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Drab Majesty – Fabric, London

I think the appeal of Drab, for me, is that they seem to distill the essence of so many styles and micro-genres from the 1980s, or that fetishize that period subsequently, whilst feeling like something new, without relying simply upon retro thrills.

Kendo Nagasaki • The Courtesy Group • Moths Of The Moon – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Three bands, five quid. Splendid idea really.

Mary Ocher – Centrala, Birmingham

For all the cautionary meditations on the coming doom there is also something celebratory in Ocher’s music. Of small achievements and the connections between people, the possibilities in spaces and evenings like these.

Bat Sabbath – Chinnerys

The Sabbath worship comes to an end as it must with ‘War Pigs’. . . the song goes down a storm, naturally, andthe band take the applause and acclaim for themselves and for the architects of all the great music they have performed

Årabrot • Jaye Jayle • Karin Park – Downstairs at The Dome

Now is a very good time indeed to go and see Årabrot!

Satanik Royalty Records Showcase

The joyous 2-day showcase of Satanik Royalty Records artists was a testament to the vibrancy of the Seattle music scene and the importance of one of its most important members, Michael Freiburger.

Perpetual Flame Volume 2

The final ever gigs of LINGUA IGNOTA were in London. Sinner, get ready to cry.

Sonic Dissonance

Simon Mernagh went to the inaugural festival edition of underground heavy music festival Sonic Dissonance in Edinburgh.

The Keening, S.E.R.P.E.N.T.E.N.T., & Tiny Vipers – Clockout Lounge, Seattle

The Keening took the crowd on a journey through haunted swamps, bottomless wells, concealed crimes, gilded prisons, and the unfortunate role of a murder witness. But it also showed that there’s still hope in this world if we can find and harness it.

Supersonic Festival 2023

I went to Supersonic and I had a really great time. You know I did, of course I did, because it’s a brilliant festival with a packed bill of excellent bands. “It’s not an accident, it’s a choice.” 

ArcTanGent 2023

Rather than give a play-by-play review of ArcTanGent, I want to write about a few of my personal highlights of the festival. The beauty of the setup is that you can dip in and out of sets; nothing is more than a few minutes’ walk away. . .

Pixies & Modest Mouse – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

The night offered a chance to cast off the weight of the contemporary world and revel in the sounds of the 90s and early 2000s, a time when life was perhaps less stressful, hectic, and alienating.

Festival Review: Core.

So was the first instalment of Core. Festival a success? In almost every respect, yes.

Festival Preview – ArcTanGent 2023

ArcTanGent, the Bristol-based, independent festival starts tomorrow, with a variety of over 50 acts. Jody Dunstan steers carefully through the clash-finder and picks out his personal favourites.

Steve Von Till • Innerwoud – Le Petit Bain, Paris

With anchors lifted, Von Till’s ensemble led Le Petit Bain deep into the shoreless distance, where one’s faced with the anechoic chambers within our mind.

Preview: Supersonic Festival 2023

Rejoice friends! If the endless rain doesn’t wash us all into the filthy sea then Supersonic festival will be upon us in less than a month’s time. An undoubted pinnacle of underground music’s calendar, this year it will be celebrating its twentieth birthday. . . It’s going to be quite a party, come ready. If you’re still dithering about that now is the time to commit.    




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