Supersonic Social: Digbeth First Friday!

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what’s that? A FREE PARTY? A PARTY? FOR FREE?

Yes you heard right.

Come on down to the SUPERSONIC SOCIAL at Centrala as part of Digbeth First Friday on June 2nd.

From 8 til late!

Bringing together Supersonic Artists, Volunteers and Punters past and present for a good ol’ Festival Frolic.
Warmly welcoming newcomers to our loving community of curious odd bods.
Come find out what Supersonic is all about ahead of this year’s festival: June 16th-18th TICKETS

Expect DJ sets from Mothwasp, Dorcha, Girls Girls Girls and Sausage!

Themed Cocktails & Snacks, Supersonic Visuals, plus a Superspecial Performance from Birmingham’s very own unique and rare species – GORILLABOT
Oh and it’s FREE!

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The Seer – Harvesting Stones

harvesting stones from the moonseer on Vimeo.

THE SEER ~ HARVESTING STONES  (SPECIAL PERFORMANCE)

THE WILDE BUILDING

Giants raised me,

Years before Man,

Before ash drifted

and dust clogged their veins.

The Seer is a multimedia performance devised and directed by artist and filmmaker Conny Prantera, exploring the mythical figure of Cassandra and her modern reincarnation as visionary, healer and political dissident. Bringing together a select group of international women artists and musicians, including Agathe Max, Eliza Bennett, Lani Rocillo, Rebecca Horrox, Tom Fug and Burl. The piece presents multiple video projections, costumes, spoken word and live performance, mixing movement, music and poetry through the diverse cast of players and the participating audience. 

Want to participate? Here’s how…

Choir of the Seer

a voice workshop with Rebecca Horrox

A unique opportunity not only for singers and musicians, but for anyone who takes delight in the freedom to experiment with the voice: any ability welcome.

The choir consists of a 1.30hr workshop on Saturday 17th at 2pm leading to a live performance with The Seer, which takes place later that evening in the form of a masked choir.

The dynamic relationship between voice and body will be explored through a short devised composition for many voices. Beginning with mind and body exercises, participants will locate the voice in different parts of the body creating a sense of feeling, for breath, space and listening. The remaining time will be spent singing the composition for the concert.

Simple to follow with gestural direction and improvised sections, participants will get to use their voice in an inventive and sometimes extreme way focusing upon dynamics, texture, rhythm, and harmony, the voice telling a story of its own amidst the performance of The Seer.

To register your interest, please email george@capsule.org.uk

www.theseer.co.uk

This commission has been supported by Supersonic Festival, the British Council and Arts Council England. (logos Britich Council/ACE)

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4 WEEKS TO GO! Workshop Sign Ups + More!

Hopefully by now you’ve hit BUY TICKETS on our website due to being sufficiently wooed by our spectacular line-up featuring: Anna Von Hausswolff live at Town Hall, NAWA Showcase of the Arab world’s finest experimental musicians, avant-rock giants OXBOW with live choir, master Saxophonist Colin Stetson and genre-fluid critically acclaimed Jenny Hval…to name but a few. But if you haven’t already hit BUY TICKETS then here’s even more Supersonic delights to entice you to hit that button. If you have already hit BUY TICKETS then congrats, you win.
Love being a Supersonic spectator but itching for a chance to get your hands dirty? Well, alongside our fine array of music, markets, food and film, no Supersonic would be complete without a range of hands-on leftfield workshop activities to mix things up and stretch your brain.

YOGA IN BLACK
17/18 June Sat + Sun 12-2pm
Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT Birmingham
Sessions are for up to 12 people | Mats are provided on request.
Tickets must be purchased in advance: £15 from SAT I SUN

To celebrate the Summer Solstice and Supersonic Festival, Yoga In Black are holding two sessions of their unique take on yoga over the Festival weekend, in collaboration with electric cellist Rotten Bliss.

Yoga In Black offer sessions of Dru Yoga, with a twist – leading you through the graceful and strength-enhancing exercises of the yogic tradition, to a soundtrack of metal, gothic rock, drone, doomjazz and dark ambient music.

Dru Yoga features the use of visualisation and affirmation in its practice, and these workshops engage imagery from pagan, Voudon and Thelemic traditions to invoke a sense of inner strength and peace.

Expect big sound, and sound teachings: a workout for your mind, body and ears. It will be intense, magical and fun!

SYNTH BUILDING WORKSHOP WITH FARMER GLITCH
Saturday 15:00 – 17:00
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Sign up

Farmer Glitch (a.k.a. Stephen Ives) guides participants through making their very own Atari Punk Console – a standalone, palm-sized synth with built-in amp and speaker for portable noise-goodness. A great project for beginners and young people, or just those who love to make noise, spend a little time soldering and walk away with a lovely little addition to your sonic armoury.

For this workshop, we need you to sign up in advance – places are limited please e-mail george@capsule.org.uk with ‘Synth Building Workshop’ in the Subject line to book your spot.

‘UCHIWA’ FAN WORKSHOP WITH BUNNY BISSOUX
Sat 17:00 – 19:00 I Sun 16:00 – 18:00 Marketplace
Included in Supersonic Ticket – drop in

In Japan, music fans & concertgoers commonly make uchiwa – paper fans emblazoned with band names, pictures, slogans and words of admiration, to send a message to their idols or as a memento of a live experience. Tokyo-based artist, illustrator and hardcore fanatic Bunny Bissoux presents drop-in workshops in the Marketplace for you to decorate your very own uchiwa – show your support for the festival acts, proclaim your adoration for your all-time favourite band or create a Supersonic souvenir to treasure forever!

HUMAN SEQUENCER WORKSHOP – SNAPPED ANKLES
Sunday 14:30  – 16:30 Centrala
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Sign Up

Take techno back to forest floor with Snapped Ankles and join the circle to become part of the human sequencer! Using the band’s own customised ‘log synths’ (analogue percussion synthesisers), participants will create a Synth Drum Circle, exploring rhythmic interplay and traditional bell-ringing techniques – and ultimately collaborate as a group to create a new piece of pulsing and percussive sound art.

For this workshop, places are limited, we need you to sign up in advance –  please e-mail george@capsule.org.uk with ‘Human Sequencer Workshop’ in the Subject line to book your spot.

BLACK METAL LIFE DRAWING with RUSSELL MACEWAN (BLACK SUN)
Saturday  I Marketplace
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Drop In 

“When it’s cold and it’s dark, the freezing art can obsess you!”

Join Russell MacEwan (Black Sun Drum Korps) in exploring the brutal and beautiful art of black metal, in a two-hour introduction to life drawing, presented in the context of heavy metal and black metal art, music and history. Ritualistic in form, carbon in soul, unleash your creative potential and inner darkness in two hours of demonically fun life drawing. No previous experience required. Participants may bring their own sketchbooks if they wish.

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CREATIVE CODING FOR LIVE VISUALS WORKSHOP

Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 I Vivid Projects

Tickets £5 for Supersonic Tickets holders / £10 for general public

BAFTA-winning digital artist Dan Hett brings his computational creativity crash-course to Supersonic! Aimed at complete beginners, this course will take attendees on a colourful and interactive hands-on journey into making noise and colour with a computer. The course will firstly look at livecoding visuals and noise in the browser using the amazing LiveCodeLab, and then heads into creating unpredictable and colourful drawing tools using Processing. No previous coding experience is necessary, but you will need to bring a sparkling can-do attitude and a willingness to experiment.

Hosted by Vivid Projects

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Volunteer Interviews

 

With our Volunteer application deadline tomorrow [info here] we spoke to a couple of past Supersonic Volunteers to find out what they had to say about their festival experience…

 

GUSHI SOHAL

What compelled you to Volunteer with us in the first place?

I was interested in working with Supersonic because I like a lot of bands Capsule host. & Supersonic is a fun atmosphere.

Tell us about your Supersonic Volunteer experience:

My experience of Supersonic has always been enjoyable & fuelled by samosas.  I’ve met a lot of like minded people, get to see friends I don’t usually see on a regular basis & watch so many bands.

How have you used this experience outside the Festival?

Whilst working at the festival  I was able to network, so I have been able to use this experience to further my professional career.

Who are you excited about at Supersonic 2017?

The Space Lady! Dorcha, Xylorious White… Too many to chose from!

KRISTIAN CLARK

What compelled you to Volunteer with us in the first place?

I had visited the festival on two occasions and just loved the experience, the vibe was really friendly and the people were all great, as soon as i noticed the call for volunteers i knew i wanted to be a part of it.

Tell us about your Supersonic Volunteer experience:

My first year volunteering i felt nervous at first but once i met Sean and the rest of the Capsule team I was instantly put at ease. The team are so friendly and they care about everyone having a great weekend, wether you are a punter or a volunteer, they really looked after us all. It was also great that I got to meet a lot of the artists who performed at the festival, there was a real community spirit to it all, where the artist were genuinely grateful to us for giving our time to help run the festival. 

How have you used this experience outside the Festival?

I have gone on to work at other festivals/events around the UK since my first time volunteering at Supersonic. Including Tusk Festival in my home town and some dates on tour with Test Dept.

Who are you excited about at Supersonic 2017?

There’s so much to look forward to as ever…

Richard Dawson playing with a full band! (don’t miss it!)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (also essential, don’t forget the buckfast)

Princess Nokia (super excited to see Princess Nokia, dat girl is a tomboy!)

Ex-Easter Island Head Large Ensemble (beautiful)

Casual Nun (just got into these, love em, can’t wait to see them live)

Grey Hairs (just class, big fan of this lot)

Laura Cannell (excited to see Laura Cannell again!)

ZONAL!? (Kevin Martin & Justin Broadrick collaborating again! should be Mega)

Supersonic always get it right,  I love that every time I visit I don’t know half of the line-up, but always go home with a new favourite band or 6! 

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YOU HAVE UNTIL TOMORROW TO APPLY!

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LONE Taxidermist: Trifle

“A howl-inducing music making machine” Ruth Barnes 6 Music

LONE Taxidermist is the chaotic project of cosmic Cumbrian synth artist Natalie Sharp, also an award winning experienced makeup artist and skin decorator based in London. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally for the likes of the British Library, Philharmonie de paris, The Huffington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Channel 4 to name but a few. With clients such as Vogue, Google and Sony and longstanding close collaboration with Gazelle Twin.

Natalie’s work is always surreal and her training in fashion and music has led her to work with a roster of artists from the ground upwards. She has been described as “An iconic misfit of the first order’” by Phyllis Cohen and continues to collaborate with esteemed photographers like Perou receiving her initial training by Rankin.

Natalie’s work has achieved Viral success as her self painted images of album artwork for International Record Store Day, putting her on the global map and opening up the art of face painting to an international audience.

Lone Taxidermist plays with the gothic and enchanting to create a disturbed beauty that exists in the darkest spaces of our minds, with saws, organs, bells, broken strings, old blues howling and an exquisite voice that could raise the dead.

 

On her new project Trifle she’s joined by Philip Winter (Wrangler/ Tunng) and Will Kwerk for a journey into the murky, intertwined depths of sexual food fetishes, Amsr and foley artistry. The live show features music from the group’s forthcoming debut album of the same name, and explores the shadowy worlds of sploshing, cake sitting and crush fetish. It features a visual backdrop from a series of YouTube cake fetishists, and AV artist Ross Blake’s specially commissioned projections.

We were lucky enough to get right up inside LONE Taxidermist’s Trifle at Fat Out Fest 2017 – a stupefying live experience – which we can’t wait to bring to you at Supersonic.

Also not to be missed is LONE Taxidermist and Jenny Hval’s first full stage direction with makeup, costume and blood paint for Hvals Superspecial Supersonic performance.

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http://www.nataliesharp.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/lonetaxidermist/

https://www.instagram.com/lonetaxidermist/

Trifle Trailer from Ross Blake on Vimeo.

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CALL OUT FOR MARKET PLACE!

 

Supersonic Festival – June 16-18th 2017

 

The Market Place has been a vibrant part of Supersonic Festival for many years now. It’s a space for independent distributors, record labels, poster artists and peddlers of curiosities to sell their wares, network and for you to meet each other face to face.  The Market Place is also where the bands sell their merch. This year, the Market Place will be situated in the light, glass-walled canteen of our Digbeth hub venue, equipped with a tea room serving a selection of epicurean delights.

 

This year at Supersonic, we’ve got a few spaces still available in our Festival Marketplace.
The deal? For £200, you get 2 weekend tickets to the festival and a stall to sell your goods, network and meet audiences face to face alongside likeminded folks.

 

Deadline for booking 18th May
For enquiries contact: george{at]capsule.org.uk

 

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Day tickets on sale

Supersonic Festival announce the day line-ups, as the day-tickets go on sale today, and reveal more of what this year has to offer…

We are thrilled to announce another exclusive commission for Supersonic 2017, a special performance by Nicholas Bullen, originator of Napalm Death, with ‘Universal Detention Centre’  tying into the 30 year anniversary of Grindcore masterpiece, ‘Scum’. This groundbreaking album by Napalm Death, paved the way for a new sub genre which was unlike anything previously heard before incomprehensible screams and growled vocals were laid atop distorted, down tuned guitars in a race to the finish line against a newly formed style of percussive aggression – the blast beat, whilst preaching a message of personal responsibility.

In addition to this Superspecial Napalm Death anniversary we bring you sets from artists who take elements of the genre in new directions: Melt Banana, Art of Burning Water, and PCM. There will also be a special talk to analyse and discuss the impact of DIY culture on social change 30 years on. More details on this to be revealed soon.

In recognition of the fact that children can enjoy experimental music as much as the adults who attend Supersonic, not to mention being a fantastic opportunity to show all the family the beauty of live music, the festival each year hosts a Supersonic Kids Gig labelled “big sounds for little people”. In previous years this has included performances from Richard Dawson, Flamingods, and this year shall be hosted by Japanese band Melt Banana, who form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling. The Supersonic kids gig shall take place on Saturday 17th June at Symphony Hall from 2-3:30pm, recommended for children under 10.

 

Adding to the variety of the Supersonic 2017 line up, there shall be a plethora of AV performances including multi-media commission by artist Conny Prantera in collaboration with a host of female artists and musicians, The Seer, which explores the supernatural and visions of the future, through multiple projections and costumes, with live music composition.  Lone Taxidermist’s Trifle is a journey into the murky, intertwined depths of sexual food fetishes, Amsr and foley artistry. Mothwasp experiment with brute force of drums and guitar, film soundtrack techniques and audio-responsive video experiments. London based punk purveyors of Pagan Funk, Snapped Ankles bring their Wild Man attire to Supersonic, while power trio Ghold, will plough into some of the most ponderous dirges you’ll hear this side of Corrupted. Audiences can expect a party where electronic music is generated from live algorithms hailed as an Algorave.

  Of course, no Supersonic line up would be complete without extra curricular activities and workshops to keep curious minds (and bodies) enterained throughout the weekend, and so this year, Yoga In Black are holding two sessions of their unique take on yoga over the Festival weekend, in collaboration with electric cellist Rotten Bliss.

DAY TICKETS ON SALE

16- 18 JUNE BIRMINGHAM UK

Friday

Anna Von Hausswolff / Algorave / Anonymous Bash / Art of Burning Water / Charles Hayward Zigzag+Swirl / Melt Banana / Mothwasp / Nicholas Bullen / PCM / Xylouris White

Saturday 

Arbouretum / Big Joanie / Colin Stetson / Electronica Wizard / Ex Easter Island Head / Grey Hairs / Haress / Jenny Hval / Jessica Moss / Kuro  / Laniakea / Laura Cannell / Pigs x 7 / Raime / Richard Dawson / The Seer / Zonal Feat. Justin Broadrick + Kevin Martin / Zu

Sunday  

Casual Nun / Dorcha / Flowers Must Die / Ghold / Kamilya Jubran Wasl Trio / Khyam Allami / Lone Taxidermist / Mohammad / Nadah El Shazly / Oxbow Choir / Princess Nokia / Snapped Ankles / The Space Lady / Tomaga + Pierre Bastien / Two or The Dragon

+ workshops/talks/films and cake

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Supersonic 2017 PODCAST NO.2

SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2017 PODCAST NO.2

Presented by Anna Palmer and George Leeming
We take you through the next batch of acts to be announced for this year’s festival including:
Charles Hayward
Anonymous Bash
Dorcha
Ex-Easter Island Head
Richard Dawson (special feature)
Haress
Tomaga + Pierre Bastien
Jessica Moss
Xylouris White
Kuro
The Space Lady
Zonal (ft. The Bug and Justin Broadrick)
[with live performances from Supersonics gone by]

Plus interviews and influences, expect:
PJ Harvey
Gavin Bryars
Mike & Lal Waterson
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Captain Beefheart
This Heat

 

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Casual Nun: Psychometrics

“Akin to blending the sonic freak outs of legendary krautrock pioneers Ash Ra Tempel with 90’s Japanese noise mongers Up-Tight or Ohkami No Jikan, London’s Casual Nun deliver some downright heavy psych – a blown out slab of distorted, hypnotic guitar buzz, heady, effect-laden vocals, and plodding drums, everything bleary eyed, garage-y, intense and drugged out! Anyone who has been diggin’ the aforementioned greats, GNODThe Heads or Loop will definitely fall in love with Casual Nun – at least, we did immediately upon hearing Super Fancy SkeletonCasual Nun’s debut release.” – Roadburn

Psychometrics are used to gauge and influence in a world where information digestion has moved increasingly towards social messaging. The ability of organisations and entities to use psychometric data to build a psychological profile of a person is an alarming manipulation of our personalities, aptitudes and desires.

 With that in mind, ‘Psychometric Testing By…’ sees Casual Nun embracing a more improvisational approach, with the entirety of the recording created in Wayne Adams’(Shitwife/Death Pedals)  Bear Bites Horse studio during the same session that produced their first LP ‘Super Fancy Skeleton’ .

 

 

Casual Nun’s ‘Psychometric Testing By…’ limited edition 12’’ vinyl by Box Records AVAILABLE HERE

” All tumultuous sounds hurtling through a cavernous echo chamber, the band dissect what it means to be psychedelic and discover a new-found jamming ethic, if you thought their debut was good, you haven’t heard anything yet… Coming so soon of the back of their excellent debut, this is an extraordinarily confident piece of music which takes their sound into ever different avenues… This is the true sound of the UK underground.” – Echoes & Dust

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Haress: Rural Sensibilities

HARESS consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still, based in Bishops Castle in the Shropshire Hills where they also organise the amazing Sin-eater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset. David is also our incredible visual artist and graphic designer for Supersonic – making us look Superfly.

Hand and Still intertwine dark and repetitive guitar figures in order to create a hypnotic, mantra-like state. Their intuitive playing works on a kind of telepathy until it’s impossible for the onlooker to work out which player is responsible for which sound and they must choose to absorb it as a whole. The resulting music is reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s “Paris, Texas” soundtrack, latter-day Earth, Papa M or even the repetition of Sahara blues but filtered through a warm, rural sensibility.

Haress are frequently joined by collaborators and recent live performances have expanded the 2 piece to also include Pete Simonelli (Enablers) on vocals and Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza) on guitar. A recording made with Nathan Bell (Lungfish, Human Bell) is also in the release pipeline. 

Be sure to catch this beguiling duo at Supersonic 2017!

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man”, as a sage wiser and more debauched than most of us once remarked. Such is the headspace of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, whose animalistic headspace is set out by their very moniker, yet who have wasted little time in creating an almighty psychic charge that has blown minds and summoned bedlam in sweat-drenched venues across the UK’s underground and beyond. 

“It’s a pretty perfect balance of obnoxiousness, ridiculousness, intensity and theatrics, and somewhere within that spectrum is where our music sits too.” reckons Matthew Baty, whose vein-popping onstage performances and cathartic bellow form a primary ingredient of the Newcastle five-piece’s devastating live shows. “We truly love the emotionally dark bands that we are in (Ommadon, Blown Out, Khunnt). Pigs however provided an opportunity to do something different, something that is fun with a different kind of intensity.” 

Playing their first gig supporting Goat at what was only the latter’s second ever show, the band have gigged relentlessly with kindred spirits including The Cosmic Dead and Luminous Bodies, not to mention gracing festivals like Supernormal and Portugal’s Reverence with their feral attack. Yet the time has come for this band to transcend the realm of word-of-mouth phenomenon and be judged on their feverish and demented collision of psych-drone dementia and riff-driven salvation alone. 

The inarguable proof is Feed The Rats, the overwhelming first album the band have created for Rocket Recordings – equal parts righteous repetition, bludgeoning brute force and Sabbathian squalor, its alchemical charge has the power to transform bleary-eyed abandon into small-hours revelation. This three-track, forty-minute monument of chaotic catharsis captures the everything-on-eleven spirit of the band’s live manifestation whilst adding a level of finesse and texture often less easily accessible in a dangerous haze of flying hair, discarded clothes and spilt premium lager. Channeling the grimy trip hazards of Monster Magnet’s ‘Spine Of God’ through a prism of kraut-derived repetition and Part Chimp style bloodymindedness, the resulting hallucinatory vortex appears constantly on the realm of breaking point. 

Yet for Baty, the porcine realm is less about a nihilistic quest for fiery oblivion than one might imagine. “You know, I think we’ve experienced it, many times. It’s those gigs where we can almost sense that everyone in the room is engaged. The energy created is so thick you can almost bite down on it and it feels like there’s no longer any barrier between band and audience. Those are the special shows, where there’s a solidarity and a very visceral bond. That, and being able to smell our amps melting”. 

Amps and brains alike, as these psychic omnivores bring seven times the joy, seven times the pain, seven times the dementia and deliverance. 

READ A PIGS x7 QUIETUS REVIEW

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ZONAL – Supersonic World Premiere!

Musician and record producer Kevin Martin is best known for recording and performing as The Bug, however, has been and continues to be involved in a variety of other musical projects including: GOD, Techno Animal, Ice, Curse of the Golden Vampire and King Midas Sound.

Early musical groundings with bands like Joy Division, Sex Pistols, Captain Beefheart, Birthday Party, and Throbbing Gristle sparked his initial interest in music, as Martin describes, “It seemed like everything that I hated about English conservative monoculture was being burned and turned upside down through music…Post-punk music was tearing up rule books and asking questions of everything, particularly structure in terms of music, art, politics, you know, the law.”

Martin first began making music because he was attracted to the DIY punk aesthetic. He first worked with a four-track recorder and effects pedal. Moving in to the 90s London music scene, he began to sync his ears up to the genres of dub, jazzcore, ragga, industrial hip hop, dancehall, and dubstep. Equipped with his aversion to conservative musical structure he comments how discovering genres such as Dub “seemed to tear everything to shreds, burn it up, and rearrange the embers.” The punk-meets-dance music combination is one which continually elevates The Bug’s artistry in whatever musical endeavour he explores.

 

A previous collab with Dylan Carlson of American drone-metalists Earth titled The Bug vs Earth saw its live debut at Supersonic Festival 2015 and this year we bring you yet another Superspecial, Supersonic collab…this time with Justin Broadrick. In the mid 80s Broadrick was writing and recording guitar for Side One of the Napalm Death’s debut album, Scum which now celebrates it’s 30 years on this earth. Since then he has cemented himself as a pioneer in the Metal scene with Birmingham band Godflesh, who’s innovative music is widely regarded as a foundational influence on industrial metal and post-metal.

“Justin Broadrick has been, and continues to be, many things. Now based in his north Wales farm, the Birmingham native has thirty plus years of performing and recording under his belt, exploring the world of extreme music (a concept he has his own considered definition of) from feedback blur overload to the deepest of dub-inspired crushes to serene contemplation. Kaleidoscopic might be one way to describe his work, in how elements rearrange to create new, unexpected patterns. His latest efforts include a new live release under the guise of Final, his collaborative album as Jesu with Sun Kil Moon, and Rise Above, his latest album as JK Flesh.”

CLICK HERE FOR BROADRICK IN CONVERSATION WITH THE QUIETUS

 

The Bug & JK Flesh together were Techno-animal, that was the past, now they are Zonal, this is the future! A worldwide premiere for this new project at Supersonic 2017.

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HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY!

HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY PEOPLE!
Here’s a few NEW releases you should be purchasing or pre-ordering right now:
 

OXBOW, Thin Black Duke

Raime, Notion 2 Notion

ZU, Jhator

Richard Dawson, Peasant

Grey Hairs, Serious Business

Flowers Must Die, Kompost

 
So loosen those purse strings and get supporting the independent music scene. Thanks to the labels & stores keeping it alive!
 
Hydra Head Records / Thrill Jockey Records / Blackest Ever Black / House of Mythology / Weird World / Rocket Recordings / Melophobe Records / Milque & Muhle Records / Defunkt Dialekt / Box Records / Wow And Flutter + many many more!
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Flowers Must Die: Kompost

Ask many self-styled music aficionados, and they’ll tell you that rock in the early to mid ‘70s descended into a mire of boundless self-indulgence and instrumental virtuosity, in which the a whole generation of progressively-minded musicians and listeners effectively lost the map in a feverish pursuit of excellence and one-upmanship that ended in tortuous track-times, daunting concept sagas and boundless pomposity. This phenomenon has now become the stuff of cultural cliche -after all, how many more music documentaries do we all have to watch in which footage from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s heyday is interrupted by the Sex Pistols?

Not so in Sweden. For there, music in the countercultural heyday of psychedelia and progressive rock was an explicitly political pursuit, and central to this was the idea that absolutely anyone could make music, no matter how either expansive or limited their technical ability – indeed the egalitarian spirit that many thought revolutionary to punks in the UK was nothing new for the heads to be found enjoying the cult Swedish psychedelia of bands like Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Älgarnas Trädgård or Baby Grandmothers, borne of a free-flowing aesthetic and utilitarian mindset where inspiration was key. 

It’s exactly this lineage forty plus years later where one can find Flowers Must Die, the six-piece Swedish outfit. They pursue an improvisation-based approach removed from the codified realm of contemporary psych, and exploring uncanny and unhinged territory fuelled by diverse record collections yet unique to their own collective headspace. 

Formed while at art school – initially in an attempt to put together a Sir Lord Baltimore style hard rock band – the band quickly took on a life of its own, with Jonas’ passion for soul, disco and jazz interspersing with Rickard’s background in the local noise scene amidst a plethora of other disparate ingredients. Rickard’s brother Martin, guitarist Sven Walan and drummer Lars Hoffsten (a successful artist from the family of well-known Swedish jazz and blues musicians) soon joined the fray, before vocalist and violinist Lisa Ekelund completed the circle, spurring the band on to new levels of psychic abandon.

True to a record encompassing a countercultural rawness and experimental ethos that spans five decades, The members of Flowers Must Die’s ages range from 28 to 63, and the sound of ‘Kompost’, in all its wayward, wild glory, follows suit. The band may have taken their name originally from an Ash Ra Tempel song, whilst the strains of Amon Duul II and the repetition of Can lurk within these overgrown sonic pathways. Yet ‘Kompost’ shows them honing their improvisatory excursions into coherent songcraft amidst spectral techno and cosmic disco shapes, as the angular post-punk pop of The Sugarcubes sits alongside the narcotic clangour of prime Royal Trux, and one-take spontaneity locks horns with nocturnal revelation. It’s a potent assault that’s already seen them make converts aplenty at festivals like Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, Copenhagen Psych Fest and Supernormal. 

Here the outward-looking spirit of 1971 and the anything-goes mentality of the Scandinavian freaks of yore is transposed elegantly to a modern era in need of new horizons, and in a manner refreshingly and paradoxically bereft of retro chic. What’s more, who’s to say what dimensions this alchemical force have yet to explore?

Flowers Must Die live up to their reputation with this fine first full-length offering for Record Recordings. A crucial component in Rocket’s already landmark year of releases.

CLICK HERE TO READ A REVIEW OF NEW ALBUM KOMPOST

https://flowersmustdie.bandcamp.com/

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Fat Out Fest Round-up!

So we’ve just abut recovered from Easter weekend in Manchester at Fat Out Fest. Strictly no eggs. But there was some Trifle involved…here’s our roundup!

Arriving just in time for a magnificently brutal industrial hammering with a political edge from Test Dept. in Fat Out’s Burrow, we soon acquired the free ear plugs being handed out at the bar – preservation is key when tunnelling through a weekend of noise rock. On the Caustic Coastal stage Giant Swan delivered a feral cross-breed of hypnotic bass, hefty percussion and disorientating noise. Another blinder of a set came from Housewives with their abrasive guitars, droning bass lines and propulsive, relentless drums.

But our highlight has to be the mosh inducing Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs who hit hard with a feverish and transgressive blast of psych-drone dementia. After a heavy rattle from these fellas we were thrown back to The Burrow to be finished off by The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth with some earth shuddering pulsating soundscapes & chiming melodies, glowing in currents of heavy bass darkness. The Bug plays this years Supersonic with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh as Zonal and that litter of Pigs will be unleashed our audience too – we can’t wait!

On to Saturday and after a hearty breakfast to get us back in the game we fancied a bit of pud…and what better pud than Trifle? Lone Taxidermist gave a multi-faceted, multi-layered performance with a glutinous exploration into the dark online culture of Sploshing, crush fettish and cake sitting. We loved getting right up inside a Trifle and perhaps our Supersonic audience will too in June?

Bodies on Everest blasted us next in The Burrow with their triple stacked Doom/Dungeonwave/Ghost Pop to then be consoled and relieved by the bare, sparse songwriting of Irma Vep and his dreamy downbeat dulcet tones. Next up we got half and half of sets from Data Quack (featuring Charles Hayward and saxophonist of Housewives) strumming up an array of abstract textures, car chase sequences and violent grooves and Yossarians telling us stories and prophecies laden with a malicious red midst paired with driving-punk guitar lines. Thrown in the middle of all this was an improv between avant-garde scene saxophonist Colin Webster & Andrew Cheetham chiming in on drums with astonishing flare in the Islington Mill B&B.

As we drifted into the night, in spite of technical difficulties, Moor Mother delivered a terrifyingly dark set of both cathartic angry punk and expansive electronic improvisation. Other immensely heavy sets from Sly & The Dead Neanderthals ft. Colin Webster and Author & Punisher finished off the Saturday in true gargantuan style. A late night set from Blood Sport thrown in gave our jittery pegs some synth laden rough-house-techno polyrhythms to jive to.

And then we (just about) made it to Sunday ready for our Supersonic showcase on The Bernard Stage. Opening proceedings was Birmingham band Dorcha who delivered a beguiling set of synths, strings and heavy beats, moving through thundering chaos to sudden moments of fragile reverie. A set not to be missed at Supersonic this June. Then the wondrous soundscapes of violinist Agathe Max massaged our Sunday ear drums not a moment too soon…right before they were blasted once again by the bleak mantras and doomy negative punk of Rainbow Grave.

Playing together since the 80s and eating a pizza on stage, Trans Am brought their futuristic speed metal and robo-balladry to our heavy limbs and pepped us up once more for the home stretch. Next we were embraced by The Seer – a new collaborative commission curated by Conny Prantera, melding movement, spoken word, electronic soundscapes, alluring visuals and the stark string skills of Agathe Max into an all encompassing experience. Another performance for our Supersonic audience to enjoy this June.

Finishing off the Sunday was the joyous bombast of Islam Chipsy with two live drummers freewheeling the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, much like the ones we were throwing on the floor. Lots of loud. Lots of love. Other Sunday treats in-between the Supersonic stage came from a street style performance in the Shit Shop by Gambian Kora player Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh & Drummer from the World percussion collective in collaboration with Charles Hayward. And a band you absolutely have to see this year if you get the chance – Part Chimp – a flood of noise, warmth and distortion.

So, that is that. We certainly managed to Fat Out Til We Passed Out this Easter weekend. The Islington Mill is the place to be. Fat Out is a wonderful thing and thank you to our hosts Emma, Verity and Sophie for taking such good care of us. Til’ next year!

And don’t forgot you can catch: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs / Zonal / Lone Taxidermist / Dorcha / The Seer – This June at Supersonic!

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Fat Out Fest!

STEP AWAY FROM THE EGGS!!!

There’s an alternative way to Fat Out Till You Pass Out this easter weekend…

Fat Out Till You Pass Out is an independent promotion based in Salford NW England. Founded in 2007 by Emma Thompson and Verity Gardner, Fat Out has grown from humble DIY punk roots into a force to be reckoned with in the Salford/Manchester independent music scene.

“It’s more important than ever to create space and support for the independent scene.”Emma Thompson, FOF Founder/Director

And FOTYPO take their DIY experimentalist attitude down to Islington Mill, Manchester this weekend, assembling their third version of Fat Out Fest with the help of some choice curators

The international line-up works through a three-day course featuring heavy psychedelic riffs from Blown Out, The Bug vs Dylan Carson of Earth, JIBÓIA, avant garde synths from Group A, or if preferable, lounge metal from Lake of Snakes.

This year sees Supersonic host its own stage on Sunday 16th April including performances from Trans Am, The Seer, Agathe Max, Rainbow Grave, Dorcha and Islam Chipsy & EEK.

With other stages curated by The Quietus, The Wire and a collaboration with Le Guess Who plus workshops, delicious food, market place, record stalls and all the glitter one could ever desire, this is set to be a weekend not to be missed.

TOP TIP: Don’t miss the new show ‘Trifle’ from Lone Taxidermist on The Quietus stage.

So c’mon, sod Cadburys, sod Galaxy, and definitely FUCK NESTLÉ and get out there and support your independent, underground music scene! FAT OUT TILL YOU PASS OUT!
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SUPERSONIC VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

 

Capsule’s internationally renowned festival runs 16th-18th June 2017 and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.

Supersonic has secured its experimental reputation with over 14 years of consistently innovative and explosive concoctions of visual installations, films, exhibitions and music. Guaranteed to open your eyes and ears to music and art outside the predictable genre labels and familiar performance spaces.

You will be part of an ever growing, friendly community of music and art lovers helping to maintain the values of bringing the extraordinary to curious audiences in an all inclusive way. This is will be an invaluable experience into how a festival runs but not only that, you’ll be contributing to something truly Superspecial whilst making friends along the way!

We need a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend (16th -18th June ) and also in the run up to the festival (early June onwards).

  • We would like every volunteer to commit to 15 hours over the weekend
  • Volunteers must be over 18 years old

This year we are on the lookout for people for the following roles:

Artist Liason/Box Office
Hospitality/Site Set up
Merch/Promotion

If you are interested in being involved – please fill out the application form [here]

The deadline for applications is 15th May.

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NAWA Recordings Showcase

Presented in collaboration with Supersonic Festival, this musical showcase by Nawa Recordings features some of the Arab world’s most creative, independent and forward thinking artists. Founded by multi-instrumentalist musician and composer Khyam Allami in 2011, Nawa is an independent label focused on releasing new music from the Arab world.

Having released critically acclaimed albums by Maurice Louca, Alif, The Dwarfs of East Agouza and Allami’s soundtrack to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s award winning debut feature film As I Open My Eyes, the label brings its newest artists to the UK for the first time in a genre-defying and eclectic quadruple-bill.

Khyam shall curate a striking array of Nawa artists during the Sunday afternoon of the 2017 edition of Supersonic Festival, in celebration of the festival’s longstanding relationship with the musician and label owner. All of the handpicked artists hone in on their own musical influences–spanning rock, psychedelia, gritty percussion, avant-garde, jazz, electronica – all are united by their exploration of genre-defying, improvisation-based craftwork that hail from the Arab world.

LISTEN TO A SPECIAL NAWA RECORDINGS PLAYLIST INCLUDING ARTISTS FEATURING AT THE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

Kamilya Jubran Wasl Trio

A contemporary trio led by renowned Palestinian vocalist and Oud player Kamilya Jubran with Werner Hassler (Trumpet, Electronics) and Sarah Murcia (Double Bass, Roland SH-101).

Kamilya Jubran, raised in Palestine, was introduced and initiated to classical arabic music by her music loving parents. From her early university explorations in the group Sabreen, Jubran has been raising awareness to the importance of music and music education in Palestine and spent a very rich and intensive 2 decades of constant work with the group which urged her to deepen her music research and consequently to shape and reshape her musical identity. Continuing on with various other collaborative projects in Europe she arrives here with two companions: Werner Hasler and Sarah Murcia – avid contributors to her work thus far – now forming the Wasl trio.

Werner ran his own band, Manufactur, from 1998 to 2008. His aim at this time was to find ways of using electronic music as a medium for interaction between musicians. Since 2002 he has been working intensively with the Palestinian singer and oud player Kamilya Jubran. First of all contributing to her project Mahattaat, then working in partnership combining Kamilya’s voice and oud with his electronica and trumpet.

For the last ten years Sarah Murcia has played with the Magic Malik Orchestra, and Las Ondas Marteles (Nicolas et Seb Martel). At the moment she is a member of the groups Beau Catcher, Sylvain Cathala trio and Pearls of Swines. As an arranger, she is involved in various projects, particularly Paul Ouazon’s music programs for television and the research atelier of Arte France.

 

Two or The Dragon

Two Or The Dragon was created by Beirut based musicians Abed Kobeissy (Buzuq/Effects) and Ali Hout (Percussion/Effects) as an expression of their common interest in urban sounds and Arabic music. This project tackles Arabic music’s capacity to express urban soundscapes, and its predisposition to express violence, as a local aesthetic in the region. This interest was sparked when Kobeissy and Hout began to compose music as a duo for contemporary dance and theater performances, as well as several film productions.

 Nadah El Shazly

Egyptian vocalist and composer combining abstract quirky electronics and sultry Arabic vocals. Nadah El Shazly is an Egyptian singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She is currently preparing for the release of her debut album, continuing along her constantly evolving live set, which she has been performing solo on keys, electronics and vocals. Most recently, Nadah became resident composer at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) and co-founded the Shorba duo with Egyptian artist Mohamed Shafiq, produced a track for the collective Nassibian Orchestra and composed for film and visual art.

Khyam Allami

Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist and schizophrenic musician/composer presents his latest series of improvisations on processed Oud, electronics and percussion. Virtuoso Oud player, serial collaborator, musical explorer: Khyam is a musician and composer with a formidable – and continually growing – international reputation. Despite only taking up the oud – his principal instrument – in his twenties, Allami rapidly became a performer of international renown. His remarkably assured 2011 debut solo album Resonance/Dissonance was widely critically praised; he has performed at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and London 2012 Festival, the cultural festival that accompanied the Olympics; and he was the first artist to be awarded a BBC Radio 3 World Routes scholarship in 2010. An “exceptionally refined and graceful performer” whose “compositions are utterly bewitching”.

 

We can’t wait to be mesmerised by this Supersonic Sunday Showcase from the Arab world.

NOT TO BE MISSED!

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And catch the Showcase across other UK dates:

15th June, Attenborough Centre, Brighton [tickets]

18th June, Supersonic Festival, Birmingham [tickets]

19th June, Cafe Oto, London [tickets]

 

 

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Go hitch a ride on a cloud of sound…

…Supersonic Festival Soundcloud Mix No.2 now available for your listening pleasure.

Featuring:

Richard Dawson/Jessica Moss/Laura Cannell/Arbouretum/Big Joanie/Tomaga/Kuro/Casual Nun/Charles Hayward/Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

So go! Open up those ear holes!

 

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Richard Dawson: The Skewed Troubadour Returns

We are delighted to welcome back to Supersonic, Richard Dawson. The skewed troubadour, at once charming and abrasive. His music is a collision of opposites, his hoarsely cracking voice suddenly rising to a magical soar that’s been compared to Tim Buckley, John Martyn and Richard Youngs. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing ranges from sublime intricacy to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and veering from stumble to enveloping reverie in a way that can recall Sir Richard Bishop or Captain Beefheart. Add this to his snaring way with words and Dawson’s got you pinned.

A much-loved musical spectacle in his native Newcastle for many years now, Dawson sings and plays with a rare intensity and a very singular style.

His set at Supersonic 2017 will be a little different though – he has a new album out this year, one with a definite ‘band’ feel about it. So Richard will be playing with a band. The band includes long-time collaborators Angharad Davies and Rhodri Davies and also two members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – also appearing at Supersonic!

New album Peasant, out June 2nd, is ‘a multi-panelled altarpiece depicting dark ages life in the north east’ and is now available for pre-order HERE on vinyl, cd and limited edition deluxe package.

“Peasant is a brilliant and captivating record, one that creates its own wholly imagined world with both music and words. Dawson writes melodies, just as he did before on Nothing Important, The Glass Trunk and The Magic Bridge. They aren’t melodies that he thrusts in your face, along with handfuls of sugar; they leap out of the murk of instrumentation, like some musical equivalent of watching a moor on a cloudy day, as lakes of golden sunlight appear and vanish on the hillside as the clouds open up and close over. But nor is this confrontational music, designed to ward off the unworthy. It’s music that rewards attention, to its detailing, to its textures, but it’s also beautiful and stirring and moving. It’s just, well, not pop music.”

In a recent INTERVIEW WITH THE QUIETUS Dawson describes the approach to the new album as wanting to create a ‘creaking wooden animal so you could hear all the sinews and all the stretching of the instruments.’ It is an album of intrepid exploration both sonically and historically. Dawson’s avid research into the time period laden the lyrical content with integrity whilst maintaining poetic and relevant remarks on contemporary society.

And here is our first glimpse…

Peasant takes inspiration from a painter of panoramas. “I was thinking of it like a tapestry or a painting that might go around a whole room, thinking about Pieter Breughel the Elder, particularly, who would cover the different stratas of a community from people out in the sticks who had nothing, to people more in a city or town with more possessions and more power. Rather than approach it as individual songs first, it was to see how the whole painting would fit together.”

We at Supersonic cannot wait to marvel at this vivid, enrapturing work of art Dawson and co. will paint before our very eyes this June!

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Dorcha

Dorcha is a 5 piece Birmingham band of synths, strings, electronics and heavy beats, led by composer – Anna Palmer. Drawing from an eclectic array of influences and musical backgrounds, Dorcha is a continuing exploration through alternative songwriting. From classical to punk, trashy pop to psychedelic math-rock with some swooping electronica thrown in between; the band career through intensely dark synth-laden gristle to moments of gentile and delicately-stringed reverie.

Since launching their first full-length album ‘Black Streams in 2015, the band’s genre-defying sound has been praised by BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie on his Freak Zone and they’ve shared line-ups with the likes of Deerhoof, East India Youth and Dream Wife.

Through curating their own multidisciplinary events with artistic collaborators, the band has produced an enigmatic live show accompanied by visuals which continues to excite and bewilder diverse audiences.

The band have recently released a new EP entitled ‘ism’ which adventures further into the depths of left-field electronica whilst still maintaining refined pop sensibilities. Recorded with local Digbeth based producer Luke Morrish Thomas at Flood Studios

Last week the band released a new interactive website, built by Phil Dawson and designed by Beth Bellis. You can explore it by clicking here!

In conjuncture with the new website release the band have launched a new collaborative experiment: ‘The Miniatures Project’. As the band explain:

“One day, Anna was wearing a different head and wrote some tiny guitar tunes that don’t really sound like any other Dorcha. We had a real laugh playing them but didn’t know where to place them, so we’ve put them in a house in our brand new website.

This is their home now. And we’re extending the family.

These tunes sparked a new idea to invite others to write for Dorcha. Different heads, same body. We’ve asked 9 other artists from varying musical backgrounds to create a set of miniatures for us to play and record in a day. Over the course of 2017 we’ll release a set of Mini’s a month – starting NOW with Anna’s Guitar miniatures. Get your chops round this!”

 

Welcome to the weird and ever changing landscape of Dorcha! Who knows what these local Brummies have in store for Supersonic 2017?

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Catch them at Flatpack Film Festival April 9th

Also appearing at Fat Out Fest on the Supersonic stage

 

www.dorcha.co.uk

www.facebook.com/dorchauk

twitter: @dorchamusic

 

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Xylouris White: Forging

“The chemistry between Crete lutenist George Xylouris and former Dirty Three drummer Jim White makes for a thrilling musical foray into avant-garde folk.” The Guardian

If the talents of singer and lute player George Xylouris seem otherworldly, even god-given, it is hardly surprising. One of the best-loved artists on Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, Xylouris is a member of a clan long-regarded throughout Greece as musical royalty. A clan that hails from Anogeia, a mountain shepherding village down the hill from the Cave of Zeus, that hotspot of ancient mythology.

To hear Xylouris play his long-necked lauto and sing songs of love and liberty in his impassioned, distinctive voice, is to experience tradition at its finest; tradition that this bearded father-of-three grants respect, and crafts into something unique. It’s a sound that has taken him around the world.

His father is the Cretan singer and lyra player Psarantonis, a man beloved of everyone from ethnomusicologists to Nick Cave. His late uncle was the iconic Nikos Xylouris, a singer and lyra player who became a symbol of the protest movement that brought down the Greek military junta in 1973.

Cretan lute was usually played as a backing instrument. But with albums such as ‘Antipodes’, by Xylouris Ensemble , ‘Embolo’ with his uncle Psarogiannis and ‘Oso ki an Dernei o Anemos’ out with All Together Now, Xylouris showcased the lauto’s solo potential with a repertoire of traditional and self-penned material. His numerous projects are testament to his restless musical curiosity. His concerts at home have become legendary for their musicality and power; his onstage record is currently 18 hours straight.

 

And then there is Jim White. Having first commanded international attention in the mid-1990s with the acclaimed Australian instrumental trio Dirty Three, the New York-based virtuoso is now the go-to guy for alt-A-list vocalists with collaboration in mind. Those who’ve worked with him – and all those he’s mesmerised as he plays – testify to his deft way with a rhythm, a downbeat, a jazz-fuelled wig out.

His is a unique playing style forged in the then isolated Melbourne; a style that can sound like a full band one moment, and something stark and beautiful the next.

With a career this long and varied, credits are too numerous to list. There have been projects with filmmakers, collaborations with visual artists; and an album of duets with the singer Nina Nastasia. A founding member of the now-defunct Australian avante-rock outfit Venom P-Stinger, White has curated the leftfield UK music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties. In his spare moments, he’s drumming. White never rests on his laurels.

Xylouris White poetically describe their approach in this duo as “Like goats walking in the mountain. They may not know the place, but they can walk easily and take risks and feel comfortable.” The sound they create is tumultuous, tender and terrifically expressive and testifies their determination to stretch the scope of their instruments and forge something vigorously questing from more traditional roots.

PJ Harvey has likened White’s playing to dancing. Yet if dancers need partners, Xylouris is his, this being a friendship forged over 25-plus years. Xylouris was touring with his Ensemble when he met White in Melbourne in the early 1990s, when the drummer was in his pre-Dirty Three avant-rock outfit Venom P Stinger. And here they are nearly 3 decades later, on our Supersonic stage, to show us just how far their horizons can stretch.

https://www.xylouriswhite.com/

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UK PREMIERE: Tomaga & Pierre Bastien

We have a very exciting UK premiere at this year’s Supersonic Festival from Tomaga & Pierre Bastien!

The live collaboration between Pierre and Tomaga follows on from a residency they performed together in France in 2016.

Pierre Bastien is a french gentleman born 1953 who builds his own machineries, at the cross between music and visual art, that blends live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site, mechanical sound sculptures in a very poetic way. His work is described as “a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous music.”

“Who knows what sort of music he’ll be able to create as his machines continue to evolve.” – Pitchfork

 

TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it’s way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form.

“This is improv music that rocks, rather than swings; improv that borrows more from krautrock and psych than classical and jazz.”The Quietus

 

Those of you with a keen eye will notice that Valentina, drummer/percussionist of Tomaga, is one of our cross-over artists. Not only is she part of this exciting new premiere, she will also be performing with Raime AND Kuro at this year’s festival.

Come join this artistic, collaborative community here at Supersonic and bear witness to some of the most exciting new music and art exploding out of the experimental & underground scene today.

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https://tomaga.bandcamp.com/

http://www.pierrebastien.com/

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Guest curator announced + new line up announcements

Today we announce a further dose of exemplar, eclectic and extraordinary musical delights to the 2017 Supersonic line-up, scheduled to take place across three venues in the cultural hub of Digbeth, Birmingham during 16th to 18th June. We are delighted to announce a very special NAWA RECORDINGS record label showcase, presenting four of their artists, curated by label owner and multi-instrumentalist Khyam Allami.  Supersonic are also pleased to announce additions of PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS, LANIAKEA, GREY HAIRS, BIG JOANIE, FLOWERS MUST DIE, CASUAL NUN and MOHAMMAD. Read on to find out more about all the featured artists in this latest announcement…

NAWA RECORDINGS are a limitless label with their output of innovative, alternative, shape-and-boundary shifting sonics, founded in 2011 by the visionary multi-instrumentalist KHYAM ALLAMI.  Having released critically acclaimed albums by Maurice Louca, Alif, The Dwarfs of East Agouza and Allami’s soundtrack to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s award winning debut feature film As I Open My Eyes, the label brings its newest artists to the UK for the first time in an eclectic quadruple-bill.  Khyam shall curate a striking array of Nawa artists during the Sunday afternoon of the 2017 edition of Supersonic Festival, in celebration of the festival’s longstanding relationship with the musician and label owner. All of the handpicked artists hone in on their own musical influences–spanning rock, psychedelia, gritty percussion, avant-garde, jazz, electronica – all are united by their exploration of genre-defying, improvisation-based craftwork that hail from the Arab world.

KAMILYA JUBRAN / WASL
A contemporary trio led by renowned Palestinian vocalist and oud player Kamilya Jubran with Werner Hassler (Trumpet, Electronics) and Sarah Murcia (Double Bass, Roland SH-101).

Two or The Dragon
Lebanese electro-acoustic/noise duo Abed Kobbeisy (Buzuq/Effects) and Ali Hout (Percussions/Effects)

Nadah El Shazly
Egyptian vocalist and composer combining abstract quirky electronics and sultry Arabic vocals.

Khyam Allami
The Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician/composer presents his latest series of improvisations on processed Oud, electronics and percussion.

We have added a further seven bands….more below!

LANIAKEA is Daniel O Sullivan (Ulver, Æthenor and Mothlite), Massimo Pupillo (Zu), Jessica Moss (A Silver Mount Zion) they draw on a rich tapestry of influences ranging from the plainchant of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice Coltrane’s vedantic tapes to the monolithic bass frequencies of Godflesh. With visuals by artist, Mark Titchner.

PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS has been a world-of-mouth phenomenon amongst the DIY scene, bringing their feverish and demented collision of psych-drone and riff-driven salvation to the masses.

GREY HAIRS hail from the fertile Nottingham DIY scene. Every song is like a miniature world in itself, taking unexpected twists and turns that mean just when you think you’ve got them pinned, they wriggle free.

BIG JOANIE is a black feminist punk band. In their own words, “We’re like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”

FLOWERS MUST DIE is a six-piece Swedish outfit pursuing an improvisation-based approach removed from the codified realm of contemporary psych.

CASUAL NUN are a hotwire fuse of intoxicating buzz, heavy psychedelic krautrock ruptures and spellbinding distortion.

MOHAMMAD have been forging their deep monolithic sound for the past 6 years, bringing together low frequencies, inter-modulations, dark textures, and distant folk nuances through custom made instruments and software.

In the next announcement…day tickets go on sale, and the final musical line up is put in place. Also still to come, news on the talks, workshops and more across the weekend.

Line up so far:-
Anna Von Hausswolff . Anonymous Bash – Charles Hayward + Gnod . Arbouretum . Big Joanie . Casual Nun . Colin Stetson . Dorcha . Electronica Wizard . Ex Easter Island Head – Large Ensemble . Flowers Must Die . Grey Hairs . Haress . Jenny Hval . Jessica Moss . Kamilya Jubran/Wasl . Kuro Maga . Khyam Allami . Laura Cannell . Laniakea . Melt Banana . Mohammad . Nadah El Shazly . Oxbow . Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs . Princess Nokia . Raime . Richard Dawson . The Space Lady . Tomaga + Pierre Bastien . Two or The Dragon . Xylouris White . Zonal (Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin) . ZU

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