Creatures of The Night

Capsule invited the following six artists to create illustrations in response to this years festival theme ‘Creatures Of The Night’ the title of the 1982 album from U.S. band Kiss and continuing our exploration of Birmingham and the Black Country as ‘Home of Metal’. These works will be exhibited within the Custard Factory.

Justin Bartlett
Black ink warlock from the grim and frostbitten raven realm of Southern California. He enjoys thee grimm riffs, vberkvlt metals, and other dark musick, times of solitude, skulls, and scotch. Inspired by religious and theological conflicts, environmental decay, and man’s inhumanity, the pen-wielder spends hours and hours obsessing on every last detail. He has worked with many including SUNN O))), Gravetemple and Norway’s Gorgoroth, Apoptygma Berzerk, tons of underground bands.

Karen Constance
Born in Scotland’s hellhole central belt & escaped down south to Brighton in 1997, she is influenced by encyclopedias, diagrams and schoolgirls.

Steve Ingram
Aka Forhumourandhope is just 24 years old and hails from Birmingham, UK. He designed the artwork and packaging for the Capsule Beestung Lips release amongst other things.

Conny Prantera
A painter and illustrator and one of the artists promoted by street-ware label Silas and Maria. Conny’s work reaches back from her training as a portrait artist in the torn political background of the Italian “anni di piombo” to today’s London underground culture, mixing the mirage of aesthetic beauty with a morbid obsession with decay.

James Quigley
Gunsho is an art moniker for James Quigley. Somewhere between nursing on goat’s milk as a baby and his teenage summers spent sifting through flea market arcana, James began to find fascination in the strange and magical vastness of the marginal fringe. A regard for the toxic forces that transform humans into monsters shaped his early drawings and set him on a path into a surreal artistic thicket of beasts, demons, and mutants. He sees the scores of odd creatures he creates today not as being pulled from thin air or simple imagination, but from a continuum of mythology, or of ancient currents that have persisted into modernity.

Francesca “Bunny” Williams
Also known as Bunny Bissoux, is an artist, illustrator, collector, fanatic, musician and aspiring wrestling valet. Bunny makes fanzines, costumes, plush toys and cupcakes and runs an online store and weekly market stall. She has previously produced CONQUISTADOR fanzine and a poster size “Map of Hair Metal” painstakingly charting the movement of band members between groups across the genre. Bunny enjoys drawing naked ladies, rock stars, wrestlers and her never-ending supply of imaginary friends.



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Supersonic just wouldn’t be the same without PCM¬† performing on Friday night, they are the dark lords of Drum n Bass. PCM were formed in 1990 by Neil Harvey and Nik Wells in Birmingham,UK Starting life as PCM Soundsystem, they began hosting parties in warehouses and empty buildings in the B’ham area and travelling to free festivals and outdoor parties with their sound. Playing an eclectic range of music from acid to hardcore to early jungle and often performing their own material live, they soon built up a large following in the emerging underground dance scene in the Midlands.


Saturday program

4pm Thrill Jockey Archive
A grab-bag of music videos plucked from the vaults of Chicago’s Thrill Jockey records, including work by Fiery Furnaces, Tortoise, Tunng, Mouse on Mars and OOIOO.

4.30 VBS Soft Focus
Edited highlights from Vice’s interview series, with Ian Svenonius talking to rock luminaries including Ian MacKaye, Penny Rimbaud, Henry Rollins, Mark E. Smith, Kevin Shields and Will Oldham.

5.15 Talk: ‘From Heretics To Headbangers: Occultism, Rock and Pop Music in the UK’
Mark Pilkington takes a look at the roots of contemporary British occultism and their baleful influence on 20th century music. Pilkington publishes and edits Strange Attractor, ‘an irregular anthology of cultural.

6.15 Talk: ‘The Aesthetics of Grindcore’ – Nicholas Bullen
The work of bands like Napalm Death and Carcass grew out of a stew of influences including horror culture and 70s agit prop as well as hardcore punk. Nicholas Bullen, a founder member of Napalm Death, will be exploring some of the tropes and themes that have informed the grindcore movement since its explosion in the mid-80s.

7.30 Heavy Metal in Baghdad (Dir: Suroosh Alvi/Eddy Morett US 2007)
First feature documentary to emerge from Vice Films. Beginning with the fall of Saddam Hussein, this is the tale of Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda and their heroic efforts to stay together and keep making music while their country disintegrated around them.

9.00 Artist picks
Two short films selected by acts playing at Supersonic today. First off, Efterklang present ‘The Symphony of Jessica Noise’ by regular collaborator Karim Ghahwagi, with music by Mads Brauer from the group.. Then Daniel O’Sullivan of Guapo will introduce Magic Sun, Phill Niblock’s abstract 1968 gem featuring the Sun Ra Arkestra.

9.35 Encyclopedia Pictura
Selection of work by a San Francisco production outfit who count Cryptozoology, Psychedelic Shamanism and Fruit Sandwiches among their interests. Includes a special 3D presentation of their recent video for Bjork, Wanderlust.

Plus a selection of other shorts and promos compiled by 7 Inch Cinema.

10.35 Supersonic Shreds
Or: Does Music Belong in Humour?
VJ Hooker (Filmficciones) has been voyaging across the outer reaches of the internet and various cinematic archives, and here presents the fruits of his quest. Includes shredded works by StSanders, aka Finnish video artist Santeri Ojala.

11.35 Kipple
After creating a laff riot in the theatre at last year’s Supersonic, cut-up duo Kipple return with more modified video from the wrong side of the tracks.

12.05 Lost and Found Video Night
Full to bursting with clips and oddities from junkshops and skips across the world, the nine DVDs in the Lost and Found series attained a new high in home entertainment. Here you find some of the best bits; expect Bollywood numbers, penis songs and Crispin Glover.
With thanks to Chunklet and 5 Minutes to Live.

12.30 Southern Records Archive
A screening of the rarely seen documentary on THE OBSESSED made by JOE LALLY (Fugazi) in 1994. Featuring interviews with Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins and others.

1.00 Soft Focus
Edited highlights from Vice’s interview series, with Ian Svenonius talking to rock luminaries including Ian MacKaye, Penny Rimbaud, Henry Rollins, Mark E. Smith, Kevin Shields and Will Oldham.

1.30 Southern Records Archive
Rare live footage and videos from Southern’s past and present, everything from Boris to Mothlite.


Boys and Their Toys

Yukio Fujimoto + Brian Duffy
Presented in collaboration with IKON
Introduction by Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director

4.00pm Sunday 13th July, Theatre Space

Japanese artist Yukio Fujimoto is renowned for his experimental use of sound. In a variety of ways, minimally, unpretentiously, his work demonstrates the nature of human perception, engaging his audience with a strange familiarity. He explains, “An aural experience consists not merely of listening to sounds, but also of perceiving momentarily a world hidden below the everyday, which cannot be captured by the eyes alone. When you make works using sound you are, as a matter of course, tempted into the realm of the philosophical.” For Supersonic, Fujimoto will give a talk about his artistic practice overall, and make a performance “on a table”.

Brian Duffy is a conceptual artist, whose work involves live performance/installations/original music composition/and the creation of new musical instruments. He is the brains behind the Modified Toy Orchestra and one half of the ZX Spectrum Orchestra which explores the hidden potential and surplus value latent inside redundant technology; a process creating sophisticated new electronic instruments from abandoned children’s toys.


French at Ideal

Aldershot is a part of the UK known for it’s army base, French’s home town. A good place to start an interest in torn body parts I suppose. French loves depicting all things evil, grotesque and morbid. An obsession with death metal music informs French’s work that literally draws the line between the magnificent and the repulsive. French’s sensitive and detailed line work shows the beauty in the revolting.

French has interpreted the ‘Creatures Of The Night’ theme this year by painting the entrance to the newly built skate ramp as well an exhibition housed within Ideal Skate shop along with a selection of his T Shirts, zines and prints which are all for sale.

Ideal Skateboard Supply have been a big part of Birmingham Skateboarding for over 17 years and counting. This summer they have re-locating to a new store and building a gem of a ramp right next door.


All part of the plan to keep skateboarding moving forward and keep our city on the map.


Rolo Tomassi

Far more evolved than the constraints of ‘jazzy noise’ or ‘synth-screamo’, Rolo Tomassi leap confidently from genre to genre. Moments of oddly-timed chaos flow comfortably into sanguine prog-rock workouts, otherworldly, alien noises sit happily alongside bass-led doom riffs. It’s eclectic stuff – without ever sounding disjointed.
And yes the majority of the band may only just be adults in the eyes of the law, but any issues people might have with this have been abolished by the bands obvious talent, drive and work-ethic.


Outcrowd and Friends

The Outcrowd Collective have become a regular fixture at the Supersonic Festival, contributing some kind of strange scribbled visual backdrop to compliment the delightfull noises drifting through the air.

Their shambolic visual network continues to evolve and this year they spread their tentacles a little further by inviting some other arty friends via Studio4 Gallery to come and do a bit of colouring in.

So look out for our Studio4 stall, a skate ramp installation with Ideal as well as some live painting going on over the weekend all based around this years theme, ‘Creatures Of The Night!’. So do come and give us a painty fingered high five if you the taste of our eye candy.


Sunday program

2.15 Thrill Jockey Archive
A grab-bag of music videos plucked from the vaults of Chicago’s Thrill Jockey records, including work by Fiery Furnaces, Tortoise, Tunng, Mouse on Mars and OOIOO.

2.45 Existing Conditions, part one
A short series of films and talks presented by Eastside Projects, a new artist run space opening in Birmingham later this year.

Ivy Meet Mike (Mark Titchner, 2007)
Video work by the Turner-nominated artist, overlaying archive footage of Atomic bomb tests to create an orgasm-like release of energy.

File Under Sacred Music (Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2003)
London-based duo Forsyth and Pollard restaged the mythical 1978 gig played by the Cramps at Napa Mental Institute in California, and then created this blurred, grainy document of the event.

4.00 Talk/performance: Boys And Their Toys
Three presentations by sound artists with a common interest in modifying and repurposing musical instruments or music-making devices.

Yukio Fujimoto
This Osaka-based artist describes his interactive artworks as ‘philosophical toys’, using music-boxes, treated vinyl and electronic equipment to explore the way we receive music.

Brian Duffy
Through work with Modified Toy Orchestra and ZX Spectrum Orchestra, as well as his own circuit-bending practice, Duffy mines the hidden potential of redundant technology.

In collaboration with Ikon

6.00 Performance: Pierre Bastien
French composer who built his own instruments from an early age; his Mecanium Orchestra was entirely made up of Meccano machines which play a range of instruments from around the world. Today Bastien presents a performance and installation as part of Vivid’s Flux-Fest season.

In collaboration with Vivid

7.00 Nosferatu (dir: FW Murnau, Germany 1922)
A new live soundtrack to Murnau’s classic expressionist horror, written by Matthew Eaton (Pram, Micronormous) and Grandmaster Gareth (Misty’s Big Adventure) and performed alongside other members of Misty’s.

8.45 Existing Conditions, part two

The Limit (Laureana Toledo, 2005-8)
World premiere of a film about The Limit, a Mexican cover band formed by Laureana Toledo who only play songs from bands native to Sheffield; Def Leppard, The Human League, Joe Cocker, Pulp, ABC and The Arctic Monkeys. Based in Mexico City, Toledo is currently on a residency at Eastside Projects working on a project called Wanted: Bass Players Called John. (If you’re called John and play the bass, get in touch.)

9.45 Fantomas-Melvins Big Band
London, 2006. A unique coming-together of Mike Patton’s metal ‘supergroup’ Fantomas and big-haired sludge trio The Melvins, for one unique performance. Supersonic presents the first ever public screening of the live movie which emerged from the event, released on DVD this August with a commentary by none other than Danny DeVito.

10.30 Kipple
Extra slices of video offal

11.00 Soft Focus
More highlights from the Vice interview series with Ian Svenonius asking the questions.


Pierre Bastien

Pierre Bastien
Installation as part of FLUX FEST at Vivid 24th June – 13th July

Performance Sunday 13th July

Theatre Space

At VIVID French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Bastien presents a robotic ensemble comprised of household object. Instead of music instruments, the robots creates sounds out of an array of household objects including a teapot, comb, toothbrushes, a saw, an ashtray, scissors, a letter-scale and a hammer.

In collaboration with Vivid. Dedicated to the development of contemporary media art and interdisciplinary practice, VIVID supports and commissions research, new works, publications and provides a resource for artists and curators.

Opening 12-5.30 Wed to Sun Free Admission
140 Heath Mill Lane . Birmingham



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.



This performance at Supersonic will be their last ever live show. Usually a duo, their unpredictable nature has often created the possibility of any number of people playing any form of music, with live sets sometimes ascending to a beautiful chaos where people are compelled to shake, scream, walkout or even threaten the band.
This is not the end for these brothers, other projects will continue including Horror Pillow, Dream Dreams The Dreamer to name but a few.



Since 1998 Norwegians John Hegre and Lasse Marhaug have been making sound together as Jazzkammer. Ex members of Enslaved and Manngard and for this performance they will be enlisting the help of Noxagt member Anders Hana. Utterly vast in it’s unrelenting scope, their music collides grindcore, extreme doom, 80’s thrash and Glenn Branca-like black metal soundscapes into a seething hulk of pulsating vitriol that is nowhere near as savage as that description would lead you to believe.


Bela Emerson

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.



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.


Fuck Buttons

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.


Oxbow Duo + Guests

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.


Shit & Shine

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.



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.


Strings Of Consciousness

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.


Wolf Eyes

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


Sunn 0)))

Sunn 0)))
This is the project of Stephen O’ Malley (Khanate/Burning Witch) and founder of Southern Lord Records Greg Anderson (Goatsnake). Formed in memory of the cult drone-riff pioneers EARTH their theatrical performances create trance like soundscapes that are intricate, dense and filled with the heaviest bottom end you will ever hear. In collaboration with Attila of Mayhem and Justin Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu for this performance.



METAL – A symposium to celebrate and explore the West Midlands musical heritage.

Probably the most maligned musical genre of all time. The term itself
seems to have developed as a critical putdown of the sound and the
players making it. Loud, brash, unapologetic, energetic and
unconcerned with subtlety, taste and gentility. Yet a genre which over
its forty-year history has steadily crept its way into the mainstream,
securing worldwide domination and branching off into myriad
labyrinthine offshoots along its merry way.

It is no coincidence that many of these subgenres, and indeed, most
would argue the actual genesis itself, developed here in the Black
Country of the Midlands. It is not a unique phenomenon that youth
culture springs forth from working class industrial areas (the birth
of everything from the Blues and Country to Hip Hop came from the
fields, factories and streets), but the particular character cited by
the pioneers of Metal in the Midlands seems to run parallel to the
conditions and heritage of this distinct area – its talk of grimness
and social depravation an echo of the images painted by Dickens et al
in the nineteenth century. The history and environment providing the
backbone for not only the mood of the music, but the impetus to play
it in the first place.

In this symposium we hope to bring you a little of this rich local
history with speakers who were actually hands-on involved in its birth
and development. We also hope to put these developments into a wider
context, showing how the symbols, mood and substance of Metal have
filtered out and spread their influence over a much wider area, taking
root in everything from modern art through to commercial enterprise,
marketing and advertising. With such a vast topic at hand, we will not
be presenting a definitive series of lectures, but will try to cover
as much ground as possible with all the speakers before opening up the
debate to the audience to participate.

As far as we know, this is the first event of its kind, dedicated to
this particularly rich vein of local history and culture. And we
sincerely hope it won’t be the last…

Tony Sylvester


Kling Klang

Kling Klang –
Kling Klang are a five piece kraut-punk band from Liverpool, consisting of four synth players and a drummer. Formed in mid 1999, as a 3 piece using only cheap synths and old drum machines. Since then they have used every show and release as a way to explore new dynamic ways of presenting their unique sound.



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.