Billy Mahonie + Geiger Counter + Buick 6

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billy  mahonie
geiger counter
buick 6

Billy Mahonie are an instrumental rock band who have been playing music for the last three years. Their album The Big Dig was released on Too Pure in 1999. Recently they have ditched some of the laid back facets to their music and drifted further into the realms of heavy rock, jazz, and folk, bringing forth a heavier, sharper and more focused sound which will surely foil the pigeon holers and rock intelligensia. They will be playing material from their new album What Becomes Before which is due fro release on Southern Records on August 28th 2001.

For further info on Billy Mahonie check:
www.billymahonie.com

s this Prog Rock or Math Rock taken to the extreme? No over indulgent vocals, no over the top stage antics. Just good hard music, that grabs you by the throat and spits you out onto the floor. These guys seriously rock big time! Jon and Crawford you may recognise from bass wranglers Rothko, but Jon swaps instruments from bass, to more at home guitar. Last release Ekranoplan is a gem. See them live and prepare to be pinned against the wall! Like all your favourite rock bands without the singers.

For info on Geiger Counter check:
www.skippyscage.com/

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A Silver Mt. Zion + Frankie Sparo + Buick 6

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A Silver Mt. Zion
Frankie Sparo
Buick 6

A Silver Mt. Zion is a group led by founding godspeed you black emperor! guitarist Efrim, together with other godspeed members Sophie and Thierry. The music was written by Efrim and arranged by the trio. Efrim plays mostly piano, some guitar, and provides the vocals on the one lyrical piece on their debut. Thierry contributes upright and electric bass, and Sophie plays violin.
To some extent, A Silver Mt. Zion was born out of a desire on the part of these godspeed players to work in a smaller musical ensemble; in effect, to escape some of the constraints that often accompany writing and arranging music democratically with nine musicians. As well, Efrim simply wanted a vehicle to realise some of his own musical ideas that would not necessarily work well within the context of godspeed.

“A Silver Mt. Zion, a Godspeed side project featuring guitarist Efrim Menuck, bassist Thierry Amar, and violinist Sophie Trudeau, forgoes the thick, orchestral sounds of the Montréal nine-piece, opting instead for a more subtly orchestrated three-to-five-piece arrangement. The result is a sound that, while every bit as powerful as that of Godspeed, is in many ways more affecting. Whereas Godspeed present a sometimes overwhelming wall of sound, A Silver Mt. Zion have turned that intimidating sonic behemoth into a sparse, penetrating beast tearing limb from limb.”

Matt LeMay Pitchforkmedia.com August 8, 2000

‘My red scare’ the debut by frankie sparo is a dark & deconstructed affair, featuring lots of angular guitar, skittish electronics, and a throaty voice offering up the finest lyrical turns of phrase we’ve heard in a long while. ‘my red scare’ is redolent with film noir atmosphere: vaguely sinister & paranoid at times & languid at others, the whole record exudes oblique intimacy and the unique sensibility of a true auteur.

with arrangement help from various musicians within the constellation circle, the pieces range from spare acoustic guitar accompaniment, to electric guitar & beatbox collisions and full-on orchestrations for strings.

To find out more about asmz visit:
www.cstrecords.com

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Capsule Xmas Party

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buick 6
dj z-love
dj brummie si
evil c
Capsule Grannies

buick 6 played a brief yet enjoyable acoustic set, followed by
an array of dj talent including dj z-love, playing total
metal,dj brummie si playing a selection of his favorite
tunes to accompany much pie eating, and of course Jenny and I had a
go too. Also playing evil c and not forgetting the
winnebago sound system.

The free and extremley potent punch certainly got everyone in the
spirit of the festive season, I think much fun was had by all,
especially us!!!

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Do Make Say Think

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Do Make Say Think (canada)
Buick 6
Epic 45

Do Make Say Think evolved out of early experimental and improvised home recordings by founding members Charles Spearin (bass, trumpet), Justin Small (guitar) and James Payment (drums).

Sublimating their rock instincts through dub and lounge filters, they began to brew up a heady batch of psych-tinged instrumentals. Collaborations with fellow Toronto-area musicians Ohad Benchetrit (guitar, horns, keyboards) and Jason MacKenzie (drums, keyboards) led to the formation of a proper band, where the signature chill vibe, marked by syncopated rhythms and repeating melodies, took shape. Jason’s growing collection of old synths led him away from the drum kit and into full-time knob-twiddling, so drummer Dave Mitchell was added to the group in mid-1998.
Do Make Say Think are now a finely-calibrated musical Sputnik tracing stardust orbits around the good green Earth. Ultimately, Do Make Say Think remain very much a rock band, devoted to brash riffing and blissful repetition, but moving towards more sublime dynamics and harmonics.

“As that South Park film made mercilessly plain, Canada is not a nation usually associated with its momentous contribution to popular culture. Yet, along with fellow Canucks Godspeed…, Do Make Say Think are breaking the mould by producing some of the most exciting, truly innovative music of the moment. Managing to be both unsettling and deeply beautiful, genuinely experimental yet infinitely palatable, Goodbye Enemy Airship…rarely resorts to the tired quiet/loud Slint methodology that has contributed to post-rock being pilloried in some quarters. Instead, they inject squalls of jazzy horns into opener “When Day Chokes The Night”, employ a Ry Cooder-style country twang on “The Apartment Song” and recall Future Days-era Can on the gloriously woozy “All Of This Is True”. The lasting impression is of a band overflowing with a restless flow of ideas. Stunning. “
Pat Long Select Magazine April 2000

To find out more about Do Make Say Think:
www.cstrecords.com

EPIC45 come from the staffordshire area of england and formed at school during 1995. Founder members Ben Holton(guitars), Rob Glover (bass) and mark oldfield (drums) starting rehearsing together in that year but it wasn’t until around late 1997 that they started listening to bands like ‘Spiritualized’ and ‘Mogwai’ and with that came the realisation that you could make 10 minute noisy instrumentals and get away with it.

After sucessful gigs in the past supporting such acts as Muse,Cay,Do Make Say Think,Rothko and Twist, epic45 return with two additions to the band with Scott Massey (keyboards/guitars) and Matt Kelly (guitars/bass) brought in to enhance the sound experience.

To find out more about Epic 45 check:
www.epic45.com/

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Billy Mahonie + Calvados Beam Trio + Buick 6

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Billy Mahonie
Calvados Beam Trio
Buick 6

Funky post-Rock heroes BILLY MAHONIE return to the live circuit to play Birmingham, joined by the math/improv genius of CALVADOS BEAM TRIO and the plaintive country stylings of BUICK 6.

The night was an astounding success with over a 100 people turning up. Thanks to all of those who joined us for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

You can check out more info from the billy mahonie site: http://www.billymahonie.com

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