Each and every year the 2000trees Festival highlights a wealth of underground and emerging talent. Amongst those who have done that in recent years are Phoxjaw. The Bristol-based outfit have increasingly become ones to watch over the past 18 months. With their off-kilter riffs and ferocious energy, their appearance at last year’s 2000trees caught the eye of Hassle Records, who have just released the quartet’s second EP – ‘A Playground For Sad Adults’. Songs such as ‘Monday Man’ and ‘Bodiesinthewall’ prove to be equally unique and infectious.

Ahead of appearing at the festival for the second year running, we asked Phoxjaw vocalist and bassist Danny Garland to pick out 10 songs they can’t wait to hear leaving an impact at Upcote Farm this weekend.



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Raketkanon – Hannibal

These guys have this really droney, heavy sound mixed with like krautrock. The vocalist also has one of my favourite voices.

Pulled Apart By Horses – I Punched A Lion In The Throat

I love this band. They have so much energy and are so punk rock!

Therapy? – Epilepsy

We were lucky enough to play with these guys last year. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid.

While She Sleeps – ANTI-SOCIAL

This is such a raw sounding metal/rock song that smashes you in the face!

Holding Absence – Like a Shadow

This track is such a banger. Its catchy chorus deserves to be played and sang at a festival. Also, they are lovely boys!

Turnstile – I Don’t Wanna be Blind

The bass tone in this track makes me want to fight reptiles in the octagon.

Haggard Cat – Bone Shaker

If you don’t listen to this riff and instantly want to crack a beer on your head and take your shirt off, we can’t be friends.

Show Me The Body – Body War

I’m so excited to lose my t-shirt and shoes to this track.

Rolo Tomassi – Rituals

We do love those crazy proggy riffs!

The St Pierre Snake Invasion – Omens

Our hometown friends that smash it every time!


‘A Playground For Sad Adults’ EP by Phoxjaw is out now on Hassle Records.

Phoxjaw links:  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp


2000trees Festival 2019 takes place at Cotswold Hills, Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham from Thursday, 11th July to Saturday, 13th July.

2000trees Festival links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tickets are available here.

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