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Zoned flute and vocal explorations, from one half of Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, that will disorientate and illuminate in equal measure.
The artist formally known as Family Battle Snake, Bill heads the well renowned PAN record label of which several of this weekend’s acts call home. Moving from throbbing synth drones to more careful sound manipulation his absorbing live appearances prove that he’s certainly no slouch in the knob twiddling business himself.
Twisted tape and vocal murk from the murky and twisted heads of the Chocolate Monk label. Sound collage has rarely been encrusted with as much grime and phlegm, and the dribbling, gibbering voices and body creaks that emerge from their recordings are all enveloping in a live environment. They’ll make you feel odd but you’ll thank them for it all the same.
From the icy tundra of the north come four snow-bitten warriors dragging with them a rusted war sleigh brimming with unholy riffs and lysergic sitar. Their crushing take on doom leads to mammoth sessions of narcotic, droning throb that rival Sleep in their bleary splendour.
Experimental analogue electronics that can contain “analogue synthesizer, feedback, contact microphones, objects and surfaces”. Phil Julian has been working under the name Cheapmachines since the late ‘90s and collaborated with such artists as The A Band, Nihilist Assault Group and The New Blockaders to name a few.
Brutal power electronics from a long running (active since 1983) purveyor of turmoil and coruscating walls of feedback. A string of releases for such labels as Broken Flag, Tesco Organisation and Control Domination have cemented his infamy.
Design a Wave
Pulsing synth wave from London, with the only hint that this glacial disco isn’t being created by blue-veined, plastic faced androids coming from the slurred vocals that slurp uneasily in and out of focus. Tom Hirst is the real human behind this project and a new LP is imminent on Alter Records.
Murky sound sculptures that verge on aural surrealism from a project rarely glimpsed in the wild.
Bristol’s Ekoplekz’ bass heavy synth attack brings to mind visions of the twitching corpses of Cabaret Voltaire and King Tubby nodding and snapping across the dance-floor. His analogue thob has been documented on a steady stream of releases from such labels as Mordant Music, Perc Trax and Punch Drunk Records. Stand next to the speakers.
One half of Cooper Jones (we'll let you guess which half) Sophie weaves lo-fi songs of considerable charm and poise.
One half of Birds of Delay moves to Berlin, meets aging Casio and creates pumping dance music that entrances just as many spotty music nerds as it does sweaty hedonists. His ‘Intersex’ LP on the PAN label was one of the highlights of 2011 and we can’t wait to hit the floor and start jacking.
John Wall & Mark Durgan
London based electro-acoustic composer Wall teams up with Mark Durgan (aka Putrefier) to create a live electronic improvisation of minute detail and scouring intensity.
Whether he’s creating hyper-speed grind with Sissy Spacek or ultra complex shards of noise under his own name, Wiese’s work is never less than fascinating. The compositions that make up his new LP ‘Seven of Wands’ are relatively tranquil compared to his past work which makes the prospect of his live set all the more tantalising.
Nottingham trance rockers whose boundless riffs and cyclical percussion recently hypnotised Julian Cope into pronouncing their debut album “a masterful display of Glenn Branca-meets-Television stackable dynamics.”
A troupe of glottal dream warriors whose sensitive handling of rock and roll tropes and deeply intuitive audience arousal techniques proved to be one of the highlights of the Rammel Club’s spotted career when they supported Ramleh a year or two back. We are proud to welcome them back and await their silky caress with mounting glee.
Rammel regulars will need no introduction to the Modulator, but for the uninitiated his collection of obscure synths has opened a variety of inter-dimensional portals in his support slots for Emeralds and many more over the years and we expect similar space-time anomalies to occur this weekend.
Nacht Und Nebel
The cello is recorded onto mini-disc and then snipped, cut, lacerated and otherwise tampered with before somehow becoming a wave of melancholic noise that is as oddly beautiful as it is scouring.
Nick Jonah Davis
A Nottingham based solo guitarist whose beautiful acoustic interpretations have justly earned him a place on New York label Tompkins Square, also home to Michael Chapman, James Blackshaw and Peter Walker amongst other luminaries.
Armed only with an acoustic guitar and a scathing sense of wit, Fitzgerald cut an amazing string of 7”s for Small Wonder Records in the late 70s (Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart, The Backstreet Boys and The Paranoid Ward) before moving to Polydor and producing the classic ‘Grubby Stories’ LP in 1979.
Might want to wrap your ego up safely and put it in your back pocket because Sleaford Mods might leave it lacerated with his stream of verbal jibes and juddering beats.
Spoils & Relics
A trio of ne’er-do-wells whose twisted configurations of field recordings and improvised sound clotting offers a labyrinth of unpleasant configurations to puzzle and unlock (whilst glugging your sixth bottle of Staroslav).
A very rare live appearance from these UK DIY/industrial legends whose early ‘80s cassette and vinyl transmissions (since reissued by Vinyl on Demand and Harbinger Sound) fused esoteric electronics with scratchy guitars, junkshop rhythms and bleary distant vocals to create a Ballardian take on suburban psychedelia. Their first ‘proper’ gig since 1980.
Fresh from performing a piece at Nottingham Contemporary’s Klaus Weber exhibition, Surfacing bring their dark ambient pulse to The Rammel Club. If only we had a dry ice machine!
Electronic transmissions from the owl house, swathes of electronics hide submerged vocals and delicate melodies.
These Feathers Have Plumes
The nocturnal rumblings of London town are made audible when glass meets guitar. Beautiful drones and soundscapes from this elusive artist.
+ maybe a very special unannounced guest or two
D.J.s : Idwal Fisher, Steve Underwood, Feral Debris, etc.
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