Friday, 20 September 2013

BLACK PUS and FUZZ next week!!!

Hello there!
Firstly, huge thank yous for coming to our recent Sky Needle and Shannon And The Clams shows, they were a lot of fun I’m sure you’ll agree! We really appreciate you helping to make them happen. Our next two shows bookend your following week so we wanted to give you some advance heads up. On Monday we have Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt in solo drumsplosion mode as the fantastic BLACK PUS. Noise-wranglers DAN FRIEL and MXLX in support too, not one to miss! Then on Friday it’s time for FUZZ to make their London debut too, alongside FEELING OF LOVE and THE PAPERHEAD for a night of heavy metal prehistory and nihilistic garage gloop, cannot wait! Both shows at Tufnell Park Dome, tickets available on the door from 8pm or in advance from the links below, read on for more bumpf. New shows listed for GARY WAR, PURPLE PILGRIMS, PLEASE, API UIZ, BEN NASH and PHARMAKON too!

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Monday 23 September
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
8pm | £8.00 |

BLACK PUS is Brian Chippendale, who rose to prominence as the drummer of noise rock titans Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer. The first Black Pus CD-R was self released in early 2006, and was a collection of ferocious free jazz, multi-tracked on Chippendale’s cassette four-track. He refined the Black Pus sound over numerous self-released CDs and 2011’s Primordial Pus on Load Records, replacing the saxophone with an drum-mounted oscillator and experimenting with pop structures. The oscillator creates gigantic bass tones that are then fed through a series of pedals. Over the course of the past several years Chippendale has been hand-picked by Björk and The Flaming Lips as a collaborator, and recruited by Andrew W.K. for Lee “Scratch” Perry’s 2008 album 'Repentance'. New album, 'All My Relations', was released earlier this year on Thrill Jockey. Chippendale’s furious drumming style is ever present and instantly recognizable, but the pop element, which Chippendale explored in more contained ways on earlier Black Pus releases, is more fully integrated. Tracks like “1000 Years” and “Hear No Evil” bear a snarl and a smile, the sound of wild abandon that is both aggressive and inviting. Chippendale creates maximalist music out of the simple elements of drums, vocals, and an oscillator triggered by the kick drum, looping and repeating phrases and rhythms in a way that can only be called meditative. The album closes with “A Better Man,” an almost ten minute epic that expertly alternates between the minimal pulse of the kick drum and oscillator and some of the most voracious and unrestrained drumming on the album.

DAN FRIEL has spent the last decade home brewing electronic music that is equal parts ragged, punk, psychedelic and glorious, armed with an arsenal of thriftstore pedals and noisemakers splayed across his lap. Following the recent 'Valedictorian /Exoskeleton' EP, which was called “a giddy, abrasive gem” by Under The Radar and “bottled raw power” by the BBC, new album 'Total Folklore' retains the melodic prowess of Friel’s previous work while harnessing considerable rhythmic power to back it up. 'Total Folklore' is an urban album, the jagged, overblown electronics mimicing the grit and chaos of Brooklyn. As a fan of the epic walk, Friel channeled the commuter while writing and recording these songs. In fact, many songs are paced specifically with walking in mind. The album is peppered with recordings Friel made on his phone while walking around cities, from the sound of kids playing basketball in Brooklyn to the sound of a Con Edison strike in Manhattan, to the sound of the inside of a panchinko parlor in Tokyo. The album opens with the majestic “Ulysses,” a 12-minute epic anchored by crunching beats and shimmering arpeggios before launching into “Windmills” and the instantly arresting “Valedictorian”. Throughout, Friel includes short intermissions, improvisations and field recordings, as if the listener is waiting on the corner for the walk signal. From the screeching glissando of the synths of “Scavengers” to the frenetic pulse of “Thumper,” Dan Friel captures the energy and irreverence of punk, while keeping a foot firmly planted on the streets of electronic pop.

MXLX is the latest nom de noise of Matt Loveridge, who lives in Bristol and has a swinging sack of projects on the stove at any one time. The ones you probably know best are TEAM BRICK, which he’s been doing for nearly a decade now, and BEAK>, where he joined musicians including Geoff out of Portishead. On the evidence out there so far, MXLX is veering back to his droney noise roots, but he has the sound down to a tee these days, and knows how to make the most of apparently simple sonic materials.

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Friday 27 September
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
8pm | £10.00 |

FUZZ is Ty Segall (drums / vocals), Charlie Moothart (guitar / vocals) and Roland Cosio (bass). They’re heavy rock lifers - three Californiabred dudes who have been refining their riffs and getting weird together since high school (which wasn’t that long ago, actually). If you are not already aware of Segall, well, what’s up? He’s one of garage rock’s most prolific sons. He said he was going to take it easy this year, but by the time you finish reading this, the onesheet for his next record will have already arrived in your inbox. Moothart plays guitar in The Ty Segall Band and was also a member of The Moonhearts, which included Cosio on guitar. Way back in the early ’00s, all three played in the Epsilons. Fuzz was formed a couple years ago as a collaboration between Segall and Moothart, but only recently did the pair have sufficient time to guide the band out of side-project limbo and into a recording studio. Since then, they have released two singles, “This Time I Got a Reason” (Trouble In Mind) and “Sleigh Ride” (In The Red). Around the time of the latter, Cosio joined on bass. They are not dabblers or dilettantes. Fuzz flipped through used bins, hard drives and record collections of the world, seeking out the finest weirdo cuts. The band’s self-titled debut LP, which was recorded by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence), dives deep, drawing inspiration from the more esoteric reaches of heavy metal pre-history. There are Sabbath and Hendrix nods, obviously, but on “Sleigh Bells” you might also catch a whiff of UK progressive blues business like The Groundhogs, particularly when the song quits its 10/4-time intro and reboots into fullbore choogle. Maybe you’ll even glimpse the ghost of Australian guitar legend / sharpie guru Lobby Lloyde sniffing around “Raise.” The mood is not light. The songs project a state of perpetual paranoia and eroding mental health. And as it should be, you know? It’s a record for the burners.

FEELING OF LOVE evolved from a one-man-band playing minimal and nihilist garage blues with a no wave nod, to a trio firmly enthralled to the garage vibe but with added krautrock and psychedelic leanings. Songs stretch out, the drums go more tribal, the synth hammers out to infinity, and the guitar gets lost in delay pedal’s fog. One thinks Suicide, Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground, Pussy Galore. But The Feeling of Love also love cats, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jordan, Francis Bebey, Bob Dylan and the highway. From the begining, the band has played around Europe and in the United States, with such bands as The Intelligence, Ty Segall, Strange Boys, Movie Star Junkies, Black Lips, Magnetix, Cheveu, Girls, King Khan & the Shrines, Movie Star Junkies, etc. Check out their armfuls of releases now at the band camp link below...

THE PAPERHEAD are a Nashville, Tennessee trio, creating psych-pop gems that have seemingly been stashed in a secret vault since 1968. The band’s 2010 self-titled debut LP contained all the elements of a classic British psych album, earning the group favourable comparisons to The Pretty Things and White Album-era Beatles. On hiatus while they completed their college degrees, the group returned with last year’s acclaimed 7” ‘Pictures Of Her Demise’, described as a poppier take on the mesmeric drone of Spacemen 3, in addition to a four-way split 7” on Trouble In Mind Records for Record Store Day.

Have a brilliant weekend and we’ll see you next week!
Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday 2 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
7pm | £13.00 |

Thursday 3 October
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD
7.30pm | £15.00 |

(Sacred Bones)
Friday 4 October
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6.00 |

Friday 11 October
Corsica Studios, 5 Elephant Street, Elepahnt & Castle, SE17 1LB
7.30pm | £7.00 |

(ex-Reatards, Lost Sounds)
Wednesday 23 October
Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
8pm | £6.00 |

Saturday 26 October
Cafe Oto, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £8.00 |

Wednesday 30 October
Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
8pm | £6.00 |

“Halloween Spooktacular”
Thursday 31 October
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £5.00 |

Monday 11 November
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 42 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB
8pm | £6.00 |

Wednesday 20 November
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 42 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB
8pm | £8.00 |

(Dust To Digital)
Thursday 5 December
Cafe Oto, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £7.00 |

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