Baba Yaga’s Hut have been consistently putting on the most essential gigs in London since I moved here in September and apparently for way longer before that.
Raw Power Festival. 26th-28th May 2017. The Dome and Boston Music Room.
THE COSMIC DEAD
JAPANESE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Dance to the beat of the living dead
Lose sleep baby and stay away from bed
Raw power I can feel it
I can feeeeeel it:
Baba Yaga’s Hut is a rare example for me of a seal of quality. I know that if a gig ran by Baba Yaga it’s going to be good; very, very good. I can’t tell you how excited I am by the prospect of an entire festival of bands selected by Baba Yaga. All I can say is that when I found out that I’d be going; all the orifices in my body expelled a variety of liquids in euphoric anticipation; it got messy…and make no mistake at Raw Power things will get messy, things will get dingy and dirty and it’s going to be wonderful. There’s no doubt in my mind that with this line-up we are in for three days of absolute musical excellence. Get YouTube or Bandcamp open because I’m about to show you why this is the case in a brief rundown of my personal picks for the festival:
Faust: are the quintessential krautrock band; they are magnificent. Absolutely unmissable here, don’t be that person who misses Faust, fucking hell. Don’t miss any of these bands unless you have a clash but most importantly; do not miss Faust.
AFRIRARAMPO: It’s probably really small-minded for me to say this but, I feel like Afrirarampo are like the perfect blend of The 5, 6, 7, 8s and Melt Banana. I think all of the bands I’ve mentioned here are incredible but if you have a better knowledge of Japanese music my guess is that you’ll probably have better comparisons for this excellent band.
JAPANESE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: This somewhat confusing band name may have led some of you to think Raw Power was a Japanese affair; I’m here to tell you that in fact, Japanese New Music Festival is a trio of musicians formed from members of Acid Mothers Temple and Ruins; which essentially means you’d be getting two great bands for the price of one potential dive into the unknown.
White Hills: White Hills first caught my eye collaborating with Gnod on Rocket Recordings, nowadays, they’re releasing elsewhere which is definitely a blow to the Rocket roster but, since I first heard them on that noblest of labels, I have never stopped being a huge fan. This band will trip you the fuck out. No messing.
EVIL BLIZZARD: Evil Blizzard are one of the most unique and entertaining live acts I’ve ever seen. They’re the sort of band that can reinvigorate your interest in gigs; simply by virtue of using a theatrical pantomime approach to their shows to make crowd participation into an art form. I don’t wanna give too much away but they’re excellent musicians and the sort of band that you will love to pretend to hate. It’s all part of the show.
TOMAGA: This band will twist your head til it falls off and you’ll be happy with the experience. Certainly high up on my list for Raw Power; Tomaga will take you on a trip and spit you back out through the void.
THE COSMIC DEAD: On their Bandcamp, The Cosmic Dead are described as “a psychonautal cosmodelic buckfaustian quartet from Glasgow, Scotland”…and I think that’s probably the most beautiful and apt summation of the group anyone is going to offer up. It’s riled-up, facemelting psyche with a hard, stoner edge. And in that sense, I guess they reflect their fanbase well. Sehr gut.
CATTLE: I reviewed Cattle’s debut LP for Echoes and Dust last year and I thought it was fucking brilliant. I did strongly suggest the angriest tour in the world of Cattle, Sex Swing, Pigs x7 and Gnod last year and so far it looks like I’ll be seeing all of those bands separately in 2017
CASUAL NUN: Casual Nun are an especially exciting band to follow right now, releasing two fantastic albums over the past two years; 2016’s had one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs of any release that year as well.
K-X-P: I had the pleasure of releasing K-X-P’s latest album ‘III’ for Echoes and Dust last year; it is fucking excellent. This is a band that many will likely go into the festival not knowing or unsure of but, you can be certain that if you don’t know them come the end of May, you will.
Luminous Bodies: I caught Luminous Bodies for the first time at Bad Guy’s last ever show, it was also their last show with one of their drummers, Zu. Their performance was so incredible that I decided to interview them afterwards for Chaos Theory; it was a spectacle to be hold; they literally broke half of their strings half-way through the set and still played a mind-blowing performance using only half what they had originally started with. Even their drummers were broken and heaped on the floor by the end of the set.
Let’s not make any more excuses; Raw Power is on it’s way; if you’re missing it you better have a fucking good reason, otherwise you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but soon and for the rest of your life.
Friday 26th May – Sunday 28th May – Buy your tickets now; whether it be for one day or for the full, three-day event.
As Iggy Pop said:
“Raw power is much too much
Happiness is a guaranteed
It was made for you and me
Raw power honey just won’t quit
Raw power I can feeeeeel it
Can you feel it
Can you feeel it
Can you feeeeel it
Can you feeeeeel it
Raw power! raw power!
Raw power! raw power!
Can you feeeeeeel it?”