Posts Tagged ‘pensevor’

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 Top Four

July 22, 2017

I did a Top 10 local bands a while back. I have an updated top 4, best-of-the-rest better follow.

Three of them are playing tomorrow (not all together).

Guildford and surrounds we have, in alphabetical order –

Moper – didn’t much like them when I first heard them but they’re just getting better and better with each release. Depressing, simple, noise rock, often not that heavy, but it just works, probably because they have some amazing songs and a vocalist / lyricist (and guitarist) who sorta of reminds me of Andrew Falcous.

https://mopernoise.bandcamp.com/

Pensevor – dirty, droning, did I say dirty, raw, filthy, doom. Surprisingly delicate, interesting, fantastic drumming, steady bass that just does the job, one of the most imposing and vulnerably aggressive front men you will ever see… and the icing on the cake, some of the filtiest and heaviest guitars you will ever hear with tone to die for. Damn near perfect.

https://pensevor432.bandcamp.com/

Tuskar – sludge, doom, stoner heavy-as guitar-drums two piece. Tyler is an animal on drums whilst covering vocals. Riffs applenty, verges on metal in places. In a good way.

https://tuskar.bandcamp.com/

Who Saw The Light – heavy, nuts. Not many bands can claim doom as the main vocal style whilst having music that encompasses prog, shoegaze (occasionally), metal, hardcore punk, math, pretty much everything. First ep out tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/whosawthelight/

Buffalo Club Youtube Channel

April 19, 2017

If you’ve not done so before check out the Buffalo Club youtube channel – locads of live videos from some of the bands who’ve played there.  Check it out –

Buffalo Club Youtube Channel

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – April 2017

April 7, 2017

Seems like my last attempt amused a few people.  Honestly, not my intention… being funny’s for losers.

I was thinking about doing it again the same, but the risk there is that (1) it won’t be as funny second time and (2) anyone whose band goes down a few places might get offended.  Then you have questions like “do Swords of Thought drop out ‘cos its too long since I’ve seen them play, or do they stay in ‘cos they’ve released a great new ep?”  Should I include Employed to Serve – from Woking, utterly amazing and deserve to be up near the top no matter when I last saw them?

The “10” in the title may be slightly misleading.

It’s a Top 2 this time.

Employed to Serve.  Pensevor.  Job done.

I quite like seriously heavy music.

Pensevor’s Klothod –

https://pensevor432.bandcamp.com/album/klothod

From the upcoming new EtS LP –

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017 (pt 2)

February 22, 2017

Moper, ex-SBB… are a band I’m still trying to get my head around 9 months (or so?) after seeing them live.  I’ve bought 3 albums.  They are dark, they place a massive barrier between the audience and themselves… but they’re gnawing away at me, I want to understand.  There’s a bit of Future of the Left about them, maybe.  Drawing me in.  Let them get to work on you… it might take a while but if your soul is pure, if a little haunted, then you’ll get there like I hope to.  Star Inn, Guildford, Friday, will to be there.

Grits I rate highly.  Not sure the extent they are something quite alternative trying to take high energy rock on board to make something more accessessible, or the other way round – a fairly mainstream rock band with hints at something quite challenging.  Either way energy levels, catchiness and plenty to keep it interesting to my [Wild] Eyes.  Fucking yes.  Facebar, Reading, Friday, would like to be there.

Who Saw The Light are a doom, grunge, metal, fuck knows what mess of a band and get away with it.  Who knows where they’re going, who knows why, but they have something.  Maybe I misunderstood but one song last time I saw them had its tempo set by a simple rhythm guitar part.  10 seconds in the bassist – whose taking lead vocal on the song – is having a bit of a go a the guitarist for massively reducing the tempo compared to when they rehearse it.  They really don’t appear to give a fuck.  I hope that what I’m seeing is the start of something special.  I fear they’ll get their act together and lose some of their irreverence and genre-spanning melange.  Then again they can certainly play so if they wanted to get their act together they would have probably done so already.

Songs To Punch Nerds To is great and Space Church have a live set that blew me away the first time I saw it.  I hope they keep writing, keep mixing it up.  Trevor’s Head seriously know what they’re doing too, dunno what more to say.

Slug 13 have the massive advantage of playing in a style that I’m a sucker for… though being able to write a top top riff kinda helps too.  Keep writing, keep ploughing that lovely furrow, maybe mix it up a bit too.  Or don’t bother.  Mixing it up that is, do bother full stop.

I love pop music.  Swords of Thought can write a song… but they do so in a nicely noisy way, that reminds me of some great great bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.  The Boo Radley’s debut album (which they themselves have kinda written out of history) is called Ichabod and I.  It is brilliant if you like that sort of thing.  Pure pop, combined with a “why use one distortion pedal when you can use 20” attitude (I swear that’s a reasonably accurate bit of paraphrasising from an interview I read back in the day).  SoT remind me of that.

Pensevor deserve their own post, so bugger it, I’m saying nothing for now.

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017

February 21, 2017

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017

The rules – you must be based in Guildford or not that far away.  I must have seen you play live.  You must have played in or near Guildford in the last year or so.  I have changed part of your name to the word shit to ensure that you don’t get too cocky if you’re on the list, and if you’re not on the list then you don’t get a shit so there’s some consolation.  This list is based on FACTS not my personal opinion.

If you’re on the best of the rest then I wanna see you, or you just missed out, or you haven’t played locally recently enough, or you’re there cos someone I trust rates you, or maybe you’re just so fucking good that I think you’re too good to be judged against other local bands.

Feedback welcome.  Noise a guitar makes I mean, not your replies.

(1)  Penshitvor

(2)  Swords of Shit

(3)  Shit13

(4)  Shit Church

(5)  Trevor’s Shit

(6)  Who Saw The Shit

(7)  Shits

(8)  Shitter

(9)  Victorian Whore Shits

(10)   Typical Shits

Best of the rest – Blackwaters, Tommy Blackwood, Camcorder, Employed to Serve, Eulogy, Gutlocker, Heinous Pianist, Morass of Molasses, Princess, Vinyl Staircase.

Vital Note – Eulogy and Swords of Thought – PULL YOUR FINGERS OUT.

Another thing… maybe, going back 25 years, I didn’t get to as many local gigs as I should have… and no offence you lot but I am not sure any of you come close to touching the genius of Mega City Four and in particular Wiz’s incredible lyrics.  But overall the standard now is so high, it really is.

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.