Posts Tagged ‘Morass of Molasses’

Sludgefest – Dead Lettuce, King Goat, Morass of Molasses, Green Lung, Pensevor, Nyogtha at the Facebar in Reading, August 4th 2017

August 30, 2017

Wowzers – just stumbled upon a saved review title with no review in my drafts folder. WTF can I remember?

Not a lot.  To what extent was it a night of sludge?  Not a lot?  Does it matter?  Not a lot.

Morass of Molasses do their sludgey thing and I like, heavy, riffy.  Not 100% my thing but they’re a band I would happily see anytime.  Massive props for promoting as well as playing.

Pensevor – my reason to be there – superb.

Dead Lettuce, King Goat, Green Lung – this is where – if I was awarded stars for my reviews – I would get 0/10.  From memory all the bands were OK but a combination of not massively being in the mood for six bands and the fact that they all lean more in a metal direction than I tend to favour meant I didn’t give them masses of attention.

Nyogtha – if you were to describe this band to me, despite being a fan of drone, I would tell you that they are my idea of gothy warbly hell.  They were, in fact, gothy, droney, warbly heaven.  Proper fucked up shit. This has no right to work.  It works.  Well.

Morass of Molasses –
Sludgey riffs from the guys behind “The Swamp”.
https://www.facebook.com/MorassOfMolasses/

Nyogtha –
Goth drone genius.
https://www.facebook.com/Nyogtha.fhtagn/

Pensevor –
Drone metal kinda works, but not really sure that they are either drone or metal. Top top band.
https://www.facebook.com/Pensevor/

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Current Best of the Rest

July 23, 2017

Best of the rest in and around south-west Surrey and north-east Hants – Guildford, Farnborough etc etc… and a bit further afield.

Freakouts – Grungey punk / post-punk newcomers.

https://www.facebook.com/freakoutsband/

Grits – a surprisingly unique combination of heavy alternative rock with a reasonably mainstream sensibility.  Or maybe this is bollocks.  They rock.

Morass of Molasses – fine sludge 3 piece.  Riffs aplenty.

https://morassofmolasses.bandcamp.com/

Parachute For Gordo – suprisingly funky post-punk / post rock act who get tagged as post rock.  Or something.  Well worth checking out.

https://parachuteforgordo.bandcamp.com/

Princess – dark, scratchy, 80s Cave / Cash, noise-rock miserablists.  Fantastic.

https://princess3.bandcamp.com/

Silent Mode – desert rock / stoner thing.  They have quite a unique and heavy sound, really riffy and damn catchy.  The sort of band I can imagine winning over loads of new fans if they were on at a festival.

https://silentmode.bandcamp.com/releases

Slug 13 – grunge noise rock.  All riffs and wah and bass and drums.  It just works, getting better and better.  Check out the recent ep.  My kinda music.

https://slug13.bandcamp.com/

Space Church – madness.  I like them most at their heaviest.  They have the funk.  When they want to.  Different every time.

https://spacechurch.bandcamp.com/

Swords of Thought – noisiest pure pop band ever.  Or a poppy Sonic Youth.  Or something.  Are they a bit like William who I used to love?

https://swordsofthought.bandcamp.com/

Trevor’s Head – New lp on the way (and the last one, Tricolossus, was superb).  Stoner grunge shit.

https://trevorshead.bandcamp.com/

Typical Hunks – scratchy, noisy, 80s-sounding, drum-machine-wielding genii.

https://somehunks.bandcamp.com/

Best of the rest of the rest (bands on this list might have recently split up, or I haven’t seen them live yet and need to check ’em out more, or they’re too big for this list [esp. EtS]) – Aching Muscle – Blackwaters – Tommy Blackwood – Camcorder – Drugstore Cowboys – Employed to Serve – Eulogy – Fauntleroy – Gutlocker – Heinous Pianist – Vinyl Staircase.

Who have I forgotten – let me know?  All genres welcome but pure metal, progressive metal, folk, country or anything mainstream better be INCREDIBLE to get anywhere near the list.

Morass of Molasses, Space Church, Grits, Silent Mode, Buffalo Club night at the Star, Guildford, 30th March 2017

April 2, 2017
As their set started I was worried that they were going to be pretty poor… but my concerns were soon found to be totally misplaced.  Band with most commercial potential – Silent Mode.  Is this down to age / look as much as sound?  Maybe, not sure.  The combination of a relatively modern sound and more stoner rock vibes makes for a nice combination.  Vocals really reminded me of Brian Molko… not everyone’s sup of tea but I have a bit of a soft spot for Placebo… and they’ve managed pretty darn tidy career.

Grits are a bit like Silent Mode – definitely a band that could fairly be described as alternative, whilst coming from a place that is probably quite straight-ahead rock too.  At times they remind me of the frantic energy of MBV at their best (for the avoidance of doubt this is very high praise coming from me), whilst not sounding much like them at all.  I’d love to know how that set was meant to sound compared to how it came out… chaos, falling cymbal, collapsing drums, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal.  Bit of luck I have a soft spot for amateurism and chaos – the band who I suspect might be the most technically gifted of the four on show really did come across somewhere between unlucky and clowns.  Not the best set of the night, not the best set Grits will ever play… and I don’t 100% get where they’re coming from.  But when they get it right they really get it right.

Space Church.  I swear they sound totally different every time I see them.  My perception was wonderful noisy all over the place weirdness the first time I saw them.  I love the album.  At the Boileroom recently I thought it was the sound that gave me a totally different perspective (no pun intended, still available on 7″).  Much quieter, more professional, more like a band who might actually want to be liked as opposed to really really not giving a flying anything.  They seemed to carry that back to the Star, sort of… maybe it was the venue / sound less at the Boileroom, and more them developing.  No idea.  Most interesting band on show, and one I’m actually finding harder to pin down the more i see them.

Really enjoyed Morass of Molasses – a sludgey stonery bassless heavy quite retro sounding bluesy damn fine thing.  Probably the band I enjoyed most, despite, on paper, perhaps being the one I’d think I’d like least.  Second time I’ve seen them and I think I’m getting them more.  But not enough to write much… I blame lack of shared reference points between MoM and WEM.

I really can’t work out which of the following statements is most true –
(1)  There are a ridiculous number of really good bands around Surrey / Hants right now.
(2)  The Buffalo Club guys can spot a band.
(3)  I love any old shit so long as its live, loud and a bit different.

Greenhorn, Aklash, Morass of Molasses, Pensevor – Buffalo Club, Star Inn, Guildford, 30th October 2016

November 1, 2016

I love heavy music played with guitars… but I would really not describe myself as a metal fan.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s a fair bit I like and sub-genres I have a bit of a soft spot for, but I ain’t no metaller.  Basically I’m an indie kid, only generally the noisier, experimentalier and punkier end alt-rock.  Just to be clear when I say I’m an ‘indie’ ‘kid’ I do not wish for you to assume that –

I am a kid

or

I am ‘indie’ in the 21st century “fucking boring, offensively backward-looking, bland, rocky, poppy music made with guitars by the sorts of cunts who describe themselves as ‘grunge’ and sound like (yet another fucking) foals rip off band.”  Still, it sidesteps all accusations of cultural appropriation if you ignore the source material and simply rip off the most boring band in the western world.  Sorry Foals, I forgot that Alt-J exist, you’re second bottom.

Aklash were third on.  They are just not my thing at all, sorry Aklash.

Greenhorn were, I presume, on last.  I missed them, just knackered, left.  In my defence I have a littl’un and had spent the six hours before the gig drinking beer, watching sport on TV, and strumming my new Jag.  And it was getting pretty late.  9.45pm or something utterly ridiculous, and actually 10.45pm in body-time if you think about it.  I am rock n roll personified but there’s only so far I can go past my normal bedtime.

Onto Morass of Molasses.  Great name, but you knew that.  They know that. Everyone knows that.  They have inspired Law 104,657 in my ‘Programme of discipline for when the Dictatorship begins’, a rather long document that I have been working on for a decade or two now.  It states.  “No male metal band member’s hair shall be longer than the beard length of the longest beard in their band.”  That’ll fuck with loads of band’s images, but Morass of Molasses will walk tall and walk proud, unaffected but my imposition of a greater level of discipline on the metal populace.

I can’t do huge amounts of justice to their sound, they’re out of my comfort zone…stoner rock / metal, sludge, swampy blues are the sorts of things that come to mind and / or get bandied around… I enjoyed their set a lot.

Pensevor were on first and I loved them, I really did.  First time I’ve seen them.  Definitely the least metal of the 3 bands I saw, but also the heaviest and most out-there.  I can only describe them like this… Sunn O))) / Earth… slow and simple drums and bass provide the backdrop for the two others… it really helps when the singer has a voice and a presence… but the guitar… so so good… such good sounds, just an insanely out of control tone (augmented by volume that might be described as as “on the high side”.  Properly good.  Their bandcamp page says “Pensevor are a four piece (vocals, guitar, bass and drums) from Farnborough, forming in 2011 to play hypnotic, primitive, regressive drop-C Neanderthal sludge-doom.”  If that sounds like your thing then you, sir, madam, have good taste.  Will be seeing them again soon I hope.  Fuck yeah. 

Sorry Greenhorn.  Sorry.