21st April at The Ferret: Horse Lords, Cloud Becomes Her Hand, Polypores

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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

Horse Lords

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.

https://horselords.bandcamp.com/
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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”.

https://cloudbecomesyourhand.bandcamp.com/
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Polypores

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.
https://www.facebook.com/polypores/

Concrète & Them There’s Christmas Show: 23rd December at The Continental

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This Christmas, Concrète are teaming up with our comrades Them There Records to bring you a bumper seasonal bash at The Continental. Four live acts, two from Concrète and two from Them There, plus DJ support from Carl Brown of Them There. We’ll also have merch from both of us – tapes, records and the like – for your last minute Christmas purchases.

Check out the lineup:

In the Concrète corner, we have Yehoshua and Lorentzian – Yehoshua’s recent release on our label offered a sideways glance at immersive drones, bleeps and broken techno – expect more besides from his live show. Lorentzian’s live performances at Concrète in the past have veered from beatless cosmische to wild percussive techno – we can’t wait to hear what he has in store this time round.

Limbering up in the Them There corner are label co-founder Crook, and star of our Christmas show a couple of years back, Otherchannels. Crook promises us ‘A deconstructed collage of samples and synths, field recordings and blown out beats, accompanied by fuzzy, transient visuals exploring visions of isolation, decay and days gone by.’ Otherchannels’ show in 2014 remains one of our favourites – lush, warm ambient fuzz of the highest order – while we’d happily have a re-run of that, we’re sure this is going to be a further step up.

Carl Brown (the other co-founder of Them There) will also be dropping tunes, and we’ve put together a Them There / Concrète soundclash mixtape featuring exclusive tracks from both labels and tunes we love for the first 20 people through the door, so get down early.

It’s a no-brainer isn’t it really? Come and hide from the black Friday part-time drinkers and help us see in the holidays. £3 on the door. The facebook event is here…

Terry Riley: In C @ The Harris Museum, 5th November

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Last year I was at an evening showing of Hitchcock’s Vertigo at Preston’s Harris Museum. There was a sculpture made of several glass parts hanging in the floor above – movements in the air made the parts knock gently together, and during quiet passages of the film the sound this made came cascading down to the audience below – it sounded glorious.

Which got me thinking:  how would that work as a performance space?  Musicians could be arrayed round the circular balcony, with the audience ‘in the round’ in the coffee shop beneath – the music would tumble down from above and from all directions, immersing the audience in a world of sound… and what better piece of music to do this with than Terry Riley’s masterpiece In C?

This is the result of the plan hatched that night, thanks to Josh and John and Uclan Music, who were excited to take the idea and turn it into reality.

Performances will be at 2pm and 6pm on Monday 5th January, and entry is FREE. More details on the facebook event here: please do come.

Polypores Album Launch

We’re very pleased to note that the first two artist we released on Concrète Tapes – Polypores and Hyberus – have graduated to wax. Both acts have LPs out, with Polypores launching his new album The Fialka Transmissions at Concrète this weekend. It’s available from bandcamp right now, or there’ll be some for sale on the night (we note that currently it’s also the number 1 bestseller at Norman Records, above the Avelanches. Crikey). Scroll down to check out the glorious splatter vinyl – can’t wait to get our mitts on this…

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Support on the night will come from Lo Five – don of Liverpool’s fantastic Emotion Wave night – and Bail (Beats of Rage) will be spinning tunes inbetween the live acts.

We’ve also got a few copies of Hyberus’ new offering Machine Intelligence which We’ll have for sale on Sunday – the tracks are all versions of pieces Hyberus have performed live at Concrète over the last year – we’re particularly impressed with the track sys loop receptor superfamily – check it out here.

 

30th May @ The Continental: Woven Skull / AYN SØF

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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.

Do you need any more encouragement? Tell us you’re coming on facebook if you like.

Woven Skull

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.

LINKS

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WovenSkull
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wovenskull
Bandcamphttp://wovenskull.bandcamp.com
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AYN SØF

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.

LINKS

Tumblr: http://ingnodwetrust.tumblr.com/
Bandcamp: https://tombedvisionsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ayn-s-f
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GnodGnetwerk

22nd May: Paul Nagle, Lorentzian

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We were blown aways when Paul Nagle played at Concrète as half of Headshock, so when we spotted him on the tracklist of this amazing new 4-disk anthology of early British electronic music alongside luminaries like Throbbing Gristle, Eyeless in Gaza, Muslimgauze (and the Human League, OMD and Thomas Leer), we reckoned it was the perfect time to get him back.

One of the pioneers of modern electronic music, Nagle has been producing music for over 30 years – this is a rare opportunity to see him on his home ground. Expect a show of expertly paced Berlin-school atmospherics, drones and ambience.

Support tonight comes from our own Lorentzian, who’s got some new boxes – so we’re not totally sure how it’s going to sound, other than ‘good’. A recent record consolidation exercise has resulted in a massive early 90s ambient revival at Concrète towers, so we’ll be playing some of that stuff between the acts too. See you there!

Facebook event is right here.

Concrète Recommends: Ex Easter Island Head, Other Worlds Festival

There’s a few fucking great shows on this week in easy striking distance: Make sure to go to one (or more) of these:

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Liverpool experimental collective Ex-Easter Island Head are playing at the Conti: EEIH have been building a heavy rep on the noise circuit lately, providing further explorations of the ground between rock forms and classical forms mapped out by the likes of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca. Repetitive and percussive, this promises to be an immersive night of music – support provided by 1st & 2nd year UClan music undergrads. Wednesday night, for less than the price of a pint – it’s pretty much essential we all go. Details here.

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Next, this coming weekend sees the return of Other Worlds Festival to Blackpool. Last year we left it too late and it sold out before we got a ticket (although it was a pleasant surprise that an avant-garde music festival in Blackpool could ever sell out…). The line up is amazing again: Richard Dawson, Paddy Steer, Gum Takes Tooth, Laura Cannell and Bongoleros have all blown Concrète minds at various points in the last year or so, and a glance through the rest of the roster reveals a load of names we can’t wait to check out. Preston noise lovers will be pleased to spot our own Robbie Judkins (previously of Earwhacks) in his Left Hand Cuts Off Right guise, playing on Sunday evening.

Stand by for details of our own live outing for the month of April, to be revealed in the next few days…