Monday, 14 September 2009

Horse Gives Birth To Fly

French skuzz-rock, feral-noise street-filth outfit Horse Gives Birth To Fly release their new self-release untitled CDr this month and you are about to rush off to their MySpace and order it from them as soon as you spit your guts over this sweet mp3 and digest it up into your tracts and cerebellum.

The riff in this is fully tanked and fizzing it's way home under the phospohorescents. That's what they said about Burial, but that would be unrealistically romantic, no one floats home on an icy amber cloud after a night out, they come in kicking the door off it's hinges and wailing out the last track they heard that they could string a semi-sensible-serenade out of, hammering and hollering 'til they've rung all the good time left in them out of them and they pass out through toxic shock.

This is it.

This is what the door coming off the hinges sounds like when the melody kicks in; this is the chemical taking over from the biological, the sounds of cells exploding with alien fluid and rupturing their walls across synapse and neuron.


DOWNLOAD: Horse Gives Birth To Fly - Rubbish Drunk On The Sand ('Untitled', Self-Released)



Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Behold! the Monolith

This is a kind of random band for us to pick up and throw at you, but there's one song in particular we had to share because it just made us so very happy. So here it. and here they, are;

Behold! the Monolith are a 3-piece LA based fusion-metal band centering around some kind of stoner/sludge/doom axis, but they have a lot of other elements to them which sets them apart from bands like Mammatus, Bloody Panda or Rye Wolves. At first I thought this would be another Colin Marston project (he of Behold...The Arctopus and Krallice), but it's not. It's a whole new group of three guys who have self released their album on their own Arctic Forest Collective imprint (I think...there's next to nothing on the web for it).

Most of the song titles are ridiculous. Battle For Balls Deep? Oh dear. But what;s inside them is unarguably awesome. The first part of Phantasmanta/Waking Life is slow, spacious loping ode to Dopethrone-era Electric Wizard, before it doubles up in tone and volume for the second half's fast and feral hardcore dirt that takes it out and dusts it up AmRep style. But that's not what we came to freak out about. This is:

Guardians of the Abyss/Primal Extenuation/Rise of the Brohemoth

A supermassive triple segmented leviathan of a track that finishes at over 12 minutes. At 8:30 this made me laugh with joy. You will too, I guarantee it. You can feel it coming at 8:25 and all it needs is that 4 second swell of anticipation for you to position your head and neck just right because you know you're going to need to get ready for one almighty slam. The previous 8 minutes of intense build up notwithstanding.

DOWNLOAD: Behold! the Monolith - Guardians of the Abyss/Primal Extenuation/Rise of the Brohemoth (Arctic Forest Collective)


Sunday, 6 September 2009

PREVIEW: Colour Out Of Space

The line-up has been announced for this year's Colour Out Of Space festival. which hits town on October 30th to November 1st. It will be the fourth COOS to be unleashed upon Brighton - and the world - being, as it is, a three day festival of global masterminds and new hands from across the freakscene spectrum of concrete poetry, DIY electronics, improvised un-tethered sound experimentation, textile noise, out-jazz, and more. These event's always reset my ways of thinking and approaches to sound design, then by the end of them I'm a scrambled mess.

Always the best way to leave a gig.

tickets and more dtails available soon from the website:

Colour Out Of Space
The Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, UK
October 30th - November 1st

> > Joseph Hammer
> > Trevor Wishart
> > Ju Suk Reet Meate & Oblivia
> > Bill Orcutt & Paul Hession
> > Edwards/Noble/Wilksonson trio
> > Leif Elgrenn & C M Von Hausswolff
> > Sten Hanson
> > Kodama
> > Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer
> > Eli Kezler
> > Justice Yeldman
> > Heavy Seals
> > Chora
> > Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides
> > Morphogenesis
> > Phil Minton & Isabelle Duthoit
> > Sunshine Variety
> > Duncan Harrison & Ian Murphy
> > Nuslux
> > Tomutonttu
> > Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
> > Mechanical Children
> > HereHareHere
> > City Hands
> > Simon Whetham
> > Cotopaxi
> > UFO Antler Band
> > the Hunter Gracchus
> > Logos Women (ft Moniek Darge)
> > Buffle
> > Damion Romero
> > Audrey Chen
> > Expanded Projection by Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo
> > Experimental Film Programme
> > Panel Discussions
> > Workshops
> > & More

Saturday, 5 September 2009

NFR Setlist 3rd September, 2009

This month was a blast. One of the most fun sets we've played for a while I think - and thanks to everyone that came up and chatted about the tracks. We are as pleased that you hate stuff as much as you love it, because we're that kind of contrary and you love to hate really and it's all part of the same fun innit?

Here's my Meatbreak September setlist for you. Cut it out, keep it and tick off everything you collect.


Click Box – Nebula (Wake Up Call, Minus)
Brazilian techno/electro meshes with clipped glitch propelling itself like Villalobos with the atmospherics of Gui Boratto. Really nice and lush.

Halogen – Not The Remix (Recycled Broadcasts Ep, Self-Released)
More lushness from the fields of Brighton’s underground electronics scene. This was a free download last year – go find Mr Halogen and ask him if he’s still giving his flotation tank immersion experience away.

Worriedaboutsatan – Pissing About (Arrivals, Gizeh)
Leeds based post-IDM ambient electronics duo produce one of our albums of the year – some tracks have only punctuation as titles, others have names like this but the music you cannot take anything but seriously.

Awesome Wells – I Think Thanks-Giving Will Turn Kurt Cobain Around (The Highs And Lows Of Dewitte A Stanton, Red Deer Club)
Beautiful post-folk sampled weirdness from one of Brighton’s most interesting should-be superstars.

Sun Araw – Heavy Deeds (Heavy Deeds, Not Not Fun)
Heavy dose of Quaalude heavy heavy psych drone cloud bathing your lobes with a heavy rain of multi-colours

Lightning Bolt – Sound Guardians (Earthly Delights, Load)
Picking it up right out of the electronic and abstract, this is the first track off the new LB record and it slams – wave upon wave of destructive tidal guitars smashing into the battering drums – flashes of effects and more audible vocals punctuate it. The Bolt are back.

Pissed Jeans –Dream Smotherer (King Of Jeans, Sub Pop)
Harrowing tale of the life of an office worker – living for the night – after dark is when these people come alive and what they live for. Just one day they turn up to work with petrol bombs and shotguns. Dangerous music for dangerous people.

Cold Cave – The Trees Grew Emotions And Died (Love Comes Close, Heartworm Press)
LA based solo artists vision of an 80’s that filtered through the 2000’s via the 90s….yeah. The last 20 years of electronics triple filtered into a smooth after dinner hip shaking shimmy of perfection.

Brain Children – Lucky Land Of Skin (Brain Children, Stained Circles)
Australian 80’s nostalgia fest that we can dig. Not that we’re actually into nostalgia all that heavily, or too much electronic 80’s pop, but there’s a lot around at the moment that is fun – and we’re definitely into fun.

Power Up – NFR Jingle
Fun like this!

Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid With You (Psychic Chasms, Lefse VCR)
And this! Even if the guy’s from Texas I still call it NY Loft-Core because by rights this synth beat glitter-wave should be hipster detritus but it strikes every chord in every right way.

Music Go Music – Lights Of Love (Expressions, Secretly Canadian)
Nu-Balaeric Italo-disco by way of Abba and the Ronettes. Like Phil Spector recorded a Christmas song for the middle of summer. If you don’t fucking hate it you will fucking love it.

Engineers – Sometimes I Realise (Three Fact Fader, Kscope)
Manchester’s best kept secret won’t stay hidden for much longer once people’s end of year lists start putting this dense shoegazy Northern dance record in their top 10s. Trust us.

Magic Wands – Kiss Me Dead (Magic Love & Dreams, Bright Antenna)
Sky gazing star-scraping cosmic pop. Enchanting, entrancing, exciting.

Blues Control – Good Morning (Local Flavor, Siltbreeze)
Total change of direction as we get BC’s smashing together of every hairy rock genre known to man. Cool and heavy, brother.

Ulaan Khol – ‘Untitled’ (I, Soft Abuse)
Otherworldy free folk cosmic drone from a one man guitar tone synaesthete.

xbx – Shut Up NFR Jingle
Our favourite resident of Bethany, Oklahoma made us 2 jingles which make. This one has a dog barking. Hahahahahaha. Seriously.

Kong – Snake Magnet – Blood Of A Dove (Snake Magnet, Brew)
Devastatingly twisted taut heaviness from Manchester’s sellotape-faced 3-piece like Slint with an undercurrent of Mogwai. Just when you think it couldn’t ratchet up the tension and intensity any harder it goes twice as far where you wouldn’t expect it. Track of the night for me, no doubt.

Nullifier – 30 Minute Heat (Demo)
Super smashing mega hyper pop from Brighton’s OIB oriented supergroup. Super heart this band.

Silver Bullets – Flight From Babylon (Free Radical, Stunned Records)
Far out space shanty rattling disco groove that keeps on going to infinity and beyond.

The xx – Basic Space (Jamie xx Bass Remix)
Expansive deep and low remake of his own band’s flagship track.

Grey Machine – Wolf At The Door (Disconnected, Hydra Head)
Justin Broadrick’s new venture is possibly the bleakest, unyielding and intense of them all. An increasingly overwhelming advance of industrial doom that sucked the light from the room.

Atlas Sound – Walkabout
This is where we totally turn on the fun and pace again. Noah Lennox and Bradford Cox team up in an indie wet-dream wedding of ethereal harmony and liquid groove.

Factory Floor – Taxidermist (Planning Application, One Of One)
A gritty urban rhythm machine of a track that has a bit of early Liars about it. Hard to twell what the guitars are actually doing, there so much white drum noise against a stark grey cloud background.

Pinkshinyultrablast – Deerland (Happy Songs For Happy Zombies, Odd Box)
Russian post-rock shoegaze supernova. Starts of pretty hard and keeps on churning down that furrow.

A Place To Bury Strangers – Deadbeat (Exploding Head, Mute)
US post-rock shoegaze supernova. A dull bladed bassline knifes in and out of increasingly sever noise blowouts. “Why? WTF? Would you break my heart?”

Future Of The Left – Arming Eritrea (Travels With Myself And Another, 4AD)
”C’mon Rick!” Thi sband is as essential as they come - funny and lighthearted yet unyieldingly serious and in yr face.

Oneida -10:30 At The Oasis (Rated O, Jagjaguwar)
One of the many highlights from this album – this one a really long kraut-comische ebb and throb. More in a moment…

Gold Panda – Triangle Cloud (Before, Self-Released)
Really short, enigmatic little electronic calling card type track that buries you underneath it and evaporates before you evenrealise it was there. This little mini-album is made up of 6 of them and they are all beautiful little works of micro-music.

Oneida – Brownout In Lagos (Rated O, Jagjaguwar)
…The first track of the Oneida album is a steaming skanking dub beast with sparse toasting vocals courtesy of an old school friend of the band. So different their label thought they were joking when they submitted it in an album years ago but took it ion this when they knew they were serious.

SunnO))) & Pan Sonic – Che (Che Ep, Blast First Petite)
With Alan Vega on vocals! Amazing cover of the Suicide track that hums with the street dirt the original was carved out of, but deeper and grimier as only the lowest bass can bring.

Tenhornedbeast – Ruins Son (My Horns Are A Flame To Draw Down The Earth, Cold Spring)
Me and the Wolfe mixed this into birdsong for a good few minutes before I ballsed it up and cut it off for no apparent reason leaving us with some dead air ruining that special candle-lit-séance-with-the-window-open moment we had going. Maybe just as well.

US Christmas – The Scalphunters (Eat The Low Dogs, Neurot)
Kick it up a gear into Stooges Vs. Spiritualised cosmic rock. We love our delay/phasers/flange and reverb around here. The more the merrier.

xbx – WolfMeat Jingle
Second jingle from our friend over the ocean, this one a mashup of our names until the dude gives up and calls it NFR.

The Middle Computer - Epic (Ultra Console Mayhem, Non-Applicable)
An oldie but goodie. PC powered post-rock that keeps on expanding in scale and grandeur.

Fever Ray – Seven (Crookers Remix)
Totally fucked remix of a beautiful haunting track – littered with cheap phone ring effects and bassness, there’s little room left for the original. As potentially annoying as it is brilliant.

Pissed Jeans – Human Upskirt (King Of Jeans, Sub Pop)
Another track of this awesome album – like In Utero era Nirvana - ”And I don’t like him / He’s probably bursting / well I don’t blame him / it might be worse / it might be worse”.

Yob – Burning The Altar (The Great Cessation, Profound Lore)
A properly massive and imposing doom metal track to finish. Suitably so. Profound Lore know how to pick their bands and YOB know how to deploy the riffs.

And that was and is the END. That's all from us this month.

We're back at the Penthouse on 1st October, above the Pompeii/Air Castles gig when we'll have all sorts of new demos and missives from the underground for you.

'Til them (or at least, untikl our next blog post)..byebye.