Our anti-chrimbo round-up: Hey Collosus/ Youth Man/ Yama Warashi/ Matters

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‘Twas 17 nights before Christmas…

…and our end of year blow out at Centrala was a whopping night of noise and left-field festivities. On December 8th Supersonic saw 2018 out with a bang, with the last show of the year featuring the mighty Hey Colossus with Youth Man, Yama Warashi and Matters, with the mesmerising Ideas of Noise keeping us going throughout the night with sets downstairs. 

 

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR UPCMONG EVENTS IN 2019

 

 

Starting the night downstairs we had the incredible musical offerings of Ideas of Noise, who those who attended Supersonic festival this year may well have caught on their curated Friday night stage. Produced by Andrew Woodhead and Sarah Farmer, IoN’s focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers undoubtedly shone through with SPACETIMEBAND (Sarah Farmer / Andrew Woodhead / Richard Scott / Aaron Diaz / Joe Wright), an exploration of General Relativity and cosmological curiosities through sound. Throughout the night they had the audience transfixed by their musical meanderings sonically and through animation. 

 

 

 

Kicking everything off upstairs we had Brummie babs Matters. The guitar + synth + drums had the audience moving with their building, electrifying instrumentals. Their blending of krautrock, psychedelic, post rock and techno left a powerful impression, with the visuals proving for a magical, hypnotic show.

 

 

Bristol’s Yama Warashi promised a dreamy, evocative sound, giving us a more chilled groove which eased into samba and saxophone sounds and slices of electric psychedelia that transfixed the room ahead of the throws of Brummie punks Youth Man.

 

 

 

“If this was a soundtrack for what we can expect in the UK during 2019, it’s time to batten down the hatches because things could get rough”- The Arts Desk

It’s been a big year for Supersonic and our pals Youth Man, with them supporting our Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs gig with Grey Hairs at The Hare and Hounds earlier this year, and of course on the third stage at Supersonic Festival. As per they delivered a shrieking, thrilling live show, fitting of their reputation as a powerhouse of hardcore performance matched by comic banter- who knew Black Sabbath were from Birmingham?!?!

 

 

After a short interlude of festivities and raffle treats (who says we don’t spoil you?) it was time for our headline act Hey Collosus, a cataclysmic whirlpool of free noise. Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, miscontrol and more power. Their gigantic riffs and unhinged drumming let us in for an astonishing show, with lead singer Paul Sykes howling at the ceiling with as much force as the pounding beats behind him, finishing the night with the audience locked into a fierce motoric groove. Their set left us pounding, ready for some extra special DJ sets propelling Centrala into the early hours of the morning.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Centrala and all the reprobates who helped us see out 2018 with a bang. Make sure you catch our upcoming shows in the new year, starting with The Messthetics, OUTLANDS Tour 4 with Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison, Pigsx7 with #SSFest18 faves Cattle and, of course, Supersonic Festival 2019, headlined by the almighty Neurosis.

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NEUROSIS TO HEADLINE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2019

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VERY SPECIAL GUESTS NEUROSIS TO HEADLINE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2019,
OUR 15TH EDITION 19TH TO 21ST JULY, BIRMINGHAM UK

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY – LIMITED CAPACITY DON’T MISS OUT!

 

Supersonic Festival are immensely proud to announce iconic pioneers of heavy music, Neurosis as their 2019 headliners.

Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. Over the collective’s past eleven albums and their utterly memorable live shows, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis have become unforgettable.

For over 30 years, Neurosis have relished in the unpredictable and embraced the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. For 15 years, Supersonic has been guided by the same adventurous spirit, and fiercely independent principles, playing host to groundbreaking musicians and artists from around the globe (from LCD Soundsytem, Anna Von Hausswolff, Holly Herndon and The Bug, to Goblin, SUNN O))),  Jenny Hval, and Godflesh, to Mogwai, Gazelle Twin, Moor Mother and Shirley Collins). Supersonic are delighted to fulfil a life-long dream in welcoming Neurosis to Birmingham next July.

Neurosis’s Steve Von Till adds “Its been a long time coming, but finally Neurosis is teaming up with the folks at Supersonic for a special event in Birmingham, a holy land for heavy music. We have known Supersonic to be kindred spirits since we first met years ago to discuss our mutual commitment to supporting independent, emotionally intense artists.  Their lineup over the years has mirrored our own appreciation for eclectic sound with a depth of spirit and passion, creating a platform for some of the most interesting and inspired artists around. This is not to be missed.”

Supersonic Festival 2019 shall also run in parallel with a major Home Of Metal exhibit – celebrating the forefathers of Metal – Black Sabbath. This immersive exhibition will feature portraits from the Home of Metal Black Sabbath fan archive, historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from the band members, joining the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together.

Watch this space for more names to be announced to the line up and recommended hotel deals. 

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Supersonic Premiere: Mésange NEW VIDEO RELEASE

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[image by Steve Gullick]

Supersonic is proud to premiere the brand new video by Mésange – who appeared on our Supersonic Stage 3 this year at the Festival.

 

Mésange are pleased to announce the first single from their new album ‘Gypsy Moth’. ‘Foe’ is accompanied with a beautifully shot video by renowned photographer Steve Gullick.

Mésange is a collaboration between composer/violinist Agathe Max and composer/musician Luke Mawdsley (Cavalier Song).  Their second release, Gypsy Moth, anticipates the forces of nature, creation and rebirth. Mordant musical tapestries (Minimalism, Drone and Ambient) are washed in dense electric skies, exposing signs that flutter and flare in dark elegance. The listener, like the moth is drawn precariously on a journey towards the light, a parchment moon hovering on tides of vermillion heat, where eager wings beat and pulse abstract sounds. 

Ubiquitous modal loops, inspire tension and mystery, a golden harvest where forbidden fruits are gathered by furtive hands mindful of a coming storm. We expect the unexpected – a host of chimeric beasts and strange familiars that haunt and rehabilitate the souls of broken machines snarled in barbed wire and trembling flowers. Fleeting birds fall and spin in blue skies, surreal, sublime, queer and uncanny, as strangers ponder the summer snow that settles in the gloom of a shadowy forest. Possessed by electricity, a mercurial gypsy rides the fragile breeze inscribing designs that mesmerise the witness, whose solemn gaze is diverted from the earth and land towards the mystery of the stars, a canvass where conceptual essence finds a surface in black infinity.  Mésange implore you to explore the threshold between dawn and dusk, self and other, where unfettered territories are sensually intimated in fecund sounds that teeter between lightning and thunderclap. 

 

Artist: Mésange
Release: ‘Foe’ single
Label: God Unknown Records
Release Date: 30 November 2018

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Supersonic Festival 2019 Podcast – WEEKEND TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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Supersonic Festival are immensely proud to announce iconic pioneers of heavy music, Neurosis as their headliners for 2019- Supersonic’s 15th edition.

WEEKEND TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

“Its been a long time coming, but finally Neurosis is teaming up with the folks at Supersonic for a special event in Birmingham, a holy land for heavy music. We have known Supersonic to be kindred spirits since we first met years ago to discuss our mutual commitment to supporting independent, emotionally intense artists. Their lineup over the years has mirrored our own appreciation for eclectic sound with a depth of spirit and passion, creating a platform for some of the most interesting and inspired artists around. This is not to be missed.” – Steve Von Till

 

We unload this and much more in our latest podcast, with Anna Palmer and Alice Tomlinson discussing the many ecstatic events on Supersonic’s horizon. These include our imminent end of year party at Centrala (Hey Collosus/ Youth Man/ Matters and Yama Warashi), The Messthetics show at Hare and Hounds as well as the upcoming OUTLANDS tour ‘Ecstatic Material’, a brand new collaboration between electronic musician Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison.

As champions of new music we also share some reflections on Tusk Festival 2018, bringing you some exciting sounds that have got us going these past couple of months.

WEEKEND TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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NEUROSIS TO HEADLINE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2019

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VERY SPECIAL GUESTS NEUROSIS TO HEADLINE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2019,
OUR 15TH EDITION 19TH TO 21ST JULY, BIRMINGHAM UK

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY – LIMITED CAPACITY DON’T MISS OUT!

 

Supersonic Festival are immensely proud to announce iconic pioneers of heavy music, Neurosis as their 2019 headliners.

Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. Over the collective’s past eleven albums and their utterly memorable live shows, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis have become unforgettable.

For over 30 years, Neurosis have relished in the unpredictable and embraced the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. For 15 years, Supersonic has been guided by the same adventurous spirit, and fiercely independent principles, playing host to groundbreaking musicians and artists from around the globe (from LCD Soundsytem, Anna Von Hausswolff, Holly Herndon and The Bug, to Goblin, SUNN O))),  Jenny Hval, and Godflesh, to Mogwai, Gazelle Twin, Moor Mother and Shirley Collins). Supersonic are delighted to fulfil a life-long dream in welcoming Neurosis to Birmingham next July.

Neurosis’s Steve Von Till adds “Its been a long time coming, but finally Neurosis is teaming up with the folks at Supersonic for a special event in Birmingham, a holy land for heavy music. We have known Supersonic to be kindred spirits since we first met years ago to discuss our mutual commitment to supporting independent, emotionally intense artists.  Their lineup over the years has mirrored our own appreciation for eclectic sound with a depth of spirit and passion, creating a platform for some of the most interesting and inspired artists around. This is not to be missed.”

Supersonic Festival 2019 shall also run in parallel with a major Home Of Metal exhibit – celebrating the forefathers of Metal – Black Sabbath. This immersive exhibition will feature portraits from the Home of Metal Black Sabbath fan archive, historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from the band members, joining the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together.

Watch this space for more names to be announced to the line up and recommended hotel deals. 

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We <3 Centrala

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You’ll find a lot of our shows at Centrala recently, and with good reason. Since its inception, Centrala has become an integral part of Birmingham’s independent art & music scene- a frequent host of Digbeth First Fridays- championing an electric fusion of exhibitions and live performance. From our upcoming end of year show on DECEMBER 8th (Hey Colossus, Youth Man, Matters and Yama Warashi) to our next OUTLANDS show, Ecstatic Material: a new collaboration between Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison mixing electronic music with heightened playdough visuals, Centrala provides a unique space to deliver unconventional nights & a good times all round.

Tucked away amidst the industrial warehouse spaces of Minerva Works sitting at the steps to the canal, Centrala is a multifunctional art space in Birmingham run by the Polish Expats Association. As a non-profit organisation presenting art from Central and Eastern Europe and the UK, Centrala- with it’s two gallery spaces and café/ bar area- is a place where art meets community in the edgy corner of Digbeth, Birmingham. The aim of the gallery is to create an inspirational place and platform for building social ties, with their innovative programme including socially-engaged contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe. We see a strong shared ethos between ourselves and Centrala’s programming, seeing how both organisations continue to platform ambitious work, with international, intellectual and political stretch.

[Supersonic & Outlands presents…. Matana Roberts & Jelly Jayne Jones collaboration, May 2018 @Centrala]

 

 

 

As well as all the shows we’ve hosted at Centrala so far, it’s awesome to see the influx of exciting musicians and artists who’ve had the tip off and headed straight for this diverse space to showcase what they do in this little pocket of weird Brum. Check out what’s coming up at Centrala in the coming weeks and see for yourself what all the fuss is about…

Stereocilia & Ate

Stereocilia is Bristol based guitarist and composer, John Scott. John uses his guitar, analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound.
His live show is centered around a visual backdrop he has created, with the improvisation acting as a live soundtrack. He will be joined by ate (Bulgaria/Poland) who- in searching for the unlimited rules of music theory- has create a project which creates hypnotic soundscapes with reverberation.

 

Waterflower, Sam Haven

Art pop/experimental pop/electro-acoustic/audio-viusual performance art. Sam Haven returns to Birmingham following a stellar show last year showcasing her unique brand of avant-garde pop and visuals.

 

And of course…

Supersonic Presents…Hey Colossus / Youth Man / Matters / Yama Warashi

Hey Colossus forge a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power, this six piece band active since 2003 acutely channel the best of your record collections and spit them back out into some quite astonishing shows and releases. They will be joined by TWO brummie locals- Youth Man (Sexy punk band) and Matters (Synthy soundscapes)- as well as Japanese folk-fusion from Yama Warashi. Plus curated noise/improv sets from Ideas of Noise (Midlands experimentalists) downstairs & of course, DJs & DEBAUCHERY ’til late!

So come on down to Centrala on Dec 8th to see this year out in style with us in one of our favourite weird-Brum spots!

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VISIT CENTRALA

 

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Supersonic + OUTLANDS Present…Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison in Ecstatic Material

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Supersonic and OUTLANDS proudly present…ECSTATIC MATERIAL, a dynamic sound sculpture made and performed by electronic musician Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison in a BRAND NEW collaboration, landing at Centrala, Birmingham, 9th of Feb.
Think Donald Judd in IKEA on mushrooms…
 
This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable plastics, coloured light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space.
 
Tour support comes from DJs Copper Sounds who spin copper dubplates, ceramic pots, and heavy icelandic rocks, using these materials to create a primitive and tactile form of turntablism. They will also lead a daytime workshop at each tour venue, where participants can design and cast their own playable wax 7” and take it home with them.
 
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Beatrice Dillon is a London based musician, producer and artist who presents a monthly show on NTS, and has released music on a variety of record labels, performed at notable European festivals and art spaces like Mutek and the Barbican, and has collaborated widely with award winning visual artists for film, installation and performance. 
Keith Harrison is an established artist particularly known for his work with ceramics, public experiments and the transformation of raw materials to unpredictable effect. Harrison’s work shows an awareness of social issues: the relation with audience; the value of physical things; references to popular music and social housing. 

Keith Harrison, Joyride, 2017 from Jerwood Charitable Foundation on Vimeo

Copper Sounds are a Bristol based duo who are pushing the conventional DJ set by juggling four turntables and using raw materials to manipulate the otherwise dormant sounds of their varied record collection. Their set promises to be loud, hypnotic and abundant with raw dancefloor energy. 
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In praise of our Brummy babs

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We know and love Birmingham for it’s hotbed of musical talent. For too long the second city has, unfairly, had it’s wealth of output overlooked, noted for the kind of indie thumpers that soundtrack Snobs. We recognise and are excited by the increasingly experimental fusions that frequent our city, from the alternative improvisational jazz nights of Fizzle, to the bi-monthly left-field sets of Club Integral Midlands Branch, and the raucous offerings of DIE DAS DER. We have TWO brummie belters playing for us at our Dec 8th show at Centrala, Youth Man and Matters, with the eclectic groupings of Ideas of Noise treating us to some improv sets throughout the night too. Get to know them and the other names you should be keeping an eye out for around the city and beyond.

 

>>>TICKETS FOR DEC 8TH SHOW with HEY COLOSSUS/ YOUTH MAN/ MATTERS/ YAMA WARASHI <<<<

 

Youth Man 

Destructive Brummie sex punk.

Youth Man are the band you will wish you saw in years to come. Their live show is a shrieking, thrilling wrecking-ball of human bodies, flailing limbs and chaos. Brace yourself for an intense live performance matched by comic genius onstage banter.

Watch them below work our Supersonic third stage this summer.

“Their brand of punk leans heavily towards the weirdos (not the Weirdos) of early California hardcore, in which bands like Fear weren’t too afraid (or too unskilled) to throw in an odd time signature.”Rolling Stone Magazine

 

Matters

Matters are the guitar + synth + drums instrumental trio, whose push and pull of the three different personalities on stage take their live performances in magical, unpredictable directions. Matters utilise their instruments to create expansive music, blending krautrock, psychedelic, post rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound.

‘This is something quite epic..another winner from Static Caravan Records’ – Steve Lamacq – BBC 6 Music

 

Ideas of Noise

Those who attended Supersonic festival this year may well have caught the incredible musical offerings of curated by Ideas of Noise fest. Produced by Andrew Woodhead and Sarah Farmer, IoN is an exciting new festival of experimental sound which started in August this year, with a focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers of different genres across the West Midlands. On Dec 8th they’ll be presenting SPACETIMEBAND (Sarah Farmer / Andrew Woodhead / Richard Scott / Aaron Diaz / Joe Wright); laser Interferometry, ripples in spacetime, black holes colliding, signal in noise; SPACETIMEBAND explores General Relativity and other cosmological curiosities through sound.

 

+ OTHER NAMES TO LOOK OUT FOR…

ON SATURDAY 24th THIS WEEK – TEARING UP MUTHERS – IRON FIST OF THE SUN // HAQ 123 // SQUALOR FAN // RAINBOW GRAVE

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IRON FIST OF THE SUN

Personal obsessions, codes of behaviour observed by a misanthropic mind. Bitter and cold. Nihilistic and scornful. Elitist and Pure. Birmingham Nihilism!

HAQ 123

Zac (10) on drums, Millie (9) on vocals and Dave (old enough to know better) on bass make up HAQ123. A power trio from Birmingham, brought up on the sounds of Sabbath and super charged by Haribo. These guys are the future, and proving so throughout the city.

 

SQUALOR FAN

Squalor Fan are the 3 points of an odd triangle. Think reverb drenched fuzz bass, heavy precision drumming and twisted sampled electronics. A brand brand new trio with no music online yet but being very well received with their first few live shows:

“Their sound is lumbering and abrasive, melting into fizzy euphoria…Unrelenting and taught, Squalour Fan deliver a carefully constructed racket.” Counteract review

 

RAINBOW GRAVE

With James Commander on drums, Nathan Warner on bass, John Doom on guitar and Nic Bullen guitar/vocals, Rainbow Grave make Low Rent Caveman Hate Music. Listen for yourself…

 

DORCHA

Dorcha are a genre fluid 5-piece band of synths, strings, electronics and heavy beats. A dynamic, versatile group with a refusenik attitude, Dorcha obsess over transporting listeners to a pool of shifting, nearly gothic, barely pop, experimental songwriting.

KALI LOUISE

Kali Louise, local DJ of the avant-garde and creator of Brum Radio show ‘Melody and Concrete’ is a taste-maker to get listening to.

also broadcasting out of Birmingham on NTS Radio…

ARRHYTHMIA

Put together by Sarah and Matt, arrhythmia is a monthly exploration of interesting new audio and abnormal rhythms. Expect irregular, dark or heavy – but not always.

 

MOTHWASP

Mothwasp is a baritone/drums duo who employ field recordings, circuit bent SK-1s, tapes, 16mm scratch films and modified 35mm slide projectors the pair forge heavy abstract improvised soundtrack experiments.

 

GIANT AXE FIELD

A collaborative project formed by artist Sean O’Keeffe and musician Simon Bailey, exploring ideas around live and improvised audio-visual performance. They make, appropriate and combine a range of AV source material, such as digital video from classic genres like science fiction and cinema fantastique, using it as a conceit and starting point from which to create interpolations and fictive juxtapositions.

A Vigil Strange – trailer from Giant Axe Field on Vimeo.

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Hey Collosus: Collosal Sound coming to Digbeth

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“Standard-bearers for post-millennial British music which is au fait with punk and hardcore while not being punk or hardcore”. – The Quietus

 

****Don’t miss Hey Colossus at our anti-Chrimbo Chrimbo show at Centrala! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW***

 

Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power, these six piece band acutely channel the best of your record collections and spit them back out into some quite astonishing shows and releases. Hey Colossus spew forth a colossal heap of gigantic riffs amidst a gurgling sea of unhinged drumming, which we can’t wait to host December 8th with brummie punks Youth Man, Matters and Yama Warashi

Born as a crazed, cataclysmic whirlpool of free noise, Hey Colossus is a band which isn’t afraid to try new sounds, creating music which is increasingly more focused and getting better and better.

 

 

“Hey Colossus…stand as one of the most exciting UK bands around at the moment”. – Echoes and Dust

 

The band formed back in 2003, and have since become favourites of the UK’s underground scene with their records veering from drone metal to noise to classic psychedelic rock. 2015 saw two long players “In Black and Gold” and “Radio Static High” (both out on Rocket Recordings), albums which topped many end of year lists as must hear records and were both in WIRE Magazine 2015’s end of year Top 10 Avant Rock chart . The live events that followed only cemented a growing appreciation of what Hey Colossus have gone on to achieve over the years, with the psych-rock juggernauts releasing most recent album ‘The Guillotine’ last year, a phenomenal return that amplified their skull-crushing intensity, also on Rocket Recordings.

See them in full glory below with IMPATV’s live recording of their set for Rocket Recording’s 20th Anniversary show at The Garage, London, earlier this year. AND CATCH THEM LIVE DECEMBER 8TH FOR OUR ANTI-CHRIMBO BLOW OUT! Don’t miss out…

 

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OUTLANDS DRIFT ft. Kyoka / Grischa Lichtenberger / YTAC

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Photography: Matt Watkins

On Friday 9th November, team Supersonic were thrilled to present another night of leftfield oddities in the name of OUTLANDS, the UK’s new touring Network of experimental music, a tour curated by Fuse Art Space in Bradford. Taking place at Vivid Projects in Digbeth, we were treated to an experimental dancefloor experience like no other, with silky electronics from infamous electronic German label Raster artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger, plus support from creative technologist collaboration wetgenes and acid rave project YTAC.

 

>> REVISIT THE NIGHT VIA OUR INSTA STORY HIGHLIGHT <<

 

Part club, part installation, part immersive environment- YTAC (aka Rough Fields/ James, co-founder of Fuse Art Space) kicked off the night with a set filled with hypno-chaotic grooves and an introduction at full impact to the unique, all-consuming audio-visual environment. The installation-esque surroundings were mesmerising, and with rave-centric sounds that have been launched as the first releases in pirate-like parties on the EIS HAUS label, set the tone for the night.

Photography: Matt Watkins

 

YTAC’s set left us exhilarated, ready for electronic music producer, visual and installation artist Grischa Lichtenberger.

 

Photography: Matt Watkins

 

Grischa’s music tumbles between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling melodies. His set at Vivid packed the room with a pulsating mix of electronica. It’s a personal, intelligent play with sound, intriguing and beguiling in equal measure, placing him firmly within the context of Aphex Twin or Autechre. His immersive performance oscillated between abrasive, aggressive compositions and intricate structures of beat and melody.

Kyoka is known for her direct, chaotic musical approach to sound. Joining the Raster stable in 2012 as the label’s first female, her set was as enticing and individual as her signature broken-pop beats suggest. Playing a daring fusion of chopped up, scratched, rolling beats she kept us going well into the night, treating us with a rotated extra set with Grischa where the artists showed off their rawest, most experimental sounds.

 

Photography: Matt Watkins

 

Huge thanks to all who joined us, to Vivid Projects for having us and to OUTLANDS & Fuse Art Space for their extraordinary curation and for making this happen.

OUTLANDS Tour 3 continues until Saturday 17th November. Be sure to check for TICKETS via. the OUTLANDS website for an unmissable dancefloor experience. 

 

Photography: Matt Watkins

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Get to Know…YTAC & FUSE Art Space

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Electric Campfire 2013 VillaMassimo – Kyoka

 

We’re super excited for our show at Vivid Projects as part of Outlands Tour 3. Get to know the artists and involved in the upcoming part club night/ part installation…

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

 

YTAC is the incendiary club electronics project of James Birchall, also known to many as Rough Fields. His first bass-heavy percussion experiments appeared on the Bomb Shop label in 2010, a broad reaching label which he started, encompassing his DIY approach to releasing his own music. YTAC’s rave-centric workouts have been launched at high altitude EIS HAUS parties along the mountainous France/Spain border, forming the first releases on the ever mysterious, pirate like label. The coming months will see the YTAC phenomena explode, with Birchall taking on a persona project which harks back to the acid techno of the mid-90s. His part in the upcoming Outlands Tour with German electronic label Raster artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger will take on an experimental rave style like no other.

 

 

James is a co-founder of Fuse Art Space, Bradford, the curators of the upcoming Outlands Tour 3. The space has hosted artists such as Eartheater and Eric Chenaux, and a wide variety of sound art and music.

The space has developed DRIFT in collaboration with feral games developers and digital art technologists wetgenes following an original commission by the British Science Festival in 2014. An AV club project which started as an installation piece, their work for OUTLANDS Tour 3 is a feedback system which monitors movement, sound and image data, using custom designed algorithms to convert the data into an immersive visual display projected over the surface of the installation space. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful interactive experience in which creates live digital art on a massive scale.

LISTEN TO OUR OUTLANDS SPECIAL PODCAST BELOW where James talks with Sam Francis about the upcoming tour, with music from the artists involved in a meet the producer special.

DON’T MISS OUT on this EXTRAORDINARY experimental dancefloor experience like no other, landing in Birmingham at Vivid Projects on November 9th.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!

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Outlands PODCAST: What are we banging on about?

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Electric Campfire 2013 VillaMassimo – Kyoka

***LISTEN TO THE NEWLY RELEASED SUPERSONIC PODCAST – OUTLANDS SPECIAL***

LISTEN TO KYOKA’s NTS LIVE TAKEOVER FOR A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME!

 

On this OUTLANDS special, we listen to artists from the previous 2 OUTLANDS tours and the upcoming show, DRIFT; part club night/part installation show with German electronic label Raster artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger plus support from YTAC.

We finish with a special ‘meet the producer’ podcast hosted by Sam Francis, with an in-depth look into the new tour from curator James at FUSE art space.

TICKETS FOR OUTLANDS TOUR 3 AVAILABLE HERE!

READ ON FOR MORE INFO ON OUTLANDS, WHAT WE’RE BANGING ON ABOUT…
2018 has already seen two immensely innovative and inspiring shows in the name of OUTLANDS, with our upcoming part club night/ part installation show with German electronic label Raster artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger being no exception. But what are we banging on about when we say OUTLANDS? Here’s a little recap of the important and innovational work the Network is doing for the experimental music scene.

 

 

 

OUTLANDS is an innovative new national experimental music network bringing together a mix of visual arts and music organisations, independent venues and creative producers all located outside of London. Working alongside our good ol’ selves in Brum include De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea), Fuse (Bradford), Qu Junktions and the independent producer Al Cameron (Bristol), Cambridge Junction, Fat Out (Manchester), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes) and Peninsula Arts and Karst (Plymouth).

Along with the networks production of ambitious and inspiring performances it is also gives audiences the opportunity to get involved with experimental musical practices themselves through an accompanying series of workshops, the next one being with creative technologists and programmers wetgenes where participants will be learning to make their own audio-visual piece.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WETGENES WORKSHOP HERE!

 

“Projects like these act as the first line of resistance against a potentially myopic, monoculture and should be supported.” – Drowned in Sound

 

At a point where the experimental music scene is seen as risky for promoters, venues and audiences, this Arts Council Strategic Touring Award will support the network as it injects quality, diversity and accessibility of experimental music to the nooks and crannies of the UK, not just the Capital. Various ambitious productions will be touring over an initial two years, 2018 being the first, with the aim of offering new experiences to our beloved audiences within a strong national network to give genre-busting music a chance to spread its wings.

 

 

The first tour brought together Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones (selected by Qu Junctions, Bristol), who gave us a wonderous improvisational show at Centrala in May. The Chicago-born, New York-based saxophonist, visual artist and composer Matana Roberts and Manchester sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones independently come at their work in very different ways, but find common ground in their extra personal approach to performance. The show was a sonic mill, starting with Roberts and Jones reading simultaneous texts, allowing the rhythm of their speech to become mere sound whilst merging with unsettling and unpredictable electronic noise. Jones created amazing sound through playing the surface of rocks and a singing bowl, Roberts her saxophone with a tuning fork.

 

Next up came Supersonic’s own selection and production. Three improvisational powerhouses came together as Yunohana Variations for the first time in the UK, debuting at Supersonic Festival 2018 and touring through to July. Artists YoshimiO (of Boredoms, OOIOO and SAICOBAB) and avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra joined Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens), created an awe inspiring series of performances, crossing an enigmatic multitude of sonic territories. Watch them LIVE at #SSFest18 below and see for yourselves…

 

 

Which brings us to the upcoming OUTLANDS Tour 3, rounding off 2018 with Drift: Kyoka/ Grischa Lichtenberger/ YTAC (selected by FUSE Art Space, Bradford). Fusing heavy electronics, hypno-chaotic grooves and pristine frequency control within a unique, audio-visual environment, the show- taking place at Vivid Projects on November 9th- sets forth an intoxicating, hyper-sensory experience.

Part club, part installation, part immersive environment, DRIFT will take shape within a specially constructed space, where motion sensors and microphones monitor the room, the crowd and the performers. Inside this generated environment, artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger from acclaimed German electronic music record label Raster will diffuse their visions of experimental dancefloors, with tour support from YTAC, a key figure of the shady EIS HAUS collective.

DRIFT technologists wetgenes will be facilitating a workshop on 26th October at STEAMhouse, which will shine a light on the technological process of the live performance and give participants the opportunity to have a go at making their own audio-visual work.

 

Experimental music is an endangered species, despite it being open to everyone and anyone. No musical training is required, and there are no instrumental borders or closed doors. Experimental music opens up eyes and ears, it gives an opportunity for music to be more diverse across every sense of the word. We’re proud to be champions of genre-bending, and equally to be part of the innovative OUTLANDS Network in its national celebration of experimental music.

 

> GET YOUR TICKETS FOR OUTLANDS TOUR 3 HERE <

> MORE INFO ON THE WETGENES WORKSHOP HERE <

 

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TUSK Festival Round-up

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TUSK ROUND-UP

http://tuskfestival.com

TUSK Festival 2018 October 12-14

Sage, Gateshead

3 days of unclassifiable musical genius, films, talks, workshops, exhibitions and more

 

We’ve just about landed back down to Earth after a weekend of other worldly encounters at Tusk Festival. 3 days encapsulated within what could well be described as a giant dimension shifting vehicle, fallen to our planet to suckle at the south bank of the River Tyne for a mere millennia until it is time to take flight once more in the continuum of time and space. The perfect setting perhaps, to be rattled and probed, chewed up and spat back out, via noise makers, visual stimulators, and time travellers from far and wide. After a delirious 6 hour drive, we entered the void…

Sadly missing the first 2 acts due to M1 madness, we entered the phantasmagoric world of Lucy Railton. Having previously collaborated with the likes of Rhodri Davies and Beatrice Dillon, Railton considers her musical zone to be at the fork of 3 musical roads: classical instrumentalism, improvisation and hard edged electronic music. Shifting between cello improvisations & her table of modular turns, the moments of melodious velveteen passages are aptly offset by sinewy collaged interjections. The M1 headlights fade with this enigmatic accompaniment to the first glass of G&T.

 

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Particular highlights of the Friday came from a superbly executed dose of minimal, pounding industrial electronica with live string quartet and visuals by Craig Leon. The rendition of Nommos, which has been described by Julian Cope as “the missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and whole minimalist…method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young” certainly delivered on all accounts, churning up our senses, causing a rattle in the spaceship, hurtling us off in to the night…

 

…into a gloriously cataclysmic finale to proceedings in the Sage with Irreversible Entanglements. We were lucky enough to have Moor Mother as artist in residence in our MOOG Soundlab & perform on Supersonic Friday this year, and to see her perform again is such a thrill. With the abrasive lyrical lament from Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) at the helm, this is a free-jazz group in it’s rawest form. Sax, trumpet, doubles bass and drums conjuring an endless riptide of furious energy, with sudden surges of synth and poetic flows from Moor corner. Free-jazz hasn’t slapped me round the face like that in a long time. A much-needed awakening.

 

Off we went into the night for the first round of after-party at The Star and Shadow where we had perhaps a little too much fun. Strapped into our seats in the awesome setting of this independent cinema venue, after getting us truly [Terry]-riled with his riveting speech around noise interference, earth signals and alien landings in Gateshead, John Bowers blew us in to the stratosphere with his ‘Gateshead Soup: A Mythogeosonic Investigation’. Another final highlight and sign-off to the evening came from the pointy nails of Mariam Rezaei, artistic director of The Old Police House, who smashed her way through a gnarly turntable noise set, obliterating the evening into space-dust. Taxi!

 

As if that was all in a day’s work?!

Day two.

After a weirdly warm stroll to the Baltic, where sadly no bloomin’ exhibitions were on until Oct 19th (poor timing, again), a delicious expresso martini with a panoramic view of the Tyne got us pepped for round 2. As well as a bucket load of fried fish from the little shack on the river. Bosh! Good to go. [RIP the taco place that once stood in it’s place though, them was delish.]

 

From early-on minimalistic noise ramblings of Saboteuse, via the contact mic’d up buttons on the waistcoat of Marlo Eggplant through to the 33 years of accumulative wonky cesspool rock and roll from Ceramic Hobs, Saturday night offers no let-up on the senses. Noise set from Otomo Yoshihide begins to cement my preferential taste in turntable bashing over the second half of guitar crooning, the former omitting much more unusual grit to get stuck in your teeth.

 

Guitar and percussion duo 75 dollar bill close proceedings with a whirling, Sun-Ra esque groove, shifted more into dessert blues territory, but we have to admit, it’s the Star and Shadow we have in our minds eye now. And it doesn’t disappoint. Another sterling offering of afterparty programme of noise-makers too numerous to account for. Plus, the Saturday night delirium may have somewhat set in. Cassettes, machines and 6-deck polymorphic club collisions, the Star and Shadow gave an unrelenting, DIY offset to the HD setting of the Sage. The 2 venues working alongside one another like a perfectly matched fine wine and a ciggy. Closing the night with a much-needed clubby DJ set, Steve Warwick brought a euphoric finish.

 

 

After a gradual Sunday start, with some delicious street food at the Hawker yard on the Tyne, a mere 2 minute walk from TUSK and situated next to an uber trendy brewery, guided by our feet and legs alone with our brains trailing slowly behind, we made it to the Sage for 5.30pm (good going, we think). A blissful live film & score from Seb Bassleer & Martin van der Glas, ‘Rajahstan live cinema’, transported us into the holy Indian city of Pushkar. Their audio-visual remix of their travels here captured beautifully the spirit and music of a place at once so far removed from yet strangely familiar to our own. Beguiled by the musicianship of trad instrumentalists – we call it extended technique, to them just an extension of being.

 

Another soothing and well-timed Sunday performance, Lea Bertucci presents Double Bass Crossfade. Taking place in the foyer area of the building, opening TUSK out to an array of audience, the improvising contra-bass players drifted slowly towards one another, building in intensity and away again to far corners of the room. Surrounded by multiple speakers and subs, darkness having fallen outside, glimmering reflections of the City in the Tyne behind, the effect was pretty magical.

 

Sunday in fact, was magical all around. Hameed Brothers Qawwal and party in a new venue, the largest room in the Sage, breathed new life in to the festival and reduced us to tears. Mainstays of Bradford’s South Asian music scene for over 3 decades, the trance-inducing sonic tapestry lifted the audience to their feet in rapturous applause. I have to say, my personal favourite performance.

 

Terry Riley and son Gyan gave an equally emotive, inspiring performance. The duo slipping through musical telepathy only family is capable of. Shifting from piano/guitar improvs to bizarre synth/noise interludes that provided sonorous surprise amidst the minimalist approach.

 

An act we were looking forward to having listened to the TUSK Freakzone playlist en-route up to Newcastle was Dale Cornish and he did not disappoint. His deconstructed techno, disco ball delirium and charmingly cheeky manner interjected the softness of Sunday with a hint of party. But that momentary nod was the only one we’d be having on our final day.

 

Closing noise ensemble Konstrukt & Otomo Yoshihide provided a befitting end to any alternative-5th-dimension-3-day-rattle-around-a-spaceship. Having efficiently shifted our brains away from our skulls for one final time, it was time to stroll, uber, and reassemble in sleep.

 

It’s safe to say, the drive home on Monday wasn’t pretty, but we’d do it all again. Fair play TUSK. A festival on the cusp. A line-up exploring the fringes of worlds. Providing belonging to those that don’t belong. It’s so great to know you’re there too. Another home for us weirdos away from home. With love from Supersonic.

 

& CONGRATS ON A BLINDING 4-STAR REVIEW FROM THE GUARDIAN

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Supersonic Presents…Hey Colossus, Youth Man, Yama Warashi & Matters

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Supersonic Presents…

Hey Colossus | Youth Man | Yama Warashi | Matters

+ Ideas of Noise sets + DJs

@Centrala, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RT.

Saturday Dec 8th

Doors 7pm

Christmas come early you say?! We couldn’t resist having one last HOO HA before the year is out. Join us for a COLOSSAL end of year bash with some incredible noise makers as we take over Centrala, Digbeth on December 8th.

 

Hey Colossus

Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power, these six piece band active since 2003 acutely channel the best of your record collections and spit them back out into some quite astonishing shows and releases.

Hey Colossus have undergone a spectacular metamorphosis in the last three years – the 2015 Rocket Recordings double-drop of ‘In Black And Gold’ and ‘Radio Static High’ displayed not only a band with a work rate to put most all their contemporaries to shame, but one arriving at an atmospheric and rewarding sound with as much flair for the beguiling as the barbaric.

Changes may have been afoot in the Hey Colossus camp, yet their latest transmission ‘The Guillotine’ (2017) marks another peak for an innovative force in the realm of heavy amplification. We can’t wait to see what’s next…

“Chinks of pop light shine through, but this is still raw, uncompromising stuff. ” – The Guardian

 “Standard-bearers for post-millennial British music which is au fait with punk and hardcore while not being punk or hardcore”. – The Quietus

 “Are Hey Colossus! the best live guitar band in Britain right now? You’d be brave to argue otherwise. Don’t miss them next time.” – Echoes and Dust

 

 

Youth Man

Destructive Brummie sex punk.

Youth Man are the band you will wish you saw in years to come. Their live show is a shrieking, thrilling wrecking-ball of human bodies, flailing limbs and chaos. Brace yourself for an intense live performance matched by comic genius onstage banter.

“Their brand of punk leans heavily towards the weirdos (not the Weirdos) of early California hardcore, in which bands like Fear weren’t too afraid (or too unskilled) to throw in an odd time signature.”Rolling Stone Magazine

 

 

Yama Warashi

Yama Warashi is the project of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include erstwhile cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union). Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”.

“This is dream pop from another realm entirely” The Skinny

“Liltingly folky and malevolently unhinged” Loud and Quiet

 

 

 

Matters

Matters are guitar+synth+drums instrumental trio from Birmingham UK – the push and pull of the three personalities that make up Matters can be heard, taking the music into new and often strange directions. Matters utilise their instruments to create expansive music, blending krautrock, psychedelic, post rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound.

‘This is something quite epic..another winner from Static Caravan Records’ – Steve Lamacq – BBC 6 Music

 

 

+ Ideas of Noise improv sets downstairs

www.ideasofnoise.com

Those who attended Supersonic 2018 may well have caught some of the incredible musical offerings curated by Ideas of Noise Fest. Produced by Andrew Woodhead and Sarah Farmer Ideas of Noise is an exciting new festival of experimental sound which happened in August this year, with a focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers of different genres across the West Midlands and creating opportunities for emerging and established local artists. Presenting SPACETIMEBAND (Sarah Farmer / Andrew Woodhead / Richard Scott / Aaron Diaz / Joe Wright); laser Interferometry, ripples in spacetime, black holes colliding, signal in noise; SPACETIMEBAND explores General Relativity and other cosmological curiosities through sound.

 

+ DJS & STANDARD DEBAUCHERY TIL LATE

ACT FAST FOR TICKETS! LIMITED CAPACITY!

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Get to Know…Kyoka

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Electric Campfire 2013 VillaMassimo – Kyoka

We’re super excited for our show at Vivid Projects as part of Outlands Tour 3. Get to know the artists and involved in the upcoming part club night/ part installation…

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

 

Berlin-based composer/producer Kyoka is known for her direct, chaotic musical approach and heavy-rough sound. She joined the raster-noton stable as the label’s first female in 2012, and has progressed to become one of the most exciting, individual and original artists on the label.

Growing up in Japan, Kyoka’s experimentation with tape recorders led to her recognition of the possibilities of scratching tapes back and forth. She’s an artist who used the tape recorder as her toy, cutting, editing and producing those first rough sounds which would result in her signature broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms.

 

Kyoka’s range of dark, skittering sounds beg to be played at maximum volume in a smoke-filled warehouse or club. Her sets reflect a daring fusion of rolling beats and organic, chopped-up vocals that refuse to neatly don’t fit within any genre category- a perfect fit for our Outlands and Supersonic collaboration!

We can’t wait to see Kyoka LIVE at Vivid Projects on November 9th. Get tickets NOW !!

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Cattle play with the Pigsx7 this March

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If you haven’t heard by now, the Pigs (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) are returning to the Hare and Hounds in March 2019, promising a raucous night of amped riffs and demonic drumming with #SSFest18 favourites Cattle. 

Over HALF of these tickets have already been sold. Get yours now!

 

Equal parts head and guts, Cattle are an all screaming, all dancing noise-groove wall of sound, with stomach churning riffs and double drumming that will take you through hell with a hip-shake. Formed in 2012, Cattle have shared a stage with the likes of True Widow, dälek, Terminal Cheesecake, Zeus and Bong to name but a few, and melted faces off at this year’s Supersonic Festival.

 

 

“Not ones to mess about, Cattle are straight in with the fierce two-drum assault. It’s bracing and glorious. It rattles your bones. Their percussive force is irresistible and they have that liberating wave of filthy, distorting noise-thing going on.”- Echoes and Dust on Cattle, Supersonic Festival 2018

 

One drums, another one drums, bass, vocals, tootle pipe and sound rod, the Leeds quintet Cattle occupies that rare space where an utter lack of pretence and theatrical noise-rock volatility intersect. Live, the band launch into an intense set of ecstatic noise, saxophone skronk, and highly percussive, sludgy grooves.

Listen for yourselves in our Supersonic Round-Up Podcast: Part 1

 

 

This is bound to be a one of a kind gig, and, with the Pigs’ new album ‘King of Cowards’ and international shows selling out, might be the last time you get to see them in such an intimate space.

Over HALF of these tickets have already been sold. DON’T MISS OUUUUTTTT, get yours now!

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Supersonic PIGSTORY

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Supersonic are so chuffed that Pigs (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) have been named BBC 6Music’s album of the day with ‘King of Cowards’!

 

It’s fair to say that Supersonic has a long pigstery with this Geordie group. Since their first performance in 2017, we have hosted Pigsx7 at Hare and Hounds earlier this year (along with ever raucous Grey Hairs and Youth Man) and frontman Matt Baty (CEO of Box Records) was lead vocals in our #SSFest18 Saturday supergroup. This is on top of their sell out shows throughout the UK and Europe.

 

Pigs frontman Baty at Supersonic Festival 2018, Supersonic Supergroup (photo by Joe Singh)

“70s heavy metal is played both straight and as some kind of art project”- The Guardian, 4 stars

 

It’s so great to see this band getting the recognition they deserve. After recently creating an incredible mix of leftfield music for Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone Playlist, BBC 6 Music have named their sell out album ‘King of Cowards’ album of the day!

This second album does its damnedest to take the consciousness to its very limits. The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut ‘Feed The Rats’ – a mighty tsunami of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike – has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide. Perhaps the most relentlessly head-caving outfit of the present, alarmingly fertile, Newcastle scene, the band have all been busying themselves in a variety of activities, with Baty running Box Records (home of underground luminaries like Lower Slaughter, Casual Nun and Terminal Cheesecake) and both himself and bassist John-Michael Hedley playing in Richard Dawson’s band (a Supersonic alum who also guests on the album), and guitarist Sam Grant has been working hard on a new incarnation of Blank Studios, which began its life with the recording of this very album.

This opus sees the band entering a new phase as a sleeker yet still more dangerous swineherd, with ex-Gnod and Queer’d Science drummer Chris Morley joining the ranks and a new approach being taken to its creation. The Iggy-esque drive to dementia, Sabbath-esque squalor and Motörhead-style dirt may still be present and correct yet the songs are leaner, the longdrawn-out riff-fests sharpened into addictive hammer blows and the nihilistic dirges of yore alchemically transformed into an uplifting and inviting barrage of hedonistic abandon.

 

 

We can’t wait to welcome the pigs back to the Hare and Hounds in March, where they’ll be joined by #SSFest18 favourites Cattle for yet another night of stormy amps and demonic drumming.

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST! This might be the last time you get to experience the group play in such an intimate venue, SO DON’T BE A WALLY, and get those tickets NOOOOOWWWW

 

 

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Get to know…Grischa Lichtenberger

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We’re super excited for our show at Vivid Projects as part of Outlands Tour 3. Get to know the artists and involved in the upcoming part club night/ part installation…

 

Grischa Lichtenberger is an electronic music producer, visual and installation artist living in Berlin. Having grown up in a withdrawn farmhouse, his artistic approach developed from surveying the landscape, and despite a fairly concise release history, Grischa Lichtenberger is an artist whose work is both intriguing and beguiling in equal measure. His compositions are often referenced in the context of artists like Autechre or Aphex Twin, yet have a sense of being developed in isolation and against popular trends.

 

 

The aggressive tone in his sound gives an emotional depth to the musical structure – a hermetic idiosyncrasy of rhythm and melodies that implement a personal handwriting into the arrangement and sound elements. The music aims toward introspective moods on the dance floor, tumbling between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling, concerning melodies that reach out to the individual listener.

His immersive live performances oscillate between abrasive, aggressive compositions and intricate structures of beat and melody. Technology appears in the mix, but definitely not as a perfect, mathematically defined form. Instead, he speaks in hyperlinks, misusing gear and feeding computers into other computers to form feedback loops. He’s finding a unique and creative materialism in digitalised music, making something very physical, that carves its way into your ears.

 

COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!! Get tickets NOW to see them live on November 9th.

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Hello Culture: Remix, Reflections

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We had an interesting and thought provoking time at Hello Culture: Remix last week for BBC’s digital cities.

The day gave arts organisations and artists a chance to discuss the highs and lows of digital content creation, a day of thinking and of getting practical about how technology is transforming our culture.

The day featured a panel on creating music through digital means, with artists such as #SSFest18’s Sam Underwood (Connected Devices) and Sarah Farmer (Ideas of Noise) discussing the impact technology has had on music and what the hell that means.

In reality, digi stuff has enabled immediate changes to how we access and work with music. It’s enabled us to share far and wide, save it for ourselves in tidy hard drives as opposed to shelves and shelves of records. Technology and digital culture has opened our eyes to countless possibilities of making and experiencing music, ways which are multi-disciplinary, multi-levelled, and, yes, continuously experimental (which we’re always fans of).

Lets look at the upcoming Outlands Tour 3 show with DRIFT ft. KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC as an example. Within this performance, the crowd and performers will be monitored by motion sensors and microphones within the room to determine the visuals to be projected during the live set. Technology, in this sense, is the driver of this live performance. It is technology- that of the electronic music and receptive installation work- which will inform the audience experience.

Electric Campfire 2013 VillaMassimo – Kyoka

Like it or lump it, digitalisation has happened, and WILL continue to grow, impacting on how we access music in our everyday lives. But is this exciting, or borderline creepy? Let us know your thoughts.

In the mean time, experience it for yourself at the upcoming Outlands show at Vivid Projects, November 9th. TICKETS on sale NOW!

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Outlands Tour 3: WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY with wetgenes

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As part of Outlands Tour 3, join us for a crash course in reactive shaders with creative technologists wetgenes

@STEAMhouse,108 Digbeth, Birmingham

Friday 26th October 2018

1-4 pm

 

wetgenes, the feral games developers and the creative technologists behind the DRIFT aspect of the OUTLANDS upcoming tour, will be gently introducing the OpenGL Shading Language in a workshop at STEAMhouse, Birmingham, where you will be creating your own interactive digital pieces responding to improvised movement and sound. No prior programming knowledge is required to benefit from the session!

wetgenes are Bradford-based duo and long-term collaborators Shi and Kriss. They are self taught fierce believers of simple, open and accessible tech for all. The symbiotic relationship with computer language allows them to carve visions and dreams in the cold, rational environments of the digital medium; experimenting with the bleeding edge and the obsolete. Their recent work has explored neuroscience and synaesthesia, including developing an interactive installation experimenting with sound through touch, visuals and movement via augmented reality using sand, commissioned by the National Science and Media Museum.

The modern use of “shader” was introduced to the public by Pixar with their “RenderMan Interface Specification, Version 3.0” originally published in May 1988. It now runs in browsers, mobile phones, games consoles, laptops and tech such as Raspberry Pi for demoscene, games development, music videos, films, live coding, audio sets and more. wetgenes believe that Reactive Art advances the medium; its emergent nature evolves according to exposed states, changing and adapting as opposed to Static Art which is created to be viewed, consumed and digested by gaze or study.

The workshop will be taking place at STEAMhouse in Digbeth, a new centre for creative and collaborative innovation and cultural production. Developed by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects, and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England, STEAMhouse runs a range of programmes and houses facilities including co-working and project spaces and the Production Space – a substantial, new makerspace with equipment and technicians to support production and prototyping in a range of media.

 

We will look briefly at the history of shaders and how these techniques are used in the industry right now, driving innovation in computer hardware research and development. The workshop will end with a quick show & tell.

Participants are advised to bring a laptop with a working camera and microphone. You will be using ShaderToy for the entire duration of the workshop. Modern laptops should be able to load the website but please check before coming.

Where necessary, we will collaborate in groups.

This workshop is part of OUTLANDS upcoming UK Tour: DRIFT ft. KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC

There are VERY LIMITED spaces for this workshop. To reserve a space, please email alice@capsule.org.uk with ‘wetgenes’ as the subject.

 

 

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6 WEEKS TO GO! Outlands Tour 3: Drift ft. Kyoka / Grischa Lichtenberger / YTAC

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Only 6 weeks to go until Outlands Tour 3 comes to Vivid Projects on Friday 9th November 2018! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

Part club, part installation; join us for a night of heavy electronics, hypno-chaotic grooves and pristine frequency control within a unique, audio-visual environment, DRIFT ft. acclaimed German electronic label Raster artists Kyoka, Grischa Lichtenberger with support from key figure of the shady EIS HAUS collective YTAC sets forth an intoxicating, hyper-sensory digital experience.

 

Electric Campfire 2013 VillaMassimo – Kyoka

 

DRIFT will take shape within a specially constructed space at Vivid Projects, Digbeth, where motion sensors and microphones monitor the room, the crowd and the performers. The observations are fed to a central ‘brain’, which responds by projecting fevered machine-dreams back onto people and walls – the audience and the performance influence the visuals; feedback ensues, chaos builds. Inside this generated environment, artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger from acclaimed German electronic music record label Raster will diffuse their visions of experimental dancefloors.

 

DRIFT is an immersive environment developed in collaboration by feral games developers and digital art technologists wetgenes and our fellow Outlands partner Fuse Art Space. Now in its second build version following an original commission by the British Science Festival in 2014, the system is housed within a specially constructed reflective enclosure which, with motion sensors and mics, monitor the room, the crowd, the performers. These then feed audio and visual observations to an array of processors, which converts the data to graphics and projects these graphics back onto the walls and people.

 

DRIFT technologists wetgenes will be facilitating workshops in the weeks leading up to the UK Tour, shining a light on the artistic and technological processes within the live performance. SO KEEP AN EAR OUT for upcoming info on the artists/ collectives involved, and how to take advantage of this unique opportunity…

TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS

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NEW PODCAST RELEASE: Youth Man special

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LISTEN TO OUR NEW PODCAST RELEASE:

We continue to reminisce on the wonder that was #SSFest18 with very special guests and good pals Youth Man, who played their second Supersonic this year on the raucous third stage. Talking hometown Brum, Supersonic experiences, Chavterparty at The Adam and Eve, Afropunk, Avril Lavigne and of course their new 5 song EP released on Alcopop Records.

 

(Video credit: Tom Wagstaff and team)

Get over to our Youtube channel now for more live footage: https://www.youtube.com/user/SupersonicFestival

 

As if that weren’t enough, we keep the treats coming with live recordings from this year’s festival, and Youth Man pick out their current listening pleasures. Prick those ears and join your hosts Anna Palmer and Alice Tomlinson as we guide you back down memory lane…

Daniel Higgs I Moor Mother I Vanishing Twin I Gum Takes Tooth I Youth Man I Clipping I Eartheater I Matters I Iggy and The Stooges

Wear it loud and proud! VISIT OUR SHOP NOW >>>

Kaila wearing Supersonic 2018 Dennis McNett wolf tee

 

 

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Surgeon / Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi / DJ Bus Replacement Service

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On Friday 14th September, team Supersonic were thrilled to present another night of leftfield oddities in Birmingham’s King’s Heath, with the all mighty return of Surgeon, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi and DJ Bus Replacement Service in partnership with The Hare and Hounds.

 

With the opening of its doors, the night kicked off with a set from DJ Bus Replacement Service (aka Doris Woo) that was always going to transcend your typical dance floor. She is an artist like no other, donning a rubber mask in the likeness of North Korean “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-Un, swerving with dexterity from novelty detritus, rare pop gems and genre-mutating mash-ups into hammering techno, acid and hardcore. At one point, she even gave audiences an enlightening tour through Detroit Zoo…

 

Woo’s bizarre set left us bewildered and exhilarated, just in time for the stage take over of six-times world snooker champion and a former member of two of the planet’s oddest bands (Cardiacs and Gong) to the stage.

 

 

Steve Davis with Iranian multi-instrumentalist and experimental rock composer Kavus Torabi packed the room with their eclectic dance mix- from Techno, to Northern Soul, to Melodic Drone for good measure. It’s a pairing which for years has guaranteed weary, worn out legs, with Steve and Kavus having first met at a Paris gig by veteran prog rockers Magma, and ending up having joined forces on Steve’s excellent Interesting Alternative Show, on Essex-based radio station Phoenix FM.

 

 

To top off the night, Birmingham techno legend Surgeon (AKA Anthony Child) satisfied an increasingly hyped crowd with his selection of left-field tunes for some solid dancefloor wizardry. Surgeon’s set was relentless, sharing pacey tempos and rhythms till the end of the night. This closing set showed House of God DJ at his absolute rawest, playing to an ever energetic Supersonic audience!

Thanks again to all you reprobates who came down, and to Hare and Hounds for hosting another smashing night.

Till next time…

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Gum Takes Moog

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(film by T.A.Wagstaff film and photography)

Here’s the new video release from our MOOG Sound Lab series hosted at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of Supersonic Festival 2018. Gum Takes Tooth were joined by Wayne Adams of Big Lad for a 2 day residency in the lab. 

GUM TAKES TOOTH took to the Supersonic stage on the Sunday afternoon of the festival this year, following their immersive time in the lab.

Whatever they had originally planned for us that Sunday was soon chucked out the window after inspiration found them via the oscillations transmitted by the wall of MOOG synthesizers over the course of those 2 days. They delivered an absolute belter of a set, getting the Supersonic crowd well and truly warmed up for the festival finale. At Supersonic, we were dead chuffed to see these artists revel in this unique opportunity.

“an exercise in extreme electronica, taking on techno structures and reconfiguring to a dramatic extent. Filled with energy, the band moved confidently through this maniacal set and set the bar fairly high.” – Pop Matters
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