Archive for February, 2018

Death and the Penguin, Analogue Divide, Princess, Path – Star inn Guildford, Sunday 18th February 2018

February 28, 2018

Trial ‘n’ Error put this one on.  Jasta 11 put on a very wide variety of styles, but TnE really do take it to an extreme degree.  More eclectic over the course of an evening than promoters would manage over the course of a decade, and that’s a good thing in my mind.

In almost reverse order.   Shit review, could barely remember anything by the time I got home let alone now.

Death and the Penguin headlined.  The singer had something of the  Julian Cope about his voice, definitely interesting, kinda indie-rock, couldn’t really place them, probably because they know a load of bands I don’t. Not really my thing, but I’d see them again.

Analogue Divide were interesting too.  You definitely miss something when you don’t  have a drummer, then to go instrumental is a bold move.  Metal, not really my thing, at their best when they were at their most mainstream with almost pop-metal riffs.

Princess did their post-punk, noise rock whatever thing… I always mention their sound, it was more refined in a good way this time, less scratchy, which is weird cos it the abrasiveness that I normally love most.  Nothing to add, fine band, happily see them any day of the week and you should too.  Get a tight and fine rhythm section going and Martin can get loose safe in the knowledge that they’re their to support him every step of the way.  WTF am I on about?  Just running out of things to say about them.

Path is Pat from Pensevor and an iPad.  Not sure what if anything else.  So hard to make electronic music work in this kind of environment, but I think more people should try.  I love guitars, but come, they’re old tech.  Very abstract for much of it, Aphex Twin is an obvious comparison, but more jazzy and less floor-friendly.  I heard echoes of MBV.  Three tracks stood out.  I can’t remember them at all now, but I’m listening to this

online so maybe it’ll come back. [It didn’t.]

One issue I have is I want to know how it’s done.  With a guitar band you can normally pretty much see (FX can sometimes muddy the waters).  With a computer based set-up you have no idea unless you’re told. I don’t mind if it’s 99% pre-recorded or programmed, it’s just nice to know what you’re appreciating – sampling, programming, an element of live performance.  It’s no coincidence that the best track, the most engaging, was the one with the heaviest obvious live element, namely busy fingers.



Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

February 28, 2018

There’s a review on the Independent website, and a link to Soundcloud too.  I’m just listening to the first song now (as I type, not as this gets posted or as you read)…

Witch Tripper, Morass of Molasses, Slug 13 at the Star Inn, Guildford – Sunday 4th February 2018

February 27, 2018

Leafy Incline Promotions once again… yet another late and vague and brief review.

Basically… Slug 13 were on top form, really like their grungey, noisy thing, especially when the drums get more tribal and the riffs get more repetitive.  Superb.  What does stoner mean to you in the context of music?  Slug 13 are not stoner rock, but in the scheme of things they aren’t a million miles away.  Slug 13 aren’t hippy or psych or space rock either… but their grunge/noise thing is proper stoner-friendly.

Morass of Molasses were on next.  It’s not music I can fall in love with – far too blues-y in a classic rock way to be my thing – but there is a lot to love.  Sludgey riffs to die for, great stagecaft, unusual band set-up (drums, two guitars, one of which has some sort of octave / twin amp shit going on)… the sort of band I’d never travel 50 miles to see, but one I’d be fucking delighted to see were playing near me, or were on the bill of a gig I was going to anyway.

If you’re more into the Black Sabbath / Led Zep / Hard Rock / Metal / Stoner Rock / Sludge lineage than I am then go see them NOW.

My thoughts on Witch Tripper are pretty similar.  More of a hard rock act than MoM, perhaps the best description would be the high energy rock n roll end of hard rock.  If that sounds like your bag then check ’em out, because it’s not really my bag but the energy levels and single-minded determination to rock (n roll) won me over.  Most bands doing this kinda thing fall somewhere between boring me and offending me… it is a testament to how much they clearly believe in this 100% that they can convince me too.

Leafy Incline’s next gig is Leafy Incline 6 – Leaf Fest – and it hits the Star mid-pm on 29th April 2018.

Bludded Head – “Rotten Demonshit”

February 27, 2018

One for the drone/doom/sludge fans… gonna have to check out more of their stuff… this is music that does not fuck about –

Sam Brothers – Singer Songwriter

February 26, 2018

Not my usual thing, but not bad at all if you’re into Nick Drake… check him out… playing live in Guildford at G Live in a couple of weeks…


Connor Rapper and Meditation – Question Time

February 26, 2018

Really nice video courtesy of Upset Media… but let’s focus on the track… definitely my kinda hip-hop, laid back vibes, lack of bitches and bling, fuck I don’t ask for much really do I?

One to watch…

Trevor’s Head at the Star Inn, Guildford, Friday 23rd February 2018

February 26, 2018

I didn’t catch the other bands, just Trevor’s Head.

They really are something.

I found myself stood at the front near half of Tusker and a third of Who Saw The Light.  I say that because both bands share something with Trevor’s.

Tuskar play live on the same stoner / sludge / doom scene as Trevor’s; both bands have really good and eminently watchable drummers who do vox (though Matt for Trevor’s is not lead vocalist, unlike Tyler in Tuskar).  Perhaps the most striking similarity is that I really liked both bands the first time I saw them, but, probably because the music isn’t my usual kinda thing, I failed to realise quite how good they were when I first saw them.

The similarity with Who Saw The Light is much less obvious.  WSTL and Trevor’s are two heavy bands who chuck all sorts into the mix, not least heavy riffs, and manage to do it in a way that, even if it did nothing else, puts a smile on my face.  Psychedelia is part of the sound / vibe.

I sort of thought of them as a stoner band with a big punk influence, but that’s to massively oversimplify.  Lots of early 70s hard rock, early days of metal, prog and psych, they get weird, then are more stoner or thrash.  And then a couple of tracks – towards the end I think – had a kinda Husker Du vibe.  I think.  Love a band who share the vocals around a bit, put on a show, give it plenty, I love every goddamn bit.

I think I’ve got the set-list somewhere.  Can’t be arsed to find it.  Probably wouldn’t be able to tie what I remember from what I read anyway.

Cheers Chris Jasta 11.

Heather VanSaint – Fuck Boi King

February 26, 2018

Love it…

NOTHING in between

February 23, 2018

In my humble opinion it is acceptable to make wet, twee indie-pop like –

In fact it should be the law to make such wonderful music.

Now what people don’t get is that if you make wet, twee indie-pop then it has to be as wet and twee or more twee than this song, and if it fails, if it is more “rocky” or “punky” or “serious” then it HAS TO BE, BY THE LAW OF WILDEYE, Black Flag-like.

Nothing in between.  Fucking twee or Black Flag.  DEATH to anyone in the middle.

Second in Line – Clark

February 22, 2018

Not the most local of local bands, but Newbury’s Berkshire, and Berkshire’s just up the road.  A level above most straight-ahead punk, IMHO, maybe it’s the more Megas / Du guitars that do it for me, in fact that’s it…