As regular TMMP readers will know, Guildford-based music venue The Boileroom is currently under threat of closure. To say that this situation stirred up some intense feelings is something of an understatement; artists as diverse as Jamie Lenman, Arcane Roots, Enter Shikari and Ed Sheeran have voiced their support for the small venue, while The Boileroom’s Change.org petition has attracted nearly 20,000 signatures from outraged live music fans.
In this exclusive interview, I sat down with Dom Frazer (The Boileroom’s owner and Director), Lydia Stockbridge (In-House Booker & Promoter), Duncan Smith (Assistant In-House Booker & Promoter), and Pip Ellis (Designated Premises Supervisor) to discuss their venue, its present predicament, and the reality of living life in live music. Continue reading
Parachute For Gordo are nothing if not inventive – and this video serves only to carve that statement in stone and shine a crystal-clear spotlight upon it. Fittingly quirky, unusual, and strangely attractive, Decoy Octopus is a must-watch for anyone willing to push some boundaries and indulge their arty side.
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Read TMMP’s review of PFG’s entire Ten Metres Per Second Per Second album (from which Decoy Octopus is taken) here.
Absorbing rather than alienating, feel-filled instead of soul drainingly self-indulgent, and valuing honesty over obfuscation and pretentiousness: Artery is the kind of album you’ll be listening to until you’re old and grey if you afford it the time to sink beneath your skin. Themes form and fade away and re-emerge transformed, context shifting subtly. From the *shels-with-sharper-edges vibe of Tonitro to the Joe Satriani-esque rock progressions and Whammy Pedal squeals of Cabin and Knives‘ Tom-Morello-on-crack riffage, this collection of beautifully crafted pieces is much more than merely “good” – it’s goddamn incredible.
A must for all fans of guitar-centric instrumental music – especially those who value emotional connection over note density.
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Progressive music should live up to its name. In other words, it should progress and look forward rather than lazily gazing backward into retro-ville. With that in mind, it’s great to hear Falsense getting it right once again.
Created with the help of co-producer Rabea Massaad and mastering magician Dave Hollingworth at new Brighton studio The Cove, Keep In Mind is the clearest and fattest-sounding Falsense release to date, showcasing the multifaceted talents of a unique and singlemindedly driven musician in the best light so far. As for the music – well, to call it intense would be something of an understatement. Imagine a cross between The Dillinger Escape Plan and Diablo Swing Orchestra soundtracking an opiate-induced nightmare storyboarded by David Lynch, and you’ll be pretty close.
Whether you can, can’t, will, or won’t follow those guidelines, be sure to watch out for Keep In Mind when it drops in just two days’ time.
Keep In Mind is out on September 1st; follow Falsense on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
For more Falsense, try TMMP’s interview with the man himself, along with reviews for previous Falsense releases One Tonne Skeleton and Death Of A Hidden Influence.
Follow The Cove Music via Facebook – they know their shit.
Posted in Experimental, Genre Terrorism, Gypsy Jazz / Swing, Math, Prog
Tagged Brighton, Dave Hollingworth, Falsense, Interview, Rabea Massaad, Review, The Cove Music
Alt-J may project a slightly different vibe to previous TMMP reviewees Slipknot, but they’re no less experimental. Every Other Freckle is, in its own way, complex and challenging yet equally rewarding and even joyous. There are sounds in here that you will not – will not - hear anywhere else; and what more could you ask from the musicians of the world?! This track is well worth your time, whether arty alt-pop is your normal thing or not.
Variety is the spice of life, after all.
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Alt-J official website.
Dirty Loops do it again. Seriously – is there anything these guys can’t turn their hands to?! Funky, hot, and seriously jaw-dropping, Dirty Loops pull out all the stops yet again on Ta Fête.
I’d say that more bands need to combine ultra-fast slap bass, French lyrics, and filthy synths – but matching this tune is a pretty tough ask. If you’re up to the challenge, submit your efforts to TMMP and let’s see how it goes…
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Dirty Loops official website.