midwich live at ‘the compass points north’, 22-06-2013

April 29, 2013 at 7:55 am | Posted in live music, midwich, new music, no audience underground | 1 Comment
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compass points at a cow

I will no doubt plug this again nearer the date but for those readers who have busy lives and, y’know, ‘keep diaries’ here’s a chance to get an unmissable gig scribbled on the kitchen calendar.

I have been tempted out of fatherhood-induced-semi-retirement by Dan of Sheepscar Light Industrial with the simple lure of a curry dinner and the prestige of playing with such a monumentally talented line-up.  My set will be the usual 20-25 minutes in length but will be entirely new, possibly based around tracks created for my upcoming release on We’re Gonna Get Fucking Drunk Tonight Boys, possibly featuring ‘field’ recordings of a snuffling infant.  Who knows?  All I can guarantee at this early stage is that by the night itself my performance will be finely honed, rigorously rehearsed and solid gold.

Anyway, add the fact that Uncle Mark Wharton of RFM’s sister blog Idwal Fisher has appropriated this as his birthday party and there is simply no reason not to come.  Over to Dan for the links, details and whatnot:

Sheepscar Light Industrial presents an evening of celebration, with things to watch and listen to. Featuring performances from;

Aqua Dentata | BBBlood | Hagman | Midwich | Petals | These Feathers Have Plumes

£4 | 7-11pm | Saturday 22nd June 2013 | Wharf Chambers, Leeds

Facebook Event Page

Aqua Dentata |

As Aqua Dentata, Eddie Nuttall has been garnering some well deserved praise of late. Some great releases on Beartown Records, SLI & Feral Tapes, complimented by gigs where the audience “just shuts the fuck up and listens” (Rob Hayler), has meant that an invite back to Leeds was always on the cards. Expect to be consumed by sounds conjured from synths, tapes and bowed miscellany; shimmering, beautiful, throbbing and fizzing…

http://www.aquadentata.org/
soundcloud.com/aquadentata
Aqua Dentata live in Leeds, September 2012
SLI.008 – Aqua Dentata – A Staircase Missing

BBBlood |

Paul Watson, aka BBBlood, is a maestro of noise. Predominantly operating at the harsher end of the spectrum, the depth and consideration in Paul’s approach will have warming to the embrace of even his harshest roar. Following on from a stand-out performance at Pete Cann’s excellent Crater Lake Festival, I’m delighted it won’t be too long until he’s back up in Leeds…

BBBlood
soundcloud.com/bbblood
BBBlood live in Leeds, September 2012
SLI.010 – BBBlood – N 51°33′ 0” / W 0°7′ 0”

Hagman |

Daniel & David Thomas (no relation) are two men with lots of wire. The wire connects pedals, short-wave radios, oscillators, drum machines, synths and home-made Tupperware-tronics. Debut album on Striate Cortex coming in the Spring. “Hagman drift sublimely along a path of beautifully nuanced drone” (Idwal Fisher).

soundcloud.com/hagmanhagmanhagman
Hagman live in Leeds, November 2012
SLI.005 – Hagman – Wormwood

Midwich |

Midwich is Rob Hayler: head honcho of Fencing Flatworm Recordings and Radio Free Midwich‘s longest serving blog-jockey. Having (only very) recently entered fatherhood (congratulations!), Rob is claiming to have re-entered semi-retirement but, after the cracking live sets of the last twelve months and new releases on Kirkstall Dark Matter and We’re Gonna Get Fucking Drunk Tonight Boys (the latter coming soon!), I can only imagine that he’ll be itching to return. Augmented field recordings, deep electronic drone, head-banging.

Radio Free Midwich
Midwich – Single Figures (live in Leeds, January 2013)
SLI.006 – Midwich – Eaves

Petals |

PetalsKevin SandersHairdryer Excommunication. Former Sheepscar neighbour. Nice, shiny shoes. Library operative. Prolific, ebullient, drone-charmer. Deep, warm, crispy, electro-fuzz. Super!

Hairdryer Excommunication
Petals live in Sheffield, February 2013
SLI.009 – Petals – Whether to Drown

These Feathers Have Plumes |

I’ve been attempting to get Andie Brown, who performs as These Feathers Have Plumes, to record something for SLI or play in Leeds since the label began to function. Hence, it goes without saying how pleased I am that she’s joined the line up for this gig. Look forward to deep, textured drones, with contact mic accompaniment and occasional field recording forays. Oh, and wine glasses.

These Feathers Have Plumes
soundcloud.com/thesefeathers
These Feathers Have Plumes live in Nottingham, March 2012
SLI.0?? – These Feathers Have Plumes – ???

Oh, and here’s the usual bumpf about Wharf Chambers:

Wharf Chambers is a members’ club; you need to be a member, or the guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect.

Awesome.  See you there.

artifacts of the no-audience underground: the rest of aqua dentata

October 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Posted in new music, no audience underground | Leave a comment
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Aqua Dentata – Seventh Past The Umbrella (C35 cassette, Beartown Records, BTR029)

Aqua Dentata – Lesbian Semiotics at a Jewellery Table (CD-r, Echo Tango, etc01)

Well, hasn’t this lad made a good impression?  Since Eddie Nuttall came to my attention via a charming email and the gift of his remarkable album March Hare Kraken Mare I’ve seen write-ups in other journals of record, including RFM’s sister publication Idwal Fisher, I’ve marvelled at the marvellous A Staircase Missing on Sheepscar Light Industrial, and even had the pleasure of his company over dinner when he and Paul ‘BBBlood’ Watson trekked up from that London to administer two of the sharpest live sets I’ve seen this year.  Eddie’s performance was a masterclass in control; a lesson in fire-walking for those more delicate artists who struggle with the hubbub of a traditional gig venue.  Hypnotize the audience with something as good as this and they simply have no choice but to shut the fuck up.

Aqua Dentata’s body of recorded work is still small enough to cradle whilst cooing at its perfection.  Each release is ‘of a piece’ with the others as Eddie works through the implications and nuances of a disciplined, minimal aesthetic.  Anyone who has read my many worshipful posts regarding Culver will sense me nodding in approval at this approach.  Complaints that ‘it all sounds the same’ are for the barbarous and uncouth.  Four releases are listed on the Aqua Dentata website: the two aforementioned and the two I am about to discuss.

The recording of Seventh Past the Umbrella is dated to 2001 which makes it a fascinating developmental step towards Eddie’s current activity.  Why the decade long break in between this recording and the recent releases?  I’m intrigued.  Anyway, the aesthetic ‘vibe’ is already in place but, as you might expect from a first attempt, the sound is rawer, less cut.

What you get are two side long fuzz/drone pieces multi-layered from tooth-loosening top-end to slack-flapping rumble.  These elements slide over each other with the firm grace of a Turkish masseuse kneading a sumo wrestler’s back.  This is fleshy, satisfying fare: quivering in its own jelly, glistening with delicious juices.  Or if the metaphors are getting too meaty for you (and I am being deliberately naughty here ‘cos I know Eddie is vegan) how about this?  It is the sound of the thoughts of a super-organism, expressed by the beating wings and chittering mandibles of the millions of pseudo-individuals that make up the colony.

Lesbian Semiotics at a Jewellery Table (some kind of gender politics set-to at a craft fair?  I daren’t even ask), recorded last year and released on Eddie’s own Echo Tango imprint, is fashioned from the same material as March Hare Kraken Mare and A Staircase Missing.  That is: another recording documenting the sounds emanating from the central chamber of some occult power station.  In this vast room energy is produced by giant metal discs sliding over each other lubricated solely by their own sheen, or occasionally with a dab of fragrant, grainy, wax-like grease.  It is multistable: both calming and unnerving at the same time.  Quietly magnificent.

Remarkably, at the time of writing it appears that all four items in the Aqua Dentata catalogue are still available for sale – though budding completists should note: not in great quantities.  You’ll need to scamper over to the releases page of the Aqua Dentata website where you can buy Lesbian Semiotics… direct from Eddie and follow the links there to Beartown Records and Sheepscar Light Industrial for the rest.

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