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Miasma and The Carousel Of Headless Horses
Featuring members of British band Guapo this instrumental quintet plays dark, antiquated sounding music encompassing elements of Eastern European folk, avant-rock, neo-classical film composition and elements of progressive bands such as Goblin. Their music is exciting and could easily be the soundtrack to an Alejandro Jodorowsky film.
www.myspace.com/headlesshorses

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Qui

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QUI
The Los Angeles trio is Paul Christensen on drums, Matt Cronk on guitar, and David Yow. If you’re a Scratch Acid or Jesus Lizard fan, Qui sounds like a grungier sampling of both, with a little psychedelic stoner rock thrown in. Awesome riffs, pounding heavy beats and Yow snarling like he means it.
www.myspace.com/qui

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Tunng

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Tunng
A perfect mixture of skewed electronica and pastoral English Folk music. If the pub in the Wicker man needed an in house band they would call Tunng, singing you a sweet melody whilst slipping a poison in your drink, they are the sound of a mermaid singing to you, only to bring you into a pit of darkness and despair. Compellingly beautiful songs with an underlying sense of dread.
www.myspace.com/thisistunng

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OM

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OM
Formed by Al Cisneros (bass/vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums), both founding members of legendary doom pioneers Sleep. OM released their album – Conference of the Birds in 2005. Comprised of two songs that build on their use of cyclical rhythm, riff and vocal intonation, the duo’s new album blends metal, chant, drone, dub and psychedelia. The band’s lyrics expound upon the structure of the universe, potentiality and freedom from the physical body.
www.myspace.com/variationsontheme

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PCM

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PCM
PCM are Neil Harvey and Nik Wells and since their inception in 1990 have been mainstays of the Birmingham music scene, they deliver an uncompromisingly dark and aggressive take on drum and bass that is all their own, while still managing to instill a huge amount of dancefloor friendly breaks through the brutality of their music, this is a chance to see them in their most favourite environment, a dark, sweaty venue, late at night where they don’t have to take any prisoners.
http://www.myspace.com/p_c_m

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Speakers

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Jim Simpson
Birmingham-based Big Bear, so called after the nickname given to Simpson by legendary DJ, John Peel, runs one of the oldest independent labels in the UK, specialising in jazz, blues and swing artists, although it has also been successfulin other music genres. Jim is the unsung hero of Heavy Metal, he ran the progressive club Henry’s Blueshouse where he inspired Robert Plant, Jon Bonham, Judas Priest and a plethora of others all of whom came see the legendary American Blues artists that Simpson programmed back in the day. He managed Sabbath for their first three albums, including the seminal ‘Black Sabbath’ album, then Paranoid and Master of Reality.
In 1984 Big Bear launched Birmingham’s jazz festival.  Now one of the largest standing arts events in Birmingham.

Edwin Pouncey
aka Savage Pencil
Born in Leeds, England 1951. left after 20 years to move to Colchester,
Essex, where he studied graphic design etc at Colchester School Of Art. Four years later he moved to London to attend the Royal College Of Art. Whilst there he started drawing the Rock ‘N’ Roll Zoo strip for Sounds magazine. After graduating from Royal College Edwin spent 7 months in Pennsylvania, USA teaching graphic design at Penn State University.

Returning to London he worked full time for Sounds magazine as designer, sub editor and illustrator for six years and is now a freelance writer/illustrator. Freelance work has included NME, Kerrang, Loaded, Top, Men’s World, Frieze, Juxtapoz, Mojo, Bizarre and is a regular contributor to The Wire.
Edwin continues to live in South London. Activities include: Drawing, etching, writing, playing “Noise” guitar, collecting records, reading lists and watching TV.

Mark Titchner
Turner Prize nominee in 2006, Titchners art explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform society, be they religious, scientific or political. He sites the music of Napalm Death as distinctly influential in his work. Titchner will talk about the appeal of ‘abrasive music’ and describe his interest in how bands, such as Napalm Death, are able to use the voice as an instrument and push the boundaries of language. He sees a vivid resemblance between the style of Napalm Death’s music and what he depicts within his art.

Nicholas Bullen
 (b/1968) is a musician and sound artist whose work explores approaches at the extremes of sound. In his twenty-five year history as a musician (as a founder member of Napalm Death – creators of the ‘Grindcore’ genre – and Scorn), he has appeared on numerous recordings and performed extensively across the globe.

He maintains a number of ongoing musical projects including the electronic group Black Galaxy and the Monium label. His work in the field of sound art has included installations, sound design for artists radio, writing on the use of the voice in music and art, a tour of cinemas producing improvised
sound responses to key pieces of ‘experimental’ cinema, and lectures at art galleries including Tate Britain.
www.monium.org.uk

Tony Sylvester
A human encyclopaedia of musical fact and anecdote, currently employed by Southern Records as label manger and head of press. He also co-owns the record label Aurora Borealis, who have been pushing the envelope with challenging sounds from the frayed edges of the underground.
www.aurora-b.com

Extended panel of Special guests:
Karl Willets  – Bolt Thrower
Dave Cochrane – Head Of David, Ice, Courtesy Group
John Pickering – Doom (Kerrang radio presenter)
Barney Greenway – Napalm Death

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Modified Toy Orchestra

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Modified Toy Orchestra
Brian Duffy has been a stalwart of the circuit-bending scene for a number of years now. He set the bar pretty high for the MTO, his remit was only to use discarded kid’s keyboards and talking toys to modify and circuit bend them beyond their original capabilities. Making perfect pop songs from imperfect instruments.

The new incarnation of the orchestra, consists of Laurence Hunt (Pram) Darren Joyce (DOTB) Mike Johnston (Plone, Mike in Mono) Joe Leach and Chris Plant.
www.myspace.com/toyorch

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Shady Bard

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Shady Bard
Their line up is a miniature indie orchestra of pianos, guitars, casio tones, violin, cello, French horn and samples. The result is beautiful, frail torchlight melodies; broken and melancholy, this is hauntingly mysterious and rich. The songs take on a life of their own and you get completely enveloped in Shady Bards world.
www.myspace.com/shadybard

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Otto Von Schirach

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Otto Von Schirach –
Take Electro Bass Noise, Gore Grind, IDM Glitch, Calliope, Breakcore Gabber Jungle, Gangsta Rap, mix them all together and what you get? Otto Von Schirach of course!
Otto Von Schirach (half Cuban / half German) was born in 1978 in the swamp infested refugee world of Little Havana Miami. As a child his grandmother practiced Santeria and White Magic, which opened his eyes to the strange and bizarre. Otto grew up listening to Miami Bass, Gore Grind, Gangsta Rap and Afro Cuban Noise. In 1995 Otto bought his first drum machine from a crack-head just 2 blocks from his mom’s house. Right away he recognized his passion for grimy diamond soaked kick drums through distorted fuzz muck.
http://www.ottovonschirach.com/

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Mogwai

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Mogwai
Majestic, beautiful and utterly inspiring – just some of the adjectives used to describe this legendary post-rock band from Scotland. Mogwai at Supersonic has been a long time coming and this show promises to be very special indeed. There is a beauty to their music that few come close too.
www.mogwai.co.uk

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Monarch

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Monarch
MONARCH! unleash a slow motion avalanche of impossibly glacial, blackened sludge and hypnotic feedback, each song a series of epic tarpit riffage stretched out eternally over lumbering drums and the cavernous rumble of speaker cabinets. Over these yawning expanses of black void appears the demonic, throat-shredding shrieks and ghostly singing of Emilie, whose petite appearance belies one of the harshest throats in the underground Doom spectrum.
http://www.myspace.com/monarchuberalles

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Beestung Lips

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Bee Stung Lips
Spewed up from the murky depths of Birmingham at some point in mid 2006, Bee Stung Lips is a four-headed hideous beast, with blood-shot eyes and tentacles stretching far back into the Midlands music scene. They create a provocative mixture of wilfully abrasive noise and viscera-shredding rock n roll. Rapidly garnering a sizeable reputation for their infamous live performances, they are currently rampaging across the UK in a whirlwind of chaos, phlegm, and bare flesh. It’s only right that they will be our first release on Capsule Records.
www.myspace.com/beestunglips1

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Voice Of The Seven Woods

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Voice Of The Seven Woods
Rick Tomlinson has enlisted the skills of a drummer in a quest to create the authentic sound typified by the likes of Terry Cox in Pentangle with an added rhythmic influence of Turkish Psychedelic bands first heard in the mid 70’s. Drummer, ‘Chris Walmsley’ who has recorded with forward thinking groups like Broadcast is the perfect reactionary accompaniment to Rick’s sporadic flirtations with time and tempo through baroque-jazz-rock, acid folk and South Eastern psychedelia.
www.myspace.com/voiceofthesevenwoods

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Bela Emerson

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Bela Emerson
Passionate and exciting, both musically and visually, Bela Emerson captivates audiences with her unique performances using electric cello, realtime samples and guitar effects. Her solo performances are the stuff of legend: spontaneous, intense, and exhilarating. Layers of rhythm and sound are created from every bit of the instrument, to spellbinding effect.
www.myspace.com/belaemerson

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Shit & Shine

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Shit and Shine
They’re a real take-no-prisoners noise trip to a verrrry darrrkkk place. The music is unrelenting, a deranged stew of the Strangulated Beatoffs, early Surfers, Skullflower, PiL, Melvins and the tribal drummer parts of the Boredoms. It’s a glorious din, which startles, hypnotises and infuriates.
www.myspace.com/toddranch

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Calvados Beam Trio

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Calvados Beam Trio
Whenever people mention Calvados they always throw in the term post rock but for me this Brummie three piece have their roots in experimental jazz and dub as much as taking influence from the likes of Slint or Tortoise, always exciting their rhythmic post everything improv is always a joy to watch.
http://www.myspace.com/calvadosbeamtrio

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Migrant

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Migrant
Migrant create electro-acoustic sound sculptures through live improvisation. The trio – sound artist Helena Gough, Simon Mabbott (Black Galaxy) and Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death / Scorn) – use a combination of laptops, live performance software, prepared guitar and amplified objects to generate a sonic landscape of shifting soundfields which encompass sparse electronic soundbeds, languid tone drifts and abrasive digital broadcast storms.
www.monium.org.uk

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Deadsunrising

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Deadsunrising
For one night only Deadsunrising will be reforming in honour of Supersonics fifth edition, having opened the very first festival in 2003 they are back from the depths of West Bromwich, to toy with your preconceptions of how a 21st century metal band should sound. There is no safe haven once DSR have kicked in, with vocalists and guitarists spreading across the venue like bacteria, with scant regard for personal well-being.
http://www.myspace.com/deadsunrising

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Chromehoof

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Chrome Hoof
Features CATHEDRAL bassist Leo Smee who has brought together a veritable orchestra of musicians decked out in futuristic monk’s robes kicking it like some unholy hybrid of SUN RA, GOBLIN, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and BLACK SABBATH, complete with choreographed dancers, actors taking vaudeville interludes, and a twelve foot tall metallic ram dominating the dance floor.
http://www.myspace.com/chromehoof

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Fuck Buttons

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Fuck Buttons
They are a gloriously intense and euphoric yet challenging and confrontational with their music. They deliver layers of noise and intricate melodies but are not afraid to drone out and create slabs of sound.
http://www.myspace.com/fuckbuttons

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Strings Of Consciousness

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Strings Of Consciousness
A constant flow of words and ideas giving birth to new texts; this is what the group is looking for on stage. It all starts from a much rehearsed and tightly woven musical soundtrack then it gradually evolves, moves then frays to end up in unfamiliar regions. A direct threat which is inviting each musician to conscientiously listen to the other members, to look at them, then play for and with one another, free from any restraints.
www.myspace.com/stringsofconsciousness

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Crippled Black Phoenix

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Crippled Black Phoenix
Brainchild of ex – Electric Wizard drummer Justin Greaves who enlisted the help of Mogwai bassist Dominic Aitchison as well as a myriad of gifted musicians. Together they produce amazing film score inspired chamber music; epic in scope and slow burning. This resonates with emotion and a passion that transports you away to times forgotten.
www.myspace.com/crippledblackphoenix

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Oxbow Duo + Guests

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Oxbow presents: Love’s Holiday Orchestra with special guests Stephen O’Malley, Justin Broadrick, Dave Cochrane + Chipper
Eugene Robinson and Niko Wenner, the singer/lyricist and songwriter/architect of Oxbow’s mean mania, the duo make music a thing of rarefied beauty using little more than the rudiments of guitar and voice for the non-electrical rendering of a terror no less absolute because of a lack of volume.Exorcising demons, gang fights and classical guitars.
For Supersonic they will be collaborating with a number of special guests for a unique and exclusive performance.
www.theoxbow.com

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Wolf Eyes

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Wolf Eyes –
Featuring Mike Connelly of noise kin Hair Police, he moved up to Michigan at the end of 2004 and has been jamming with Olson and Young in various projects, leading up to his introduction into Wolf Eyes. The band’s recent shows have been a return to a much more primitive and raw approach to the bands own version of Armageddon (which includes brews and Negative Approach’s “Ready to Fight” on repeat
http://www.myspace.com/therealwolfeyes
 

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