Faris Badwan showcases new label Raft Records with Puffer at Jack Rocks The Macbeth

Nitkowski and Xaviers also performed at the Halloween-themed gig

Puffer played a special Halloween show at Jack Rocks The Macbeth in London last night (October 29).

The London sludge-rock band were marking the release of their new single ‘Life’s A Cake’, coming shortly through The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan’s Raft Records imprint.

Badwan offered support for his new signings by DJing between acts, playing Nirvana’s ‘Love Buzz’ among other songs, while Savages’ Jehnny Beth was among those in attendance.


Taking to the stage at 10:55pm to the sound of ceremonial church bells, Puffer donned corpse paint and wizard-like hats in keeping with the night’s Halloween theme.

They ran through several of their early tracks – ‘Lonely Stream’, ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘GROTH’ among them – as well as their aforementioned new single, raising the noise volume at the east London venue to ear-splitting levels.

Earlier in the evening, support came from grindcore/math-rock hybrids Nitkowski, whose singers performed the entire set with their backs to the audience, and experimental outfit Xaviers, featuring members of Bo Ningen.

Puffer played:

‘Bells of Babylon’
‘Life’s a Cake’
‘Bridges of Babylon’
‘Lonely Stream’
‘And All The Fish Die’
‘Burn It Down’
‘Cosmic Grit’

Jack Daniel’s, in association with NME and Spotify, are collaborating with Hoxton music venue The Macbeth to create a new hub for shows from bands big and small, as well as workshops and Q&As. Click here to view all the action.


Bloody Knees and Crows are set to play a special Halloween show at Jack Rocks The Macbeth tonight (October 30). Tickets for the gig are £3 and will be available on the door.

The Coral’s label Skeleton Key will also host a showcase next week (November 4), featuring Blossoms, The Sundowners and Circles. Tickets are available here.

For more information on what’s coming up at the venue head to NME.COM/jackrocks.

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