My tinnitus is on the up and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop, which is a great shame. I’ve lost count of the amount of times i’ve said to myself “You know kid, all these gigs and long walks through the woods at night, listening to Wolf Eyes full blast. They’re gonna catch up with you’re ears one day and you’ll be stuck listening to feedback and screeching tape loops forever”. Or something to that affect anyway, either way i didn’t heed my own advise. Paul Simon once said “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” and it looks like the smug little bastard was right.
Anyone who suffers badly with tinnitus will know how much of a drag it can be. Sleepless nights, difficulty understanding conversations within a group of people, wincing at car stereos and small speakers being tipped over the ‘5’ or ‘6’ volume level. Like the ringing, the list goes on. It can really get you down and i myself have definetatly had my fair share of monk on’s as a result of it. You lie there, in what used to be silence, cursing the drone and whooshing sound pumping through your drums. Cursing yourself for not wearing ears plugs for the first ten musical years of your life and wishing it would stop for at least a minute.
Eventually, you realise it isn’t going to and come round to the thought, that it’s a small price to pay for a life of musical memories some people only get a sniff at from watching Detroit Rock City. You broke your ears watching 8 million amazing bands, that changed the way you think and feel. You treated every moment of your waking day strutting and cruising along to max volume tunes, like you we’re scoring the soundtrack to your very own epic adventure film. You could have just as easily put your back out lifting endless WD40 boxes in a factory warehouse, or smashed up your shoulder falling from a ladder, during a winter of cleaning windows.
In hindsight, you’re not that bad off so you soon cheer up. For the future though, make sure you’ve always got a smart pair of plugs at gigs and at least make sure everything you listen to from now on, is absolutely fucking mint.
Sightings of these boys is becoming as rare as their namesake. With the rain increasing and temperature dropping, the naturalist within you might be inclined into thinking they were heading for thicker woods, ready for the winter hibernation. All those who agree? Well you’re not far from the right answer. Elk have decided to release the recordings they did with Mr Karl Sviensson as a demo, with the intention of incubating a wild album full of moods, river song and downy beats, which with any luck should be born just in time for lambing season. Until then you can buy a hard copy of their demo HERE and an imaginary copy composed of zero’s and one’s HERE.
Ben Hunter’s alto ego is up to his old tricks again. Fusing r’n’b with glitchy computer beats, squeaks and bleeps, Solder boy is taking his game to a whole new level. His first album ‘How To Do It’ was released a while ago and received critical acclaim from all over the industry and British Isles. Dominik Diamond was over heard in an Aberdeen branch of Gamestation saying “Ack, Solder Boy’s nuw album got me feckin oat in a twest. I drenk ten cans of diesel last neeght and threw up a joypad when a put it on”. ITV’s ‘Bad Influence!’ cheat merchant ‘Nam Rood’ also stated “The scrotty furtler’s in a zone of his own”. ‘How To Do It’ has this month been obsessively restored for your downloading pleasure. Features 4 new tracks, including the hit singles ‘Carnival Night’s’ and ‘Tesco Bins’. Enjoy.
Eagulls are band comprised of five of the last people on earth, you would ever want to be asked to share a taxi with. They play mellow punk rock with a stoned shoegaze vibe and a belly full of red stripe. Featuring members of Fast Point and Hordes, they carry that enviable mischievous streak on stage that suggests in all honesty, that they really don’t give a fuck about being in a band at all. You can download their demo below if you can be arsed. Dunno, summat to do innit?
These are currently my favourite band in the entire universe, even though i’ve only one mp3 and i’ve never seen them live, YET! Pieced together from all my favourite Leeds bands to never do enough, Runners boast a line up consisting of members from Tigers!, The Dragon Rapide, Cowtown and Chops. Seems a little too good to be true, but I can assure you these boys are no dream. Mathy drum beats roll around underneath laser beam synths and vocals that sound like someone shouting for help from a speeding car. They’ve very little recorded as yet, but their website features a monthly podcast you can sign up to delivering eye popping tunes directly to your inbox. Runners are setting a pace even Moses Kiptanui would struggle to keep up with. Marks – set – go!
Westbrook Bank has played host to a few jams in it’s 4 year history and finally we’re able to share one of these with you. It’s not hard to see why we’ve had so much trouble with the neighbours over the years. Kev Petals and Nice One Maughan dragged this mood out for almost a whole day. I wasn’t around to here it but had I been i’m sure i’d have pearched on the front wall, shit eating grin on my face explaining to the passers by how it was a “necessary moment of creation” and “would be over soon, don’t worry”. Hard copies can be bought by contacting links below, you can also hear a great deal of whats on offer via the same method.
Down in London, former The Next Autumn Soundtrack guitarist Al Hunter has been forging a strange and very pretty sound with his new band Myoyu. No one quite knows how to pronounce their name or what it means, but apparently it has something to do with ace space hip-hop and psychedelic funk jamming. Whatever it’s about, the nation’s capital has been hypnotised by their utterly unique fusion of Flying Lotus style broken-beat and off this planet guitar playing, and the minute they crash their mothership into your town you should not resist the pull of their gorgeous jazzplasmic tractor beam.
Rowf! Rowf! Rowf! – 16th October – Islington Mill – Manchester
Golden Lab Records legendary annual freak fest is bowing out this year and the grand finale promises to be a hell of a day. Naked On The Vague, Mike Flower & Neil Campbell, Klaus Kinski and Vampire Blues are nailed on for it, as well plenty more to be confirmed. Going off in the recently re-opened Islington Mill, this event is always the perfect soundtrack to sample what is a truly beautiful and inspiring building. A must see.
£10 on’t door.
Brainwash Festival – 22nd 24th Oct – Brudenell Social & Royal Park Cellars – Leeds
This ridiculously good looking festival is going down in Leeds town on the weekend of 22nd – 24th October. There’s about a million mint bands playing, the flyer suggest enough to get me interested as well as Wooderson getting involved at some point. Full line up is on the events page as well as ticket info. Check it out for yourself cos I don’t know where to start.
Wanna get the word out on your gig or one you’re buzzin about? Send us all the details and we’ll try fit it in somewhere.
We’re sitting on a fair few exciting ideas at the moment regarding projects we wanna hatch in Sheffield. The Audacious Art Experiment is more than a record label, we’re a community mind set that yearns for something more than nine to five and aim to take back our chosen social freedoms, artistic expressions and community spirit, from the companies trying to sell them to us. Music is our voice and the records we make are the product of our beliefs, dreams and desires. We’d like to do more than just make records. If we had a ship, across the bow it would read “We not I – Us not them”. If you make music or just like what you hear. If you create art, take photographs or saw some that blew you way. If you met some people who inspired you or would like to. Let us know and we’ll share what we know.
*Words by Luke Twyman and Ben Hunter*
*Header illustration by John Mckeown*
*Elk & Eagulls photos by Luke Twyman*