have a studio in a shipping container by the River Lea which quickly became our favourite place to write and record music, it has a view unlike any other studio we'd ever been to! We're currently writing our second EP which we hope to release later this year.
Could you recommend a band or artists from south London please?
This Heat - Charles Hayward is such an amazing drummer who still plays live on his own with just a drum kit and microphone. I would definitely recommend going to see him play if you get the chance.
Where should people check out?
Silk Road, although Brad won't agree with that!
Who is your favourite resident?
The waiters at Silk Road. Once they got the orders wrong and gave us a USB mouse shaped like a car and a fluffy purse to make up for it.
What does the future hold for this part of town?
It's clear that gentrification is on everyones minds, around Peckham in particular, it seems to be changing so fast. It would be nice to see a few more small live venues in the area that people will travel to South London for!
Where can you get the best view?