Thing of the Day


January 8th 2011

Gay Beast coverThat’s right, GAY BEAST have a new album and they’re on there way to Europe... Now the bad news is, no dates in the UK, just mainland Europe, the good news is they’ve locked down a new album, it goes by the name of TO SMITHEREENS and SkinGraft Records have it scheduled for a March 22nd release date. You can grab a free download right now from the SkinGraft site. The tour starts in Brussels on Jan 26th and carries on through mainland Europe for most of February. The first five dates are with Child Abuse, - blimey, those two bands together is almost too much of a thought…  full dates are on the Newsdesk page of the SkinGraft site at You can download the excellent title track of the new album from the SkinGraft jukebox page - - where you’ll find a whole load of other treats from some of the finest bands of our times – Pre, Aids Wolf, Made In Mexico, Arab Gay Beast band photoOn Radar… I don’t think I’ve ever not liked anything on SkinGraft, they are just about the best label out there and if you haven’t explored the sound of Koemjihakkei then you really should not wait until the year ends to put that right, they got some Flying Luttenbachers on there, there’s bag loads of brilliant stuff on there, just go get it and then go buy some albums so the cat gets fed and they release more…
And GAY BEAST may not be coming to the UK but CHILD ABUSE are…Never mind that name, they are seriously seriously high-end progressive noise monsterists, who give the likes of fellow New York avantists Zs, Lightning Bolt and Behold...The Arctopus a run for their money. This is exciting news, and they're playing London in the middle of a great bill put together by the good people at Upset The Rhythm. Here’s the details, and some words on the event, for it will be an event and not a mere gig (although a gig poster might be mistaken for the plot points of a particularly lurid episode of Eastenders):

Monday 24 January
The Victoria
451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS
8:00pm | £6 | 

DIVORCE were born in Glasgow through a frustration that their kinda music wasn't getting heard in their city. Brought together through random encounters, solid friendships and drunken obsessive discussions at terrible parties, the four members who make up Divorce have no more of an exacting agenda than just MAKE NOISE and MAKE IT GOOD. The end result has been likened to a roughly grafted assemblage of no-wave punk bands like Teenage Jesus and DNA, the squalling noise of Big Black and Swans, and the rhythmically violent sounds of bands like AIDS Wolf and Arab On Radar. Divorce have music released through Optimo, Merok, Milk and Winning Sperm Party but are best experienced live, in a small sweaty room, with all the ear-splitting volume and uninhibited audience confrontation that goes with it. Bring it on!

Child Abuse flyerCHILD ABUSE, from New York City, bring together playfully wild keyboards, throbbed bass stabs, stuttering piledriver percussion and demonic vocal fits. Brutal, catchy, complex, dissonant grind. Child Abuse is the logical result of an entire generation raised by Nintendo and overbearing, Tipper Gore-admiring moms. "Reading is for people who don't vomit, and Morbid Angel lives in my closet next to my porno!" the band seems to shout with its avalanche of Casio squeals, death-metal percussion and forgot-to-take-my-Thorazine howls. Child Abuse have several records  available now through Lovepump United, Zum and Rock Is Hell. 

DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP are a dissonant and somewhat melancholic duo consisting of Alex Ward and Jem Doulton. As the only constraints they acknowledge are the limits of what can be achieved with one guitar and a drum kit, the results can range from country-tinged simplicity through hyper-composed intricacy to flat-out noise. The band have records available through Copepod Records and a newly finished studio improv album in the can awaiting release too.

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Hang on, let us refresh you with some old Organ words about some of these people…

Child Abuse Cut And Run cover10th MAY 2010:  CHILD ABUSE – Cut And Run (Lovepump Unlimited) -  The silence at the end is almost deafening, to actually make it through the non-stop head-pecking storm of  Cut And Run and come out in one piece to the silence on the other side, really is something, silence never quite sounded like this... Where did the noise go? Did we all make it? Did anyone bale out half way through? Are we all still here? Where is here? Where are we? Did they challenge us to actually cut and run?  “For far too long Child Abuse have existed on the fringes of independent music, on Cut And Run, the band’s 2nd full-length, Child Abuse have reached an apex of weird” reads the promo blurb press release thing that landed here with this crucial disc. This is a glorious set of hard-boiled noises from New York, Child Abuse are far far more than just a jarring name, the trio weld together awkwardly fluid sonic violence, angular noise, obtuse death metal, molten grindcore, no-wave free jazz and a whole lot more besides. Innovative, polarising, nah, how could anyone not like this? Could it be that this is something akin to classic Hella, only a little more hardboiled and a little more complex?  Yes, really, Cut And Run is that good, that challenging, that vital.   Child Abuse are a thrilling hardboiled ride of complex progressive unorthodox convulsions, jazz for people who like extreme metal, prog rock for those who need a little more, who need it on the brutally bizarre, while still requiring depth, clarity and head-pecking musical intelligence...  for those who need their music to challenge just a little bit more. Brilliant album, vital... or

ALBUM REVIEW: 22nd Oct 2009  DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP - Access Denied! (Copepod) - We like lyrics you can get your teeth into, and these (of the three tracks that have them) are intense, the man sounds like a pressure-cooker about to explode...
       'But he seemed such a nice, polite chap' say eyewitness after London-based musician Alex Ward goes postal with an Uzi on the High Street. 'It was so unexpected' says neighbour (identity withheld). "He was always so cheerful".
       With so many avant rock bands choosing to be completely instrumental it's a real pleasure to have blasts of human emotion giving this music life and purpose. Ward sounds and writes like a gutsy and much more stressed out Peter Hammill: My nerves are not really all that bad, it's just they / Feel like they've been ripped out of flesh and dipped in salt / And left out twitching in the air...
           A natural, warm, live sound, where the interplay between the drums and guitar matters the most - Access Denied sounds like it should be out on a label like Skin Graft Records, sounds like those early 90s American gritty Steve Albini-produced underground bands (Slint, Shellac, Colossamite, Sicbay etc kind of bands, even Arab On Radar at times).  And homegrown: good news for those of us casting envious eyes at the rich avant-prog wealth across the Atlantic and wondering where all the UK talent is. And there's a kind of particular London dirt in there, a satisfying lost and insular roughness that smells of damp rehearsal rooms and overheated amps and paying three quid to see a brilliant band in a venue that has no corporate lager sponsorship. It sounds like patched and crumbling East London streets, of pressure and frustrations, sparks of beauty and catharsis. 
   There's a lot of those twisted Voivod chords that make Nought distinctive, and lest we forget, Alex was a very large part of the late and missed Camp Blackfoot. Dead Days Beyond Help are easier on the ear than Nought (what isn't?) by being packed with moody, varied dynamics rather than being so unrelentingly unrelenting. It's reminding me of why Camp Blackfoot was thought of so highly - ahead of their time in many ways... although I think I'm liking DDBH more. There's input from violin and cello on a couple of tracks; it's nicely mathy, in all the right ways, textured, and subtle enough to bear lots of listening.  Uplifting at the end, on instrumental final track Doomed Forestaller - days without help, but maybe hope. - or

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