Wonkystuff #14

The last edition of WonkyStuff for 2018…

— Bell Lungs (Edinburgh)
– Very (very) excited to say that tonight’s headliner is Bell Lungs, all the way from Edinburgh. Combining psychedelia, free improvisation, drone, folk, noise and dream pop, Bell Lungs takes listeners on a journey of sound. Electric violin, guitar, omnichord and field recordings are deliciously wrapped around a uniquely disarming voice, described by cult art critic David Keenan as “elemental” (The Wire).

— Orlando Ferguson (Leeds/York)
– “… playing open circuit boards, it’s difficult to determine the actual sources of the sounds which they sculpt expansive, glitchy drones that crackle and hum. Not a lot happens, slow-evolving sonic shifts, focus on detail rather than drama. Distortion ruptures smooth sonic arcs and beats like bursting bubblewrap forge subtle dynamics which balance grind and levity to immersive effect. It’s a meticulous performance, and for a few moments, time stands still.” (Aural Aggravation)

— Legion of Swine (Leeds)
– “Legion of Swine is interested in noise. The potential to brutalise it, to smash it into pieces and to reconstruct it from a mass of racket. Throw in some hypocrisy via the political and ruling classes, and stir for several minutes. Pig sounds, ranting in broken Swedish, etc.” (noisewiki)

— How Buildings Fail (York)
– “… centred around the grainy and the granular, sounds are modulated into gloopy oscillations and swerving sine waves which collide with overdriven, clattering drum tracks. Rants about philosophy and reading comics. It’s a weird, nerdy clash that lands somewhere in the field next to The Fall, Meat Beat Manifesto and Revolting Cocks. ‘Creative supply is outstripping demand!’ he calls by way of a refrain in the final song of the set. He’s right.” (Aural Aggravation)

Requested admission is £4, but no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds (Come See! Come Hear!).

Wonkystuff events are characterised by the minimal (DiY) presentation, and no canned music between performances (we value the time to talk to audience members, without the distraction of background music – we feel that the focus should be on the performed music)