Posts Tagged ‘this is wreckage’

A quick round-up…

April 27, 2018

Or maybe not quick.  So much going on –

(1)  Leafy Incline, as well as the bands This Is Wreckage, Princess, Slug 13, Tirana, Swords of Thought and Second In Line, bring grunge / punk / noise rock etc to the Star on Sunday 29th April from 5pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

(2)  Freakouts play the Boileroom tonight for the lauch show for their new ep, TV –

https://open.spotify.com/album/1oR21h49ZZpT9KP1P9jLid?si=10ujiTYzQgqI2j8dnIrI-g

Pussyliquor are on the bill.

(3)  James Ward and Ian Oakley’s void_null audio visual project is coming to the West End Centre on June 7th –

http://www.voidnull.tv/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2046328038919119/

(4)  Moper are lined up to play Westival in July at the West End Centre.  In related news their bassist Benjamin Wainhouse has been looking dead cute in old photos of himself popping up on his facebook timeline in recent days.

(5)  Essex based I think, if you play in a band and are just starting out then I challenge you to produce a better video than this.  Good fucking luck, you’ll need it.  And the song itself has a real energy too, love it.  And they’re playing the Fighting Cocks on 1st June.  Midwich Cuckoos for the rock metal punk crew –

(6)  Trevor’s Head have released Soma Holiday –

https://trevorshead.bandcamp.com/album/soma-holiday

(7)  I’ve discovered there’s an ambient label coming out of Farnham – Rusted Tone Recordings.  The work of James Armstrong, the guy behind Slow Clinic

https://www.facebook.com/rustedtonerecordings/

(8)  Silent Mode are recording more desert rock.

(9)  Skaciety – Ska Punk at the Star tonight courtesy of Jasta 11.

(10)  This video has appeared online – Tuskar playing “The Tide” live at the Black Heart.  SO FUCKING GOOD.

(11)  Brightlight City, I, The Lion and Daryl Vorderman play the Star on 3rd May thanks to Rose Coloured

https://www.facebook.com/events/153807911953966/

(12)  Annabel Allum just keeps getting press, attention, gigs – check Rascal here –

http://clashmusic.com/videos/premiere-annabel-allum-rascal

(14) Swords of Thought released “Confusion Leads” –

https://swordsofthought.bandcamp.com/album/confusion-leads

And it comes with a video –

That’s it for now!

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

March 31, 2018

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!

Thursday 12th April 2018
Elderseer, Gutlocker, The Forge, End Of Salvation at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/190974408328455/

Saturday 14th April 2018
Hundred Year Old Man, Tuskar, Ba’al, Seven Hundredth Unicorn, and Tokahonta at the Facebar in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/425048084596453/

Sunday 15th April 2018
Camcorder LP release show at the Boileroom
https://www.facebook.com/events/1813473652016903/

Sunday 15th April 2018
Sunday afternoon label market & Hora Douse + Bad Idea unplugged at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/555562468141570/

Tuesday 17th April 2018
Shonen Knife at Sub89 in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/534946426898105/

Sunday 22nd April 2018
Pensevor, Seven Hundredth Unicorn and Cody Noon at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/161853887854913/

Monday 23rd April 2018
Waterweed (Japan) / Darko / Close To Call at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/734093883461153/

Friday 27th April 2018
Stone Soup, Morass of Molasses, Mountns and Klyver at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/355999701566227/

Friday 27th April 2018
Belleview Days, Samoans, Dead State at the West End Centre Aldershot
https://www.facebook.com/events/2036562079901154/

Friday 27th April 2018
Freakouts ep release show at the Boileroom
https://www.facebook.com/events/1990709224504172/

Sunday 29th April 2018
This Is Wreckage, Slug 13, Tirana, Princess, Swords of Thought, Second In Line at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Black Peaks, Intechnicolour and Bitch Falcon at the West End Centre, Aldershot
https://www.facebook.com/events/1699393013493128/

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Brightlight City, I, the Lion and Daryl Vorderman at the Star Inn, Guildford (Rose Coloured)
https://www.facebook.com/events/153807911953966/

Friday 4th May 2018
Seasonal, Camcorder, Wild Tales, Shaded at the Star Inn, Guildford (Massive Promotions)
https://www.musicglue.com/massive-promotions/events/2018-05-04-pop-punk-weekender-seasonal-plus-support-the-star-inn

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Who Saw The Light at The Star Inn
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781875378510325/

Saturday 12th May 2018
Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart at the Holroyd Arms
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782345425401991/

Saturday 19th May 2018
Witchdoktors, Electric Shakes, Rage DC at the Facebar in Reading

Friday 25th May 2018
PensevorMorass of Molasses, Grim Ravine, Vexed at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/536305953435764/

Sunday 27th May 2018
Space Church and more TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club)
https://www.facebook.com/events/260095741198412/

Friday 15th June 2018
Thuum, Morass of Molasses, Stray Bullets and Wychound at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/779580832251178/

Sunday 16th September 2018
TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/180133662762400/

Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Wedding Present at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/349318758880466/

Past Events –

Thursday 29th March 2018
MUX, The Pink Diamond Review at the Holroyd Arms, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1744327088961781/

Saturday 31st March 2018
BlackWaters, SPIT plus more at the Boileroom Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/165214800770063/

Saturday 31st March 2018
Trevor’s Head at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/160344964682203/

Thursday April 5th 2018
Shonen Knife
, Screech Bats, Swords of Thought at the Boileroom Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/396832760746558/

Thursday 5th April 2018
MUX at the Cave at The Holly Tree in Addleston
https://www.facebook.com/events/229793030925322/

Friday 6th April 2018
Henry Blacker, Head Drop, Blimp at South Street Arts Centre, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/2015685568720397/

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.

Pascagoula, This Is Wreckage, Space Church, Grits, Star Inn, Guildford, Sunday 19th November 2017

November 26, 2017

First up, Grits. I can’t help but have some reservations. I find it hard to buy into what they’re doing 100%, there’s something about them that makes me doubt their motives and remain a little unconvinced by them.

Flip side is that I feel that is harsh, even as I type it. Three great musicians, some really decent songs, and a furious energy that reminds me of the chaos of rock n roll at it’s best… I’m talking early 70s, Raw Power era Stooges, proto-punk, that properly fucked up all over the place rock n roll from when rock n roll was still at the cutting edge and punk had yet to seize the mantle.

They are getting better, and they’re also taking more of a stoner influence which is no bad thing… but then maybe I’m back to paragraph one, is this stoner influence a natural progression of the band, or is this an attempt to capture a part of what is kinda en vogue at the moment?  I am all for bands progressing, just I hope it’s natural and I hope it’s not an attempt to find a market.

I’m being so harsh, they’re a fine fine band, great energy, I’d happily go see them any day of the week.

Up next was Space Church. I’m back on an upward curve with them.  I loved the noise and the madness in the variety when I first saw them… to what extent did they mellow and to what extent did I just get my head around them so I wasn’t so mind-blown?  Either way I think they’re getting better, though I’ll never get that “first time” feeling again.

Phil’s a brave performer bringing a bizarre take on theatre to the party, I appreciate anything that puts a smile on my face and is wilfully different. Why has no-one else thought of forming an easy listening-influenced, performance art-influenced, Slinty-Albini-y thing like Space Church? It’s such an obvious thing to do.

Pat and Dan hold it all together… the bass kinda always adding something at all points in the set, the drums more ticking along in between the real highs.  Really good band.  Fucking good.

This Is Wreckage.  I’m a total hypocrite… or am I?  I like stuff to be reasonably original.  I don’t like old fashioned punk bands – or most modern ones for that matter.  It’s old hat, and it takes a bit of a spin and a real energy (see Freakouts locally) to make it good.  This Is Wreckage are kinda the noise-rock equivalent.  I think.  I don’t know enough about all the [late 80s, early 90s maybe, US] influences to know how much they’re bringing to the table that hasn’t been done before.  Why don’t I reject it as old hat?

But… noise rock is just more interesting than punk, it sounds better, it doesn’t have quite as many miles on the clock, and it has not been done to death in a mainstream way and become part of a fairly conservative consensus like punk has.

And even if it hadn’t, This Is Wreckage just nail it.  Drums get hammered, absolutely hammered.  Bass get’s abuse at high speed.  Guitars fizz and vocals shout.  Go see them.  Put them on.

Check ’em out here – awesome – buy it –

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

Onto Pascagoula.  They’re not that similar a band but they did kinda remind me of Wytch Pycknyk [are both bands from Brighton?  Wytch Pycknyk played the Star recently] in the level of chaos and genuinely fuck-up energy.  If you could combine Grits professionalism with the sense of danger and fucked-up mess from Pascagoula you’d have an awesome awesome awesome beast of a band.

Pascagoula reckon they’re sludge doom metal drone or summat, judging by their bandcamp.  Not sure they sounded as heavy or dark as what I checked out online before the gig.  They’re a bit all-over-the-place, and that’s no bad thing, enjoyed them, definitely the band I’d like to see again.

It’s almost getting embarrassing… the Buffalo Club guys, literally, genuinely, do not put on bad bands, and I am literally, genuinely not sleeping with any of them, that is the truth.

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

Porch, Buzz Rodeo, Space Church, This Is Wreckage – Buffalo Club, Star Inn, Guildford – 14th May 2017

May 18, 2017

I think this was probably the best Buffalo Club line-up yet, certainly the most international with four nations represented.  This is gonna be one of my shorter reviews, mainly because I’d had a lazy six hour session watching football and tasting beer before I even turned up.

Wales was up first, represented by a guitar / bass / drums three piece This Is Wreckage.  They (noise) rocked and I thought they were excellent.  Bought a CD, not had a chance to listen to it yet.

England was up second, represented by a guitar / bass / drums three piece Space Church.  I must have seen them half a dozen times now and I am only now starting to truly get my head around them.  I am disappointed that they are no longer the complete head-fuck I thought the first time I saw them, but that’s not their fault – you can’t exactly replicate the first time you experience something over and over again.  They are, however, a fine, silly, deadly serious, loud / quiet noise band.

Germany was up third, represented by a guitar / bass / drums three piece Buzz Rodeo.  Fuck it, I’d been going for 8 hours by the time they hit the stage and there’s nothing I really wanna say other than “noise rock, really enjoyed it, blah blah blah.”

The US of A was up fourth, represented by a guitar / bass / drums three piece Porch.  Fuck it, I’d been going for 9 hours by the time they hit the stage and there’s nothing I really wanna say other than “grungey (or am I just saying that ‘cos they’re from Trumpland*) noise rock, really enjoyed it, blah blah blah.”

Must do better next time.  Me, not the bands or Buffalo Club.

* is it still Trumpland or has the fucker been stuck in prison yet?

An interview with Phil Markwick – Buffalo Club, Buzz Rodeo, Porch – The Star, Guildford Sunday 14th May

May 5, 2017

I met up with Phil Markwick last Saturday morning, at the Guildhall on Guildford High Street for the Record Fair.  More browsing than buying, then we headed down to the Star for a coffee, and found ourselves a table tucked away in a quiet corner right by the door to the back room where Phil (and others) put on gigs under the name The Buffalo Club.

We started chatting music… and ended up chatting for over an hour, most of which I got on tape.  This piece will cover the Buffalo Club and in particular their upcoming show at the Star on May 14th, other parts of the interview will likely see the light another time.

“So, what shall we talk about?” was about the best question I asked.  As I say, we chatted.  You’re better off just listening to Phil.  His words are in bold.

“The thing I’d like to talk about is the upcoming show that we’ve got with Buzz Rodeo, Porch and This is Wreckage.”  And Space Church, his own band.

“Tell me about Buzz Rodeo and Porch.”

“Buzz Rodeo.  The quickest way to sum them up is like a German Shellac.  I joked to a friend because Shellac wasn’t efficient enough as it is… they’re very stark, the songs are good, classic noise rock songs.  I bought their album on bandcamp a long time before I knew that they were doing a UK tour.”

“I saw they did a post on facebook saying “hey, we’re doing a tour, these are our free dates.”  So I got in contact with them and said “we do a thing in Guildford, would you be interested in playing?  They were. They were really keen.  It was kinda like a happy accident that they were doing a kind of joint tour with Porch.  Porch was a band, a sort of California noise-rock band from back in the 90s.  I was aware of them back in the 90s, I didn’t see them live back in the 90s, but to be honest I hadn’t thought about them since the 90s.  When I heard they were plaing again I thought “that’s cool” and I was kind of surprised, I thought they had missed that wave of “let’s get back together to do All Tomorrow’s Parties”.  It’s incredible that they’re doing a tour of the UK.  I think I fucked up on pricing [£5 – Ed.] because originally I thought it was just going to be Buzz Rodeo.  With the stuff we do with the Buffalo Club 100% of the money goes to the main band, especially touring bands and out of town bands.  They have petrol costs – flights, hotels.”

“One of the things with the Buffalo Club is how you want to be an arbitrator of taste.  Only bands that I really really really like will play.  But then you learn some rules.  You can get away with four bands playing and two of them have gotta be a draw.  Two of them have gotta bring people out, and if they don’t you just have out of town bands that are fucking amazing but all they’re doing is watching each other.  It seems to me that’s the rule for putting on local shows, like 50% of the bands that play have to be local draws, or if they’re out of town they have to be known.  I’m hoping Porch are going to be a local draw.  As soon as you’re involved in a thing you can’t see the wood for the trees.”

“There’s an other band This Is Wreckage, and they’re coming all the way down from Wales.  Which is great, but I’ve kinda broken that out of town / local balance rule with this.

“It’s certainly not about making money.  When you fill out a room and you’re £50 out of pocket that’s brilliant.  You could put on another show and break even and only have 20 people and I’d rather be £50 out of pocket and fill the room, cos you feel like you’re putting on a party.”

“Who is the Buffalo Club, you’re obviously the driving force?”

“I wouldn’t put it that way.  The Buffalo Club was started by four bands. Secret Black Boyfriend [Now called Moper – Ed.], Fauntleroy, Pensevor and Space Church.  You had a link between all bands.  One member of Space Church was in Pensevor.  Another member of Pensevor was in Fauntleroy, and the other member of Fauntleroy was in Secret Black Boyfriend.  In the early days it was very easy to communicate, unfortunately Fauntleroy have stopped rehearsing as a band for a while.  Everyone is still friends but it isn’t as immediate any more.  It floated apart a bit.  It’s become more just Pensevor and Space Church.  I wouldn’t say I’m the driving force, I mean all it is is booking a venue.  I do the posters, because I have a graphic design background, and you have fun doing them.  It’s not entirely selfless.”

“What do you make of the Star?”

“It’s a great venue, you can get nice and loud, the sound’s really good, the only thing it’s got against it is it hasn’t got a back stage.

“What do Porch sound like?”

“Porch, to me, they sound like a lot of those great 90s bands.  When I was younger there were a couple of bands that I noticed for the first time, and one of them was Jawbox and I’d kinda put Porch in the same cate… I don’t wanna say category… memory, memory box because you discover bands at the same time.”

“Any last thoughts on This is Wreckage?”

“Welsh band, noisy as fuck, absolutely brilliant, slightly avant-garde. Completely fucked up, great stuff, great stuff.”

Finally, Phil, I see your next event is at Sanctuary Live in Basingstoke – who’s playing and what can we expect?

Basingstoke will be for the fans of doom!!!  Yeah, that will be the legends Pensevor.  Pat (the Space Church drummer) plays guitar in that band and he just blows me away with his skills.  He showed me a guitar piece to play the other day and I had to say ‘I gotta re-write that bit’, because I just cannot do those ‘puff of smoke and turn on a dime’ changes that he can do.

It’s the first time we are doing a Buffalo Club in Basingstoke so I am at pains to remind everyone that it’s not in Guildford.  I have visions of people turning up at the wrong venue.

The headliners are Skrackoedlan, I don’t know if I pronounced right, but they are doing a UK tour at the moment and they reached out to me.  I have to admit I had not heard of them before, but I thought it was really good stuff.  I asked Pensevor if they would like play with them, they said yeah, so we went for it.  Skrackoedlan are sort of old school, a little bit ‘Hawkwind’ but in a good way.

With this and the Buzz Rodeo / Porch night we are stepping out a little to get touring bands.  It’s bit more work and financial risk but so it’s great how supportive people have been.

Tank 86 are touring with Skrackoedlan also.  I am looking forward to that, they really have some riffs!  I am not super knowledgeable about the Doom scene and I am kind of ‘I don’t know much, but I know what I like’, but they seem to be taking off at the moment.

Gift of Blindness is playing also. Probably the best dark metal band on the scene today. Think of it are almost shoegaze metal as you just have two guys just focused on playing these amazingly epic metal-scapes. I sort of joked to one the members that you should get loads of dry ice and I will sit behind the drums pretending to play with dildos or something.  

 

Event Page on Facebook (Buzz Rodeo and Porch)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1851757875095504/

Buzz Rodeo

https://buzzrodeo.bandcamp.com/

Porch

https://porch.bandcamp.com/

Space Church

https://spacechurch.bandcamp.com/

This Is Wreckage

https://thisiswreckage.bandcamp.com/