What? Rising stars of the south London post-punk scene
From Where? South London
What's the story? Italia 90 are one of the latest bands to emerge from the burgeoning music scene gravitating around the post-punk breeding grounds of venues such as Brixton’s The Windmill, Peckham’s Rye Wax and the previous incarnation of Five Bells in New Cross.
The group relocated to London seven years ago from their native Brighton, bringing along with them a hardened determination to carve out a unique space for themselves within a competitive environment.
Sporting distinctive stages names (Les Miserable, J Dangerous, Bobby Portrait and Captain ACAB), their output to date bears a particular resemblance to the trajectory of the punk story.
Early releases evoke the politically charged rhetoric and relentless drive of bands like Sham 69, Cockney Rejects and The Ruts.
Meanwhile, their latest EP mirrors the transition into the rhythmic angularity of the proceeding post-punk years heralded in by Joy Division, The Fall and Wire.
Nevertheless, Italia 90 have not shaken off their true punk ethos, either musically or politically, as their work ponders and rails against the complexities, hypocrisies and frustrations of modern life.
This latest EP Italia 90 III was released in November of last year and has been receiving considerable airplay on BBC 6Music and Radio X, as well as being warmly received by fans and critics alike.
Already a notably hard grafting band, early 2020 sees Italia 90 step things up a notch further with a headline UK tour, various European dates and a slot at the esteemed SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
These punks are certainly a band to keep an eye on for the year ahead.
Sounds Like? A hybrid of classic UK punk and Joy Division-conjuring obliqueness.
Predicted to? Tour ‘til the wheels fall off.
Must hear? An Episode, from their latest EP Italia 90 III
25?January The Moon, Cardiff, UK
30?January Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
31?January Latest Music Bar, Brighton, UK
1 February Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham, UK
7?February Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
8?February Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, UK
15?February Rockerill, Charleroi, Belgium
16?February Bidules, Brussels, Belgium
21?February Gulivers, Manchester, UK
22?February Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds, UK
13?March SXSW, Austin, Texas, US
4?April BIA,?Oslo, Norway
25?April Sharpe Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia