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8udDha bl0od – Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3

8udDha bl0od’s recently released single “Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3” is a must for any fans of Sonic Youth and Glenn Branca.

But rather than assimilating Avant-Garde pioneers, 8udDha bl0od weaved in plenty of their own distinction through the use of bluesy, hazily psychedelic atmospheric tones.

The experimental Math Rock notes fall into just the right place to create a rhythmic pull which will lead you through the deftly crafted progressive soundscape. As the track progresses, the rhythms get tighter and tighter until you’re aware that your own rhythmic pulses have become arrested by the hypnotically cutting track.

You can check out Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3 for yourselves along with 8udDha bl0od’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD

“57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD” is just one of the most recent releases from Brighton-based Alt Rock 5-piece 8udDha bl0od. You won’t hear another more intensely immersive track on the radio today.

The production has an ambient, light, and dreamy melodic feel, yet, 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD isn’t a track which you mindlessly slip into. The striking tones of the ethereal electronic effects and overdriven guitars will make sure every seamlessly unpredictable guitar progression has your full attention.

We often speak of tracks being magnetic, but this time, you almost feel as though you’re being pulled into a Lynchian dystopic aural black hole. Their ability to blend melancholy with transcendental energy is unparalleled.

Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the psychotropic wonders 8udDha bl0od have in the pipeline ready to drop in 2020.

You can check out 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LIVE REVIEW: Kill Your Boyfriend and Special Guests, Peer Hat, Manchester 31.01.2020

On January 31st, 2020 Brexiters insipidly celebrated the prospect of monoculturalism. Meanwhile, I embraced the cultural diversity found in another stellar line up curated by Manchester-based promoter Astral Elevator.

With Noisy Italian Psych Post-Punks Kill Your Boyfriend headlining and support from Manchester’s Hey Bulldog and the Dee Vees along with Dublin’s finest Psych Garage Rock act Glossolalia, there was a sticky-sweet melange of Psych-driven noise to delve into.

Hey Bulldog’s socialist approach to Psych Blues Garage Rock left me mesmerised once more; their sound was as tight as the government’s welfare budget. The momentous tensile force behind their deftly orchestrated tracks paired with the disquiet delivery of the sniping lyrics will never fail to blow me away.

Kill Your Boyfriend

Photo Credit: Astral Elevator

The caustic tones of Kill Your Boyfriend may be ringing in my ears some 24 hours later, but it’s a small price to pay for witnessing such an explosively entrancing set which matched the same decibel-intensity of Swans and My Bloody Valentine.

Their darkly despondent experimentalism finds the perfect balance between Noise, Shoegaze, and Post Punk to offer a level of distinction which aggressively resonates in every note delivered.

With their tribal drumbeats, inventively distorted angular guitar progressions and riotously-charged vocals, getting swept up the energy of their anarchic performance is pretty much non-optional. Even in the basement of an indie venue, they were able to deliver an all-consuming performance that allows you to forget that you’re standing in front of three musicians. There was synergistic chemistry found in both their abrasive stage personas and the delivery of their pummelling eerie rhythmic noise.

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Photo Credit: Sean Crossey

Manchester-based poet Leon the Pig Farmer also doused the crowd in his poetic vitriol in between the acts. With the penetrating parables which he’s able to draw from his savage wit and unabashed honesty, each performance cut just as deeply as the last. While many spoken-word artists rely on prosaic methods, Leon the Pig Farmer projects resoundingly raw verses in a way which truly revives the undiluted expression of the beat generation. Whether he’s spitting bars about the graffiti on the Peer Hat toilets or being viscerally honest about his mental health, the weight behind his words leaves an imprint which isn’t easily forgotten.

Perfectly rounding off the night were the guest DJs Kay & Gray with their back to back synoptically eclectic danceable euphoria-dripping earworms. It’s a rarity to hear DJs championing new artists and simultaneously appeasing the crowd. Evidently their needles are on the pulse of some of the best up and coming artists around.

Follow Astral Elevator to keep up to date with their upcoming gigs via Facebook

Artist Links:

Kill Your Boyfriend: Spotify, Facebook

Hey Bulldog: Spotify, Facebook

The Dee Vees: Spotify, Facebook

Glossolalia: Spotify, Facebook

Leon the Pig Farmer: Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Parisian Psych Noise newcomers Foreigners Society have dropped their grittily despondent latest single

https://foreignerssociety.bandcamp.com/track/foreigners-society

Any fans of gritty despondent Psychedelic noise are going to want to check out the latest self-titled release from Parisian artist Foreigners Society.

If you could imagine the music of the Phobophobes, Sonic Youth, and Joy Division all merging in a cutting yet captivatingly melodic soundscape, you might be able to get an idea of what Foreigners Society has to offer.

The single constantly fluctuates between cold harsh Post Punk and dreamy tonally warm Psych Pop, and in part, offering both at the same time. If that isn’t a feat of aural alchemy, I don’t know what is. But what I do know, is that if I ever get the chance to witness that instrumental ingenuity live in the UK, I’m taking it.

You can check out Foreigners Society’s self-titled single which was released on January 2ndfor yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RVANA SHMATA – Well Hello: Raw Noise Rock

There’s urgency in RVANA SHMATA’s music, an element that many could argue that’s missing from a lot of rock bands these days. Or maybe, it’s like Keith Richards said in his documentary on Netflix: “Rock n’ Roll abandoned Roll and became just Rock”.

“Well Hello” is a song that marginally, could be described as noise rock. The most distinguished element on this track is the suffocating atmosphere the drums are creating. I enjoy how the almost out of tune bass guitar is scratching my skin and the electric guitar which while it appears to be the most buried instrument in the production, however somehow it all works fine resulting in a tight sound. If your favourite part in a rock band is the rhythm section, I guess. As for the singing, on the clean parts, it sounds alright and when it’s time for some growling they sound even better.

This is a raw composition, regardless it doesn’t feel like it is pointless nor like it is lacking purpose. On the contrary, in this song I listen to a band that has an identity.

Listen to “Well Hello” on their Soundcloud page.

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis