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What better way to begin the festive period than being immersed in a heady world of music, art, noise, performance... and mince pies? All at your fave venue; Islington Mill.
You'd have a bit of a job topping this line-up...
Concretecock and Fat Out Til You Pass Out bring you Islington Mill's Xmas Xtravaganza!
Lucy Ironmonger & Chew Disco
PLUS DJ sets from performers.
AULO'S FIRST REED
2 KOI KARP
£7 ADV. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/246675
A psychedelic onslaught which has weight, humour, horror and joy in equal measures. Their acid-fuelled shows, playing mainly to 'crusties' in a dingy pub in Finsbury Park, have become stuff of legend. They formed in the midst of the acid house revolution in 1988. Guitarist Russ Smith recalls "no-one wanted to see bands then". They had all of the acid but less of the house (despite Russ being part of MARRS who had a freak number one hit with "Pump Up The Volume" in '87). They were invited to play Manchester only once in those days at the gone-but-not-forgotten Boardwalk. I've spoken to punters about this gig and they still remember the impact it had on them. Manchester drummer, artist and dancer extraordinaire Brian Benson recalls "those noise bands at that time...had a big effect on the pictures I was making. I think I was trying without really trying, just feeling it, maan...to find a visual equivalent of those gut-wrenching, mind-bending sounds and!
cavernous sonic spaces". He mentioned God and Skullflower amongst those bands - three of the current TC line-up were also members of these outfits.
When vocalist Gary Boniface decided not to reunite with the group, TC's Gordon Watson of the band instantly thought to contact Neil Francis of Gnod. His sound was very similar, although the band love that he has quite a different energy to Gary. Russ maintains "we couldn't be here without him". Same goes for long-time collaborator Dave Cochrane and his pounding basslines, previously heard in such bands as Jesu and Head of David. Brian also remembered being surprised that half the band "looked like rockabillies", as half of them had been members of The Vibes. Original TC/Vibes drummer John Jobaggy has come back, as Russ says he's actually "a proper jazz drummer. Basically he's shit-hot".
There's a lot of talk about 'psychedelia' making a comeback (read: 'indie' bands with a chorus pedal), but these fuckers walk it like they talk it. "It was very ritualistic for us to really get out of our heads when we played" recalls Gordon, and the comeback shows this summer in CorsicaStudios London and the Supernormal Festival proved that! A savoury experience/experiment not to be missed.
These Mancunian sorcerers suck drone, psych, afro-germanic groove, free jazz firepower and all the world besides through a portal into somewhere better/wilder/other. The line-up shrinks and swells as the music rotates & expands to reach new frontiers and other worlds. This promises to be a stonking homecoming gig - quite literally as all the band members live at Islington Mill - after touring with Basic House. From their early Sunburned Hand and Afrobeat-inspired jams back in their formative days through to space-rockin' all over the world with the "Dropout" and "Chaudelande" albums to the electronic present day with the industrial grooves and rhythms of the various machines; the psychedelia, the mantras, the drone and the heartbeat will prevail whatever the conduit, whatever the method, whatever the tempo.
"My head is throbbing like a stained glass window-lined grotto of unconventional thought and atavistic proto-religious impulses." (Brett Savage, Dead Sea Apes).
It can be tricky to keep up with Gnod due to their numerous solo projects, remixes and collaborations; their cult tape label Tesla Tapes and the club night Gesamtkunstwerk with its hard-warped machine rhythms and analogue post-industrial debauchery. All we know is tonight it is GNOD live at home and it will be special.
Newcastle's Bong create a sound where space and time are suspended, and drone, doom and sitars wash over you while you depart this space-time continuum to become suspended in distortion, propelled by slowly mutating drum patterns toward doom enlightenment.
"I think we spend a lot of time in other places, rather than where we actually are", as Bong frontman Dave Terry sagely attests. "We are essentially just a live band really. Our various releases...have just been us playing live and then recording it, whether there's an audience there or not." Their raga-doom-mantras have taken them to European festivals such as the infamous Roadburn; a recording of their 2010 set there remains one of their most renowned releases. At their now-legendary appearance at Fat Out Fest here at the Mill two years ago the stage became an amassment of bodies of audience and group members alike.
D Lucille Campbell's deep and hauntingly distinctive voice floats like a dark mist carrying its messages of love, loss and loneliness weaving it through the ebbing layers of synths and percussion provided by her musical collaborator Sophie Gug. They combine theatricality with a stark, minimal and icy delivery on songs like "Valhalla" with its funereal pace and deliciously dark lyrics. Die Hexen are creating something entrancing, exciting and original - step into their world and see.
Tranarchy are a drag/party/performance/ music collective of trannies and show offs; switchblade sisters ready to make over Manchester. They throw parties to dress to distress for. Yes, some legendary parties with some up-and-coming legendary children: Vogue Brawl, Jilted Joyce's Gypsy Wedding, Dirty Minds, Tranarchy Does Showgirls and Zombie Pride. They want YOU to join their gang: be yourself and then times it by a 1000. Got a hump? Throw glitter on it and come dancing!
Andy Blundell AKA Raikes Parade incorporates live instrumentation with digital production techniques to create trippy, weird and wonderful noises with influences ranging from 70's funk to dub reggae. He works closely with Herbal Sessions soundsystem, OneFiveEight projects, Gnod & Nucleus Roots. Also with his live set he has supported the likes of Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Mungos Hi-Fi & Jahtari.
Two-piece Bratan formed in early summer 2011 playing minimal / experimental / noisy music. "They are mixing up fiery runs of Lightning Bolt-style noise brutalism with shapeshifting drone effects and splatters of samples chattering like detuned radio noise...the sort of band you just wish were playing in the middle of the floor as opposed to on a stage just so you could get it even more in your face". (Cath Aubergine)
Rosanne Robertson's recent performance at Sluice Art Fair was one of the most intense, visceral experiences I've ever had. I was physically shaking afterwards. This work is urgent and should not be missed.
Debbie Sharp's recent live works have involved looping sounds of tools inscribing words into copper and white noise from TVs. The repetition in sound, voice and movement make for meditative and contemplative performances.
Sharp is a conceptual artist whose practice often works within a space of memory and mortality. A recent work reflected her fears of growing up in Bradford at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper, and a brief encounter with one of the ripper's victims. She was a member of the cult DIY band Valerie and is co-founder of Manchester artspace The Penthouse NQ.
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Kelly Jones and Pascal Nichols (also known as Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides) have created a body of work which has lit up the UK underground scene and seen them opening for the likes of Sonic Youth. They regularly collaborate with artist Haris Epaminonda and performed in places such as Venice and Zurich with her.
Gary Fisher's sound pieces have been performed in different places, spaces and situations. These have ranged from long-form soundscapes with instruments, objects and electronics to demonstrating an amplified jacket to using a brush and hacksaw against metal railings.
Matt Dalby - via a mic, tiny amp and effects pedal -combines sound poetry with white noise and looped vocals. Dalby regularly incorporates traditional folk and blues standards into his performances. A recent rendition of "In the Pines" dissected every nuance of the lyric; by turns whispered and subdued, by turns wailed and hysterical.
2 KOI KARP
tapes, screaks, muzak, magick...
2 Koi Karp create a conflict of sound using noise/melody, analog/digital, beat/ambience using tapes, kids instruments, vocals and objects. Recent performances have involved wearing and playing red shrink-wrap. 2KK are in the process of recording in Kurt Dirt's Garbage Dump; new material has a loose song-like structure.
2KK are associated artists at Video Jam and are about to embark on a residency at The Penthouse NQ. Their first performance was at a residency in Ibiza with Islington Mill in May this year.
"I have a studio cave where I spend a lot of time messing about on various instruments and gear, this is the fruits of some of my labour / messing. I work for the Manchester Midi School during the day, additionally teach a bit of DJing, and at night throw parties with the lovely Meat Free DJs. Women's place in electronic music is a subject very close to my heart".
Lucy Ironmonger's sets are uplifting, bass-heavy and always get the floor in the mood!
Our favourite DJ's Chew Disco will surely get us all in the party mood! The pair are holding an event for Homotopia Arts Festival in Liverpool featuring Ms Vagina Davis and Queer'd Science in November. Gonna be magic!
Resident at Gesamtkunstwerk, VULJ plays a hefty set. Your in for a right pounding with the most psyched-up technoise in town!
KHOM has recently been providing visuals on behalf of Gnod during their recent UK dates, Author and Punisher (US) and adding to the party vibe for CHERYL and Volkov Commanders at Psychic Rhythm Abduction at Islington Mill. KHOM be setting off soon for New York to play at CHERYL's Halloween party.
KHOM also blew the heads off the punters at The Ruby Lounge with Gum Takes Tooth et al. when he engulfed the space with his cosmic wonders.
This duo of artists have been regular residents at Manchester's favourite queer club-night Bollox since early this year. Their installations have seen giant doughnuts, mutated cuddly toys and their 'democratic jewellery' which is a little racy...