Articles by Jared Dix
Martha are a splendid conundrum: both special and ordinary, and somehow special because they are ordinary; but mostly they’re a life affirming shot of pop.
Pigs are musically heavy and lyrically dark but the overall effect is exhilarating, even joyous. It’s vivacious doom.
Emotionally it might not escape the same dank dungeon where The Body and Full of Hell are found but it sees Buford and Walker at play in the ashes and ruin.
It’s great. Part thrash, part grunge, all Ooze.
They may tour in a battered transit van but they sound like a fleet of bombers approaching.
The mystery of Laibach endures. Avant-garde provocateurs or kitsch joke? Why not both? Laibach contain multitudes.
Sleepless and distractedly channel surfing, Themes From is a brighter, more colourful, record than its predecessor, a little more alert and diverse.
Still something of an unknown quantity Objections prove themselves worthy headliners.
Offers up a subtler twist on the usual chaotic bad vibes, less hedonism and more blank horror.
For best results you should be drunk, in a dark space, submerged in fierce volume.
Do you want a sweaty, garage noise, rock ‘n’ roll fit or do you want the tiresome everyday?
Swirls like mist across an empty landscape of black rock and cold water.
Unlikely perhaps but for some of us this is the feelgood sound of the summer.
Bong-Ra is getting cosmic, calling on the ancients and pulling strands from his whole career into bass heavy doom rituals.
A deranged and diseased stagger through ugly American dysfunction. They might just be your new favourite band.
When artists offer humble acknowledgement of how well they’re being treated by the crew and how nice it is to play for such a welcoming audience it just underlines what a special festival this is.
If you want to catch The Bobby Lees tearing it up in a small venue, you need to pay attention now. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Plays out their love for techno in some style.
On The Art of Fatigue, Krause get harder, faster, filthier, gnarlier.
Like ghosts of songs you once knew, bleeding through from the past.
The music’s quiet self confidence feels like they’ve been steadily working on their skills in the background that whole time. It’s beautifully made, a calming joy to behold.