The Membranes – Everyone’s Going Triple Acid, Yeah!: The Complete Recordings 1980-1993

The Membranes
Everyone’s Going Triple Acid, Yeah!: The Complete Recordings 1980-1993
Release Date: 28th April 2017
Cherry Red Records

These days The Membranes are busy looking to the stars for their musical inspiration, but here we have an opportunity to look into their past, a time when the classic punk band where looking more to the ground at their feet, a ground covered in shit and slime. No wonder they returned with galaxies in mind. Everyone’s going triple bad acid, yeah, so let’s go for a punk rock ride!
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Transformer 2 (Bardo Pond, Liars, Godspeed You! Black Emperor)- Albert Hall, Manchester

Transformer 1 was a pretty special all day event at Manchester Victoria Warehouse earlier this year, you can read all about it here! The title comes from Lou Reed’s iconic album rather than robots in disguise, with bands influenced by such noise picked out to represent on the big day. Swans and The Fall were the big gets, but there were plenty of smaller bands waiting to be uncovered; have you listened to Suuns yet?

A Transformer 2 seemed to be a dead cert after such an ear-splitting set of shows, and yes, we got one. Check that line-up out in the poster image above… you got Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bardo Pond, Ben Frost, The Field, Sculpture, and more, more, more! Unfortunately, a month or so before, the event moved to the Albert Hall with only three bands intact. At least it wasn’t outright cancelled like All Tomorrow’s Parties and Safe As Milk festivities. Are lovers of noise a dying breed? Was everybody too busy getting it on with Metallica at Manchester Arena the same night? And could three bands recreate the magic of the enduring endearing day that was Transformer 1? Read on to find out… yes, yes, maybe. Continue reading

Rise Against – 02 Apollo, Manchester

Rise Against are one of the good ones when it comes to the genre they live within. The pop punk with a slight sprinkle of emo (Wikipedia says hardcore punk, but I just don’t see it in a world of Black Flag and Dead Kennedys) uses politics as their central theme, to Rise Against it all, and it’s positive energising music which I loved as a teen when strumming away on my fake plastic guitar on Guitar Hero III. A whole bunch of time has passed since then, too much, too fast, too soon, and what do you know? I’m still having fun.
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Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun 
Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Sargent House 

Hiss Spun is one of those rare album titles that perfectly captures the heart of its innards. You dig deep into the latest work of Chelsea Wolfe, and you will feel spun, you will hear the hiss, and then you’ll spin it right back to the beginning to tumble through the darkness once more. Imagine sticking yourself into a gothic washing machine and you’ll be halfway there. Switch it on and it’ll take you the rest of the way round. And round.   Continue reading

Andrew Hung – Realisationship

Andrew Hung
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Lex Records 

From Babe Station to Fuck Buttons to The Greasy Strangler, Andrew Hung has certainly had some smutty sounding ventures. Realisationship is the latest, and if anything it will at least look clean on a CV. Yes, that’s the reason behind this.  Continue reading

EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring

Exile In The Outer Ring
Release Date: 25th August 2017
City Slang 

It was only a month ago that I saw EMA live, (you can read all about it here) so let’s not rehash month old thoughts. Exile In The Outer Ring is a concept album worth exploring as a complete whole in unto itself, not just mixed into a set list with past life hits. This is a story that needs to be told.  Continue reading