C H I N C H I L L A F E S T 8
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Weekend Ticket = £10
DAY/WEEKEND TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WEGOTTICKETS | SEETICKETS | JUMBO RECORDS | CRASH RECORDS
Friday 7th May, 7:30pm, £5
MARVIN | COWTOWN | KOGUMAZA | SPECTRALS | CISSY
Saturday 8th May, 4pm, £8
BILGE PUMP | HIGH PLACES | ZUN ZUN EGUI | QUACK QUACK | PLEASE
CHEN SANTA MARIA | A MIDDLE SEX | EUROPEAN SPIRITS
FRIDAY 7TH MAY -
MARVIN (Montpellier, France) - http://www.myspace.com/marvinband
VIDEO - 'Bottles' live video -
Long-time awesome friendly friends of ours from southern France, with a new record out early 2010. A trio consisting of drums, guitar and Korg MS20 synth (the old analog sort with loads of knobs and phat-sound that'll make owners of the crappy modern Microkorg intensely jealous), Marvin crash-land somewhere in the every-man-and-woman's land between the characterised clamour of high-energy noisy instrumentals, psychedelia and Krautrock. Their newest album introduces vocals for the first time, and a change of pace towards even greater celebratory vibes! Over the Channel, Marvin have played gigs across Continent Europe with the likes of DEVO, Trans Am, Polysics, Don Caballero, Neptune, Zu, Oxes (etc), which might give you some idea of their most excellent calibre. Total winner!
COWTOWN (Leeds) - http://www.myspace.com/cowtownsuperstars
Chinchilla-Tone, On The Bone, Golden Lab Records
VIDEO - 'Evil Catrick' live video -
A three piece sing-a-long space-station of scratching, prodigious guitar rock fused with electric lemon Casioisms and 1977 Korg Micro Preset, tightly pinned to the floor by stadium-sized drums without the expected cheeseball outcome; Cowtown make tasty and poisonous anthems. New Album out now on City Hands.
KOGUMAZA (Nottingham) - http://www.myspace.com/oogamaza
Low Point, Lancashire & Somerset Records
VIDEO – Live at Junktion 7, Nottingham
Kogumaza live video -
You may not know the name Kogumaza yet, but there's a chance you may have seen or heard some of their other/previous bands or collaborations, many of whom have graced various Chinchillafests and gigs over the last 9 years (Lords, Wolves Of Greece, Bob Tilton, Last Of The Real Hardmen, Felix, Reynolds, Little Girl With Cherries, Not In This Town, Glenn Branca's Orchestra, etc). This is what’s been said…."Kogumaza make music like a pot of water constantly on the boil; bubbling, steaming and popping violently, spraying scalding heat out in all directions before settling down to seethe quietly till the heat gets turned back up again". Enticing!
SPECTRALS (Leeds) - http://www.myspace.com/spectrals
VIDEO – live @ The Rest Is Noise, Brixton, London
Spector inspired lo-fi fuzz pop of heavy-hearted gloom and infectious sunkissed-breeze hooks. Spectrals is a one-man band, Louis Jones, who played in hardcore bands when younger. Now he’s making a sound like a twisted Phil Spector production of 50s/60s pop – but even weirder than Ol’ Wiggy Phil ever was. Word is he’ll be backed by a group of ‘unsavoury individuals’ who are probably good, fun-loving country lads really.
CISSY (Leeds) - http://www.myspace.com/cissysound
Cellars. Unreliable electrics. Polyrhythms on Ludwig drums. Bleep Bloop midi talk and mikroKORG arppegiator. Angular guitar, sometimes fucked up on purpose. The bass guitar is in your stomach and feels FUNKY. Cissy includes people who also currently play, or have played, in The Dragon Rapide, Tigers!, The Lapse, Origami, Hey Little Cobra!, Factotum and Beards. Cissy has played with some other ace bands, such as James Chance et Les Contortions, Cryptacize, Cowtown, Das Boton, Fulborn Teversham, Origami, 7 Hertz, The Violets, Experimental Dental School, Team Gina, etc. Cissy is the sound of the East & the West, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Synthpunk, Postpunk, NoWave, Donuts, Coffee, Amphetamines, Cats & Dogs, The 1970s, The 1980s, Colours, Sounds, Peoples, Fela Kuti, Kraut Rock, Electro, Kisses, Jumping, Dancing, Fun and Zombie flick obsession.
Plus Dan McEvoy dj set
SATURDAY 8TH MAY
BILGE PUMP (Leeds) - http://www.myspace.com/bilgepump
Gringo, Troubleman Unlimited, Unlabel, Jonson Family, Obscene Baby Auction, Noisestar, Run of the Mill Records.
VIDEO – Strom in a Teardrop live @ Rock n’ Roll Circus
Bilge Pump have a disturbing ability to be better than any band they play with. Imagine a boiling-over bastard concoction of all the best bits of The Jesus Lizard, Led Zeppelin, The Fall, Blue Cheer, Funkadelic and King Crimson. A thick broth of art-punk fractured progressive noise, condensed into atonal pop songs free of power chords. Nitro-fuelled avant-jazz rhythms create enough structural form amongst the twisted guitar and off-the-cuff witticisms to provide an uncanny ability to incite dancing! It doesn't matter how wired or weird Bilge Pump get; behind the progressive noise there are clear, distinctive, memorable songs: a rare and winning combination!
Chinchillafest essentially began as a reason to give Bilge Pump a guaranteed good gig, and so, quite rightly, it's Bilge Pump who are comin' atcha to lay rest to the memorable, beautiful, stressful, stupid and happy times we've had over the last 8 years of festivals! Not bad!
HIGH PLACES (New York, USA) - http://www.myspace.com/hellohighplaces
Thrill Jockey, Upset the Rhythm, Mistletone Records
VIDEO - 'I Was Born' video -
High Places are a less-is-more duo of polyrhythms and densely layered gorgeous harmony, evoking Byrne and Eno tooling around with meta-statements about making music. Except there is no statement to it - no sociology paper waiting to be boringly birthed. High Places lacks a quick and fleeting way to grab a listener, no wink-and-nod gimmick hooks (and that's also a good thing - less is more, you see?). They write about the universe, dinosaurs, birth, psychedelic floods and doom clouds, but their lack of pretence is very much a very good thing indeed. Simultaneously intimate and all-encompassing digital and natural dancefloor soundscapes that are voluminous and frilly, like swimming through oceans of lace or walking in the woods with twigs crunching under foot and chirps overhead. High Places use pre-recorded tracks, live percussion and processing to recreate their sound, successfully evolving the somewhat sticky ground of making sequenced music work in a live environment. One of the few internet hype bands to out-live the hype through constant improvement, High Places are total music for the existential dance party. Carribbean!
ZUN ZUN EGUI (Mauritius, UK, Japan, France) - http://www.myspace.com/zunzunegui
VIDEO – Zun Zun Egui Live in unknown destination
The loosely-based Bristol outfit make a sound that should be impossible to conjure with four people, two guitars, keys and drums. Immense, everywhere, crystalline and personal so that it doesn’t just spin off into the ether, though it teasingly threatens to. Big clean rhythmic blocks of post punk guitar, Malian jangle sprint and crushing volleys of bouncy castle metal swallowed up by swirling, mind-bending psychedelia. Totally ace. Catch them while you can, they are busy folks.
QUACK QUACK (Leeds) - http://www.myspace.com/thisisquackquack
Run Of The Mill Records
VIDEO – Conversations Live at BW Fest
Quack Quack have been around for a fair few years now, touring the country with the likes of Pit Er Pat (Thrill Jockey), Polar Bear and Fulborn Teversham, and two hungrily received releases in the form of a 7" and EP. Finishing up a UK tour to celebrate the long, long, long awaited album which finally sees the light of day on Leaf Records subsidiary Cuckundoo Records? On the surface, Leeds trio Quack Quack seem to exist in some animated part-prog, part-post-rock indie hinterland, but closer inspection reveals a tight-knit instrumental trio who, in absorbing and acknowledging everything from dub, jazz, funk, and electronic music, subvert all tidy enclosures of prog-this or post-that.
CHEN SANTA MARIA (Oakland, USA) - http://www.myspace.com/chensantamaria
Zum, gssd, Shit On Records
VIDEO – Chen Santa Maria Live @ Mile High Club
Formed in the winter of 2005 when the two solo acts (Megaweapon and Fun Santa Maria) of Oakland duo Chen Santa Maria were thrust together on a West Coast tour. An ever fluctuating instrumentation and dedication to computer-free improvising has been the only consistent factor since inception. Buffalo native Steven Santa Maria has made copious CDR noise releases under the names Fun Santa Maria and collaborated with Randy Lee Sutherland in Jah No Dead. George Chen has played in the bands KIT (who you might have seen play with their friends Deerhoof at The Irish Centre a few years ago), 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Boxleitner, Vholtz, Grey Daturas (as touring bassist), Must Have No Magic, and Common Eider King Eider. Having shared stages with Yellow Swans, UsaIsAMonster, Hair Police, Sic Alps, YACHT (etc) at home in the States, Chen Santa Maria make their first journey to European shores.
A MIDDLE SEX (Manchester) - http://www.myspace.com/amiddlesex
Carnivals, Blackest Rainbow, Slightly Off Kilter Records
Triumphantly returning after pouring treacle into the ventricles of Chinchillafest 2009! Swirling loops of drone and wailing feedback act as a canvas for layered tribal drums, cattered vocal chants and some sinister guitar wailings of the best kind. Consistent and valiant efforts to cover all bases, wandering from rapturous outpourings of sound and rhythm to static drones, drifting ambience and ‘almost’ pop friendly bliss. Comparable to the Boredoms, Black Eyes and (to an extent) Liquid Liquid for their ability to successfully merge uplifting ambience with thunderous assaults of rhythm. Awesome!
RUNNERS (Leeds) - http://longdistancerunners.wordpress.com
The launch of an expansive and massive, borderless universe collided through diamond-cut DRUMS, Library explorations of Pure-Tone Analog Frequency, focussed phase and pulsating patterns of inverted disco phrasing. Expect new newness from some local lads.
Plus Norman Records dj set