Tinnedfruit | Sweet Juno | Gold Fever

Alien Avian Events

The Ill Repute, Bristol

Thursday 7th September 2023

Tinned Fruit – Photography by George Ward
George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Alien Avian Events returned to The Ill Repute on Thursday, bringing with them a selection of punky, indie gems and Falmouth legends Tinnedfruit

Thursday was a very hot, very sweaty day in Bristol. Perhaps you’d expect all of Old Market to be bathing in the sun’s rays. But, alas, they seemed to all be packed into The Ill Repute, making the most of a seriously exciting array of bands. After the success of their last event with RIZTS, Alien Avian were promoted from the pub’s basement to the main room this time around.

First up on the lineup was Gold Fever, whose 80s-inspired indie rock kicked things off on a seriously high note. Their set was incredibly tight, powering through catchy tune after catchy tune; you can tell why they’re garnering hype right now. Their music really comes to life in a live setting and they soon drew in a decent crowd.

After tables were moved to deal with an ever-growing and keen-to-dance crowd, Sweet Juno took to the stage. No less energetic, their tunes were the perfect soundtrack to the sunny day setting outside. Their name sums it up perfectly; their music is sweet but heavy, summery but seriously danceable.

The grand finale of the night came from Falmouth punk/garage legends Tinnedfruit. The energy levels were raised yet again as the band powered through a relentlessly brutal set. Despite only having three members, the noise conjured up by Tinnedfruit was devastating.

Completely locked into the crowd’s manic energy, the band built up each track before exploding into walls of gloriously fuzzy riffs. Despite the intense heat, the packed crowd moshed until the last second. There was no time for any chat, only to fit in as many bangers as humanly possible.

A very special evening in one of Bristol’s most special venues.

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