We’re teaming up again with Tuff Life Boogie, this time for a last minute booking with two castaways from the recently cancelled Safe As Milk festival, and our very own Polypores. This is going to be so good, do not miss it. Facebook event is here.
Last minute show with two ground-breaking American acts that were due to play the sadly- cancelled Safe As Milk festival, Horse Lords and Cloud Becomes Your Hand plus support from Preston synth auteur Polypores. Both strain at the edges of a thrillingly unquantifiable number of genres in a trance-inducing mash of prepared tuning and polyrhythms that absolutely has to be experienced live. Basically anyone who’s ever dug Philip Glass, Steve Reich or any sort of Velvets/Beefheart/techno drone wig-out should get down to this show, a not-to-be-missed opportunity to catch some mind-blowing avant garde noise in Preston!
Advance tickets: £6 here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/397015
Baltimore quartet Horse Lords blew minds with their first two releases of repetitious polyrhythmic rock, but those now seem like they were priming ears for their powerful and hypnotic new album, Interventions. Using modified instruments and just intonation tuning, Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums) have produced a bold instrumental rock suite. The band’s Northern Spy debut is also the first Horse Lords album to explore the classic studio-as-weaponry strategies of yore, mapping the quartet’s raw Baltimore lightning onto the experimental musique concrète territory surveyed by elder heads like Faust and This Heat.
The guitars are sharp but never shrill, the saxophone strong but not skronk. There’s a hint of West African rhythms and a few detours into electronic noise, but mostly Horse Lords come off like the house band at a Terry Riley loft party. They’ve won rave reviews for their albums and especially their live performances, the two drummer lineup holding down a groove longer than most audience members can keep dancing. Mark E. Smith said “Repetition in the music and we’re never gonna lose it,” but he could never have imagined how far Horse Lords would take that mantra.
Cloud Becomes Your Hand
The Brooklyn based sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Stephe (pronounced ‘Steve’) Cooper, took their name from a stage direction from a “theatrical stage experiment” performance project devised by Cooper and MIDI-triggered MalletKat percussionist Sam Sowyrda. Theatrical is also a good description of their music, which spans Canterbury psych and the angular agitation of Oingo Boingo and early Devo. However, the group’s Bandcamp page prefers such labels as “avant prog bumping insect rock ’n’ roll”, “glowing dino” and “snail lick”, which is probably the lite version of licking hallucinogenic toads.
After a few home recordings in the early 2010s, they signed to Northern Spy, the label that is also home to Baltimore’s equally chaotic Horse Lords, and Rest In Fleas is their second full-length release for the label, following 2014’s Rocks Or Cakes. While they may look like deranged children’s television presenters-escapees from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, perhaps – and their surreal animated videos could easily pass for interstitial segments on that show, the Cloud Becomes Your Hand project blends psychedelic whimsy with grown-up seriousness and melancholy, especially on the album’s closing ballad “Made Of Teak”.
Polypores, aka Stephen James Buckley, is based in a tiny home studio in Preston, and makes haunted space music using an ever-expanding mound of synthesizers, samplers, and old tape recorders. Bleak, icy drones give way to 1970’s Sci-Fi synth lines, throbbing bass rumbles ominously beneath a psychedelic haze of wistful melody and disembodied voices
Polypores’ first physical release, “A Shunned Place” combined Carpenter-esque synths with slo-mo electronica and Radiophonic tape weirdness, and was released on Concréte Tapes in October 2015. 2016 saw his first vinyl release,”The Fialka Transmissions” on Polytechnic Youth Records, which sold out all 300 copies in a week. He has self released a number of EP’s and albums digitally, and regularly contributes to compilations on boutique label A Year In The Country. In late 2016 his “Timeholes” CD sold out within a couple of hours.
In early 2017 the “Wastes” EP was released on Concréte Tapes, and will be followed by 2 more albums on vinyl for Polytechnic Youth later in the year. He is also working on soundtracks for 3 films, and numerous other side projects.