Oxes + Solway Fifth + Calvados Beam Trio


Solway Fifth
calvados Beam Trio

whoopee!!! let the party begin oxes are back in brum, for those of you who haven’t seen these guys in action now is your chance and for those of you whom had the pleasure before, you know what a fine night lies ahead. support comes from our favourite west brom kids solway fifth + brums finest three some calvados beam trio

Oxes are a trio which have risen from the twisted wreckage that is the city of Baltimore. Armed with matching day -g lo yellow shirts and construction – sign orange flex- fit trousers, cordless electric guitars, a stack of drums and lip-curling stage antics, they commence at once with their metallic atonal scapery and vicious backbeats, stretching their harmonic-tinged pick stabs and angular riffs into far-flung directions, yet retain enough resiliency to quickly recoil, redirect and charge headlong into a brick wall or two.

They do not wear protective headgear.

On stage, Oxes are to rock venues what hyperactive children are to daycare centres. They are the fury dressed in shortpants. The drummer refuses to sit still, stopping midbeat to readjust his shorts, or pausing to gawk at the audience. The guitarists go from posing on black boxes positioned at the front of the stage to wandering backstage and amongst the unsettled crowd, where they flawlessly transmit the rock to their amplifiers by remote.
These live antics, whatever their humourous intentions, should not detract from the serious rocking qualities of thier music. An Oxes song, for all its atonal riffs, abrupt changes, and crashing drums and mathematical tendencies, is not a mish mash of guitar licks, trig equations and drum solos. Oxes combine these tasty, virtuoso elements with fliud transitions, odd stops and starts, false endings, phony introductions, manic aggression, and considerable aplomb. Add feature


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Check Engine + Solway Fifth + Deadsunrising


check engine (members of sweep the leg johnny)
solway fifth
calvados beam trio

Summer 1993. South Bend, Illnois. A basement: Check Engine, mark one, comes into being. they have one song, called “Por-San”, named after the industrial strength cleaner that was the only foe our bathroom feared. That Check Engine lasted long enough to hang out several times with Carlo, and Rossi, wreck the life and livelihood of one Vincenzo Carrasco and play one show, a battle of the bands in April ’94. That was enough for a time. The Next Six Years.

Elsewhere in the world: Steve Sostak and Chris Daly are playing in Sweep The Leg Johnny. For six years they work as hard any band on the planet recording and releasing one full and one mini album on Southern (with another due later in 2002) and touring Europe and the US one what seems like a perpetual loop. Brian Wnukowski is playing in Big’N and Paul P. Joyce is playing bass in Lynx. Come 2002 and these kids have come together as a stable line up and are set to make thier first release a self titled album on Southern. What does Check Engine sound like? Two vocalists, two guitarists, a drummer, a bassist and a sax player. Complex little rock songs. Big Star if Chilton had grown up listening to Tangerine Dream and Drive Like Jehu? I don’t know. Next question? When Paul and Brian first lock on a rhythm its, Love at first rumble. After that, Chris and Joe get to the business of weaving guitars. Then there’s the singing – two singers, one not quite the lead singer, the other not quite the back-up – twining together lines in different meters, mirroring each other in a staggered echo or matching up syllable to syllable while singing slightly different words. As for the words themselves, Joe’s songwriting is all about hate and heartbreak, and dead German intellectuals; don’t get your hopes up there. Focus instead on the love-match Brian and Paul orchestrate between their own elemental force and the goofy trickery of guitars that know each other far too well. Or the way Steve uses the sax and his voice as extensions of one another, threading through and threading together everything else.

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L’altra + Rothko + Solway Fifth


L’altra (Chicago)<br>
Rothko (3 bass action) <br>
Solway Fifth

L’altra is comprised of: Lindsay Anderson, Joseph Costa, Ken Dyber (owns and runs Aesthetics) and Eben English (also plays in Del Rey). The group formed in the autumn of 97, based on a flyer Ken hung in the local record store looking for people to play with. Joe called, and he, Ken and Lindsay played (who Joe moved to Chicago with), and thus the nucleus of the band was created. About a month or two later Ken introduced them to Eben, who had moved to Chicago with his band Del Rey. From there, things just fell into place. In the winter of 99, Marc Hellner joined the group for a short stint, but after about a half a year or so, he left the band to focus more time on his Pulseprogramming project. They are on aestetics record label (same as isotope 217)

Some of the artists they have played with include: Movietone, David Grubbs, Blackheart Procession, Daniel Givens, Pulseprogramming (who they toured with), Retsin, Arial M (Papa M), American Analog Set, 33.3, Macha, Poster Children, Solex, and tons more.

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rothko Three guys and three basses. This is another band that are very hard to slot into a pigeonhole – which is a good thing! You may think the bass guitar is a deep ploddy instrument, well think again, as some of the noises you hear sound like they cannot possibly come out of this instrument. Moody, deep and self indulgent – yes, but you can loose yourself in this sound and it’s beautiful. On some tracks it sounds like there’s a storm brewing, or wind whistling through the chimney pots – all made with the bass guitar. There is no singing from these guys, as just playing is hard work enough, but that doesn’t distract from the weird calming ride that the music takes you on.

This band continues to experiment and push the music boundaries, and have no particular agenda that they work to. Record collaborations have been made with bands as diverse as Billy Mahonie, Monkey Boy, The Monsoon Bassoon, Tarantel and Elephant. Live, Rothko are a completely different experience – if you go along expecting something similar to the ambient recorded sounds, then be prepared. They can quite literally be a beautiful wall of noise live and are capable of disturbing the punters who see them for the first time, with only the best PA’s being able to cope with the output being pushed through. Samples from minidisk and loops are used in the live arena, and they have played together (as in the same time on stage) with Cay, Monkey Boy, Richard Thomas, John Tye and DJ Spykid, and been used by performance artists. They often make tunes up on the spot or during sound checks!

“..are so far arse-bongingly out ‘there’ they make Tortoise look like Level 42.”

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Andrea Parker + v/vm + Sir Real + Solway Fifth


Andrea parker (mo wax 2hr wax fondling set)
v/vm (live – pure tonal offal)
sir real (dj set)
solway fifth (live – yam yam post rock)
+ statik djs nippa >spoon fluff> jeff spicoli>
eye nourishment: derek onions/capsule

V/VM. for one night only^^
and so they promise the worst…. a one off special – they’re keeping the dream alive/. a live personal attack in birmingham – for one night only, under the guises of pig and chicken heart….. sick love is no doubt assured— a set too bad to describe, like a dredger working to find the worst to make them worse. where did it all go wrong ?????what’s it all about ????? a recent show in barcelona was described as being the worst show ever seen in the city* what a lift off=====join us and celebrate the mouldy old dough.

sir real for the last eight years, following an eye-opening visit to Holland, has been an integral part of the Midlands techno scene and is one of the three original resident DJs (alongside Surgeon & Paul Damage) from notorious Birmingham club ‘House of God’. For the first four years of his DJing career, he was also resident with the ‘Third Eye Soundsystem’, another much-loved Brummy club. Sir Real has DJ’ed extensively around the UK, and has also played at Tresor (Berlin), and Simplon & Doornroosje in Holland.

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Sand +Plone + Solway Fifth


Plone (dj set)
Solway Fifth

Sand have been writing the ‘soundtrack for the end of the world as we know it’ since their incarnation in midsummer 1995. Their music has consistently evolved through many transformations and mutations. Eight musicians ranging from extreme experimentalists to dedicated jazz players have passed through the Sand studio.

The band now have a line up of five musicians: Neil Griffiths (guitar), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Rowan Oliver (drums), John Richards (bass) and Tim Wright (electronics).

In addition to their extensive studio work Sand regularly play live throughout Britain and continental Europe. These performances are intense, on-the-edge and heavy. Extended, contracted and remixed versions of Sand tracks are accompanied by the bold and idiosyncratic visuals of Ravi Deepres. They have played in many venues including a graveyard and an old slaughterhouse in London,squatted car parks and clubs in Paris and Milan, and the Volksoper in Vienna.

After a series of underground 12″ releases Sand’s first album “Beautiful People Are Evil” appeared in October 1999 on Satellite Records. It was received with excitement, intrigue and confusion by the British music press and public.

“shoves the rock back into post-rock so savagely it probably wont stop weeping all year.”

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Birmingham based trio Plone will be spinning the wheels of steel, bringing together their love of soundtracks and early electronic music, should be interesting to say the least.

“It’s got the soundtrack feel of a television advert, but thankfully it’s devoid of cliché and kitsch. “we like doing more sondtrack oriented music,” explains Johnston, just because you can work with lots of emotions… well, at least three.”
Matt Corwine

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