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Aural Aggro faves Hands Off Gretel return to York on Thursday and promise to bring with them a tidal wave of angry, angsty grunge rock.

They’re pitched as being ‘for fans of Nirvana, Hole and Alt Grunge’, and it’s an accurate enough summary, as their debut album Burn the Beauty Queen evidences in spades. But what it doesn’t really convey is just what a killer live act they are, and in Lauren Tate they have a real star in the making as their focal point.

Support comes from Brooders and the mighty (and seriously noisy) Seep Away. Needless to say, we’re fans.

There’s more info, including ticket links, at the Facebook event page. See you down the front!

 

 

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SpaceFest presents a brief documentary about the latest experience with Pure Phase Ensemble. In its current incarnation, the collective is led by a true legend: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh.

Filmed by RSU / Agencja Vizualna, this film presents a sneak preview of what is to come on the ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ album and the story behind Pure Phase Ensemble 6. Every December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!, an eclectic group of musicians from across Poland are joined by a guest curator from abroad to form Pure Phase Ensemble. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.

Through improvisation at a workshop organized by Nasiono Records and SpaceFest!, the musicians produce a set of unique songs during a week-long workshop ahead of the festival at the Laznia 2 Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, seeking inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere. The festival then culminates in this music being performed and recorded in real time for the inevitable album release.

Anton Newcombe espoused one rule for this experiment – that there are no rules when making music… and one standard… “get weirder… be heavy. and dreamy. but not pointless”.
Pure Phase Ensemble 6 is comprised of 8 musicians, including six from emerging Polish alternative bands: 
Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS) – guitar, vocals
Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel) – vocals, keyboard
Maciej Karminski (Jesien) – drums
Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon) – bass guitar
Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong) – guitar
Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding) – electronic beats, synths, backing vocals

“I prefer to hear the sound bouncing off the walls and most festivals are outside and have time limits and various handicaps…I am more or less a jazz folk guy, I’m not an entertainer there to jump up and down and get you pumped…I just do as I feel…,”says Anton Newcombe. “I see myself as an idea person. I play like 80 instruments in as many ways as I can reinvent them because I am not a virtuoso… I want to contribute to Polish culture by writing at least one song that is worth listening to.”

In past incarnations of Pure Phase Ensemble, the group was curated by Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit). Nasiono Records’ very own Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS) has been responsible for the Ensemble’s musical cohesion from the very outset.

You can watch a preview of the forthcoming documentry here:

 

Christopher Nosnibor

Punk never died, and while many of the old garde got fat and bloated and / or faded into obscurity and insignificance, many of the artists who defined that short yet incendiary period thatredefined music for all time are still going srong and are as essential as ever. Others simply have too many classic songs to let go, and are still performing them with the same energy of 40 years ago. I’m basing that on footage I’ve seen from back in the day, of course, having only been born in 1975. But that means that the music of the punk era has been an integral part of the backdrop to my entire life, and its fair to say that the music of the last 40 years would have been very different and infinitely poorer without the historical rupture that was punk.

Rebellion Festival – running August 4th – 7th at the Winter Gardens in Backpool – clebrates all things punk, and the 2016 lineup is a belter. With 300 band across seven stages, it’s a packed-ot bill, but The Buzzcocks, The Damned and Stiff Little Fingers are obvious draws, each being legendary in their own right.

But then, the history of punk is packed with bands renowned for a single clasic album or a clutch of killer singles, and Slaughter and the Dogs, The Dickies and Anti Nowhere League are all intgral to the bigger picture of what made punk in the late 70s and early 80s.

Jello Biafra is a legend in his own right, while The Ruts stand as one of the most innovative acts to have emerged from the first wave of punk, not only incorporatin elements of reggae in their sound butfully embracing the dub sound later in their career. They’re also as good a live act as you’re likely to see / hear, anyplace, anytime, and new single ‘ Psychic Attack’ shows they’ve lost none of their edge.

Chuck in classic acts like Chelsea, Angelic Upstarts, the band painted on more leather jacets than anyone on the planet has had hot dinners The Exploited, Jilted John, GBH, not to mention Dag Nasty, Vice Squad Subhumans, UK Subs, Goldblade, The Membranes, TV Smith of Advrts fame, and The Dwarves and you’ve got the makings of a raucous, riotous and incredibly fun weekend in prospect.

 

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Tickets and more here.

Jess Robinson

Excited? Well gorsh darn it yes, yes I am indeed. To be able to choose between 200 bands for £35, inside the cradle of London’s eclectic Camden? Yes! Slightly bummed about WATO though…

Camden Rocks 2016 (Saturday 4th June) promises bigger names (Cribs, Young Guns, Billy Bragg, Glen Matlock) swirled into a rock cocktail of lesser known acts and up-and-comers. Here’s what I want to see and why, maybe you’ll join me? #prayingforzeroclashes

Black Spiders

If you want Rock, and I mean proper, old-school, riff-laden, ass-kicking, sneering ROCK, Black Spiders will deliver. Perfect for this type of event, I only hope the venue does them justice. But it will. It must. Of course it will. I’m hoping against hope that they play D&B, or even Jitterbug – early Spiders, punchy real rock n roll content but punk-rock song duration, easy to slot in between their standards ‘Just Like a Woman’, ‘Easy Peasy’, ‘Stay Down’ and ‘St Peter’ from their Sons of the North album. I was newly pregnant last time I saw them – this time I can add alcohol to the experience, woohaa \m/ FUBS etc.

Ginger Wildheart

Now, this guy, it amazes me to say, I have never seen live. How? I don’t know! He’s a canny lad, his lyric writing is crazy-good, and he’s a damn fine musician. His songs seem to have a dirty shimmer to them – check out the ‘Only Henry Rollins Can Save Us Now’ track for a taste. A total of three venues are gonna be hosting this energetic dude on June 4th, so, you have no excuse not to see him!

Queen Kwong

Like no other female-fronted guitar band I’ve witnessed before, Carré is utterly enthralling to watch, throwing herself into the music and oftentimes the crowd, with so much energy, screaming enraged lyrics chased up with haunting whispers, that it’s kinda like watching two tiny ass-kickers take on the world. There are droolworthy pedalboards to glimpse too, if you can tear your eyes away from the performance. ‘Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing’ is about as purrrfect an example of this band’s pared-down punk rock resumé. I for one am intrigued to witness the next incarnation of Queen Kwong; after the departure of Fred Sablan will their sonic power be diminished? With Carré holding the reins? Doubtful. Roll on June 4th.

The Tuts

Tight 3-piece pop-punktasic Tuts are on my list to go see. I’m curious to know if they can cut it and aren’t just about looking pretty-yet-alternative-oooh-I-can-play-and-sing… I have my fingers crossed and here’s why; they can play and they can write catchy lyrics and guitar hooks. All of this is promising. Can they hold the crowd’s attention? With punk songs notoriously short can they fill a set without resorting to tooooo many covers (‘Wannabe’, though…. Really? Shame on you grrls…). Can’t wait.

Grumble Bee

Hotly tipped for 2016, Grumble Bee is solo when writing and recording, but does bring a drummer and bass player to his live performances. Four months into the year and he hasn’t set the music world alight, but there’s time yet. I’ve heard him played a handful of times on Kerrang! Radio – usually by Johnny Doom and I’m interested enough to seek him out in Camden….

HECK

“Devastation in the form of a band” so says the husband. He’s seen them four times, so I have to assume carnage will occur. I’m not even going to prepare myself by listening to these guys, I’m just going to immerse myself if their set…and try to survive it.

Yuck

If you’re after something sludgy and shoe-gazey with an occasional uplifting bright element, you could certainly do worse than Yuck. I’m going to head to these guys for some delightful sonic wind-down during an otherwise manic noise-fest of a day. Hey, a grrl can dream.

If time and timetabling allow, I’d also like to try and catch Glen Matlock, Young Guns, Asylums, Vukovi, The Virginmarys…… still be pining for WATO though…

Venues include:

ELECTRIC BALLROOM *UNDERWORLD * PROUD * BARFLY * BARFLY DOWNSTAIRS * DINGWALLS * BLACK HEART * HAWLEY ARMS * MONARCH * THE GOOD MIXER * THE CUBAN * BREW-DOG * DINGWALLS CANALSIDE  * THE FORGE * THE CROWNDALE * DUBLIN CASTLE *BLOC BAR * CAMDEN CAVERN @ BELUSHIS * FIFTY FIVE

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