This Saturday night, Go Bang! hosts the debut Belfast performance of Dublin’s haunted-electonrica wunderkind, Angkorwat. We are super-excited about this show, having been indulging in her darkly beautiful sounds for the past month - have a listen for yourself here and here.
In anticipation of the night, I have put together a mix based on the usual groove of Go Bang! nights - starting off quiet and dark, before letting loose with those weird dancefloor nightmares our crowd seem to love, until it gets all venerational with a bit of Maus at the end.
Deformative Mix - May 2011
1. Zomes - Melody, the Prism
2. Sixth June - Back for a Day
3. Angkorwat - Sink
4. Wicked Witch - Erratic Behaviour
5. Rebolledo - Guererro
6. Dirtbombs - Sharevari (Omar S RMX)
7. Chandeliers - Sugarscoop
8. Force of Nature - Unstoppable
9. No Zu - (Coburg) Mystical
10. Liaisons Dangereuses - Los Ninos Del Parque
11. Arthur Russell/Felix/Nicky Siano - Tiger Stripes
12. A Certain Ratio - Life’s a Scream
13. Pets With Pets - Acid Girls Makes the Best…
14. John Maus - Believer
See you Saturday!
My girlfriend brought me the Pets With Pets album, excellently titled Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid, home from Australia. Even for someone with my tastes, it’s a pretty freaky listen but an amazing achievement - outlandish, beautiful and bewildering all in one go.
Neu! were frequently cited when discussing their earlier work, notably on 2008 single, We Only Found This Place, but Pets With Pets are as strange and idiosyncratic in their own right and their live shows so ferocious, to avoid being unfairly pegged as adulators. The influence of German experimental music is still apparent here though, from the audacious Kraut-groove of fifteen minute opener, Saturday I Died to the most Rother and Dinger-indebted track on the album, Pixie Child. But SAPA rides the same ‘It’s everything time’ wave as the new Gang Gang Dance album - mashing up sounds from sources as disparate as Spaceman 3, Sunburned Hand of the Man and many of the Nuggets bands.
The result is a strangely affecting and ambitious album, harnessed by Jono’s awesome motorik drumming and Zayd’s primordial caterwaul. The six tracks here are as oddly beautiful, enthrallingly sinister and confidently aberrant as you are likely to hear this or any other year. After years of being viewed by many as hirsute purveyors of all things willfully wrong-ended and anomalous - on Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid, they have proven this to be absolutely true - and much more than that.
Buy from Sensory Projects.
As far as I can tell, this is legit. Avant-garde composer, disco-savant and underground icon Arthur Russell, collaborating with the star of such cinema classics Pitch Black and Fast and Furious 5, Vin Diesel. Yup. Apparently, at the time Diesel was a fledgling rapper and break-dancer…ah this too ridiculous to paraphrase - here’s the official write-up from Gary Lucas.
‘Fragments of an aborted recording session at Battery Sound NYC in 1986 which brought together fledgling rapper Mark Sinclair—today better known as the actor Vin Diesel—and avant composer/dance music maven Arthur Russell in a project midwifed by Gary Lucas, who discovered Mark Sinclair rapping and break-dancing on the streets of the West Village, and greenlighted by Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and Barry Feldman of Upside/Logarhythm records.
“I’m the Man of Steel” the teenage Sinclair asserts, foreshadowing his stellar ascent as a worldwide action movie hero (“Triple XXX”, “Pitch Dark”, and most recently the #1 box office hit “Fast Five”)— but even Diesel is no match for Arthur’s crafty diabolical beats, which keep dropping “the one” out from under him, breaking up Sinclair’s delivery and eventually rendering the session useless.
“It’s the white part of me fucking it up!”
—Mark Sinclair at the recording session’
See for yourself here.
One of my favourite labels, Minimal Wave, will be releasing a remix collection of legendary underground electro-punk group, Futurisk, on 28th April. A nice choice of artists, including Chris Carter and Complexxion will rework their most famous track, Lonely Streets, hoping sparking a resurgence of interest in a band that mysteriously and rapidly disappeared in the early 80s.
Jonathan Lesbian Seagull - noisy, electro alter-egos of 2/3s of Girls Names and Sea Pinks - are resurfacing this Saturday night at Go Bang! for a one-off show. Expect microkorg flippancy, indecipherable vociferations and aberrant percussive breaks. As much sense as I’m sure that makes, you might get a better idea of what to expect by listening to this practice-room excerpt the lads posted up last night.
Jonathan Lesbian Seagull - noisy, electro alter-egos of 2/3s of Girls Names and Sea Pinks - are resurfacing this Saturday night at Go Bang! for a one-off show.
Expect microkorg flippancy, indecipherable vociferations and aberrant percussive breaks.
As much sense as I’m sure that makes, you might get a better idea of what to expect by listening to this practice-room excerpt the lads posted up last night.
Suitably trippy video from GGD for new single, Mind Killa. Sounds like First Communion’s pilled-up younger sister and is another sweet taster for the album (Eye Contact, out 9th May).
Can’t friggin’ wait for Primavera.
This is one of my favourite tracks, from one of my favourite bands but I had no idea there was an official video. Funny how VHS-chic it looks - I bet there are some kids in Austin trying to make a video as cool as this right now.