Deffo worth checking out the new EP by Bristol hardcore band Bats About Bats - Foxy Orange Web Cap.
They have a launch show for it at the Gryphon on Saturday. Bummed it clashes with Melt Yourself Down at the Exchange - missed their show earlier in the year and several people have told me it was their favourite gig of the year so I guess I shouldn’t really miss em this time.
So, here we are then. Friday 29 November 2013. Venue’s last day on Earth. Hours from being swept away as part of what you so dreamily term “the development of the what’s on module.” Sometime in December, we learn, venue.co.uk will re-emerge, like butterfly become grub,…
If ever a track of music doesn’t even come close to preparing yourself to an artists live performance it’s this one, played pretty quietly through shitty computer speakers.
Pharmakon live last night in Bristol’s Old Coroners court was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year. The only valid reaction to it was to stand, gawp and sway from side to side and from back to front with a mind devoid of thought and instead full of beats, screams and driven noise.
Shockingly intense and electrifyingly uncompromising, it was one of the most all-consuming and extreme 30 mins of my life.
Margaret Chardiet is Pharmakon. She was born and raised in New York City and has been making power electronics / death industrial music as Pharmakon for five years now. And she does it well. Very, very well.
If I had a time machine the first thing I’d do would be to sent Pharmakon back to New York’s CBGB in 1977 so she could hang out with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and share so much mutual love that they’d collaborate and music would never be the same again because its soul would have been destroyed.
Fearsome and mind-bendingly gnarly it’s the apex of what one person can do with some beats and a microphone.
The fact that I haven’t even deemed it necessary to mention the earth shattering GNOD performance speaks for itself.
Massive props to Sofi Nowell of You’re Not Human for bringing Pharmakon to Bristol AND for showcasing her in such an amazing space. Sofi’s consistently putting on some of the best shows on Bristol by some distance - follow You’re Not Human on Facebook and go to all the shows YNH put on for the rest of time to come.
Pharmakon put an album out earlier in the year called Abandon. Which is pretty much their way of saying “…all hope when you put this album on your record player and turn the volume of to maximum”.
These kids have been causing a bit of a storm at the present. And for good reason. They play fast. And distorted. You can feel them hitting things as they’re playing. Random things. Like each other. Or like you. Yeah, you, with the power of their fucking shitstorming music.
God I bet the pit’s a wonderful but exhausting place to be at one of their shows. God I want to be at one of their shows. Real, real soon. Maybe even in the pit. If I suitably forget about those 8 (or is it 9?) spinal fractures I’ve already had.
The band’s led by Meredith Graves and her bandmates “moonlight in grindcore, powerviolence, noise, and indie rock bands”. You can tell, it’s like early Wavves pushed to as many extremes as you can push it too. Way out.
God I hope they never go limp on us like so many bands of this ilk do. They won’t will they? Nah.
Like all right thinking people I was devastated to hear that Divorce have called it a day. Possibly the band I’ve included on here more than any other it’s not a good thing. Sure, new bands will no doubt arise from their ashes but for now lets just be a bit sad.
But not too sad as they decided to chuck their latest offering up on their bandcamp to downlaoded for whatever amount you chose. I chose to give them quite a bit and recomend you do too. Adios Divorce, as gammy wee bands go you were the gammiest.
In case you’ve missed this, Relapse Records are giving away a huge sampler of their artists 2013. 26 tracks by bands like Weekend Nachos, Coffins, Locrian, Horseback, Primitive Man, Windhand, Toxic Holocaust,Inter Arma and more. Download (and full track list) here.