ONE FOOT IN THE GLASS (UPDATE #2)
The INTERNETZ ate entirely the first lengthy attempt at posting this, so let's keep things simple in case of further failure: Oxford Collapse was great last week, thanks to all; next up is double trouble, with these two ear-breakers imminent for March. CHECK IT:
1. WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH (UPDATED WITH FINAL LINE-UP - DON LEISURE/JAMAL ADDED)
Shitmat, aka Henry Collins, plays his first Cardiff show for a few years. Hopefully it won’t be the last, at least for anyone who likes his overdriven, straight-up rofflin’ brand of breakcore, rinsin’ jungle, rave and mashed pop samples as much as Lesson No.1 does. He was going to ‘die’ at the end of this (very long) tour, presumably something to do with the release of his new album ‘One Foot In The Rave’ on the Planet Mu label, but guess he isn’t now. Whatever. This will be a midweek blast to the power of infinity. Get Shitty.
Don Leisure/Jamal are two guises of the Cardiff-based producer/DJ best known by the latter alias. Spanning everything from electronica to, latterly, dubstep, drum & bass is where Jamal made his name, however. Aligned with Cardiff's Aperture crew, Jamal worked for Dillinja & Lemon D’s Valve Recordings while living in London, but is now back as a resident of Wales's capital city. He's just had a single out on DJ Hype's Ganja-Tek label, which to these ears sounds like jungle being messily fed through a dubstep steel crusher, oiled with a love of thumping hip-hop beats. Peep those very tracks and more here.
Soundfiend is one of the major pushers of dubstep in Cardiff thanks to his nights Mud and, brand new on the block (in the Tafod venue), Phase Two. James Lawrie, as the government knows him, has spent a few years now honing his large, rumbling, dancefloor-friendly yet subtly steppin’ dubstep jams. He even got Radio 6 airplay recently. This should be great! Sounds of the soundboy here.
Parasite is a hero of the Bristol electronic scene with a hand in promo (the Toxic Dancehall and Bashout nights), a label (the awesome Death$ucker Records) and a distro (the equally awesome DSWAT). His set here will probably smash together jungle, breakcore, ragga and anything else you can link up with those genres. Get bitten.
Demon Cabbage is proof that when you make inroads into the music genre ‘breakcore’ you are likely to encounter some silly names. Steel yourself and wade in, though, because it can hide some pretty corking ruff jams. Based in Bristol, Demon Cabbage is one of the faces behind Shitmat’s excellent Wrong Music label; he will offer laptop-based live turnouts encompassing jungle and breakcore, we'd wager. Get, erm, Cabbaged.
There is more than likely one more name to be added to this line-up, but in the meantime: fly on down to Basement/Undertone (the basement club of 10 Feet Tall), Church Street, Cardiff, 9pm-3am, £5 on the door.
2. FRIDAY 20 MARCH (UPDATED - FALLEN PAINTING CANCELLED, REPLACED BY BLACK CESAR!)
Nadja are a man with a beard and a lady who looks like a character from a webcomic, hailing from Canada and in Wales for one night only. While here they intend to send you into paroxysms of pleasedness with a really fantastic musical meeting of shoegazing, ambient drone, doom metal and electronics. Releases on rad labels like The End, Profound Lore, 20 Buck Spin and others. Skyscraping sounds here.
Black Cesar are fine late in the day replacement for the had-to-pull-out Fallen Painting (aka solo experimental folk type Nickie Charles). Black Cesar are not experimental folk, but they are folk who like to experiment with the doom, sludge, stoner and hard rock formalities a bit. Chiefly instrumental, their spacey, riffy jamouts have a strong backwash of country blues. For fans of Clutch, Fatso Jetson, Kyuss and Grand Funk. Split 7" with fellow local instru-metalists Zonderhoof, soon come. Tunes this way; the MySpace address suffix says it all, you'll find.
Caricatures are Bristol-based doom sludge exorcists with members of a bunch of bands from around the way (Mea Culpa and Rose Kemp's band). For fans of Khanate, Swans, Monarch, Neurosis. It's good this, isn't it? Even though we basically could just be listing chocolate bars. Damage your ears now, so you don't need to later.
For this fine triumvirate, the place to be is Buffalo, Windsor Place, Cardiff, 7.30pm-10.30pm (get there early), £5.