Super excited to add this last minute show from Ireland’s Woven Skull: we’ve been hoping to catch them live for some time, so leapt on it when a slot came up at the end of their May British tour.
Wild, repetitive, psychedelic music that denies categorisation (probably somewhere on the psych-folk/psych rock continuum) Woven Skull work up an incredible, dense head of steam from a humble set up: Guitar, Mandola and a minimal drum kit. You need to hear them to get the full impact, so don’t waste any time and listen to their latest album on Bandcamp.
Like it? Of course you do. Join us in the snug on the 30th (it’s bank holiday monday so you’ll probably have been in the conti all afternoon anyway…) to get the full live experience.
Update: opening proceedings for the evening is AYN SØF, one of the many solo hydra heads of Salford’s mighty GNOD (in this case, it’s one of Paddy Shine’s projects). Expect a set of dense & meditative analogue drones – you can check out his recent album on Tombed Visions for a taste.
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Woven Skull began playing together in 2008 in the empty sparse Irish countryside in a house owned by two of the members and located at the foot of Sheemore. These atmospheric surroundings helped to forge their music, which has been described as ‘minimal, repetitive, distorted, ugly and beautiful in one’. The trio spent several years experimenting with combinations of instrumentation, household objects, kitchen utensils, seashells, footsteps, chimes, recordings of cats purring and frogs mating while developing a sound that after a recent set was described as ‘a Turkish Velvet Underground.’
Within the group, song writing is split equally between Aonghus on densely propulsive guitar and Natalia on distorted mandola. These are glued together by the endless cyclical rhythms created by Willie and inspired by the sounds of the bogs and woods that surround his home: from syncopated cattle calls to the beating wings of bats in the night to the creaking of trees as they push against each other in the wind.
Woven Skull have recorded in dark haunted woods, beside bottomless lakes, and in the attics of abandoned houses. Lair of the Glowing Bantling, is their first studio album and captures a sound that’s more in line with their live performance than past releases, which have been a mix of lo-fi practice tapes, outdoor recordings and segments from collaborative sets.
Salfordian rapscallion Paddy Shine is the sentient being behind the mesmeric song cycles of AYN SØF, the north-western mover and shaker (Gnod, Dwellings & Druss and Tesla Tapes are some of the key points on his CV) crafting hypnotic drone hymns that mix the primordial vibrations of throat singing with ethereal plainsong chants and tripped out electronic flourishes.