Kontakte, Parastatic & in violet
We have a night of electronic excellence, with some big riffs included as well, for you fine folk to enjoy!
Headlining are mighty Kontakte, who released what was for us the best album of 2014 with 'These Machines'.
Conceived in 2005 from a string of old 4-track demos and further realized via a labyrinth of digital workstations and computer software, Kontakte emerged in early 2006. The concept was to blend organic instrumentation within an electronic and hypnotic framework of programmed beats and pulsing synths. Inspired by the walls of sound of bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor and Mogwai, Kontakte's other main passions were the ambient sounds of Brian Eno, mid-late 70's German electronica and the early 90's shoegaze scene. Taking elements from all of these things, Kontakte have endeavoured to create a sound that is uniquely and deservedly their own.
Having released two albums to date - 'We Move Through Negative Spaces' (2011) & 'Soundtracks To Lost Road Movies' (2008) plus the already SOLD OUT Limited Edition EP Superbug (2010) and two early 7" vinyl singles - Kontakte continue to deliver on their initial promise of their own brand of 'hypnotic, textural, cinematic noise'.
Kontakte have been remixed by such luminaries as Tim Holmes of Death In Vegas, Chris Olley of Six. By Seven, Clem Leek, Winterlight, A Dancing Beggar, Russel.M.Harmon and labelmates Oppressed By The Line & Matt Bartram.
An appearance on the Northern Star Records compilation series 'Revolution In Sound' continued in 2011.
The Kontakte live experience is a blistering wall of guitar noise with shimmering electronics and ethereal melodies a band to savour. Kontakte have toured the UK and Germany, headlined the Feedback Fever Festival in Hamburg and consistently play intense live shows. They are not to be missed!
We are thrilled to bits to get Parastatic playing for us to celebrate releasing their second album, the quite sublime 'Recall Fade Return'
Recall Fade Return marks a welcome return from Tyneside krautedelic spacerockers Parastatic. Retaining the hypnotic repetitive elements of debut album Lost Highway, Recall Fade Return has a more more propulsive and at times urgent dimension, aided by the addition of Rachel Casey on live drums, shifting the band's sound into a space somewhere between post-rock, shoegaze and kosmische. As Drowned in Sound remarked of Lost Highway, "You can very easily find yourself lost in its spacey groove".
Formed in dank basement in Newcastle at the end of 2011, parastatic was the coming together of long time collaborators Neil Caffery and Jon Garrard with electronica maestro Rich Telford. The combination of their various musical heritage resulted in their debut album in 2012 Lost Highway, which nodded towards krautrock and early 80s synth-pop and drew critical praise in the UK and beyond with Mark Radcliffe proclaiming them "Prog on the Tyne".
The band toured the album until mid 2013 when Rich left the group to devote more time to his new-born. Neil took on synth duties and the band fortuitously recruited multi-instrumentalist Rachel Casey on live drums taking the band's sound into a more direct, propulsive dimension.
2014 saw parastatic complete their second full length Recall Fade Return, due to be released on March 9th 2015 on 104 Records. This record is less indebted to straight up krautrock and hints at more complex influences locating the band on an oscillating line between kosmische, shoegaze and post-rock.
Over the last couple of years parastatic have played across the UK alongside some of their favourite artists Damo Suzuki, Moon Duo, Warm Digits, Eat Lights;Become Lights, The Early Years, Baltic Fleet and many more.
'You can very easily find yourself lost in its spacey groove' Drowned in Sound
''GlaxoChem', the kind of space-drone that Jason Pierce was messing around with in the early 90s, with a repetitive guitar loop that recalls 'Electric Mainline'. Soon to be joined by another insistent beat, it quickly resembles the type of sonic textures Neu! were exploring twenty years previously and it works fabulously." Sound of Confusion
"The kind of propulsive, joyous, trancelike music that bundles up the likes of Neu! The Orb and Spiritualized into one pulsating wholea cloud-scraping slab of motorik bliss which feels like the band have managed to bottle the essence of the sun coming up in the morning." The Crack
"With pulsating bass lines and sweeping synthesiser melodies throughout this LP is a revelation in looping, much like Tall Ship's debut 'Everything Touching', this album is a definite testament to the fact that it does not take structural complexity and mind-numbingly deep lyrics to create a perfect song." Shout4music
'Each track is hypnotic.. You can't help but be lulled into some kind of musical trance' Narc
in violet is a rock/electronic act currently based in london. the outfit blends natural and acoustic energies with abrasive digital soundscapes in a large field of space. in violet are currently rehearsing old music and new music.
They released their debut album 'opal' in 2013 through cognitive dissonance recordshand-crafted, signed limited edition of 100 copies. the album is a slow-burning yet compelling collection of tracks which sidle quietly into your brain and set up residence; they tangle around each other in amongst your subconscious and take you, not by force, but by sweet-talking stealth.
Inhabiting a musical world that can only be described as post industrial, and taking influence from bands such as Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle, yet at the same time sounding like neither, in violet seamlessly blend heavy guitars and delicate, disembodied vocals to produce stark, brutalist soundscapes occasionally leavened by moments of stunning beauty. if this is industrial, it's the abandoned warehouse that occasionally appears in your dreams, full of shifting shapes and scenes that are almost familiar.
With a Goodsoul DJ set to add to the night, this is simply not to be missed.
Sebright Arms (View)
31-35 Coate Street
London E2 9AG
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