dea Lesson No.1: June 2007

Sunday, June 24


Do you like doom? Or volume? Or girls? Or girls from France? Or any combination of the above? Then, brother, has Lesson No.1 got THE show for you in a little over two weeks, Monday 9 July to be precise...

Monarch are two men and two ladies presenting utterances of incredibly downtuned sludged-out extreme doom. From France. Who knew that such beautiful ugliness lay within? Anyone who’s picked up their releases on labels like Throne, Crucial Blast, Shifty, Youth Attack or Rise Above (a Turbonegro cover single!) for starters. If you like Burning Witch, Khanate, Corrupted, Melvins et al, miss this and die! In the meantime, taste the doom...

The Death Of Her Money are a gentlemanly trio of earthmoving heaviness from South Wales. You may already know them. Loved by everyone from the smallest baby to the snootiest butler, they will shortly have an album, ‘Spirit Of The Staircase’, out on the fine SuperFi label, that will no doubt showcase their heavy-riffin’, shoegaze inflected power all over again. Get in t'Money.

Short shocks of dirty rolling grind-crushed hardcore from Coventry, Castor Troy recently released their debut EP on UK label Calculon. They rock fast and they rock slow. They are also the tour support for this jaunt. Tracks and self-deprecation here.

Low-profile, high-volume Bristol instrument manglers Tractor deal out unfriendly, 80s-ish sludge. Like Swans? Unsane? Melvins? The Jesus Lizard? It’s your lucky day, bucko. Ride the Tractor.

Details? What? Ah, simple: Buffalo, Windsor Place, Cardiff, kicking off from 8pm, costing a whole £5 on the door. Just do(om) it.


Saturday, June 9


So, barely a week after the last slightly underattended but actually BRILLIANT Lesson No.1 gig - Indian Jewelry were the ass-kickingly awesome headliners in case your browser's scroll bar is broken or something - prepare for another. It's this Tuesday (12 June) to be precise. And this time it's ROCK (in uppercase and everything).

Bossk wield intense, drawn-out ambient metal. The quintet, straight outta Ashford in Kent, recently signed to the Throne label in Spain, and their new record '.2' is on the way soon. For fans of Isis, Cult Of Luna, Jesu and that crowd. They played with Ephel Duath in Clwb Ifor Bach last month, and by all available accounts, slayed it. Music is here, boss.

Shaped By Fate, as of late at least, haven't torn up many hometown shows. They're back on home turf again though with their champion teched-up metal/hardcore and new album 'The Unbeliever' on In At The Deep End. One review compared it to a scorpion. Awesome. First showing on a Lesson No.1 bill, not before time either says we. Get tuned up.

Manatees are back for one of our shows at Buffalo for the second time this year. They ruled last time, despite battling with technical problems, so imagine how good they'll sound this time. Here’s what we said before the previous gig: “Awe-inspiring, long, graceful and heavy doom-influenced progressive metalscapes from up in the north-west of England. Now you’re quite possibly as weary as us when it comes to reading about ‘Neurosis-esque’ bands and the like, but these guys are absolutely at the top of that particular tree, and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff in there besides (King Crimson, Swans, Guapo, etc).” Refresh your memory.

Atomck are Newport electro-grind nutbars featuring members of Meltmen and Snork Maiden, messing your head up like Fantomas, Pig Destroyer, The Locust et al. Their songs are very short and mental and you may wish to sit down while listening. Fair warning is available here.

That final blurb of important details: VENUE = Buffalo, Windsor Place, Cardiff; DOORS = 8pm; THE DAMAGE TO YOUR WALLET = £5. And there's a very real chance this could get busy so don't turn up at 9.30pm and whine when we have to tragically turn you away...