Metal and Hip-Hop End of Year Lists

January 10, 2018

Not from me… two genres I dabble in but not a lot.  There’s this guy called Neil Kulkarni.  He has a blog.  It is called “F.U.N.K.” which stands for “Fuck U Neil Kulkarni”.  He knows his shit, especially regarding Hip-Hop and Metal… check it out.  Love it love it love it

End of Year Lists Part 1 – Metal

End of Year Lists Part 2 – Hip-Hop

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Ochos by Gid Sedgwick

January 9, 2018

This is not really my thing, not the sort of music I seek out… but I like it… I’ve tried to keep an eye on Gid Sedgwick since I  saw him fronting Following Foxes… he’s got something about him, no doubt…

Check out the whole album.

https://www.facebook.com/GidSedgwickMusic/

The Wild Eye Review of the Year – 2017

January 6, 2018

I love lists.  But I am also wilfully contradictory so fuck the lot of you – no end of year list from me.  Just a review of the year, some of my highlights, discoveries, and things I just ain’t got round to mentioning before.

I’m going to start with the Telescopes.  Either my second favourite band of all time, or my joint favourite with Spacemen 3… just depends what day of the week it is.  How many bands can release eight albums over a thirty-odd year period, then come up with two of their best within six months?  As Light Return was a return to their best… then Stone Tape probably bettered it.  Wowzers.

https://thetelescopes.bandcamp.com/

Typical Hunks released We are typical hunks and so are you on cassette on the doubledotdash!? label from Reading.  Pretty retro, drum-machine-backed, 1980s noise-rock… which fucking hits the spot as far as I am concerned.  One could argue that I am a hypocritical arsehole for not slating them for a relative lack of innovation, but I am Wild Eye and I can make exceptions, and I will continue for bands who continue to (1) be great and (2) plough furrows relatively unploughed.

https://doubledotdash.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-typical-hunks-and-so-are-you

Which takes me onto Slug 13.  Really  liked the Chasing A Prize Worth Nothing ep especially the mighty Break

Overcomplicated and 2 years old but fuck it, Fuckwit City by Cosmic Psychos rocked my 2017 –

Richard Fennings’ Aching Muscle guise freaked me out, confused and entertained me with its bizarro-funk-lounge-rock smorgasmicoborgish technicality.  Nice.  (In a jazz club way).

Oz Powell has released a track – “I’m Gone” from his upcoming “Supafuzz” ep.  I will say no more, but looking forward to reviewing the full release when it’s ready.

Moper released An Alter of Nothing Erected for No-one, a top top top album, utterly brilliant.  Buy it.

Muscle Tomcat Machine are a band I know nothing about but they released an album and look like this so why not add ’em?  10/10 for band photo originality.

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/0010293686_10.jpg

Tuskar are one amazing 5 track ep into their careers and fucking rocking the doom / sludge etc scene whilst adding a little je ne sais quoi / Mastodon-y atmospherics.  Ones to watch, up their with Moper as one of the two genuinely class acts around Guildford / surrounds at the minute.  If you haven’t checked the ep then do it now, then check ’em live ASAP.  By “genuinely class” I mean they do something I love, and they do it well, and feel like a proper band who know exactly what they’re doing.  As an aside I was probably overly critical of this ep when it first came out… I think I gave it a pretty damn positive review, but the more I hear them and the more I hear their competition the better I think they are.  And they got themselves signed to Riff Rock Records.

https://tuskar.bandcamp.com/

I feel a bit bad for not including Who Saw The Light as part of a top 3 in that last paragraph… but they deserved to be judged on a different scale to other bands.  Awesome awesome awesome live – unless they’re having a bit of an off day, which does happen.  They are all over the place in a (very) good way.  Moper and Tuskar have a sound and have it nailed; they’re Olympic javelin throwers who are going to chuck their spears 100 m every time.  WSTL are Thor, drunk and on acid, giving it a go on the hammer – but as he spins and gets ready for launch we know it’s gonna go a mile but we have no idea whatsoever whether it’s going to be in the right direction or not.  All they need to do is add some extended, deeply repetitive drone sections and some seriously poppy Andrew WK-style metal to the mix and they will be perfect.  Or something.  WTF do I know?  And their ep… superb…

https://whosawthelight.bandcamp.com/releases

Pensevor are – I think – planning LP no. 2.  Cannot wait.  What’s the news boys and girls?

https://pensevor432.bandcamp.com/

Buffalo Club and Leafy Incline continue to put on great shows.  This Is Wreckage from Wales noise rock heaven, and they’re coming back to Surrey!  YES!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/thebuffaloclub/

https://www.facebook.com/LeafyInclinePromotions/

https://thisiswreckage.bandcamp.com/

And Camcorder and Princess put out new vids –

And then we’re gonna finish with this Freakouts classic –

Another fucking miserable December of PSA (Pointless Shit for Arseholes) at the Star (seriously, if your sense of humour isn’t slightly more sophisticated than “adult panto” you deserve to be literally crucified, but on a rotating cross where you can be fucked up by being hung upside-down, then turned the right way up just before the blood to your head kills you to prolong the agony, then back again, then back again.  I might even advocate taking you down every few days for medical treatment and pins under the finger-nails, before nailing you back up there.  You are worse than Trump and Gove combined), but things kick right off again on Monday –

Tuskar, Daisy Chain, Who Saw The Light LIVE

Then there’s this mob.. check ’em out –

https://nyogtha.bandcamp.com/

Who have I forgotten to mention?  Loads probably, let me know.  There may be a part two if I remember some records I bought and gigs I saw, or someone does that job for me.

Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey and NE Hants January 1st 2018 onwards

December 28, 2017

This gig list is stuff that gets the Wild Eye seal of approval, especially if the band or promoter are in bold.

If you look to your right you should see a page marked “Gig Listings on the Net A to Z” where I have linked a couple of local Facebook listings pages that will tell you about even more stuff.

Let me know what I am missing.  Don’t let me know that Reading is not in Surrey or Hants.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom and Aldershot West End Centre website as well, and what Chris at Jasta 11 is up to – links to right!

Monday 8th January 2018
Who Saw The Light, Tuskar, Daisychain at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1979129499076098/

Saturday 13th January 2018
CBM, The Charlemagnes, Dealing With Damge and Guttfull at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston
https://www.facebook.com/events/1231664566933283/

Sunday 21st January 2018
Jonah Matranga (USA) (ex-Far) / Non Canon / Camcorder at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/152531985363527/

Friday 26th January 2018
Echoic, Dead State, and Rain Crew at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/557742237896809/

Monday 29th January 2018
FreakoutsCoitus Futon, The Kryds and The ESP Society at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/919869391498385/

Friday 2nd February 2018
Fissure of Riddles, Morass of Molasses, Lonely Waters and Ritual at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/119108892207440/

Sunday 4th February 2018
Witch Tripper, Morass of Molasses, Slug 13 at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1965125827096664/

Friday 9th February 2018
The Delta Ladies, Cody Noon, Kill Committee and Stephen Beebout at RISC Global Cafe in Reading (Trial ‘n’ Error Productions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/331410854009211/

Sunday 18th February 2018
Death and the Penguin, Space Church, Analogue Divide and The Sleepwalker at the Star Inn, Guildford (Trial ‘n’ Error Productions)

Friday 23rd February 2018
Arkless, Cody Noon and Typical Hunks at South Street Arts Centre, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/455720854829881/

Friday 2nd March 2018
Sail, Morass of Molasses, March The Desert, Trevor’s Head at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1415830338529707/

Friday 9th March 2018
Rews, Fuzzwalker and more at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/518378495202318/

Friday 16th March 2017
Flight Brigade, Port Erin, and Joe Booley at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1935640356754237/

Saturday 17th March 2017
Tera Melos, Tangled Hair, Let’s Swim Get Swimming at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781426372148607/

Sunday 29th April 2018
Line-up TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

 

Past Events –

Friday 5th January 2018
Welcome Back Delta, Morass of Molasses, Butcher In The Fog and Victus at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/190684208175210/

In ‘N’ Out of Grace (live) [nice, not the place]

December 4, 2017

High On Fire

December 3, 2017

Not the band, the song – The Telescopes approaching their most mainstream –

Guildford hip-hop. Hip-hop. Upset.

December 2, 2017

At its best rap / hip-hop is fantastic… funky, witty, intelligent, experimental… let’s go back, WAY back, early 80s, Brooklyn, the four elements – DJing, MCing, Break-dancing and graffiti art… as Scroobius Pip puts it on the MIGHTY “Thou Shalt Always Kill“… “Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.”

[As an aside, any track that can reference Hollyoaks, open mic nights, Lethal Weapon, Stephen Fry, Minor Threat, Led Zeppelin, Pop Idol and Lostprophets – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – deserve massive respect].  [As a second aside… you really need to listen to shit loads of Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip if you haven’t before].

Anyway, some of the reason that I do not pay more attention to hip-hop –

(1) Songs about gangster life – in the projects or in the gated mansion on the Hills – do not chime with my life.

(2) Songs that celebrate UDWs (Unnecessary Displays of Wealth), greed, shallowness and appalling taste are depressing.

(3) Songs that require 50 practically-naked, large-breasted, bouncy-butted young ladies in the video in order to sell in order to acquire big shit and shiny shit that means one can engage in massive UDWs are fucking depressing.

It seems to me that whilst hip-hop could and should be about education and elevation, it is usualy lowest common denominator, borderline-evil, shit. And it is basically mainstream crap – it is supporting the status quo which sexualises and patronises and denigrates women; which promotes a nasty, extreme, unequal form of capitalism; it promotes violence.

Of course, anything that reaches the mainstream is destroyed, and of course there are a million and one artists out there fighting the good fight, just I don’t know them cos I’m too busy working, watching Scorpion and listening to fuzzy guitar shit.

But FFS, I need to get on the case… Dr Dre Chronic 2001 is one of my absolute favourite albums of all time… and shit’s happening in G-Town.  Upset (and others) put on nights, artists make tunes…

Cappa – Jacket – love it…

Tony Humphries – For Sure – nice –

I have to say though, I can’t really get 100% behind hip-hop unless / until I can really get my head around  what the artist is trying to say, and how… so much of it has so much negativity and bullshit that I am really reluctant to say “so and so artist is a fucking genius” because I more than half not quite fully expect to soon hear BS from them, or, kinda worse, realise the bullshit in what I have already been listening to and enjoying.

Which is I love Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.  They are fighting the good fight, no doubt, no fuzziness – MISSION TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER.  FACT.

The Jacket remix is fine fine fine too.

Rodsuit – Part Of Me – Nice –

https://rodsuit.bandcamp.com/track/part-of-me

That’ll do for now.

 

 

Koncept Alive – Minimal – 2nd December

December 1, 2017

Gotta mention this lot… not entirely my thing, but I can handle a bit of minimal  and tech house… I’ve stuck my head by briefly and they seem to be some decent people doing a really nice, low key, bar / club thing that is so much better than 12 hours in a fucking warehouse – I AM NOT 19 ANYMORE – I CANNOT DO THAT – GIVE ME CHILLED VIBES MAN.

4-11pm, this Saturday, 2nd December 2017.  Pews in Guildford.

https://www.facebook.com/events/911247725689203/

The Telescopes – Stone Tape – Album Review

November 30, 2017

So good. Hum, bass drone, keyboard drone, clean guitar, percussion, repetition, whispered vocals, nothing to it. Great sound. Interference. Dirty guitars. It’s building. Nothing to it. It’s so easy to do this badly, this is amazing. Over. Keys. Vocals. Still nothing.

More of the same? Dirtier, heavier? Sounds like bows are being used. Whispered vocals. Noise, more sounds. Funhouse-era Stooges 5 seconds before ODing? That’s it.

Track 3. The Desert In Your Heart. Cheery. Title start. Still 5 seconds before ODing, vocals this time. The loops are everything and nothing. Serious sounds. Great production.

Interference. A few notes. Piano, whispered vocals. Feedback. Nothing. Keys blending into feedback. Pianos still going. This is quite abstract and challenging music all round, but it’s peaking now… sounds are fading, relief. This happens much slower in audio compared ot reading my words. Its building again, quite unsettling. This is some serious shit going down. Vocals, feedback, still that piano. Least favourite track so far, but this is great.

Bandcamp says –

“Stone Tape Theory speculates that inanimate materials can absorb energy from living beings, that electrical mental impressions released during emotional or traumatic events may somehow be “stored” in such materials and “replayed” under certain conditions.

Theorised by the archaeologist, parapsychologist and explorer Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961.”

Cool ending to that last one, great sounds. Fuck.

Silent Water. An old track that appeared on their first album nearly 30 years ago. Acoustic guitar. A looped percussiony thing. Tuba sound? as well. Nothing to it, slow singer song-writer acountic with motorik pulse beat racing ahead. The closest thing to pop / a song so far on the album by a mile. That pulse takes Suicide to new levels.

Final track. Dead Inside. Cheery. Drone. Acoustic. Where’s this gonna go? Bass and whispered vocals, that where. I love drone.

I love how it’s so inspiring. Anyone can do this. Anyone. Only you need to do it amazingly or it’s shit, and this is not shit, it’s fucking perfect, and if you do it, or I do, it’ll be shit. Not perfect. Not at all perfect.

More drone, looped vox. Feedback, noise, so mellow, so heavy. Panic setting in. But so chilled, a cocoon with a firestorm outside, fuck, what will I make of it on second play?

Album of the year, I thought it 4 songs ago. So good.  Sold out on vinyl I think, still available on download –

https://thetelescopes.bandcamp.com/album/stone-tape

I really liked the album they put out a few months ago as well. Must review that one too.

I gotta say one more thing.  If you like noisy or psychedelic music and you don’t like this then give at least 4 or 5 of their other albums a chance.  There are some massive similarities but some huge differences too.

American Hardcore, retro is shit, more about scenes

November 29, 2017

So, there’s this book…

US Hardcore 2001 (3)

… that I have just started reading, not even got to the start yet, still on the introduction…

US Hardcore 2001 (2)

So, the paragraph starting “As for the hardcore renaissance…”

“Yo, make your own fucking music!  Why just ape the music of my salad days?”

Fuck yeah… bang on.  If you’re part of a scene just churning out the same old style of music, music from a different place, a different generation, especially if yours purports to be the music of rebellion, then maybe you’re doing something wrong?

“Face it.  Hardcore ain’t the same any more.  It can still make powerful music, but it’s an over-with art form.”

Nail, head, head nail, do your thang.  I’m sure there are some good hardcore bands around now, but it’s an old style to dip into, nothing more.  If you’re nothing but a style from 35 years ago… pffft.

“Hardcore heroes like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Misfits and Minor Threat are modern immortals.”

Interesting the bands he chose.  Aside from Husker Du and The Replacements who transcended hardore, my hardcore listening is basically –

Black Flag – a fair bit, utter genius.

Bad Brains – a bit, utter genius.  Shame about being homophobic, would like them more if they didn’t actively try to make me hate them.

The Misfits – a bit, utter genius.

Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys – occasionally, but neither band do it for me really, however much I appreciate them intellectually.

But other than those he mentioned do I need hardcore in my life?  No.  A load of bands came along, a few of the real innovators nailed it early on, and it was past its best within a few short years.  End of.

Please try to look forward, and if you don’t look forward at least try not to do something as cliched as hardcore (or punk, or hard rock, or old school metal, or emo, or…)  Or try to be a better band with better songs than Bad Brains… and even then you will never be anything special, you’ll never go down in history for changing anything.

Set your sights at the stars, innovate, challenge, rebel, politicise, make great art, don’t fucking churn out dead shit.

Can’t wait to get right stuck into this book.