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.
Three bands, five quid. Splendid idea really.
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.
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
Now is a very good time indeed to go and see Årabrot!
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.
The final ever gigs of LINGUA IGNOTA were in London. Sinner, get ready to cry.
Simon Mernagh went to the inaugural festival edition of underground heavy music festival Sonic Dissonance in Edinburgh.
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.
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.”
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. . .
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.
So was the first instalment of Core. Festival a success? In almost every respect, yes.
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.
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.
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.