Entries tagged with: Sannhet
photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis
Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Australia's Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Dan Stewart did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.
Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Stewart was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they'd played "Scene from a Marriage?" Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let's hope this is not the last time we'll get to see them in NYC.
Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal -- and the band's arresting lighting -- was impressive. They play again on August 21 at Saint Vitus with Uniform and Alberich (tickets).
More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below...
$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.
Proggy post-hardcore band Circa Survive are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album Juturna on a tour with RX Bandits (whose members collaborate with Circa singer Anthony Green in The Sound of Animals Fighting). That tour hits NYC on October 23 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (7/30) at 10 AM.
Tickets for the Judas Priest and Mastodon show at Prudential Center go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales at 10 AM. The Citi presale is still ongoing (password = redeemer). Presale for The Paramount starts tomorow.
Josh Ritter's new album, Sermon on the Rocks, will be out October 16 and he and Royal City Band will play a record release show at Rough Trade on October 22 Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
A great lineup of local heavy bands, Sannhet, Uniform and Alberich< play Saint Vitus on August 21. Tickets are on sale now.
Langhorne Slim, who played Brooklyn Bowl last week, plays another Brooklyn show on September 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon. General on-sale starts Friday at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).
The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.
In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).
Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...
Move over Maryland Deathfest and your Mobb Deep booking, the Bushwick Collective Block Party returns this June and will put quality metal like Black Tusk, Sannhet and Primitive Weapons up against... Fat Joe! There's also blues from Daddy Long Legs & RL Boyce, and other diverse bands like Black Black Black, Passaway, Marching Teeth, Capsized, DJ Evil Dee and more.
In addition to the music, there's street and graffiti artists painting live, food trucks, a beer tent, face painting, a family/kids friendly section, balloon twisting, merchant vendors and more. It all goes down from noon-midnight Saturday, June 6 by Troutman and St. Nicholas in Bushwick. Full lineup and more info below.
photo: Prurient at Output earlier this month (more by Maria Jose Govea)
Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) recently announced a tour opening for Godflesh for late summer/early fall, but Dominick will be playing shows sooner than that under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Those shows include a Nothing Changes party in NYC on June 14 at Home Sweet Home with Shifted, 400PPM and Dual Action. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Vatican Shadow dates are listed below.
Prurient is also on a few festivals in addition to that Godflesh tour, including Hopscotch and Pop Montreal, and he was recently added to Pitchfork's NXNE show. The rest of that lineup is Vince Staples, Majical Cloudz, Tink, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Container, Sannhet, Rabit and Hvad.
The tour with Godflesh hits NYC on 9/15 at Warsaw, also with Regis on the bill. Tickets are still available. All Prurient and Vatican Shadow dates, with a stream from Prurient's new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photo: Total Control at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Fans of the great Australian post-punk band Total Control probably know that they don't play shows often, and they haven't played NYC since 2013. Earlier this year, they were announced for LA's Berserkertown festival, and the fest's promoters said at the time it'd be their only North American date of 2015. Well turns out that's not true, because they are in fact playing NYC on August 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's a great bill all around, with Danish synth pop band Lust For Youth, NYC post-metal trio Sannhet, and San Francisco's Flesh World. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/13) at noon.
Flesh World also previously announced a TBA NYC show for July 30, two nights before the Total Control show.
Sannhet also play a sold-out Northside show with Viet Cong and Girl Band.
UPDATE: It's actually a seven-date US tour. All dates are listed, with a video and the MHOW show flyer, below...
photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.
Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...
photos: Girl Band @ BVSXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ireland's brash, loud Girl Band, who visited in March around SXSW, will be heading back to North America for a tour in June. They'll spend part of that opening for Viet Cong, including both Northside Fest shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. (You can still try and get in with a Northside badge.) Additionally, Girl Band will also play Brooklyn's Rough Trade on June 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.
All dates are listed below..
photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.
Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.
Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.
And a few other Northside updates:
The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.
Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).
Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).
Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).
Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).
Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).
You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.
Dominick Fernow's noise/power electronics/etc project Prurient is releasing a new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, on May 12 via Profound Lore, and he's now announced a NYC release show for it. It happens on April 18 at The Wick, part of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series, and has amazing lineup of electronic musician Andy Stott and instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet. Tickets are on sale now.
The day after Prurient's new album comes out, he'll play NYC again, but this time to present material off his 2006 album, Pleasure Ground. That's part of the big Nothing Changes party happening during Red Bull Music Academy residency on May 13 at Output with Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Pharmakon, Ron Morelli, Marshstepper and Uniform. Tickets are still available.
Sannhet also have two other NYC shows. They play an album release show on March 27 at Saint Vitus with Kayo Dot and Oneirogen (tickets), and open the second of Viet Cong's two Northside shows on June 14 at MHOW (tickets).
Watch the Prurient album trailer below...
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet are having a busy year. Their great new album Revisionist is out now, they very recently played Saint Vitus, they're playing it again this month, and they've also been added to one of the NYC shows on Viet Cong's tour.
They open night 2, June 14 at MHOW, which tickets are still on sale for. Night 1 (6/13) is sold out, and no openers have been announced for that one. Both shows are part of Northside Festival, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.
Sannhet's Vitus show is a Revisionist release show and happens March 27 with Kayo Dot (who have other upcoming shows). Since we last spoke, Oneirogen (who played an Invisible Oranges show on Saturday) was added too. Tickets are still on sale.
Stream Revisionist, with Sannhet's updated list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jessica Pratt's new bare-bones folk album On Your Own Love Again (out now on Drag City) is one of the best of its kind in a while, and she's finally expanded her tour to include her first NYC show here since its release. After a couple US dates with Panda Bear, she'll hit Brooklyn's Union Pool on May 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/4) at noon.
Check out her recent NPR Wold Cafe Next session, and listen to album highlight "Greycedes," with her full list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet's new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they've announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.
Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.
List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
TWDY / Sannhet / Planning for Burial @ Saint Vitus - 2/27/15
Post rockers This Will Destroy You played a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Thursday (2/26) and Friday (2/27) with different openers each night. The first had their collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous, and the second had the gloomy Planning for Burial and local instrumental post-metal band Sannhet. The pictures in this post are of night 2.
Planning for Burial's set sounded a little less consistent than his recent album, as he was doing everything with a loop pedal and drum machine which just didn't fully capture what makes the album so great. But there was no denying the power of the raw, cathartic ending which had him screaming into the air without a mic.
Sannhet, whose new album Revisionist comes out this week on The Flenser (same label as PfB) and had hit the web a few days prior to the show, sounded huge. Though atmospheric black and sludge metal are influences, their approach to instrumental rock is not too unlike TWDY's and the pairing of the two of them was perfect. Sannet makes music that overwhelms you, and as good as their albums may be, there's nothing like standing in front of the band with their wall of sound towering over you.
In comparison, This Will Destroy You played a much softer set, but still the kind with the ability to mesmerize. They opened with a newer one, but then took it right back to old favorite "A Three-Legged Workhorse" which really set the mood for the set. While Sannhet's light show makes them a sight to see, TWDY is the kind of thing you want to close your eyes to. The minimal stage show feels intentional -- one member even plays sitting down.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know, Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She just put out her newest album, Metalepsis, this week on Hausu Mountain, and it's an out-there psychedelic record but still more digestible than the abrasive Guardian Alien. It's diverse too. Some parts are ambient pop, others are drone folk. Sometimes electronics lead the way, but other times it's stabbing guitar and other times it's lush strings. You can listen to the full thing below and purchase it at Bandcamp for $4.20.
Eartheater celebrates the new album with a release show tonight (2/26) at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. Extreme Animals, Haribo and HIGHLIFE are on the bill too, and tickets are available.
Meanwhile, ahead of Liturgy's tour, Greg Fox has four solo shows in NYC. First, he's playing as part of a "drum machine circle" at Shea on Sunday (3/1) with Wilted Women, Mike Sheffield, Darren Ho, Megan Moncrief, Beto Cravioto and Paul Wheeler. Then he plays under his GDFX moniker on March 4 at Trans-Pecos with Daniel Pearce / Andrew Smiley duo, Kate Henderson's Drone Acupuncture Installation and Sapropelic Pycnic (tickets). Then he has a "special solo event" on March 7 at Museum of the Moving Image (more info TBA), and finally a solo show at Union Pool on March 8.
Liturgy's tour hits NYC on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. No openers announced for Vitus yet, but the rest of the tour is with Sannhet (who play NYC with This Will Destroy You and Planning for Burial this week) and Lightning Bolt (who play NYC twice in May).
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sannhet have been one of Brooklyn's best post-metal bands for a while now, and next week they'll release their anticipated sophomore album (and first for The Flenser), Revisionist. We already posted the crushing single "Lost Crown" and the title track, and now they've made the whole album available to stream. It's soaring, epic music that stays captivating from start to finish, despite the lack of a vocalist. And sure their metal ties make this a heavy album, but it's nothing that wouldn't appeal to fans of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros as much as it would appeal to fans of Neurosis. Take a listen below, via Pitchfork.
Pitchfork also interviewed them, and they talked -- among other things -- about the band's light show, which you know is a big part of their performance if you've seen them live. Says bassist AJ Annunziata:
It's meant to be as choreographed as possible--I trigger the flood lights and the strobe lights with my foot--but it does still have a little bit of openness and responsiveness to the set. John and Chris were apprehensive about the lights because, again, it was like defining a theme or idea to the songs, and they're very much about keeping that ambiguous and interpretative. So they made a rule for me when I was making the projections: They cannot be tied to any one realistic physical thing or idea. So I did a lot of animations akin to animation experiments from the early part of the 20th century.You can see that light show in action when the band hit the road with Liturgy this spring. They also play their hometown sooner than that with the likeminded This Will Destroy You and their Flenser labelmates Planning for Burial. It's night 2 of TWDY's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus this week. Both sold out.
Last year, post-rockers This Will Destroy You put out their latest album, Another Language, and now they've made a video for its track "New Topia," directed by Lilfuchs aka. Adam Fuchs. Watch that below.
The band's tour is starting soon, beginning with a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on February 26 & 27. Night 1 is with Sannhet and Planning for Burial (sold out) and night 2 is with Christopher TIgnor and So Hideous (tickets). The rest of the tour is with Cymbals Eat Guitars. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Sannhet recently put out the title track off their upcoming album, Revisionist, due 3/3 via The Flenser. Listen below. They were also added to several dates on Liturgy's tour, but not the NYC show (still no opener for that one). All of those dates, also below.
So Hideous also have two other NYC dates coming up. One is this Friday (2/13) at Saint Vitus opening for German post-metal band Downfall of Gaia, along with VYGR, Sangharsha and Hivelords (tickets); and the other is The Acheron on March 21 with Tiger Flowers, Cyperna, Godmaker and Mary Todd (tickets).
photos by Maryanne Ventrice
"Love u New York. Thank you to everyone who helped us sell out our first show away from home. Xoxoxox" - Youth Code
"St. Vitus. Packed. On a Tuesday. After faux-snowmegeddon. @youth_code headlining. Yeah, metal ladies & gents are metal as fuc." - @dschmudde
Youth Code / Sannhet @ Saint Vitus, 1/27/2014
L.A. harsh-electronics duo Youth Code brought their hardcore sound to a sold-out Saint Vitus last night (1/27) with fellow noisemakers Sannhet and Statiqbloom. The show was a one-off for Youth Code, were just on tour with industrial vets Skinny Puppy and are about to head into the studio. Pictures from the show are in this post.
This weekend Youth Code will play a pair of far-flung festival appearances. First they'll be hitting Sweden's Kollaps Festival on January 30, and then heading back to California for an appearance at Santa Ana's Indigo Music Festival on February 1. Full lineup for Indigo is below.
Sannhet, meanwhile, are opening for the second of two BrooklynVegan-presented This Will Destroy You shows at Saint Vitus next month. That one (2/27, with Planning for Burial as well) is sold out, but tickets to the first TWDY show (2/26) with So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are still available.
Check out more pictures and a video of Youth Code performing "I Am Cursed" from the Saint Vitus show, as well as the full Indigo lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Brooklyn instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet have signed to The Flenser for their upcoming sophomore album, Revisionist, which is due out on March 3. They've now premiered its new single, "Lost Crown," over at Stereogum, and it's more proof that this band can build one hell of a wall of sound. Check it out below.
We're also happy to announce that Sannhet and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial (who released the excellent Desideratum LP last year) have been added to night two of This Will Destroy You's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (2/26 & 2/27). Night 1 openers still TBA. Tickets for both are still available.
UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1.
Sannhet also play Vitus with Youth Code and Statiqbloom soon. Stream their new song, along with PfB's album and a track from TWDY's latest album, below...
Youth Code at Best Buy Theatre earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
L.A. industrial/hardcore duo Youth Code have announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on January 27, where they'll be joined by like-minded harsh-electronics outfits Statiqbloom and Sannhet. Tickets are on sale now. Youth Code, who put out a new EP earlier this year, are currently on tour with Skinny Puppy, with whom they've already played a bunch of shows this year. (Skinny Puppy are also not happy with the U.S. government using their music in Guantanamo torture). They'll also be headed to Sweden in 2015 for Kollaps Festival. Full lineup for that fest is listed below.
As mentioned, Statiqbloom just had to postpone the remainder of their tour with Corrections House, due to that band's singer, Mike "IX" Williams, being ill. Sannhet, meanwhile, have a new album due out in March called Revisionist and it's being released via The Flenser.
All upcoming dates for the Youth Code are listed, along with Sannhet's new album teaser, a stream of Statiqbloom's new split with Zex Model, and a stream of Youth Code's recent EP A Place To Stand, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.
More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Brooklyn trio Sannhet are one of the city's best bringers of post-rock and post-metal, and they've just announced that they've signed to the trusty The Flenser, making them labelmates with Have A Nice Life, Planning for Burial, Kayo Dot and more. On March 3, the label will release their second album, Revisionist, which follows their debut Known Flood that came out on Saint Vitus Bar's label, Sacrement Records. No music from the new album has been released yet, but they did just play a new song at Vitus when they opened for Virus there on 10/24. Check out a video of that below.
Sannhet's next scheduled hometown show is opening for France's Year of No Light at the second night of their two-night stand at Saint Vitus. That happens on November 14 and also includes Gnaw and Vilkacis. Tickets are still available.
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
Whirr / Sannhet / Cloakroom @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 9/16/14
Whirr and Cloakroom's ongoing tour hit NYC last night (9/16) at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Sad Actor for a quadruple onslaught of distortion, reverb and lots of volume. Philly's Sad Actor kicked things off with their grungy jams, and their songs are good but they aren't quite there as a live band yet. Still, it was promising stuff and a good start to the night.
Cloakroom followed with a set of a lot of new songs (they've got a double LP coming next year on Run for Cover) and a bit from their 2013 debut, and they were thunderous. When I wrote about their debut last year, I said it sounded like if Mineral were more into sludge metal, but last night was my first time seeing them live and I never realized just how sludge metal Cloakroom can get. Their riffs are huge, covered in thick distortion, and the whole band crushes. They didn't say much on stage, and had samples going between most of their songs, so the whole thing was just a force.
For the second band on a four band bill, Cloakroom's a tough act to follow but Sannhet, the local representation for the night, got up and kept the sensory overload going. Like they usually do, they played mostly in the dark with flashes of a white light show, and their instrumental post rock/post metal was as equally pretty and heavy as ever. Unfortunately, the night didn't end well for them when their bass was stolen after their set.
Finally, Whirr wrapped up the show. I'd seen Whirr guitarist Nick Bassett play a few times in Nothing but last night was actually my first time getting to see Whirr. Like Nothing, Whirr are shoegaze in sound but punk in approach, thrashing around on stage and sounding heavy as hell. They played with the lights even dimmer than Sannhet, but if you're looking for a light show, Whirr's not the band to see. All of their energy goes into creating a huge wall of sound. The vocals are barely audible, and individual guitar riffs only shine rarely, instead coming together to create a full-on attack that few modern shoegaze bands achieve. Oh yeah, and lots of long hair flying around.
More pictures of all four bands below...