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“oh you’re so full of f****** shit” said the man, “we’re all here for one thing and..
STUMPBilly McBone had a mind of his own that he kept under lock and key and the taste is rather like the carcasses of old bees said the man on the radio. Imagine that, a clergyman and his wife wondering around the parish smelling of garlic. Well that is a very loaded question. Another bag load of good heathy exciting new music (and some not so good) and there must be some reason for all this somewhere?

“Do you want guess list and review passes for the Download festival?” said the man on the phone, “I’d rather pull my own head off that subject myself to that mass marketing exercise in soulless product pushing” I replied, “oh you’re so full of f****** shit” said the man, “we’re all here for one thing and that's to sell product and make money and you damn well know it” – so there you have it, we’re all here for one thing only, “to sell product and make money”. Enjoy being marketed at this summer’s festivals people....

These are the things that have been in our ears this week, please explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the links and make your own minds up, our reviews and thoughts are mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant hit of the www. 

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
Would you like some more water? 
THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
PAY 2 PLAY AND FORCED TICKET BUYS - Well now, we have no intention of stepping off the gas here with this one this time. We made that mistake last year when Tony Scott from Guilfest promised on the phone to both us here at Organ and to the Musicians Union that last year would be the final year of pay to play and forcing new bands to buy tickets in order to play on a badly organised new band stage that no one takes any notice anyway of over at GuilFest (we’d all take notice if they actually bothered to book some good exciting new bands, we’d all buy tickets and go to the festival if the bill was actually any good rather than just cluttered up with any old pub rock/youth club bands who are sucker enough to fall for this forced ticket buy crap). I don’t know, I thought promoters were the ones who promoted and sold their tickets and the bands they booked got on with playing the music, old fashion idea I know. So Tony went back on his promise and this year he’s asking new bands who think this is the only way to get a foothold, to shell out 1750.00 for tickets. Seems they are then responsible for selling tickets themselves or they’re left with a whole load of unsold tickets and quite an unhealthy hole in their pockets. Of course none of this is illegal and we’re not for a second suggesting it is – all rather morally bankrupt though wouldn’t you say? 

People like Tony Scott and our new best friend James from Stage Pass up in Manchester are annoying us (James openly stated on his My Space page that bands have to pay to play and buy tickets and any they don’t sell, well tough, he doesn’t care, he’s made his money, he’s open about it, he doesn’t care). So message to all these venues and promoters that we're starting to hear about, these lowlife scumsuckers who are once more forcing people to pay to play or buy tickets up front, you are seriously annoying us now and we are going to shout. 

We're shouting about GuilFest here because they made the unfortunate mistake of trying to get one of our ORG Records family of bands here to fall for their ticket buy crap last year - they called the wrong band when they called To The Bones with that one! Promised them a place of the bill, band got all excited, started shouting about it, first ‘proper’ festival, exciting stuff for a new young band – then they get another call a few days later and the subject of ticket buy is brought up, leaving the excited band with egg all over their face when they have to say they’re not doing it after all – that or quietly pay the money.   There's probably loads of other people out there thinking they can get away with this morally bankrupt forced ticket buy pay to play crap. I'm sure GuilFest aren't the only festival pulling  this stunt... 

James at Stage Pass openly states on his My Space page that you must buy tickets to play one of his events, we hear from others that he does no promotion himself, word is he makes no effort to get people in to see the bands he's booking. Had some interesting e.mail exchanges with him where he tried to justify his way of doing it...

Anyway, we're not going to sit back and let this pay to play crap swamp the music scene again, we're not prepared  to sit by and watch venues get clogged up once more with the piss poor  bands who fall for this crap, at the expense of the good ones who suddenly find can't get a gig anywhere anymore without paying for the honour. We are not prepared to sit by and let this situation develop until we once again see bands left with no other option other than to pay to play to get any kind of gig, we are not going back to the days of people like John Fat Beast and his fifty quid to play the Hype club down at the Bull & Gate crap..

Like we keep saying (in blogs elsewhere, blogs that seem to strangely be removed by people like My Space) like we keep saying, back in the late 80's/early 90's these pay to play scumbags  had London stitched up completely, they had it going on at pretty much every small venue, there was no other option, we went through it all in the early days of Atom Seed and I for one am not prepared to sit back let that happen all again. And I see it happening again in Camden, we see it happening as these “unsigned showcase” type gigs all over town – don’t fall for it bands, wise up while you still can!

It is time for ALL bands, promoters, venues, labels, zines, webzines, fans, gig goers, musicians union people and everyone who gives a toss about new music and fresh bands and  good live music to stand and unite and say very loudly NO! Time to shame these people who think they can quietly get away with pay to play in to  stopping the practice and doing things the right way, the fair way.. 

And while we're here, we want you bands to start respecting and supporting the good promoters who do do things in a fair way, stop taking those people for granted or you'll only have the option of the  scumbag rip-off pay to play promoters... And let me say again, there is nothing illegal as far as we know about pay to play, we are not for one moment saying there is, totally utterly morally bankrupt though!

Come get involved, come read the arguments, debates and responses, put the no2pay2play logo on your page, let everyone know where you stand, this is your problem as well as ours - www.myspace.com/no2pay2play
 
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HERE'S WHO GOT PLAYED ON LAST WEEK'S SHOW

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: THE INDELICATES -  Stars (Weekender)
3: BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES – Nutbush City Limits (Alive)
4: BO-PEEP -  Track 1 off the album (Flightpath)
5: THE MASS –  Human Shield (Self release)
6: PERSIA – Why? (download)
7: JELLO BIAFRA with THE MELVINS – McGruff The Crime Dog (Alternative Tentacles)
8: THE BAND FROM COUNTY HELL – Champions (Cherry Red)
9: FAUX PRIDE – Opening For Slapstick Bitch (Marionette)
10: DEL McCOURY BAND –  ’52 Vincent Black Lightning (download)
11: RUDE MECHANICALS – Strange Times (Rim)
12: RUDE MECHANICALS –  Rude Mechanicals (Rim)
13: EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL – Drum Circuit’s Lake (Cochory)
14: STUMP – Tupperware Stripper (Sanctuary)
15: THE NOTWIST – Where In This World (City Slang)
16: PERSIA – Mic (download)
17: MARY HALVORSON and WEASEL WALTER – A Diamond Encrusted Frisbee (ugExplode)
18: ARNDALES – National Airline Meals (Ice Man)
19 THE HUNGRY I  - Beginning Is The End (demo)
 

 

  DEMO TIME
We're just going to tell you about the very very best once a week, no more time for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood

DEMO OF THE WEEK
THE SANS PAREIL – MMVIII – Now this is a good one, that opening moment of dark moody violin will have your ears from the off. We have here some rather dark-edged slightly confrontational musically rich English garage-folk that bites from the off. I suppose the obvious signposts point towards New Model Army or a darker and far more wired Levellers (no clones, The Sans Pareil have their own sound and style). Driving urgency and no shortage of good attitude. Sorrowful violins, desperate rattling whisky drenched vocals and yes, they more than succeed in their self-declared mission to “reconcile the simplistic beauty of folk with the raw, cathartic energy of garage-punk” Beautiful songs - simple, detailed, attention demanding songs, voices that demand your ears. Slow moody songs, songs that rush through purgatory, four fine songs and a rather impressive recommended well recorded extremely good four song demo. Watch this space, more on this band soon... no, don’t watch this space, go find out for yourself, why wait for us to tell you more, do it right now, they sound like they may be thrown in irons and sent to the colonies by the end of the week – www.thesanspareil.com

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RABBIT SEASON – The Toronto based outfit have an album’s worth of material fired up and ready to go here - just waiting for the right label I guess? Synth pop of an arty North American nature, Talking Heads fans will like it, Talking Heads were heroes to some but they never meant jack to me – Talking heads, Royskopp, Moby even and yes, Rabbit Season do their left field art-dance-pop well enough and if you like the bands and such that we just name-dropped then Rabbit Season are for you. Extremely professional and together and an album just waiting to be picked up by some label who likes this kind of thing. No artwork or packaging or indeed anything much besides the music, let me go track down a website, they didn’t even give us that much – here you go, we do everything for you don’t we, all part of the service, would you like fries with that? www.myspace.com/rabbitseason1

LITHURGY – Neat little three track, nice bit of artwork, I’m guessing they’re just starting out and these are early moves, no real info in here, just a CD in a black and white cover. Three tracks, two of them clocking in at over six minutes. Ambitious early moves from a metal band who growl and thrash along and take in bits of light and shade and bits of old school Iron Maiden/Sanctuary, the occasional slice of quiet time and space. The quality doesn’t quite match the obvious ambition yet, promising start, only a start though, we await the next moves, hopeful early shots – www.myspace.com/lithurgy

TASHA FIGHTS TIGERS – They got a hint of more recent Manic Street Preachers moments in the second of these three tracks. Third track Lily Rewires The Sun is their stand out, that’s where they take a few risks and start to stretch out a little. First track is a little polite and not really quite grabbing us, but then Manicness and this kind of mildly paced indie doesn’t really get us that worked up either. They do have a bit of a jagged edge and a bouncy new wave keyboard with that first song...I don’t know, they have something in here and yes that last song is quite good, and they may find what they’re looking for and I do keep going back and playing it one more time and... – www.myspace.com/tashafightstigers

Last week's demo of the week - THE HUNGRY I

Previous demo's of the week - DEAD LEAF ECHO / I-DEF-I / DANGER INVITES RESCUE / A CUP OF TEA / NARRATION / HOT DAMN / KOPEK / DIE DIE DENEUVE / BOMB FACTORY / KONTAKTE /ATLAS / THE HAROLD WARTOOTH

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NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
MISS ROBERTS (Rude Mechanicals)This week the best new things we’ve been listening to were... 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
RUDE MECHANICALS – Glass Eye (Rim) – Jaded things are brushed aside and all kinds of secrets and champagne and oil and toe nails painted red, not that you have a choice over the colour of your toe nails, Miss Roberts is clearly in control of that decision and everything else here. So this album landed just in time for our radio show last Sunday, we like to think we’re green around here, we have no problem with recycling used words, here’s what we said when we put last Sunday’s playlist up on line, we had to play a couple of tracks straight away... 
               “Now where do we start with this one, haven’t really explored the album yet, only got it out of the wrapper this afternoon, all kinds of stage bendy pointy jazz and spiky hard boiled experimental noise and toe sucking and golden showers and post punk art rock performance and body fluid meditation and creatively absurd goodness and dark decadent moistness. Led by the mysterious Miss Roberts, her band of ‘symbiotic slaves’ are different” 
            ....and that was one little part of Glass Eye, one tiny little part! There’s aliens and people living in lofts and filing the junk in alphabetical order, there’s and hypnotic jazz clarinets and tight rope and more champagne and funny language that I don’t understand. And Miss Roberts has a beautiful red dress, she said her mother made it. Isn’t Rim Sexton Ming’s label? This sounds like the kind of thing he would put out. Has someone taken video footage of the thoughts in my head? Auto erotic fixation? Bar room noir, strange art-blues cabaret, dirty dishes, chocolate wrappers – you take up smoking, I’ll take up crack, none of this will matter after that. Strange Theremins, strange sinister sins, beautiful sins, and I think to myself, what if, one day... well... 
           Rude Mechanicals are unique, Rude Mechanicals are strange, Rude mechanicals are good  – go admire them over at - www.myspace.com/flyingcaberet or www.rudemechanicals.org.uk or www.rimrecords.co.uk
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

OPETH - Watershed (Roadrunner) - At last, Opeth fully embrace their none-too-disguised proggy urges, and let rip. Mellotrons, throbbin' Hammonds, sweeping, possibly conceptual statements. Cookie-monster vocals kept to an easy-going and relevant minimum. Porcupine Tree should be worried.  With Watershed Opeth are making proper second-gen progressive rock, and then some, with a respectable amount of imagination and just a touch of contemporary avant leanings. 
            Opeth are a weird band. One minute you think they roam cliche metal land, the next, they surprise with real depth and emotion.  Sleek production and Mikael Akerfeldt's glossy voice gives the relatively straightforward opening track, Coil, a touch of cheesyness - the lyrics don't help - but then with Heir Apparant, they're off into a big, dark landscape of typical Opeth gothic metal, i.e superior chugging to atmospheric classical, performed beautifully. Eight minutes long, and interesting things start to crop up: a delicate break here, a wicked little flourish there, and before you know it, they're invading Meshuggah territory, albeit a refined Meshuggah.  By the third number, The Lotus Eaters, Opeth are somewhere very impressive indeed.  Anywhere they give us an expected gothic metal element, there's a twist to it, a subtle arrangement or instrumentation that makes it just a bit better than the rest. It's often hovering just on the border of cool experimentalism, whilst unashamedly keeping the guitar a really traditional (and sneakily enjoyable) lead sound... is it Voivod or Mike Oldfield? Probably a lot more Moody Blues and Led Zep... a touch of Morricone, wrapped up in an obsessive, Van Der Graaf inward-looking drama.  Most importantly, the melodies right through are rich, bold and stretch beyond the obvious... they're crafted by someone who knows how to compose (like neat key changes, variations rather than straight repetition, stuff the ears enjoy). Good tunes have always been one of Opeth's strengths.   By the magnificent bombast and high drama of Porcelain Heart, Opeth have excelled themselves, and their previous eight albums.  And finale Hex Omega  - tense, dark, a touch of menace - is evidently the result of an armed raid on Anglagard's tour van: please, no, not both the Mellotrons! 
        Watershed is the sound of Opeth forgetting the restrictions of their roots; it flows with real creativity and real feeling. It has the high craftmanship and guilty pleasures of a pre-Raphaelite painting, and the personality and uniqueness that makes it a good one. 
www.opeth.com
 

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BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES – A Touch Of Someone Else’s Class (Alive) - Now this time around they got it nailed from the start, filthy dirty analogue organ and spot on drummer. Just the two of them and some filthy dirty organ driven old school blues. They’re from the Southern United States and they say something about being influenced by “piece of shit cars, the criminal justice system, crazyass women and southern religious hypocrisy”. They got the classic blues/soul of John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, R.L Burnside, Seasick Steve, and yeah a bit of White Stripes/Shellac suss on their side along with that righteous organ sound. The whole thing is wholesome and they’re setting down there right there with man from the crossroads on the porch sipping cheap beer and doing it just right. Yep, this is good old punk-ass organ driven analogue blues - smoking, filthy, drenched in soul, over-driven and like they say, they’ll have their way and catch you somewhere on the other side. They got soul, they got moody bits, they got stompin bits and they got gospel and they got it nailed from the start with a touch of someone else’s class in the shape of the filthiest dirtiest stompinest version of Nutbush City Limits you ever did hear. And as for that start of Loose Yourself! Are you sure they didn’t make this album in 1974? Bidin My Time has to be an old jazz soul classic from the 60’s, something off Stax or something, old lost early Otis Reading thing maybe? Can’t be a new song they just wrote? There is a Nina Simone song here and most of it is just nailed down filthy organ driven blues, the kind of thing that makes upstart bands like The Black Keys look like wet behind the ears indie kids in comparison. As cool as f! - www.myspace.com/blackdiamondheavies

RING – Arkadia (Persepolis) – Now before you start getting excited, this isn’t that Ring, had us going for a second with that logo and such. No, this is not twisted Crowman time, this is another Ring entirely. This Ring comes from Norway, one guy with an acoustic guitar – acoustic campfire songs and a rather impressive kind of pleasant mellow lo-fi, fragile, warm Neil Young feeling - www.myspace.com/filipring

MOSS – Sub Templum (Rise Above) – What we got here then? Some great big churning sludging slow-mo treacle-bound stew of monolithical stretched out dark brooding riffs is what we have (again). Drawn out instrumental pieces of heavy dinosaur guitar with the occasional bit of Neanderthal low-end muttering in terms of vocals and I guess this is going to drag on for hours and hours? This second track is almost five minutes in to the twenty five it intends to take to get where ever it wants to go. Stoner sloth and good old back as the inside of the devil’s own dog dirge for those who want dark doomy dirge - giant slams of super slow heaviness and I don’t know, I haven’t got time to sit around and wait all day for them, hasn’t this all been done before? I’ll let is burble on over there while I go bake a cake or something, this stuff is alright if your head is in the right place, but hey, when you’re the twenty-seventh outfit to make the same artistic statement without really adding anything then the idea is feeling a little tired and maybe a tad tedious. Oh hell, the last track is thirty five minutes long, if anything exciting happens there’ll be another sentence after this one.... No, guess not then. - www.riseaboverecords.com

TREES – Lights Bane (Crucial Blast) – Two track CD album, just under half an hour of... well... more sludge and slo-mo doom and abrasive guttural goo and monolithic blackened treacle think doom and didn’t just go through all this with Moss. Trees are from Portland, they got all these doomy dronescapes and black sludge pits and they hit a new note about oh, every half a minute or so and yeah, it was a good idea once, long ago and why keep repeating it? Time to maybe bake another cake? I got the recipe here somewhere, thought someone had left it our in the rain and I'd never get the recipe again, but no, here it is -  www.crucialblast.net

MOCKINGBIRD – Wish Me Luck (Blow Up) – Pleasant enough breezy mellow mild carefree indie pop politeness from Sweden. A little melodramatic folky here, a little light side of Brit pop-ish there – www.blowuprecords.com

AKPHAEZYA – Anthology II (Ascendance) - What is going on here? Does someone keep switching the CD? Went out to make a nice soothing cup of tea leaving her to get on with the screaming operatic symphonic metal, come back to catch hints of trip-hop mutating in to dub reggae and now they’re in to this cod-mystic hippy chanting and is that the kettle boiling again? And what’s this strange jazzy ragtime blues and 50’s soul and 20’s piano and went out the room again for a minutes and now I come back and they’re playing some of that Euro technical symphonic thrash metal again and there’s a growling death metal voice alongside her and there goes more of that witches on broomsticks turning people in to frogs stuff again – oh look, I went out again and now I come back and they’re on a fairground ride, hang on, doo be do wo ab dab screating (screating? Yeah, I like that word) Cleo Laine jazz singing. This is a complete car crash of an album. Never in one place for more that thirty seconds, they’re throwing absolutely everything in there. Just back in from where ever I’ve been and they’ve got all acoustic guitar AOR, hang on we’ve suddenly gone all native American – there’s bits that grab us then they’re off somewhere else – she’s screaming like a demented Kate Bush over some strange prog-metal now – I like this Kate Bush bit, hang on she’s gone all bar room blues and jazz again, I’m off to make another cup of tea. There’s probably some rational explanation for all this erratic behaviour somewhere, all this constant unfocussed shifting of style, if they were a little less irritating we’d maybe stick around to find out, they have their moments here and there but hey, there’s musical adventure and then there’s just unfocussed messed up not know who you want to be and what you want to do - www.ascendencerecords.co.uk

HISTORY OF GUNS – Acedia (Line Out) – Dark edgy gritty wired goth-tinged rock of a menacing Killing Joke nature  - www.lineoutrecords.com

THE MORE I SEE – The Unholy Feast (Transcend) – Gizz Butt, Spike Smith and a load of old school English dogs with a not so alternative attack and the second album from The More I See. Standard issue technical thrash metal of a Megadeth-ish nature, hard to fault in terms of playing and obvious ability, nothing here that you haven’t heard before and no real hint of identity or any desire to challenge or do something just a little left field and a just a tiny bit dangerous or just a little tiny titchy bit different. Truth is, as much as I really want to like this and be positive about it but we’ve all heard this album a thousand times over the last couple of thrash metal decades – one for people who still like their old school technical thrash metal and still like a slice or two of things like Megadeth...  www.themoreisee.com

AMBERIAN DAWN – River Of Tuoni (Ascendance) - Female fronted hystionic euro metal, 200 notes and screams because one won’t ever do with these bands. All operatic and gothing away and symphonic metal and widdle diddle wasp in a jar cod-classical wankowiddle guitars and black swans on the river and you know the score... Here’s the link if you want it, some of you love this stuff, we don’t, we gave you the link, our work is done here, will that woman stop screaming and cracking class now please - www.ascendencerecords.co.uk

NUESTROS DERECHOS – Struggling In The Dark (self release) Raw old thrash metal from Holland. Comes with a bit of a hardcore punk edge – www.myspace.com/nuestrosderechos

ZERO HOUR – Dark Deceiver (Sensory) – None stop speed-metal technical show-off guitar wankery for those who like to abuse themselves with this kind of thing ...
 
Last week's album of the week - TORCHE

Previous album's of the week - HAIL OF BULLETS / THE NOTWIST / EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL / JO GABRIEL / PROJECT SERENDIPITY / QUEEN ELEPHANTINE / C.R AVERY / THE INDELICATES / KAREN DALTON / PAS CHIC CHIC / MATTHEW RYAN / LADYHAWK / SSM / BURMESE / CADAVER EYES / B FOR BANG
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  LIVE 
ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS/ WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY - Bull & Gate, London, May 2008 -

          Long ago, before post-rock, before the internet, before Nirvana fercrissake, there were a handful of bands making adventurous, avant-rock kind of music in the UK... maybe half a handful. There was Cardiacs, and there was their apprentices Ring, and a bunch of festi-types like the Oroonies and Ullulators and Ozrics and the wayaheadoftime Webcore.  Bit later, there was Poisoned Electric Head and Sleepy People, Bunty Chunks and The History Of Gardening and the math punk of Experiment. All gigging, proper bands, putting out tape albums, gathering devotees, utterly ignored by all press but the fanzines. But wind back to the start, and there with Ring and Cardiacs there was only one other... I've a blurred memory of a bunch of people trying to explain, over the noise in Club Dog, how essential and wonderful Zag and the Beads were. They had Zag from Ring in them (for five minutes) and Cardiacs loved them; they practised in a squat near Coulsden. Perfect. Eventually (around 1989) the Sawtooth Gripmaster tape album turned up.  It had its own fragile magic, and delicious tunes, a little jazzy and surreal gem, rough-hewn on, I guess, the same 8-track that recorded the two Ring tape-albums.  It always reeked of spring and summer, in a bright, honest way, even when it rocked... it had a track called Seven-Beat Thing, (a fist of defiance in 1984) and it sounded often like Vivian Stanshall and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, yet when the keyboard player Bob White joined Levitation he brought the mysterious and thunderous Sweaty Thing with him. And the only time I ever heard any of my favourite album ever played live was when Levitation opened with it at the ICA: I got very excited, but that was that, and ZATCB had already split by then. 
                Well, a couple of years ago, there was a surprise re-emergence: an sudden arrival of lovingly transfered CDs of Sawtooth Gripmaster and the first tape album Loaf Of Legs, and a web site, www.zatcb.co.uk.  Delighted,  yet couldn't bring myself to go to the gig.  Too much at stake. Eventually, someone insisted they'd been great, so I bit the bullet.
         Well, yes, Zag and the Coloured Beads were great.  The first shock was that they looked a touch younger than the pictures of them in 1986.  The old recordings are pretty much live, so the gig sounded uncannily like them.  James Larcomb from Stars In Battledress replaced Bob on keyboards. He had a green face. Nobody turned up in sodding jeans and a band t-shirt; they made an effort, which is to say that clothing was suitably ramshackle and eccentric, including wigs and teddy bear ears. The only thing missing was the George Robey, a lot of camouflage netting and sculptures that hit you on the head dangling from the ceiling. They played Agamemnon Sporran and Ekim Bey and a delightful version of Springtime and a number from singer/composer *****'s other band Wryneck.  Genteel and delicately eccentric English psychedelic rock... Syd Barrett with less of the icky drugs and more of the innocence.  And maybe an appreciation of the issues raised by Crass and Conflict  I can't imagine what they would sound like to anyone who didn't grow up in the 80s, a time when the past didn't exist until you discovered it through somebody's dad's record collection, or passed around bootleg tapes amongst friends.  All I know is that there was a bunch of us there for Zag and the Beads who loved every second of it.
             I'm sure the last time I saw Wizards Of Twiddly was at the George Robey (around about the time the Mutoid Waste Company had a few of their 'tanks' parked in the beer garden).  Back then, I thought they were pretty good, but they didn't blow me away. Now, the Wizards Of Twiddly have been re-emerging, rebuilding over recent years, and the band I saw this night was a bit of a shock.  Traditionally, a band is supposed to have a sort of a shelf-life, lose its oomph as time, tide, family commitments and physical decay take its toll. Rock bands are supposed to slowly get sick of the songs they have to do every night, and lose the ability to scissor-jump with a v-neck guitar.  They are not supposed to kick greater amounts of arse as they mature and approach small gigs as if it were the main stage at Glastonbury.  I guess one thing they should do is get tighter and better at working a crowd, which is what the Wizards most certainly have done, and then some. 
           Travelled down from Liverpool, the Wizards Of Twiddly are a pretty good match for ZATCB - evolved in the 80s, playing twisted prog jazz of the Zappa persuasion with rather Pythonesque lyrics.  Back then, they were fun, sometimes a bit wacky for me..  Now the same songs seem to have more bite to them - but that's all in the ferociously tight and brilliantly played delivery.  Two guitars, a sax, trumpet, and I think there's some instrument-swapping. The menace of Man Made Self stunning live rounded off with a wild guitar solo... the lyrics of Large Geographical Features a delight I'd not noticed before.  They've done that thing where all the bullshit of Being In A Band has been gone through, and a chunk of life has been gone through, and then you find out that your band is something wonderful that belongs to you. Suddenly you're out gigging again, better than ever, tougher and wiser, with ten times the balls and fire of most other bands, looking the audience in the eye.  Warning - the Wizards are on top form.

www.zatcb.co.uk
www.myspace.com/wizardsoftwiddly

Live previously - VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / FOUNDINGS / UNCLE PEDRO / EPIDEME / THE ENABLERS / IMPERIAL LEISURE / DAS WANDERLUST / YOU SLUT! / TRUCKERS OF HUSK / THE BOBBY McGEE’S / DR SLAGGLEBERRY / AIRBOURNE / SPIT LIKE THIS / MOUSE / GRANTURA / TO THE BONES /DäLEK

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  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
AIRBOURNE – Runnin’ Wild (Roadrunner) – Now this isn’t even anywhere near the best track on their album and this track rules! This band rule, this band are the full on real hey hey hey deal! This band are AC/DC! No ifs, no buts, this is the real one, the bastard Australian beer spilling offspring of Bon Scott, back in black and raising a highway all the way to hell. They absolutely blew the roof off the house back in February when they tore it up at the Borderline, we’ve already met two thousand people who swear blind they were there that night, it’ll be up to five thousand by the end of the year – runnin’ wild! Hey Hey Hey! www.myspace.com/airbourne

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THE HYENAS -  Dirty Little Love Song (Big Trash) – We reviewed this back in January whe nthey sent in as a demo, looks like someone jumped on it and now this is their debut, so here’s the review again: A trashy bluesy garagey rocky dirty-edged three piece; two boys, one girl – they’re from Camden. Actually she’s really from Norway, plays guitar and sings, they’re really from Essex, one of them hits drums, the other plays bass and handles lead vocals (we do like to dish out the facts).  Three tracks and an energetic urgent edgy mix that kind of feels like they’re influenced by a healthy Damned, Strokes, Cramps mix of earfood. They’re apparently building a following in London – go investigate via - www.myspace.com/thehyenas

Last week's single of the week - THE MASS

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THE DANDY WARHOLS were a band championed around these parts way way before they became household psychedelic indie rock names. Organ front covers and Organ gigs down at the Camden Falcon where they complained about the lack of Margaritas and Zia falling off her roller skates in soundcheck and they paid us back for the poor selection of cocktails in Camden toilets by persuading us to release a single by their then unknown-in-the-UK mate Anton and his band Brian Jonestown Massacre. We’ve just about forgiven them now some ten years later (not forgiven Anton yet though, what with his bullets and bullpoop). The Dandy Warhols don’t really need us these days but hey, someone asked why we never mentioned them anymore and accused us of being elitist and only liking bands when they’re small and obscure. Not true, we just don’t feel the need to take up our time and space telling you about things that are being covered well enough everywhere else. The Dandy Warhols are still sounding good to us and if you want a taste of their latest album Earth To Dandy Warhols then here’s a nice free high quality legal download of The World The People Together – go grab it Here. We still love ‘em, looking forward to more plunging up our lives at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on July 23rd – check out all their dates at www.myspace.com/thedandywarhols

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STUMPSTUMP – The Complete Anthology (Sanctuary) - Ah yes, back there when band’s really pushing at the edge were a rare thing in this country - a glimpse of Cardiacs on the Tube, a bite of Blurt on John Peel’s show, people trading rumours about this band or that – Ring, Dog Faced Hermans, Half Man Half Biscuit - rare bands who dared to step just a little outside of the box. Back there there was a band called Stump, and Stump may just have been the strangest of them all. And Stump have a retrospective three CD box set collection out this month. At last, their material on CD. You see, back in the days when you could actually believe the NME when they said a band was good someone over there said something about “The spirit of Pere Ubu and Captain Beefheart oscillate wildly over this…but Stump don’t dabble lightly, theirs is a genuine attempt to shape a new language from out of the mouths of old mavericks” -  And you know what, listen the likes of The Young Knives and Futureheads, and you are listening to the evolution of the sound created by bands like Stump twenty years ago.  The band’s recorded works have been unavailable for a rather long time so you will delight in the news of the release of The Complete Anthology, a three CD set. You’ll be wanting to know about people with shirts and ties too big for their bodies and are there fish with those chips? Does the fish come with chips? And this material sounds so fresh and now, and instantly recognisable and just as vibrantly enjoyable this second time around. All that swirling and those pointy staccato rhythms and tape worms and Tupperware and suburban bedrooms and intricate post-punk bass lines that were beyond the norm back them and still are now. Squirming lungfish in your ventilation shafts and seriously bendy quirky goings off and things. An Anglo-Irish taste of Captain Beefheart and everything in its place and how much is the fish? How much is the fish? Does the fish have chips? How good is this? Just as good second time around – exclamation mark, click click click, how do I get off the bus? Stump were and still are vital. 

         This CD set will be available on June 23rd – 36 tracks, excellent sleeve notes from Kev Hopper. Don’t wait, and don’t discard your kneecaps and go explore the world of Stump and post-Stump and find a whole load of rather good and rather different downloadable solo material from Kev Hopper over at www.spoombung.co.uk
 

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