Just a little reminder of LIVE goodness coming up in the next couple of weeks! There's Arabrot, Swans/ James Blackshaw, Screaming Females, Yeasayer and last but not least, The Dillinger Escape Plan. 


19-Oct Hull                                       The Adelphi             (with Melt Banana)     
20-Oct London                               The Drop
21-Oct Cardiff                      SWN Festival

Årabrot are a band continually evolving into something more raw and intriguing. Released six months after their UK (and Grammy nominated) debut ‘The Brother Seed’, new album Revenge is a grinding sonic document, closer to the compositional techniques of experimental film and theatre than traditional song. It is an album marking a certain closure for the band, yet makes headway towards a new era, one characterised by Årabrot’s secret vendetta and assault on  music in general.

Revenge is an album capturing the band’s punishing sound head on -- Vidar Evensen’s throbbing drum torrents collide perfectly with the twisted guitar aggression and caustic vocals of Kjetil Nernes and the noise Fx of regular collaborator, Stian Skagen.

Årabrot represent quite a different breed of metal establishing itself in our most northern outpost. Fuelled and educated on a diet of Amphetamine Reptile’s roster (The Jesus Lizard, Karp and the Melvins) Årabrot are at the forefront of a scene that holds no preconceptions of what it is to be normal.  They are a force unto themselves. What other band would complete a nine-day tour after the vocalist blew a lung at the first show?

Årabrot represent for this generation what the sum of Melvins, Birthday Party and Swans was to the generation before; a source of pleasure from both auditory and moral excesses.


21-Oct IRE Cork Cyprus Avenue special guest: James Blackshaw
22-Oct IRE Dublin   Button Factory special guest: James Blackshaw
23-Oct UK Cardiff SWN @Millennium Hall special guest: James Blackshaw
24-Oct UK Birmingham Supersonic special guest: James Blackshaw
25-Oct UK Glasgow Arches special guest: James Blackshaw
27-Oct UK Brighton Concorde 2 special guest: James Blackshaw
28-Oct UK London Koko Theatre special guest: James Blackshaw
29-Oct UK Leeds    Uni Stylus special guest: James Blackshaw
30-Oct UK Manchester Academy special guest: James Blackshaw

After years of pursuing Angels of Light and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his Young God label, Michael Gira has decided to reconvene his legendary group Swans. As he says: “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that reviviing the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that. “

The recent reactivation of the band - with the line up of: Michael Gira; guitar, voice, mendicant friar act  (original Swans), Norman Westberg: guitar (original Swans), Christoph Hahn: guitar (mid-period Swans and most Angels of Light ), Phil Puleo; drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc  (final Swans tour and most of Angels of Light), Chris Pravdica: bass and gadgets  (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din) and Thor Harris: drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys,  etc... (Angels of Light, now also with Shearwater) - promises to be as formidable as the early, brutal and growling noise albums they made their mark with.

MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY is as powerful and diverse as anything Gira’s done, in Swans or otherwise. It opens with the epic, soul-crushing (bone crushing?) No Words/No Thoughts, but quickly veers to more pastoral terrain, then on to ever-ascending mono-tonal grooves, a filmic-folk idyll featuring Devendra Banhart on lead vocal that abruptly shifts to cataclysm, then on to more airplane-taking-off ascensions, art songs, and more lethal sonic pummeling. In short, this new SWANS album, is a significant advance from where Swans left off and as challenging and emotionally demanding as ever.

Increasingly frustrated by the (self imposed) constraints he’d set for himself in Angels of Light, Gira decided that the direction he wanted his music to take would be more appropriate under the moniker of the group he started in 1982 and retired in 1997. Whilst the new album retains an attention to detail in orchestration, and an underlying sense of melody, there’s a deliberate shift towards sonic intensity, relentless, maniacal rhythms and alternately abrasive and soaring waves of electric guitar - qualities those familiar with the ever-changing sonic approach of Swans over the (now first) 15 years of its’ existence will recognize. 

27-Oct UK London    The Luminaire
28-Oct UK Glasgow    Captain's Rest
29-Oct    UK York    Stereo
30-Oct  UK Manchester    Islington Mill
31-Oct UK Cardiff Loose Halloween Party @ Buffalo Bar
01-Nov UK Brighton    The Hope

Castle Talk is SCREAMING FEMALES’ (guitarist/vocals Marissa Paternoster, drummer Jarrett Dougherty and bassist Mike Abbate) new album. Recorded at the Hunt Studio in New Jersey, USA with engineer, Eric Bennett and released on September 13th via Don Giovanni, the band are possessed of the ethos, drive, and spirit that has made the punk greats great during a time when fewer and fewer artists have the gumption to operate as such. 

Last year, Screaming Females toured relentlessly in support of their critically acclaimed third album Power Move. Their hard work landed them spots opening for Dinosaur Jr., Throwing Muses, and Jay Reatard, plus dates touring with Arctic Monkeys and the Dead Weather. The year brought them to a wider mainstream consciousness, gaining attention for their punk rock sensibilities and their raucous live shows driven by front woman Marissa Paternoster’s famed guitar heroics. 

But Screaming Females’ success did not come overnight: it came after four years of playing over 300 self-booked shows at non-traditional show spaces, sleeping on floors around the USA, self-releasing their first two albums, and breathing new life into the New Brunswick, New Jersey DIY basement show circuit. On the forthcoming album, Castle Talk, the trio proves their abilities extend beyond their pint-sized guitar shredder. Castle Talk showcases their growth together as a unit, as a band, with some of their most complex and confident songwriting to date. 

Power Move was the first record that a lot of people had heard by us, and after that came out a lot of people had the same reaction, ‘that Marissa is a woman who can play guitar solos,’” says drummer Jarrett Dougherty. “But we are more than just that simplistic observation and I think this record shows that.” 

The Screaming Females story starts in New Brunswick in 2005, with Marissa on guitar and vocals, Jarrett on drums, and Michael on bass. With no all-ages venues in town, the band met their biggest obstacle at the start: finding places to play. But the solution (if there is no venue to play, create your own show space in your basement) was the driving force behind the DIY work ethic that would eventually propel the band forward; the grassroots approach born out of necessity in New Brunswick ultimately developed into a mindset that the band now prides itself on. 

In 2006, the band self-released Baby Teeth, followed by a second self-release in 2007, What If Someone Is Watching Their TV? Simultaneously, learning from trial and error, plus inspiration from reading Our Band Could Be Your Life, the band booked hundreds of shows in DIY spaces, houses, cafes, and side-of-road co-ops. Power Move was Screaming Females’ first full-length with any label (or any outside help, really), released by New Brunswick label Don Giovanni Records. The label mirrors the band’s values, champions their hometown, and most importantly, is run by their friends. 


19-Oct UK Cardiff Millenium Music Hal (Headline Show)
20-Oct UK Manchester Academy (Headline Show)
21-Oct UK London Roundhouse (Headline Show)
22-Oct UK Nottingham Trent University (Headline Show)
23-Oct UK Newcastle O2 Academy (Headline Show)
24-Oct UK Glasgow     O2 ABC   (Headline Show)

Yeasayer return for their biggest UK headline tour to date, including Cardiff (Millennium  Hall) tonight and a show at London’s Roundhouse on 21st October.  


27-Oct UK Southampton Uni Garden COurt
28-Oct UK Brimingham Academy2
29-Oct UK Glasgow Garage
30-Oct UK Manchester Club Academy
01-Nov UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
02-Nov UK Bristol Academy
03-Nov UK Norwich Waterfront
04-Nov UK Brighton Concorde2
05-Nov UK London Electric Ballroom
06-Nov UK Leeds Damnation Festival

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN (Ben Weinman – guitar, Greg Puciato - vocals, Liam Wilson - bass, Jeff Tuttle – guitar and Billy Rymer – drums) have will be heading across the country for their first headline tour in years including a headline show at London’s Electric Ballroom on 5th November. Support on the tour comes from Rolo Tomassi.
The follow-up to 2007’s Ire Works, OPTION PARALYSIS  was released earlier this year to considerable acclaim. It IS the beginning of another trajectory in the DEP mythology. Produced by Steve Evetts, Dillinger’s new music is positively abundant with possibilities. Drummer Billy Rymer, whom Weinman describes as “young and hungry,” now occupies the engine room that powers the band. Frontman, Puciato has always had a knack with a bellow that could make reciting a grocery list seem like an exhortation to open the mouth of Hell.
While there’s no shortage of DEP plasma-balls on Paralysis (“Room Full Of Eyes,” “Good Neighbor”), the band keep things fresh with the math-rock/free-jazz convergence of “I Wouldn’t If You Didn’t,” the electro-tweaked “Chinese Whispers” and the closing “Parasitic Twins.” The latter track sports lead vocals courtesy of guitarist Tuttle, as well as Beach Boys-styled harmonies and a major-key Weinman solo that’s more Clapton (ca. Derek And The Dominos) than calculus crush. Clearly, this is not your older brother’s Dillinger Escape Plan. 

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