dea Lesson No.1: March 2007

Wednesday, March 28


Much as it always seems a touch smug when promoters thank everyone who came to a gig in some kind of self-serving DIDN'T WE DO WELL? dickery, nice work all who packed out Grabba Grabba Tape, who in turn entertained (and semi-stole from the bar) like all good multi-coloured Spanish folk should.

Things take a turn for the more serious and noisy in three weeks (Thursday 19 April), however: Wolf Eyes.

Wolf Eyes are rusty metal noise warrior heroes from Michigan, USA. They've racked up around one million releases [figure based on guess work] on Sub Pop, Troubleman, Important, Hospital and one thousand others [figure closer to fact]. They now feature Mike Connelly of Hair Police and this, friends and foes, is their first ever Welsh show. Get your face lifted off with songs right about here.

Consumer Electronics is the sometime solo project of Philip Best of Whitehouse (who have a new album in May, sick kids). We put on Consumer Electronics in autumn 2005 and it was cracking, so assume this will be as well. One laptop and a microphone meets rage, malevolence and frequencies that will kill you. There's some Whitehouse action here to get you in the mood - we can't rule out the possibility you'll get some of these numbers too.

Insanely, this is the first ever Welsh show also for Somatic Responses, who come from Ammanford and have almost as many releases as Wolf Eyes. Since the early 90s labels like Hymen, Praxis, Drop Bass Network and Six Shooter have documented the duo’s mashups of hard acid, breakcore, noise, electro and kitchen sinks. Dark, twisted and shortly to be in your face. Pre-gig sampling treats over here and they're also on the omnipresent MySpace.

Trawsfynydd Lo-Fi Liberation Front continues the rare show theme – possibly his second ever in fact – from a seldom-seen-these-days troublemaker of over a decade’s standing in Welsh-language music. More specifically, it's the noisy breakcore/digital hardcore project of Mr Steffan Cravos (Tystion, etc) - and, we hear, a special guest for this gig - with Kid606 and Shitmat among stated influences. Product on Fitamin Un, R-Bennig and High Quality. Tunes over this way.

The route to all this decibel-heavy madness? Downstairs at Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street, Cardiff from 8pm, and tickets, which you can buy here, are £6.50 (this show is, incidentally, in association with the guys from Forecast).

Saturday, March 10


See below for the blurb; see above for the awesomely smile-worthy poster (big thanks Dan!). And, well, BE THERE...

Thursday, March 8


April 2005, Le Pub, Newport. Even by Newport's heady standards, the day-glo creatures kicking up a riot onstage are kinda weird looking. Those tragic monsters were Grabba Grabba Tape and goddamn if they're not coming back this month, Monday 26 March to be precise.

Grabba Grabba Tape, for those who didn't witness them two years ago, are a very wrong Spanish duo who feature drums, keyboards, furry bodysuits, vocoders and Minor Threat covers. Think Daft Punk, Polysics, The Residents, Melt-Banana, and, according to the band themselves, ‘Funky Man’ by Dee Dee Ramone. Nothing could be that good, but GGT are pretty awesome. Mental music-style bizniz over this way, which also features a comedy broken English biog (even if we can’t speak Spanish as well as they speak English).

Hot new band of Newport punk celebrity yobbos Meltmen feature members with pasts in Four Letter Word and probably other similar scoundrels. Bursting out the garage and 80s Texas/90s San Diego punk sound up in the place, the results might make you scratch your chin - while bouncing off the walls - and remember Rocket From The Crypt, Really Red, Drive Like Jehu and Cargo Cult. Unruly. Nip off here for a brace of tunes.

South Wales’ reclusive experimental doomsters Spider Kitten complete the bill with a rare show. Having recently expanded from a duo to a quartet, they have a new album out very soon on their own Rugland label. Said record moves away from tectonic plate-paced Sunn0)))/Earth type work into more song-based Melvins-y territory, while still maintaining the unconventional heaviosity. Did we mention it’s dang good? Have a listen why don'tcha...

All we ask of you in return is get down to Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place Cardiff from 8pm with £4 in your sweaty palms. Prizes for the best fancy dress (the prizes being laughs of derision and bemused stares from Grabba Grabba Tape).