The third running of Swn, the annual festival from Radio 1 DJ and all-round dude about Cardiff Huw Stephens, begins this Thursday (22 October) and Lesson No.1 are bringing the noise on the opening night at The Model Inn.
Devil Man are the shadowy latest concern of Lesson No.1 favourite Shigeru ‘Shige’ Ishihara, aka Game Boy gabba loon DJ Scotch Egg, with pal Gorgonn from likeminded London crew Dokkebi Q. Promising dark, heavy dub fit to crumble walls, it's Scotch Egg's third ongoing project alongside his solo work and noise-rock band Drum Eyes. No music online that we know of but concurrently copping tunes from here, here and here will give the general idea...
andtheywillriot! (all lower case, thankyouverymuch) burned brightly a few years back, with post-hardcore cleverness along the lines of bands like Botch and The Blood Brothers. Having relocated from Cardiff to London, they’re back after a hiatus, ready to issue a second EP. andyouwillhavealisten,okay?
Team Brick, aka Bristol noisemaker of some repute Matt Williams, deals in a unique, ever-morphing brand of experimentation, previously encompassing guitar pedal abuse, throat singing and even, at the Invada Invasion show in Bristol last month, orchestral pieces. A new album, 'Hyper Vapour', is on its way before the end of the year. Before that, the self-titled debut LP by Beak>, Williams' side concern with Portishead's Geoff Barrow and one of Fuzz Against Junk, comes out on Invada. A Lesson No.1 first no less (unless you count his cameo drumming for Steveless supporting Shooting At Unarmed Men and Duracell way back in 2005!), so get a sonic education.
The Death Of Her Money are more Lesson No.1 staples and almost certainly the finest, heaviest band in South Wales operating today. Throwing names like Isis, Pelican and Neurosis about tells half the story, but their doom-laden discordance is a lot more besides. Their next record is recorded and ready for release - savvy record label owners, you know what to do. And if you don't, bone up here.
Times for the night run thusly:
And They Will Riot (10.30pm-11.00pm)
Devil Man (9.30pm-10.00pm)
Team Brick (8.30pm-9.00pm)
The Death Of Her Money (7.30pm-8.00pm)
And the fine print: wander down to The Model Inn, Quay Street (just round the corner from Clwb Ifor Bach, for the geographically confused) from 7pm. It's £7 on the door or else point your browser this way for festival wristbands and that way for a full list of festival info/times, etc.
(Disclaimer for anybody interested: in the slightly nightmarish preparation for our Swn show, bands we attempted and failed to get for one reason or another included Themselves, Burning Love, Magik Markers and All Leather, so don't say we never tried, yeah?)