SPR!

November 24, 2017

If you’re gonna make music try to make it a bit different, challenging, blah blah blah… I give you SPR!

I think I can honestly say –

(1)  It is very rare that I hear a band that genuinely makes me think “I’ve never heard anything that similar to this before, this is right out there”.

and

(2)  It is even more rare that I hear a band and think “I can see they’re Spacemen 3 fans, it’s in their sound… but they don’t sound like a shit rip-of, they deserve to be judged on their on their own merits.”

Fantastic stuff for heads.

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Why Scenes Are Not At All Fucking Shit And Where I Am Coming From Using Fuck All As An Example

November 23, 2017

Where a scene is not about a style of music, rather its geographic, its not necessarily shit.  If a scene’s about people coming together to support each others’ bands, to support venues, to support interesting bands trying to be brilliant and maybe even a bit new / different, then a scene can be a wonderful thing.

Where it is shit is when it is a scene forged around a specific sound and style of music, around people all doing the same fucking thing, despite the fact that it has been done a million times before, and better, by others.

FACT-A-FUCKING-MUNDO LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

Why Scenes Are Fucking Shit And Where I Am Coming From Using Shoegaze As An Example

November 22, 2017

There is a difference between supporting music and supporting a scene.

No-one can or should support all music – let’s face facts the vast majority of bands are fucking shit, however much it’s true that so many are brilliant.  It never ceases to amaze me how many fantastic bands there are, but for every one there is that is great there are so many more that are exceptionally poor indeed.

Not only shouldn’t you support all music you are FUCKING EVIL if you do.  You are diluting the support for quality, making it harder for original musicians, great musicians to forge a career, because 90% of their potential audience is wasting it’s time and money on bollocks.  People who care about their garden seek to destroy the weeds that deprive the flowers of light; people who care about music seek to destroy the twin cancers of unoriginality and mediocrity.  This is fucking art, you have to be cruel to be kind.

If the vast majority of bands are shit – and it is FACT that they are – then it is self-evident that the vast majority of bands in a group of bands all doing the same thing (a scene) are going to be fucking shit.  Therefore, QED, the scene is shit.

All scenes, ever, have been shit.

Shoegaze is the perfect example, and it echoes what happens in most scenes.

Stage One – bands like Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, The Telescopes and Spacemen 3 make music that is highly original and different (both from each other and from everyone else), but does share a certain something. This stage may last at least a couple of years, maybe more like 5 or 10. It’s not shoegaze, it’s proto-shoegaze, but only with the benefit of hindsight.  It is not a scene, though as the first stage progresses it is likely to start coalescing.

Stage Two – a scene forms and bands like Ride and Slowdive show up and the music press lumps the bands together under a marketable heading – the word “shoegaze” is coined. Some exciting things happen musically and especially socially. People come together and everything is wonderful. This stage might last a day or two, it might last as long as a few weeks.

Stage Three – the scene settles into an appalling dirge of same-y, shitty, derivative, unoriginal, bland, no-songs, fucking crap, a veritable shitfest of mediocrity. The music press wanks itself senseless. This lasts for a couple of years if the shitty bands involved are lucky.

Stage Four – the backlash. The deserved critical slamming as the press realise they’ve sold themselves and their audience yet another pig in a poke. At this point the press should really be getting it more than the shitty bands that they ludicrously got behind, but of course the press are already thinking about the next scene to hype for no reason.

Stage Five – silence. This last a few years, maybe more.

Stage Six – arguably the worst stage. A shit load of bands get fed up with the shit scenes around them (maybe boring crappy emo-y / punky-poppy bollocks), and decide that it was actually some dead old scene that was the be all and end all of popular music, and the scene gets reinvented and the new bands churn out the same old shit indefinitely, with each new band being a worse facsimile of the crap that went before.  This stage can last FOREVER, like HELL ITSELF.

Stage Seven – the bands like Ride and Slowdive from Stage Two reappear to churn out crap just like they did 25 years earlier, only even more pointlessly and even more shittily.  This only encourages the arse-wipes that appeared in Stage Six.  This stage can last FOREVER, like HELL ITSELF.

Now if your priority is not music, if your priority is your mates, hanging out with like- (narrow-) minded people, and doing the same old shit that was probably dead before you were born, but for some fucked up reason you have decided to give it CPR with an old car-battery as its corpse rots in front of your eyes, then fair enough. That is your call. But it has nothing to do with this blog. It has nothing to do with music. It has to do with your social life and your need to identify with something.

But of course, if you’re putting your music out there then you can expect to be judged as music.  This might be grossly unfair – after all you may have no interest in music, you may not actually give a shit about it at all, you may just like the scene generally and particular individuals specifically.  But it is an occupational hazard of putting out music.

Me, Wild Eye, this blog, I’m about the music. I am about the new, and the interesting, and the brilliant. I am not into being part of a tribe and promoting that tribe however average, boring, unoriginal and demonstrably shit that tribe is.  I cannot think of anything more pointlesss and depressing to be honest.

Who knows, a new shoegaze band might come along who are fantastic, it is possible. If they do then great, I have a lot of time for some of the proto-shoegazers and the ideas beind the scene, so it would be great if someone came along and did it better than everyone else, or put a new spin on it.  But chances are it won’t happen, which is why I say fuck shoegaze, fuck all scenes, fuck the narrow-minded people who hate music.

This Is Wreckage – QYC – Star Inn Sunday 19th November 2017

November 17, 2017

A whilst back the Buffalo Club put on Welsh Noise-Rock act This Is Wreckage.  I thought they were the best band of the night, and they were up against Porch from the US and Buzz Rodeo from Germany, neither of whom are slouches, and local legends Space Church.

They’re back on the Sunday 19th November, Buffalo Club at the Star Inn, Guildford.  Go fucking check ’em out.

It’s been out a while now, but finally I get round to reviewing the album… not long after release…. ahem… only I don’t too busy, too much other shit to do, and someone else said just what I’d want to a more eloquently…

From their US label’s Bandcamp page –

From the U.K. comes THIS IS WRECKAGE. Heavy does not describe the sound these guys are laying down. Bass and drums are the driving force here, while the spikey guitar and savage vocals weave in and out of the abyss. It’s like an all night drinking binge with the reanimated corpse of Bon Scott. This is the one that gets stuck in your CD player for a month. It truly rocks in the vein of early Touch and Go acts. Released on compact disc exclusively by Forbidden Place Records, This album is Fucking essential. Limited to 100 copies.

Check it here, and check ’em on the 19th

https://thisiswreckage.bandcamp.com/album/q-y-c

The Telescopes – Violence

November 9, 2017

Where the fuck would this song fit in if it were released today?

Chooooooooon as my 4 year old would say (though maybe not about this, he prefers Pet Shop Boys and Uptown Funk. He’s got fucking great taste but this one might take him a few more years.)

Chemotherapy is a Poison

November 7, 2017

Chemotherapy is poison. It kills cancer – if you’re lucky.

If you have a rat infestation or cockroaches all round your kitchen then poison is what you want and what you need. Life is unnecessarily bad unless you  kill what is destroying the quality of your life. Tories deserve to die – in elections I mean – and people who spread shit music and detract from the quality that is around deserve to die too – metaphorically of course, I mean.

Poison can be a fantastic thing.

The Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page is one such thing that deserves to die.  Run by a prick it promotes shit music.  Jam nights, open mics, shitty covers bands, that sort of fucking toss for brain-dead conservative (small ‘c’ / most are massive c-‘s) arseholes.

Don’t get me wrong, acoustic music can be great, open mics can be great… so long as they are complementing more original and better stuff, not being presented as the be all and end all.

This blog mainly promotes noisy shit I like.  It does not pretend to do anything different, but it does list some stuff that I regard as somewhere between OK and pretty fucking shit, for a variety of reasons.  The arsehole who runs Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page however presents his page as –

“We offer a place where locals can find great live music right on their doorstep. Currently for Farnham and surrounding areas.

Bands and Venues, feel free to advertise your gig dates”

The prick deleted a couple of gigs my brother posted on there. No idea why other than the music wasn’t boring fucking shit for old, practically dead, literally brain-dead arseholes. What I object to is that someone – like I was when I first came back to Guildford – could easily look at a page like that and assume that fuck all was going on locally.  It took me ages to find the good stuff in no small part because gig listings pages that purport to be open-minded were just not covering the interesting music, nor were they making any effort to suggest to people where they might go to look for more interesting stuff, nor were they being open that they simply cover crappy covers bands and open mic nights for people who think Dylan is still cutting edge.  Little old me kinda assumed for a while that Surrey was as fucking boring as he thought growing up… it took time to find the massive amounts of quality that’s out there… and The Buffalo Club were a massive part of that – thanks Phil and the guys.

Note – if you are a boring nobhead who likes shit music check out the Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page. I am kind like that – I share. In fact fuck off there now and don’t come back.

So, I encourage everyone to go on this shitty facebook page, spam it, troll it, POISON IT SO IT DIES AND LEAVES MORE ROOM FOR THE THINGS THAT DESERVE TO FLOURISH. You need to poison the nettles before you can expect the tulips to grow.  These arsewipes are using venues that could and should be used for better music, they are pulling people away from listings pages that cover better music, they are making it look like Surrey is shit for shitheads when it ain’t, is has genius stuff going on all the time.

Surrey & Hampshire Live Music Events is pretty fucking shit, but much much better. To take the gardening analogy a step further you wouldn’t spray it with shit-loads of concentrated weedkiller like you would Live and Local… but if you tripped and spilt the poison by mistake on your way to killing Live and Local you’d smirk a bit and certainly not show any regret.

I was described as toxic recently. I was taken aback and a little bit hurt, I’ll be honest. I reflected on my behaviour and realised that to be toxic is a badge of honour in a world where fucking pricks write bullshit, promote bullshit and play bullshit, so long as it’s not the people doing interesting stuff that are throwing the accusations around at me. If all you do is release records by 20- / 30-somethings who think that punkpopemoshitfrom 20 years ago is the start middle and fucking end of popular culture then you are a massive fucking part of the problem, even if some of the bands are pretty fucking good.

[As an aside I read a review recently by someone who used to write  LOT OF FUCKING BULLSHIT and she is a lot lot better writer now, not bad at all in fact. Perhaps that was party down to me slagging off her fucking drivel, but maybe it was down to people who love her telling her she was god’s fucking gift all the time and that inspired her to ignore them and re-invent herself as a competent writer.]

So what else deserves to die?  Tech-metal, underpowered pa’s, female singer-songwriters who are sub-Newsome kooky nonsense, promoters who disrespect their audience, people who lie (eg glowing reviews of shit, people who claim to be independent when they ain’t, cowboy-boot-wearing knuckle-draggers and Guns n Roses obsessives (Sharpie Hammerjack not included ‘cos he has something about him, these rules are never strict)).

That’s yer fucking lot, I’m boring myself now.

 

A few words on ACM Winter Festival

November 4, 2017

So, last night tonight, check it out here –

https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/

I popped down on Thursday 2nd November. This is not a review, it’s a few words. In ascending order of importance…

Who Saw The Light rock… not at their best, but getting close by the end of the set.  Always great to see them.

Alex Griffith played a 6 string bass, non-WSTL solo set with an acoustic guitarist and drummer. Not really my thing, melancholy guitar pop basically (including a Radiohead – spit – cover) but I have to say that all three of them on stage kept it simple and played it with an effortlessness that is imposssible without some serious talent, and in a way impossible not to have some affection for.

Blanc Shine… experimental electronica, interesting and effective visual presentation, good music… it did seem more like art or theatre than club music… is that intentional or not… how would it transfer to the club environment, does Blanc Shine have clubland ambitions or not? How good was it… or rather how hard is it to really stand out in a tough tough field? The other thing… and this is something I think I’ve written about before, a general point, my perception, nothing to do with Blanc Shine specifically…

When I watch electronic music live I cannot help but wonder what precisely is being done live, and I find that detracts a little. On the one hand no artist should need to explain their work… on the other I want to know what’s happening same as I do when live instruments are making the music. I’d love to see an electronic artist give the audience a minute demonstation / talk at the start of the set, showing how it’s done so that I can focus on the music and not the hows… but then again it’d probably be a bit weird and destroy any sense of mystery. And I can’t help thinking that, to a very large extent, if all you’re doing is triggering samples then why not just go one step further and have a DAW triggering the samples to enable the performer to concentrate more on the visual aspect of the performance (note – in Blanc Shine’s case he really has made an effort on the visual presentation as well so this doesn’t apply to him as much as most)? There’s a real contradiction in my mind – I love music to be forward looking, I love some techno and electro a lot, and the dubbier end of drum and bass, but I love live music and the sounds that can come from a guitar, and live electronica doesn’t feel live in the same way.

I will definitely be interested to see where Blanc Shine go with this… he’s already there in terms of a show that is visually and sonically interesting, the question is “how much better can he get?”

Not sure who the other guy was I want to say a few words about. Someone’ll tell me. Solo, seated electric guitarist with loads of pedals and vox. Abstract, weird, parts I really liked, other bits less so, but I am REALLY REALLY curious to see where this goes, not least because I’m kinda working – more slowly than you could possibly imagine – on something similar (similar in terms of set-up much more than end result.)

There were other acts, sorry I can’t write about all.

Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey and NE Hants November 1st 2017 onwards

November 1, 2017

This gig list is stuff that get’s 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.

Let me know what I am missing.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom and Aldershot West End Centre website as well.

 

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Freakouts and more TBC at the Electric Theatre in Guildford
https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/ or download the press release here –
https://electric.theatre/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Press-Release-for-WInter-Live-Events-30.10-04.11-For-Marketing-Editing-and-Release.docx

Friday 1st December 2017
Tuskar, Morass of Molasses, Slug13, The Grey (TBC) at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/316946622109714/

Sunday 4th February 2018
Witch Tripper, Morrass of Molasses, Slug 13 (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1965125827096664/

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 (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

 

Gigs that have already happened –

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Syd Arthur and Vinyl Staircase at the Boileroom, Guildford.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1900143626975066/

Thursday 2nd November 2017
XERO, Toon Komodo & Freakouts at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/487568421629780/

Thursday 2nd November 2017
Who Saw the Light, Blanc Shine, Gryph, Lonely Ocean at the Electric Theatre in Guildford
https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/ or download the press release here –
https://electric.theatre/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Press-Release-for-WInter-Live-Events-30.10-04.11-For-Marketing-Editing-and-Release.docx

Friday 3rd November 2017
Death and the Penguin / Fuzzwalker / Atlantic Fire at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/512449615761998/

Friday 3rd November 2017
Valerian Swing, Dialects, The Glowing Juniper and Cody Noon at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/SanctuaryLiveUK/

Friday 3rd November 2017
Silverchild, Morass of Molasses, Stone Soup at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1375695992528398/

Sunday 5th November 2017
Moper, Bops, Joe Booley at Burrito Loco, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1474076869356050/

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Sun House, Revelry, Boken Dollars at The Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/138783443415286/

Saturday 11th November 2017
Who Saw The Light, Bloodrush, Praecantator at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/375464609575713/

Saturday 11th November 2017
Only Echoes Remain, Codices, For Astronauts and Satellites, Analogue Divide (Trial n Error Productions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1460395220716122/

Sunday 12th November 2017
Holywoodfun Downstairs, Swords of Thought plus more TBC at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/events/1945420982373966/

Friday 17th November 2017
DARKO / Almeida / Sombulance / Revolution Summer at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/118376995523942/

Sunday 19th November 2017
This Is Wreckage, Pascagoula, Grits, Space Church at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club night)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1644920612216088/

Tuesday 21st November 2017
Return To Rome, Freakouts, Ivy Bay, Casey Lake, Close To Call, Typical, Zarina at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/125073584923347/

 

 

 

Pussyliquor

October 30, 2017

Fucking rocks.  Everything is right.

itoldyouiwouldeatyou – “Mourn”

October 27, 2017

It has come to my attention that my reviews are fucking shit, so I thought I’d try to see if I can take a slightly different approach and match the competition.

The six piece are back with a searing yet textured new track.

After releasing their EP ‘I Am Not Your Fault’ and their single Divine Violence’ a little earlier in the year, six(ish)-piece itoldyouiwouldeatyou are back with a new track.

Mourn’ – which is out today on Failure By Design – sees them taking the math and emo elements that made ‘I Am Not Your Fault’ such a dazzling ride and builds on it, the bursts of brass adding a different sonic texture. It’s a track that steadily lets itself off the leash, erupting into a cacophony of searing riffs and rolling drum beats.

The track sees vocalist Joey Ashworth around the letting go of someone, the embarrassment of the emotions bundled together and the eventual release of that side of oneself. Joey said: “I tried to write it as stream of consciousness as possible to show that, while it ended recently, the start of it was so long ago so the reasons for my current feelings are kinda lost in the mix somewhere. I just know I must have been this real overwrought teen.

“I always try to write about that which embarrasses me. I think there’s no point doing art where I don’t risk something emotionally because otherwise there’s nothing to connect to. I don’t listen to music when I’m at my best, I listen to it when I’m scared I’m gonna melt away and die. So why would I make music that doesn’t represent that?”

Watch the video for ‘Mourn’ below.