BIG JOANIE: black feminist sistah punk

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Big Joanie are Stephanie Phillips (singer/guitarist), Estella Adeyeri (bass) and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums). They formed the band in 2013 as part of London’s thriving DIY punk scene. Big Joanie have played with locals Shopping; toured with US punks Downtown Boys; and Dutch Punk band The Ex; and performed at the first UK Afropunk festival. 

With their sound inspired by that of The Ronettes, Nirvana, Breeders and Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Joanie have described themselves as being “similar to The Ronettes filtered through ’80s DIY and Riot Grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”

This London-based group has self-released three rough-hewn EPs on their own imprint, Sistah Punk, each one featuring songs that blend tangling post-punk guitar lines, spit-shined hooks, and a “sprinkling,” Chardine says, of black liberation politics.

 

 

a woven rock tapestry of affirmational lyrics,

girl-group claps, and deep, slashing guitars.

Pitchfork

 

Big Joanie recorded their debut album ‘Sistahs’ over several sessions from November 2017 to January 2018 at Hermitage Works Studio with producer Margo Broom. One of the main reasons for coming together as a band was to create an atmosphere to be “completely ourselves as black women and discover what was possible to realise in those spaces.”

The album cover features Steph’s mum Joan, whom the band is named after, and her aunt on holiday in Wales. The album title derives from the band’s belief in sisterhood and female friendship. 

 

“Women of colour have always had a place in punk.

Big Joanie is here to remind you of that.”

The Fader

 

 

 


Outside of the band, all three members are also involved in communitarian activities…

Steph is a journalist writing incisively about music and politics, but despite a serene focus and a deep, assured singing voice she admits to a natural reserve, explaining that she lived vicariously through the riot grrrl music she devoured as a teenager in the middle England town of Wolverhampton. “As a very shy person, I loved hearing someone else stand up for themselves,” she tells The Fader. 

A couple of hours away across the Midlands, the outgoing, quick-to-laugh Chardine grew up nurturing a love for Nirvana in Kettering, the town “where all the fucking government parties do their research for middle England.” Chardine is a prominent activist and the founder of London’s Stop Rainbow Racism Campaign, which aims to get rid of racist performances from LGBTQ spaces.

In London, bassist Estella Adeyeri teaches guitar to young girls, explaining how she was listening to British alternative radio station XFM — “back when it wasn’t just blokey music,”.

Part of their motivation for being visible is to make sure that punks of colour don’t feel, as Steph puts it, like the “odd one out.” As an antidote to this, they all work together on London’s Decolonize Fest — a music festival by and for POC punks, held at the central axis for their home city’s punk community, DIY Space For London.

In this Tedx talk, Chardine discusses how coming from a working-class background, rather than through university, prompted her journey towards becoming a Black feminist. She discusses her obsession with alternative music and how the DIY mantra of punk subcultures can inform activism and help forge a radical identity for Black women today…

Bold, catchy and arresting, Big Joanie make powerful music whilst creating a continuum for Black punks by presenting strong, powerful visions of Black womanhood and talking about the Black punks who came before them. Catch them at Supersonic Festival 2019.

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HHY & The Macumbas: a shifting musical entity

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The band’s intense concoctions of harsh brass sounds, cyclical percussion and idiosyncratic dub techniques mark HHY & The Macumbas out as one of a number of pioneering groups to have emerged from the progressive,

experimental music scene in Porto, Portugal’s second city.”

The Quietus

 

 

For those not familiar with the music of HHY & The Macumbas, they are a shifting musical entity. Built amid smoke and fiery red lights.

This band has been “a long investigation into percussion, circular rhythms, dub strategies, and horns coming from the alcohol-fuelled Portuguese marching bands” says constructor and conductor in the world of HHY & The Macumbas, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha.

The word Macumba comes from Brazil, where it refers to religious practices found across the country that originate in Africa, including the traditions of Candomblé and Umbanda. Both in Brazil and in Portugal, the term has taken on a pejorative meaning, connoting mischief, malice or witchcraft, forces associated with peripheral realms beyond the bounds of the city. In Portugal, the term also came to be infused with uneasy memories of its colonial role in both Brazil and Africa.

 

“This music stems from a deep connection with the streets of Porto and its undertones, nights and drags,” Saldanha says.

 

 

 

Saldanha’s work emerged out of SOOPA, an art and music production unit he founded in Porto, Portugal. As an international art and music platform, SOOPA is oriented around a collective of artists and thinkers; a sound, visual and performance laboratory with a longstanding activity based in the old harbour city since the dawn of the millennium. Saldanha has been a leading force in the Portuguese experimental music scene, through which he coined a signature “skull-cave echo.”

Saldhana describes Indian classical music, dub and free jazz as “the three main vectors informing my perception” in his formative years, citing John Coltrane’s later work and Indian sitar music by the likes of Nikhil Banerjee as strong influences.

 

Watch a whole live show from the Macumbas here…

Part of the reason the Macumbas’ sound is so tough to define is that their music emerges out of an attempt to create their very own form of “traditional music”. As Saldanha puts it: “I was always very interested in this idea that we could make our own traditional music, the traditional music of this group of friends. There’s a group of five rhythms that we use, with different tempos, different accentuations. Kind of a signature. These rhythms became part of our sonic world”.

Beheaded Totem, their latest release (which you can listen to here) is a challenging record. Full of menacing horn parts, layered over mutating percussion rhythms, it’s an album that pulls in multiple directions: low-end frequencies gravitate downwards towards the Earth, while cymbals and trumpets clatter overhead, luring the listener out of the hypnotic circularity of the percussion. Meanwhile, the brass disappears into coiling, dubbed-out echoes and reverbs. It’s an intoxicating but unstable listen, constantly threatening to veer off into demonic territories.

We cannot wait for the Macubas to bring their concoctions of sound to Supersonic 2019…

 

 

 

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BodyVice: industrial spandex & lactose noise

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BodyVice is a new project by Natalie Sharp aka. Lone Taxidermist, an accomplished sound & stage designer, performance artist and make-up artist whose design practices converge around sound and the body.

First, a bit about Lone Taxidermist…

Lone Taxidermist is the utterly bizarre and otherworldly, ruptured activity generated by Cumbrian musician, costume maker, skin decorator, performer and natural provocateur Natalie Sharp.

Sharp tells The Culture Vulture; “LONE Taxidermist is actually a really old name. I’ve been making music under this name for nearly ten years now. I used to collect taxidermy and I was in a band with lots of other people, but we broke up. I went solo and LONE Taxidermist stemmed from that. The name isn’t really that relevant anymore, but it’s a pain to change it. It’s like when you get stuck with an old email address and everyone messages you on that, so you end up keeping it.”

In self-directed videos, Sharp manifests icons and deities drawn from the corners of the (Post-)Internet, embodying and channelling ‘cake-sitting’ and new dominatrix tactics – all wrapped in plastic and smeared in whipped cream.

If you don’t believe us, check this out…

Her performances have been known to turn audiences members into exhibitionists – tales transpiring of sensorial acts of gender-bending, food porn and squelchy mass ritual. Sharp effortlessly blends ‘instruments’ which come to hand – whether that be songwriting, multi-instrumentalism or mastery of non-standard instruments like musical saw and theremin, stagecraft, costumes, graphic art, video making, face paint, vocal technique, remixing and DJing.

Sharp has previously created glorious and gory stage, costume and body concepts for Jenny Hval’s European tour and worked live with Gazelle Twin as a performance artist and vocalist.

 

 

“(a)n unholy amalgamation of Grace Jones, Ari Up and

John Cooper Clarke, her vocal styles veer all over the place from a stream of consciousness poetry in her Cambrian drawl to

diva-esque wails and jarring harmonies”

The Quietus

 

 

Future ambitions for Lone Taxidermist? Sharp tells Noisey “I want to go to Berlin, play all the clubs, I want to play in more weird places like underwater, the moon, going down a Helter Skelter. One day I’ll do something with David Lynch, throw Bjork in there too while we’re at it.”

 

“Your body is a sensory device, each sense can be manipulated/modulated
and played like an instrument.
You are both superhuman and human-synthesis.
The layers of your anatomy come to represent a process or modulation
of how you can be played.”

 

 

Natalie Sharp’s new project BodyVice, identifies with establishing interfaces between the human body and technology to create new sensory zones between performer and audience – it promises to be a mind-boggling episode of industrial spandex and lactose noise.

Featuring wearable, playable body-sculptures and interactive video combined with performance, BodyVice takes a biological and calculated approach to sound art, investigating how chronic pain experienced by the artist, can be communicated through a variety of mediums.

Sharp’s stellar support team includes flautist Tida Bradshaw, filmmaker Matt Watkins and sound artist Tara Pattenden (Phantom Chips) who has helped her to create a battery of electronic micro-controller ‘skinstruments’.

View a teaser of BodyVice here…

https://www.facebook.com/londondrawing/videos/289539188628985/UzpfSTExNzQwNzI3MTY0MzA1MToyMzU1MTc2NTI3ODY2MTAz/

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Market Place Call Out

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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 and network. This is also where the bands performing at the festival sell their merchandise.  

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.

We’ve got a few spaces left available in our festival Market Place to fill…

Weekend stalls cost £120, we provide tables and chairs, promote your stall online and in our printed brochure and will give you 2 x weekend tickets to the festival.

Please send completed proposal forms to info[at]capsule.org.uk by 5pm, 17th May 2019.

Download the form here: 2019 Supersonic Market Place Stall Holder Proposal Form

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HEN OGLEDD: four curious minds

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Signed to the Domino imprint Weird World, Hen Ogledd is a band project comprising Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington.

Hen Ogledd’s meaning comes from the Welsh name for The Old North, describing the region of Britain running from roughly present-day North Yorkshire up to the foothills of the Scottish Highlands and governed by Celtic Britons in the Early Middle Ages. With each band member hailing from historically different tribal regions of the Old North, they musically challenge the idea that the ancient world was rife with magic, while the new is infiltrated by cold logic.

The quartet combines ideas that draw upon the mystical and technological, creating a discombobulating pop prayer exploring artificial intelligence, witches, nanotechnology, pre-medieval history, robots, romance, computer games and waterfalls.

 

the sound of four curious minds having a conversation

Loud & Quiet

 

This dynamic act swirls ravishing melodies with hallucinatory textures and bonkers rhythms, underpinned by some deft performances: Pilkington’s picture-perfect pop and earthy singing, Davies’ blazing harp splutterations and guitar moans, Bothwell’s twisted telephone techno and bamboozling lyric-bombs and Dawson’s utter bass.

‘Mogic’, is the latest release from Hen Ogledd. A review from Loud & Quiet suggests“by the record’s end, the effect is not so much a musical experience as a multidisciplinary one, taking in storytelling, bricolage, poetry, linguistics, and even a dash of psychogeography.”

 

tranquil, dreamlike optimism

Line of Best Fit

 

In an interview with Narc Magazine, Davies discusses how the band collaborate, explaining “I think we all really embraced vulnerability in writing and sharing heartfelt pop songs” and “we all shared an openness that allowed the music to go in different directions.”

Dawn Bothwell describes “I felt quite overwhelmed with love when I joined [the band] – it was very pleasant” adding “it’s like being in a soft play doing backflips.”

 

Watch a short film, that provides a loving insight into the making of Hen Ogledd’s new album, ‘Mogic’ …

The music of Hen Ogledd will surely warm the cockles of your heart with its playful experimentations in sound. Here at the Supersonic HQ, we can’t stop singing ‘I’ve been looking for you, I’ve been looking for you…”, excited for what this wild, inimitable pop unit will bring to the stage in July at Supersonic 2019

 

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Home of Metal presents Black Sabbath 50 Years Exhibition

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“It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them’.” Ozzy Osbourne

As part of this years Supersonic Festival we are also running in parallel a major season of exhibitions and events Home of Metal devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’. With a blockbuster exhibition Black Sabbath 50 Years at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

We have blocked off 3 exclusive time slots for people visiting Birmingham for the weekend of the festival to get tickets for this exhibition. You can access these using the code ‘Supersonic’ for Friday / Saturday / Sunday 

The exhibition celebrates Black Sabbath from the perspective of their fans, to show the impact and cultural legacy of the band as pioneers of Heavy Metal, and to celebrate this unique, significant part of British music heritage.

From the humble beginnings of 1960s Aston, Birmingham, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward created Black Sabbath, in turn forging a new sound, a new aesthetic, and a new musical culture – Heavy Metal. They’ve sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, ranked by MTV as the ‘Greatest Metal Band’ of all time and listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their ‘100 greatest artists of all time. This year Black Sabbath will receive a Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys. 50 years later Home of Metal celebrates the band, their impact on music and their dedicated global following.

 

“Fans are our lifeblood, they’ve always been there to support us.” Tony Iommi

This immersive exhibition will feature historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from all of the original Black Sabbath members. Including personal stories that will demonstrate the extraordinary scale and diversity of Black Sabbath’s international fan-base together with a vast photography collection of over 3,000 portraits of fans from all corners of the globe.

Ben Venom

Read about the whole season via www.homeofmetal.com

Home of Metal Free exhibitions include:

All This Mayhem at MAC (Midlands Art Centre),presents US artist Ben Venom using traditional quilting and Heavy Metal aesthetics to create textile based pieces which contrasts the counterculture components of gangs, punk/metal music and the occult with the comforts of domesticity.

Alan Kane: 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal at The New Art Gallery Walsall, will see Alan Kane bringing together personal collections from metal fans, plus works from leading UK artists including Jeremy Deller, Una Hamilton Helle, Des Hughes, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Jessica Mallock, Mike Nelson, Simon Periton, Mark Titchner, Cathy Ward, Charlie Woolley and, of course, Alan Kane himself, in an ambitiously collaborative exhibition that will be set across the extensive Floor 3 Galleries.

Hand of Doom at MAC (Midlands Art Centre), the exhibition features a collection of portraits of Black Sabbath fans wearing the ubiquitous battle jacket. The jackets are embellished, handmade and embroidered by the fans themselves, and worn to tell the story of their fandom and gig-attending history.

Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3 at Eastside Projects, Chetwynd’s fascination with Penelope Spheeri’s three-part film series The Decline of Western Civilisation (1981 to 1998), featuring many of the ‘most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time’, has informed many of Chetwynd’s works over the past decade and will take centre stage in this large- scale sculptural and performative spectacle set within this industrial space in the heart of Birmingham.

Przemek Branas at Centrala,  Branas, an award-winning and acclaimed Polish artists, will present two exhibitions and a programme of talks and events in response to the theme: Home of Metal. An archival and research based exhibition will feature materials, such as letters, cassette tapes and zines, collected by Polish fans and received by them from the West, at a time the Polish music scene was under state control.

 

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BIG LAD: a two-headed trigger-synth-party-noise machine

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BIG LAD is a two-headed trigger-synth-party-noise machine made up of Henri Grimes (ex Sheild Your Eyes) on drums and Wayne Adams (ex Death Pedals) on synths.

This duo are renowned and cherished as an unforgettable live experience having played extensively in the UK’s exceptionally healthy and thriving underground scene. They’re as comfortable trashing people’s necks at sweaty basement punk shows as they are melting gurning faces at raves such as Bangface and are now becoming a staple on many UK and European festival stages every year.

 

“A mind-expanding kaleidoscope of live and manipulated sounds –

a brutal culmination of breakcore, noise rock and post-hardcore”

Louder Than War

 

 

“Are you ready? Let’s play!” exclaims the strangely menacing toy sample which opens up BIG LAD’s new record… and play they certainly do, may God help you if you’re not ready for the off warp speed-drumming ala Lightning Bolt, twists and turns with Venetian Snares and Aphex Twin style synth and gizmo sonic warfare. This isn’t a record to soundtrack a picnic.

‘Pro Rock’ is the second album from the band, their first being 2015’s ‘Big Lad’ record which was released under the moniker Shitwife. They then decided to rename the band BIG LAD, to confuse the crap out of everyone, which it did.

 

“I usually just come up with hooks and riffs etc.

and we then both start to put them together as recorded songs,

then from there, we work out how the hell to play it all live.”

 

Last year at Supersonic 2018, Big Lad Wayne joined Gum Takes Tooth for the Moog Sound Lab as part of a residency hosted by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. It sounded a little like this…

 

These pair have a sound that is purely relentless. We can’t wait for them to bring the punk/metal/noise rock/whatevercore electronic-hybrid party to Supersonic 2019!

 

“They play right in the middle of the crowd. It’s maxed out, exhilarating stuff, which given them the ability to sneak onto pretty much any line up, from a grindcore night all the way to a warehouse rave.”

Echoes & Dust

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VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

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VOLUNTEER

SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2019

We are looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend

19 – 21st July

The festival is small enough for everyone involved as a volunteer to gain an overview of how the festival works, and to give real input and value in the following areas.

Artist Liason

Box Office

Hospitality

Site Set up

Merch

Promotion

 

If you would like to get involved – please complete the application form

HERE

 

The deadline for application forms is 24th June.

Volunteers must be 18 years old

 

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Daniel Higgs: King of the Cosmos

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Photo by Fumilshee.

Daniel Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings simply defy classification.

 

“The pleasure of following Higgs…lies more in where he takes you

than how he gets you there.” – Pitchfork

 

Higgs is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the four-piece band Lungfish, a group enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity. If you were growing up in the ’80s or ’90s, Lungfish may well have been one of the most important bands in your music anthology. The post-hardcore group tapped into something incantatory, enraging a sense of quest, spirituality and poetry via unmatched raga-like minimalism.

In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, often recorded entirely on a cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro.

 

“A friend loaned me a banjo after I played it for a bit at his house. I switched to it from guitar almost immediately. I love its ancient voice. I love the voice of all banjo-like instruments; shamisen, tar, sarod, sanxian, gimbri, loutar, dhramyen. It’s a universal instrument.”

 

Daniel Higgs performing at Supersonic Festival 2018…

 

Dive into the enigmatic mind of the artist in this rare 2005 interview from WYPR’s The Signal…

 

Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the statement rings truer than ever. His art is of the cosmos, we earthlings are merely lucky that it happens to be confined to our atmosphere, in our lifetime.

We welcome back our King of the Cosmos, Daniel Higgs to our 15th Edition of Supersonic Festival, July 2019.

Tickets are available here.

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WORKSHOP CALL OUT!

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(Wildman life drawing workshop) 

 

SUPERSONIC 2019 – WORKSHOP CALL OUT!

Supersonic, the UK’s premier experimental music and arts event, returns this year for its 15th edition, Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July. We are on the lookout for some wonderfully creative minds to bring us unusual, imaginative and engaging new workshops that will take place as part of the weekend.

From high-brow to indulgent fun, we want you to craft something extraordinary for our curious audiences. Whether you’re flying solo, a group or an organisation, we want to hear ideas that embrace our passion for collaboration between both artists and audience alike, in a bid to reveal the otherwise indescribable connections between art forms and champion the unclassifiable.

The successful proposals will present an innovative idea and show a clear understanding of all-things-Supersonic – a festival which celebrates the expressive, challenging and generally out-there, whilst remaining inclusive and engaging to varied audiences.

To apply please complete this Workshop Proposal Form and send, via email to info@capsule.org.uk with ‘Workshop Proposal’ in the subject line. The deadline for proposals is 5pm, 29th April 2019.

There is a budget of up to £150 available for the workshop, as well as 2 weekend tickets to the festival.

What are you waiting for… send us your proposals!

 

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Day tickets on sale – Supersonic Festival 2019

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SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL DAY TICKETS GO ON SALE AS TEN MORE ARTISTS ARE ADDED TO THE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LINE-UP INCLUDING HEY COLOSSUS, BIG LAD, BODY/VICE, DANIEL HIGGS, THE SEER, SARAH ANGLISS & MORE

We are releasing a limited number of day tickets and are delighted to announce ten more artists to the special 15th year anniversary line up. BUY TICKETS

Already announced are headliners Neurosis supported by Godflesh who are opening the festivities with a very special concert at Town Hall Birmingham. Elsewhere across the weekend, and over at the main festival site in the cultural hub of Digbeth are; Anna Von Hausswolff, Mono, Yob, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, plus a special collaboration between The Bug Feat. Moor Mother to name a few.

Joining this already immense line-up are Hey Colossus, Big Lad, Body/Vice (a new project by Natalie Sharp/Lone Taxidermist), Daniel Higgs, The Seer, a new collaborative project with Sarah Angliss, and more.

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DAY LINE-UPS

Friday – Town Hall opening concert featuring Neurosis and Godflesh
+ the after party with live performances by Big Lad, Hey Colossus, Savage Realm and Yob

Saturday – The Bug feat Moor Mother, AJA, Big Joanie, Blanket, CZN, Daniel Higgs, Faten Kanaan, Hen Ogledd, HHY & The Macumbas, Matters, Prison Religion and The Body

Sunday – Anna Von Hausswolff, Mono, Air Loom: Sarah Angliss with Stephen Hiscock and Sarah Gabriel, Body/Vice, Dälek, Haress, Jerusalem In My Heart, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and The Seer

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NEXT TEN ARTISTS

Big Lad is a two headed trigger-synth party-noise machine made up of Henri Grimes (ex Sheild Your Eyes) on drums and Wayne Adams (ex Death Pedals) on synths. They’re as comfortable trashing people’s necks at sweaty basement punk shows as they are melting faces at raves.

blanket as their name suggests, are a guitar-led quartet whose music envelops listeners in a comforting quilt of sound, transporting them to dreamy landscapes of sweeping, celestial beauty. With honeyed vocals immersed in soaring guitars, tinkling piano, warm bass and propulsive drums – this is a cinematic experience.

BodyVice is a new project by Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist). Featuring wearable, playable body-sculptures and interactive video combined with performance, BodyVice takes a biological and calculated approach to sound art, investigating how chronic pain experienced by the artist, can be communicated through a variety of mediums. Here at Supersonic we expect nothing less than effortlessly blended songwriting and multi-instrumentalism with a mastery of non-standard instruments like Musical Saw and Theremin.

Supersonic is proud to reveal the return of Daniel Higgs, musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings simply defy classification. Known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that are worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band, weaving meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp. His wonderful storytelling shall no doubt win over the audiences, and we cannot wait.

Based in the Shropshire Hills, the core of Haress consists of guitar duo David Hand and Elizabeth Still. Haress bring to Supersonic an expansion of their duo, including additional drums from David Smyth (Kling Klang, Mind Mountain), guitar and Echoplex from Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza, Grey Hairs, Hey Colossus), vocals from Thomas House (Sweet Williams, Charlottefield) and trumpet from Nathan Bell (Lungfish, Human Bell).

Hey Colossus are a six piece who have long specialised in concocting an unholy racket. Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power. Active since 2003, the band acutely channels the best of your record collections and spit it back out into memorable live shows and releases.

HHY & The Macumbas‘ intense concoctions of harsh brass sounds, cyclical percussion and idiosyncratic dub techniques mark this elusive Portuguese ensemble out as one of a number of pioneering groups to have emerged from the progressive, experimental music scene in Porto. This music stemsfrom a deep connection with the streets of Porto and its undertones, nights and drags. Emerging from SOOPA, an art and music production unit based in the old harbour city, band leader, Saldanha has been a leading force in the Portuguese experimental music scene since the early 2000s, through which he coined a name for their signature sound; “skull-cave echo.”

Matters formed in 2015 in the old factory spaces of Digbeth. The three piece utilise synths, guitars and drums to create expansive music, blending Krautrock, psychedelic, post-rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound. Their debut was released on Static Caravan Records in 2018. If you’re into dark and eerie instrumentals, give Matters a listen. Their complex and frantic sound wouldn’t be out of place as the backdrop to an intense movie scene.

Composer and performer Sarah Angliss presents Air Loom, distilling a lifetime’s work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques. Centre stage is the clavisimbalum, a sonorous, fourteenth-century cousin of the harpsichord. Its plucked, soft iron strings ring with a rich, dark reverberance – a sound that hails from Eastern European folk and the Renaissance court. Angliss is joined by vocalist Sarah Gabriel and percussionist Stephen Hiscock. As they play, their sounds are deftly contorted, fragmented and recombined using Angliss’ digital inventions.

It’s hard to be a god in a Savage Realm. Mind-warping music from five individuals who have stared deep in to a portal to an ancient (or is it modern?) parallel universe where the Demigod ’91 demo is the only remaining cultural artefact of a putrid battle-torn existence. Taught the ways of the post-nuclear mutant warrior people of this land, the band returned from their mystic voyage to the future (or was it the past?) with four relics. They call it “Nocturnal Savagery” but only you, the listener, can decide whether you are capable of making it out the other side alive. Absolutely essential listening for all fans of heavy music.

WORLDZERO is a brand new project that sees the collaboration between THE SEER, UKAEA and IMPATV, bringing together performance, sound, lighting and projection mapping to create an ambitious multi-sensory installation and live performance.

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NEW PODCAST RELEASE – Supersonic acts announced so far!

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Well hello.
It’s 15 weeks to go until Supersonic Festival 2019.
The 15th Edition.
We have another line-up announcement just around the corner, so before we throw some more acts your way we thought we’d round-up all the acts announced so far for this year’s festival in one neat little package.
Get yer lobes ’round this!

ACT FAST >>> TICKETS

PODCAST FEATURING:

YOB / JERUSALEM IN MY HEART / NEUROSIS / GODFLESH / THE BODY / HEN OGLEDD / AJA / 700 BLISS (MOOR MOTHER & DJ HARAM) / PRISON RELIGION / DALEK / FATEN KANAAN / MONO / CZN / BIG JOANIE / ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF / PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS / THE BUG

 

 

 

 

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10 more acts announced for Supersonic 2019

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We are delighted to reveal ten more artists have been added to the special 15th year anniversary line up. The latest additions include; Anna Von Hausswolff, Mono, Yob, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Faten Kanaan, Dalek,, CZN, Big Joanie, Prison Religion and AJA.

Already announced are headliners Neurosis supported by Godflesh who are opening the festivities with a very special concert at Town Hall Birmingham. Elsewhere across the weekend, and over at the main festival site in the cultural hub of Digbeth are; The Bug Feat. Moor Mother, The Body, Hen Ogledd and Jerusalem In My Heart.

Weekend Tickets have been flying out and we are set to sell out this year – don’t miss out — BUY TICKETS HERE
About the new additions…

Anna von Hausswolff
returns to the Supersonic stage once more after stunning the crowd in Birmingham’s Town Hall in 2017. Since then, Anna has gone on to release her fourth album Dead Magic met with much critical acclaim. Her music defies categorisation, it is not about gothic rock, pop, drone, dark music or metal, this is music of the spirit and the blood; the feast and the ritual; the baptism and the epitaph; life and its absence in all its poetics; a communion in which one dies and returns to life many times.

We welcome back to the festival Big Joanie  who have described themselves as being “Similar to The Ronettes filtered through ’80s DIY, and Riot Grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis”, New Jersey hip hop act Dälek who have a penchant for monolithic sound arrangements as well as dream-like haze of sheer volume, they combine both the powers of sound and words with a singular and undisputable style, and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, the Newcastle-based maximalists whose riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across the darker quarters of the underground in the last five years. We just couldn’t celebrate our 15th edition without these fellas helping to bring the party vibes and comedy banter.

Other exciting additions to the line up include…
AJA who deploys rhythmic noise, bomb heavy drum machine, convolving vocal utterance and a dedicated hell-scape of field recordings, abrupt sound design and blistering drone to her legendary live performances.

CZN an exciting new collaborative project by  percussionist and sculptor Joao Pais Filipe and Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin, uuuu). The duo create rich tapestries of hypnotic rhythms, evolving the sound of drums and percussion into vivid textures: visceral timbres and telescoping rhythms that surround and beguile, and which hint at the meditative states of spiritual jazz as much as the cerebral counterpoint of Minimalist Composition.


Faten Kanaan
 is a NY based artist. Her performances slowly build songs by live-looping them, without the use of sequencers or arpeggiators. Inspired by cinematic forms: from sweeping landscapes and quiet character studies, to the patterned tension of horror film soundtracks; she focuses on bringing a visceral touch to electronic music.

MONO who, across 10 albums in 20 years have convincingly reflected the quietest and most chaotic parts of life through their music. Their ever-expanding instrumental palette – which began in earnest in 1999 with the traditional guitar-bass-drums rock band setup and has evolved to include as many as 30 orchestral instruments.

PRISON RELIGION is the collaborative project of Richmond-based audio/visual artists Poozy and False Prpht. They draw on slivered, staticky forms of electronic music – industrial, noise, techno, and the sort of glass-shattering bass-heavy stuff that people have come to call deconstructed club music.

And finally for now, the epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words trio YOB who by now has achieved legendary status due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work.
YOB has succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics.
See full line up HERE / Hotel deals HERE

During Supersonic Festival, patrons are encouraged to explore the various Home Of Metal exhibitions curated and produced by Capsule the people behind Supersonic Festival. This will include ‘Black Sabbath 50 Years’ at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as well as related exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall, MAC (Midlands Art Centre) Eastside Projects, and Centrala. This huge season of exhibitions and events throughout 2019 pays homage to Black Sabbath – the forefathers of metal, and should at last confirm Birmingham’s place on the music map.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2019!

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International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.

 

Recognised each year on March 8th (as in today), this is a celebration not affiliated with one group, but is marked by governments, organisations and charities around the world with performances, talks, rallies and marches for women and non-binary across class, cultures, religions and nations. Whatever your gender identification, International Women’s Day is a valuable commemoration.

>> Join Supersonic’s #IWD2019 celebrations TOMORROW NIGHT<<

Despite being something which has been observed since the 1900’s, the past few years have seen a surge in visibility surrounding the ongoing issues around gender inequality, and in particular programming in the Arts and Music sector. While there are certainly changes being made and avenues put in place to tackle these discrepancies, there is still in 2019 room to #BalanceforBetter. Recent research shows that just 17% of songwriters registered with PRS identified as women and since 2012 female record producers have been outnumbered 47 to 1. International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to address and tackle the change we want to see world wide.

That being said, we still recognise that celebrations of female identifying artists are not refined to just one month- indeed, one day- of the year. As an organisation spearheaded by women, Capsule & Supersonic Festival take pride in platforming such a vast variety of female and non-binary artists from all over the globe, encapsulated by their sheer talent, craft, and voices they chose to represent. From the office, to the stage, to the mosh pit- Supersonic women take up space!

As ever, Supersonic would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the wonderful composers and musical creators who we are privileged to work with – male, female and non-binary – and whose work continues to inspire us daily.

 

We sincerely hope you join us in our own International Women’s Day celebrations TOMORROW at Centrala, for performances from Youth Man / Bas Jan / Rattle / Sarah Farmer & Godspeed You! Peter Andre.

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SUPERSONIC WOMEN – PODCAST RELEASE!

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WOMEN!
WOMEN!
WOMEN!
On this Superspecial podcast we celebrate Supersonic WOMEN!
With International Women’s Day just around the corner on March 8th and our show in celebration of it the next day on March 9th at Centrala Birmingham (GOT YOUR TICKETS YET?!), on this show we cover the bands MAKING NOISE at the gig this Saturday and just some of the awesome female-led acts we’ve announced so far for Supersonic Festival 2019
INCLUDING SPECIAL FEATURE: Anna chats to Katy from RATTLE who perform this Saturday – learning about what’s happening with the dynamic duo, their long-standing relationship with Supersonic, their influences, with Katy choosing some bangin’ tracks.

COME JOIN US FOR ALL THE FUN THIS SAT AT CENTRALA AND CELEBRATE THESE AWESOME WOMEN IN EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC. FOR HEADLINERS YOUTH MAN IT IS SADLY THEIR LAST SHOW FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, LETS SEND ‘EM OFF IN STYLE!

SEE YOU THERE?!

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Fat Out til you Pass Out

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DO YOU LIKE TO PARTY?!

Well come join us on Saturday March 9th as we celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…AND THE DAY AFTER THAT…AND THE DAY AFTER THAT…AND THE DAY AFTER THAT…and the day after that… and that… and that…

With Supersonic Presents…

YOUTH MAN // BAS JAN // RATTLE // SARAH FARMER // GODSPEED YOU! PETER ANDRE 

+ FAT OUT DJS & GLITTER STATION

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Today we’re shouting about the awesome Emma Thompson, creative director of Fat Out – curating shows for the rowdy, weird & obscure since 2008. 

From the burgeoning underground scene in Salford, Manchester, Fat Out venture into the obscure and creative potential of artists both locally and internationally with an aim of discovering new and adventurous music and producing captivating live shows for both artist and audience alike. Aside from aiming to promote a combination of challenging, intense, experimental and downright rowdy music, one of the driving ideals is to treat artists with the respect, trust and professionalism deserved.

Here’s what a Fat Out fest looks like…

 

Cementing the true collaborative spirit we experimental independent programmers share, back in 2017 at the last Fat Out fest, Supersonic curated a stage on the Sunday of the festival. At 2018’s Supersonic, the Manchester crew descended in full force bringing us Fat Out DJ sets across the weekend, the gorgeous glitter station & Emma even appeared in the infamous Supersonic Supergroup! We continue our loving relationship with Fat Out via the Outlands Network as well. If you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s a cohort of experimental music & art promoters & venues across the UK aimed at touring bold, adventurous collaborations to multiple regions. Emma is a partner in the cohort, the Fat Out curated tour is still to come later this year – hold on to your seats!

Aside from all the awesome work Emma does as a curator, she’s a creative force to be reckoned with in her own right. Her newest creative outlet in collaboration with Kaskie, Godspeed You! Peter Andre is something to behold – gothic duo set to collide the world of pop royalty with deep dark witch music. They will be opening up proceedings on March 9th for our celebration at Centrala, so be sure to get down for doors at 7pm to catch their set!

 

The Manchester crew are descending on Brum in full force for our shindig next week. As well as GSY!PA, we’ll be getting a Fat Out DJ set & FABULOUS glitter station once again, darlings. We can’t wait to hang out with our pals from up North. One thing’s for sure, these gals know how to party.

So don’t miss out on all the fun and be sure to GET YOUR TICKETS! for what’s set to be a riotous night!

FAT OUT TIL YOU PASS OUT!

See you there friends.

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YOB: Doom Metal Masterminds

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Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. The band join a line-up with the likes of heavy noise legends Neurosis and Godflesh, bringing to the Supersonic stage their uniquely developed, modern sounding doom metal which harks back to the classics.

 

 >>> SUPERSONIC 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW <<<

 

Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group have continually reinvigorated and reinspired their sound over the years. From doom with a psychedelic twist (a sound referred to by Pitchfork as ‘cosmic doom’), to aggressive, impassioned riffs of their latest cathartic album Our Raw Heart, there are few bands that do what YOB do.

 

“The band envelops you without hard sell, in big and small ways…Yob might be one of the best bands in North America.”- The New York Times

 

With massive riffs and captivating vocals, YOB bleed out riveting performances of enormous volume with pensive, transcendental beauty. From their earlier, more grizzly sounds, their latest music exists in its own organic universe. The stirring Our Raw Heart album was created after guitarist and vocalist Mike Scheidt suffered from a severe episode of diverticulitis, and realised on stage shines with ebbs and flows from ballad-like meditations to the caustic grunge of the bands origins. Their performances move with a graceful molasses cohesion, moved by strong processional grooves from the bassist Aaron Reiseberg and the drummer Travis Foster, lightened by the unique tone of Scheidt’s guitar which continuously bends and transforms each careful note. They are the apex of what heavy music can achieve, and will melt yer face off this year at Supersonic’s very special 15th anniversary.

DON’T MISS OUT. Get your tickets NOW!

 

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Jerusalem In My Heart: Balancing Tradition with Experimentation

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A recording project and live duo with an accompanying focus on analog film visuals, Jerusalem In My Heart performances feature a wide array of multi-media and theatrical elements, with no two shows ever being the same.

 

LIMITED TICKETS FOR SUPERSONIC 2019 ARE AVAILABLE HERE

 

Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is the acclaimed Montréal–Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo of musician/producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and experimental analog filmmaker Charles-André Coderre.

Guided by Moumneh’s melding of ‘traditional’ melismatic singing (in Arabic) and buzuk playing, with modern deployments of modular synthesis, filter banks, power electronics, field recordings, JIMH pay homage to the blown-out distortions of historical Arabic cassette tape culture, processed through modern currents of electronic music. Moumneh’s lyrical themes are deeply expressive and rich in political and socio-cultural historical consciousness, all of which are complimented by the 16mm film loops and projections that are an integral part of the JIMH aesthetic identity.

 

 

With subtle drones and tensive ambiances coming together, JIMH builds an atmosphere that transitions organically into Middle Eastern melodies, with distortion and noise joining aspects of electronic production. Orchestrally, their music creates a potent element which results in a rich sonic offering, the joining of numerous instruments meeting to bring together transcendental experimental folk music.

There is a certain spiritual element that sprouts from many forms of traditional music, but there is something distinct about JIMH Arabic melodies. Carrying the listener through different areas, from minimalistic, to heavy atmospheres to moments of free-jazz spirituality and drunken rendition, the buzuk and percussion lead the way through bizarre, hazy projections while repetitive motifs build on a momentous sonic illusion.

With another 10 acts JUST ANNOUNCED for our very special 15th year anniversary, this is a Supersonic weekend NOT TO BE MISSED!

Get your weekend tickets here.

 

 

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Anna Von Hausswolff: the supernatural soprano.

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Anna von Hausswolff returns to the Supersonic stage once more after her stunning performance in Birmingham’s Town Hall, Supersonic Festival 2017, following the release of her critically acclaimed album Dead Magic.

 

With a dense atmosphere of cyclical soundscapes to dive into, the world of Swedish, Gothenburg composer Anna Von Hausswolff totally envelops the listener. Hausswolff brings an uncompromising intensity to her performances, with a live sound urging to be sliced open; revealing industrious rhythms and penetrating vocals. A fascination with death, mysticism and spiritual visions beyond mortality reign throughout the musician’s trajectory, outlined by the title of her debut album, Singing From The Grave (2010). Since this release, she has developed her sound from self-contained, intimate chamber-pop to a gargantuan, ethereal beast of sonority.

Death is a good reminder of what you should be concerned about” 

As we learned from her stand-out 2017 performance at Birmingham Town Hall, the pipe organ features significantly in her work. In an interview with The National, she spoke of the physically-demanding nature of the instrument, “You are working with your hands and feet, and you have all these stops that you are pulling in and out to make flute sounds, or maybe trumpet sounds. If you are playing fast it’s like dancing – you have to move the entire body to make it work.”

Her first live performance on a pipe organ was at Lincoln Cathedral and in rehearsal, the church staff voiced fears her playing was too loud for the legendary Henry Willis organ and banned her from playing on certain reed pipes, which meant rearranging 20 minutes of her set entirely. Then, just 30 minutes before the show after practicing again she was banned from using any of the reed pipes at all. Sheer rock and roll.

Anna Von Hausswolff at Birmingham Town Hall, June 2017

“A supernatural soprano has earned Von Hausswolff frequent (and not unjust) comparisons to Kate Bush. Dead Magic sees her shaking off those parallels, stretching from honeyed laments to hex-breaking wails and alien ululations that feel entirely her own.” The Guardian

Another totally enigmatic element to Anna’s sound which is important to note is – her voice. It seems with her most recent outputs that it has been unleashed to it’s full potential. Moments of Bjork-esque cascading fragility are soon upturned with bone-shattering shrieks and growls, harking the influence of Diamanda Galás.

Ultimately, Hausswolff transcends labels of gothic rock, pop, drone, dark music and metal, this is music of the spirit and the blood; the feast and the ritual; the baptism and the epitaph; life and its absence in all its poetics; a communion in which one dies and returns to life over and over again.

Here at Supersonic we cannot wait to once again bear witness to this gothic tour-de-force. We expect nothing less than an unearthly spectacle of light and sound, embodying sonorous synth and guitar reverberations.

Weekend Tickets for Supersonic Festival 2019 including Anna Von Hausswolff’s performance are on sale here.

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The Bug & Moor Mother collab

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Over in Digbeth and across the 15 year anniversary weekend, Moor Mother shall bring her viscerally charged output, and unstoppable energy to an innovative new collaboration with Supersonic veteran The Bug- who first appeared at Supersonic Festival’s first ever edition back in 2003- joining the dots between mutant strains of dancehall, acid ragga and grime.

 

“It’s angry and ferocious, but always triumphant: When it threatens to bust out your windows and rip holes in your speakers, it crackles with the kind of force that makes you want to punch the air as hard as your subwoofers do” Pitchfork on London Zoo, released on Ninja Tune

 

The Bug: The main mutation of producer Kevin Martin who over the years has been, and is also currently, known under many guises, and has been screwing around with deep bass for well over a decade. From his first release in 1997, a concept album called Tapping the Conversation, his sounds have evolved from alternative prototypes of dubstep and instrumental hip-hop to a charged, digital ragga with a repertoire of grimy, distorted beats and mutated dancehall.

With punishing, acid-burnt dub electronics, The Bug’s music has been described as a manifestation of how London has transformed the sounds of Jamaica to its own ends, from 2-tone to jungle to dubstep, with rhythms so pervasive and locked in that after a while you start hearing the spaces in between as much as you’re hearing the beats themselves.

 

In light of this very special Supersonic year, The Bug will be joined by Supersonic’18 artist Moor Mother, a musician, poet, visual artist and workshop facilitator who has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries and museums around the world. In line with her own description, the viscerally charged Philadelphia based artist and activist, Camae Ayewa, creates music which weaves between “blk girl blues”, “project housing bop” to “slaveship punk”, with these self made categorisations allowing Moor Mother to be fluid and interdisciplinary with her expression. Her music is often harsh, confrontational, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra into an output that is consistently grounded in a sense of history and story-telling. Through her blending of hip-hop, samples, spoken word and free jazz into collages that shudder with both pride and anger she charts centuries of abuse against black people, the differing textures working in tandum to create a strange, jarred beauty.

 

 

As Robert Aiki Lowe’s guest curation, Moor Mother made an impression not only with her enigmatic live set, but also with her compelling Q&A and time with the MOOG Sound Lab. Her collaboration with The Bug is set to be a hugely anticipated performance, and if their 2018 performance as ZONAL (The Bug and JK Flesh) and Moor Mother at Caixaforum, Barcelona is anything to go by, Supersonic audiences are in for a set of punishing volume and intense bass.

Tickets for Supersonic Festival 2019- 15th edition- are available HERE!!!

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The Body – redefining heavy music

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“If there is one band in 2018 that defines what it means to make ‘heavy’ music, then that band is Portland-based duo The Body.” – Metal Hammer

 

Absolutely no one makes music like The Body.

We’re so excited to be bringing The Body from Portland to Brum this July – adding to the ever raucous Supersonic Festival 2019 line-up & promising to be an unmissable set!

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS YET?

With each release, the duo of Lee Buford and Chip King continue to defy the constraints of what it means to be a “heavy” band, seamlessly combining composition or production approaches from hip hop, pop, classical, as well as rock and electronica resulting in a rich and utterly singular sound. Equally at home on festival stages, art spaces, or in DIY basements, they transcend musical boundaries. Their ambitious creativity shapes their bleak worldview into propulsive, affecting, and even danceable music often drenched in distortion. On I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer The Body challenged themselves again by turning their compositional approach on its head, choosing to build the record on their own samples rather than recording the basic tracks of drums and guitars and processing those. The results carry the listener towards the brink of emotional and musical extremes. I Have Fought Against It… conjures the sublime from an unexpected and incomparable variety of sounds.

As they say themselves: “We’re not angry, we’re just really sad.” And it shows.

The Body are known for their intense, abrasive live shows, whose waves of dissonance create an abiding dread or an overwhelming sense of terror. They create a volume of sound almost unfathomable from a duo and are unaffected by instrument choice: guitar and drums, or keyboard and synthesizers. Inventive producers, the duo expand their recorded sound palate with regular contributions from the likes of Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir), and Ben Eberle (Sandworm), arranged with help of longtime engineers Seth Manchester and Keith Souza (Machines With Magnets). Wolpert’s ethereal calls and Eberle’s vicious growl are augmented by Lingua Ignota’s Kristin Hayter, whose impassioned voice features on the viscerally emotional “nothing stirs.” On “sickly heart of sand,” vocal tradeoffs between King and Hayter’s are punctuated with the howls of Uniform’s Michael Berdan. With The Body’s keen sense of balance, the ferociousness of these extreme performances are underpinned by the elegance of string swells and pensive, even melodies from a lone piano.

For The Body, any source of inspiration is fair game to achieve their distinct atmosphere of unbearable dread, pain, and sadness. “Partly alive” places rolling drum figures, commonly found in pop, and transforms them with a backdrop of horns, skittering synthetic hi hats, and pitched feedback. The oppressive groove of “an urn” pulls beat arrangement and melodic ideas from disparate electronic influences. Their eclectic sampling choices are both musical and literary from singjay star Eek-A-Mouse to a reading of Bohumil Hrabal to the Clarice Lispector quote on the album’s artwork and beyond. The album title, an excerpt of Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter, is an apt moniker for the pervasive themes of loss, desperation and loneliness throughout. Carefully selected samples and literary references bolster the album’s emotional heft. I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer proves how truly adventurous and diverse a creative force The Body has become. The Body continue to push the boundaries and definition of what is heavy music, their ingenuity unparalleled.

 

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Outlands round-up: Ecstatic Material with Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison

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On Saturday 9th February team Supersonic were thrilled to present the another night of leftfield oddities in the name of OUTLANDS, the UK’s new touring Network of experimental music. ‘Ecstatic Material’, the first Outlands tour of 2019, combined sound and substances from two original  figures in their respective fields; musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and artist Keith Harrison. Curated and produced by Jennifer Lucy Allan and Al Cameron, this live sound experiment was an immersive treat, conducted through a modular system made up of malleable materials, light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists at Centrala, Digbeth. 

READ HERE FOR THE 4* REVIEW FROM THE GUARDIAN OF ECSTATIC MATERIAL IN MANCHESTER!!!

 

 

Tour support came from DJs Copper Sounds from Bristol. Their primitive, tactile form of turntablism mesmerised the room, intrigued by their unique spinning of copper dubplates, ceramic pots, and heavy icelandic rocks. Earlier in the day the pair hosted a workshop in which Supersonic audience participants got to design and cast their own playable wax 7″ to take home.

 

 

After some warm up sets from both Copper Sounds and UUOO (from an impressively technical suitcase…), it was time for the live sound experiment to begin upstairs.

Drawing upon Keith Harrison’s renowned art practice transforming raw materials and Beatrice Dillon’s rhythmic computer music compositions, this jointly developed palette of playdoh pumping sound system and sound synthesis summoned a sensory site of elasticity, interference and reaction.

 

 

With Dillon playing through the multi-channel system, the speakers circling the room came to life in bounces and reverberations, each substance within- fluffy powers to coloured liquids- rippling in movement. This focus on interaction and the morphing of material is beautifully displayed, with Dillon’s music creating a trance like atmosphere.

 

 

Huge thank you to the artists and curators, and to all who came to experience the immersive piece. Keep an eye out on our website and socials for upcoming OUTLANDS events, or catch the rest of Ecstatic Material on tour at Cambridge Junction tonight, MK Gallery 13th Feb, South London Gallery 14th Feb and De La Warr Pavilion 15th Feb.

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YOB join Supersonic Festival 2019 Friday line up!

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We are delighted to announce that joining probably the heaviest night of music Brum has ever seen is… YOB
On Friday July 19th, opening Supersonic Festival 2019 in grand style at Birmingham Town’s Hall will be Godflesh and Neurosis.
Then join us for the after party on festival main site where we will host YOB and an array of experimental acts amidst the industrial back streets of Digbeth, Birmingham – the Home of Metal.
Friday tickets SOLD OUT in record time but you can still access both the Town Hall show and main festival site for 3 days of mind-bending music and art with WEEKEND TICKETS – ON SALE NOW!
So don’t miss out! More acts to be announced soon.

 

“Intimidating as it can sound, YOB’s music is some of the most inviting in contemporary metal. Scheidt can make the most grinding riff feel soothing, like a vision quest that comforts and imbues purpose even as it tests the listener.” – Pitchfork

Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work.

Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group initially released a three song demo tape in 2000 that garnered them international attention. Drawing comparisons to groups like Neurosis, Sleep and Electric Wizard, YOB succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics.

In 2018, the band announced their newest album ‘Our Raw Heart’ to be released on Relapse Records. As for how Our Raw Heart will be received? Mike Scheidt (guitar/vocals) is wise enough to know that it’s out of his hands. “I think every era of Yob fan will find something on there to dig—it’s just a matter of whether they can go on the whole trip or not,” he ventures. “And that’s none of my business. The music has a life of its own. It goes out there into the world and it’s gonna be received however it’s received.”

 

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Supersonic’s Tirikilatops Weekend- ROUND-UP

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Well, that was one bizarre-colourful-dada-krazykpop-hella fun weekend!

With two sold out shows we were crafting and bopping all over the place with Tirikilatops, bringing UFOs, snail parties and magic formulas to the streets of Birmingham at both Artefact and Mac Birmingham following their performance at Supersonic 2018.

 

 

>> TICKETS FOR SUPERSONIC 2019, OUR 15TH EDITION, ARE AVAILABLE HERE <<<

SATURDAY 2nd FEB @ ARTEFACT

An Evening with TIRIKILATOPS 

Starting the weekend we had a truly weird and wonderful night at Artefact, an artist-led, community-focused arts space in Birmingham. Acting as a pre-cursor to the Supersonic Kids Gig the next morning, Supersonic hosted an evening of mask making ahead of a more intimate- yet no less raucous- Tirikilatops show into the night. The k-pop duo led a Korean Dokkaebi Mask making workshop with some…err…interesting results…with these final products being shown on the dancefloor with the audience dancing to some Kimchi beats.

 

 

SUNDAY 3rd FEB @ MAC BIRMINGHAM

SUPERSONIC KIDS GIG

 

 

The following morning marked the return of the Supersonic Kids Gig at Mac Birmingham, bringing more almighty sounds for little people. If you couldn’t guess from the snappy title, it’s a gig, for kids and their families, which aims to introduce children to experimental music at an early age.

 

With the fabulous Sam Underwood introducing, our tiny audience members (and not so tiny parents) were taken on a journey through sound loops, Korean animal names, monster making and a bit of instrument playing themselves. With the forging of bizarre electro K-pop with kimchi beats, offbeat lyrics and super earworm melodies, this force of surrealism, dada, forteana and charity shop finds may have been our most eclectic Kids Gig yet!

 

 

Big love to all who joined us for this unforgettable weekend, with thanks to Artefact and Mac Birmingham for hosting and to Tirikilatops for guiding us through a surreally superb weekend.

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR UPCOMING EVENTS! Both our Tirikilatops events were sold out shows, so CLICK HERE to see what’s coming up and get your tickets in time!!

 

 

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