Our first guest blogger Sam writes about 3 bands that are performing in London in December and you should check them out.

In the lead up to Christmas we'll see three exciting bands performing in London, all of whom have some intriguing things in common. 

Death, Mclusky and Mew all return following hiatuses that vary in length. Another thing they share is that they're all now getting the recognition they deserve after arguably being under appreciated during their initial incarnations.

Detroit proto punk band Death, will play the 100 Club on Tuesday December 1st. As chronicled in the fascinating documentary A Band Called Death the three brothers split in the late 1970s after success eluded them. Nearly thirty years later they were rediscovered by a new generation of online fans and their album ...For the Whole World to See was finally released by Drag City in 2009 to critical claim. Although guitarist David Hackney sadly passed away, before he could witness the deserved admiration of their songs, his brothers will perform in the Oxford Street venue at the start of the month. 

Two days later on Thursday December 3rd Andy "Falco" Falkous and Mclusky return to play for a charity fundraiser at the Highbury Garage after breaking up ten years ago. The riotous Welsh three-piece are now known as Mclusky* due to a slightly modified line-up but still expect them to blast though their post hard-core classics like 'To Hell with Good Intentions' and ‘Alan is a Cowboy Killer.’  

Midway through the month, unique prog indie band Mew will appear at Village Underground on Monday December 14th. There was a six year wait between their last two albums and they made a glorious return with their sixth album + - earlier this year. They have also grown in popularity and status during their break; use of their track 'Comforting Sounds' in the closing credits to an episode of Eastbound and Down was one of the best television music cues of the last decade. The Danish band will be playing in Shoreditch and will perform an acoustic set the following night at the same venue.

Check out all of these shows; as you might just end up waiting longer than you think to see any of these superb bands play again in London again.

Visit www.londonears.com to find out who else will be appearing in the capital in the coming months.