Monday, 30 June 2014

Terminus: Ignition

Well, this last weekend was Terminus, and holy fuck!!! Awesome!! There were a lot of awesome bands! Some of the highlights for me were:

Night one:
Alter Der Ruine: They played a lot of new material and it was good!

Tactical Sekt: I was actually surprised by Tactical Sekt, cause I've never heard much of their stuff and when they came on stage they put on a great fuckin show!!

[:S.I.T.D.:]: They've always put on great shows!

Night 2:
Photophore: I like them cause they have a unique style and they are a local band, they put on a great show as an opener!

IVardensphere: This time around IVardensphere did something a little different. It was just Scott Fox. He set up his rig in the middle of the dance floor and everyone was circling around him. For me it was cool cause being that I'm a musician I got to see what he was doing with his gear, and what he was playing was fucking awesome!!

Haujobb/DSTR: Unfortunately due to sickness In Strict Confidence was not able to make it, but Haujobb/DSTR [Daniel Myer] stepped up to the plate and took their place. Haujobb/DSTR as usual put on a really good performance. Daniel Myer likes getting the crowd involved and as usual it's always good times!

Night 3:
Comaduster: As usual Comaduster is fuckin amazing! Their music is very well crafted and they always put on an emotional performance.

Author & Punisher: Well, what is there to say, they were fucking amazing! The guy makes his own gear and the music is fuckin noisey and distorted! I'd have to say if you haven't seen A&P live they are a must see!!

Chrysalide: Well, this is one of the reasons I went to Terminus this year and they did not disappoint! Very fucking loud, very fucking aggressive!!

Covenant: Well, the last time I saw Covenant was when I was living in London, England (1999) and they were doing a Halloween show at some club there. I've always enjoyed Covenant and they have always put on good shows! Their show was amazing and they played stuff from their first album 'Dreams of A Cryotank'. It was fuckin awesome!

Honorable Mention:
3 Teeth: I'm putting this here because when I first heard 3 Teeth I was on the fence about them. I liked their music but to me it's a throwback to older 90's industrial. When I think of industrial I'm always looking for new stuff. Stuff that hasn't been done before. However, despite my feelings about their stuff, their performance was fucking excellent! Being that it was only their 2nd live show I think they did very well!!

Anyway, that's what I thought was good and what I enjoyed! What was yours?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Industrial Awareness Thursday - UCNX

Well, it's that day! And you know what that means... Industrial!!! This weeks band is out of Philadelphia. It is the project of Doug "dOGulas" Sudia, John "nVIR" Monette and guitarist Kurt "Zir0" Samuels. It's Electronic/Industrial/Industrial Rock! The project is called UCNX. Check them out!!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Book: Micro Bionic: Radical Electronic Music & Sound Art in The 21st Century by Thomas Bey William Bailey

Well, finished reading this today! This book is packed with a lot of info about electronic music in the 21st century; including: Industrial, Noise, Glitch, Field Recordings... all kinds of shit. The blurb on the back is as follows:

"Micro Bionic is an exciting survey of electronic music and sound art from cultural critic and mixed-media artist Thomas Bey William Bailey, composed 2006-2008 and first published in late 2009 in both hardcover and paperback editions. This new edition includes all of the original supplements refused by the publishers of the first edition, including a full index, bibliography, additional notes / commentary and an updated discography.

As the title suggests, the unifying theme of the book is that of musicians and sound artists taking bold leaps forward in spite of (or sometimes because of) their financial, technological, and social restrictions. Some symptoms of this condition include the gigantic discography amassed by the one-man project Merzbow, the drama of silence enacted by onkyo and New Berlin Minimalism, the annihilating noise transmitted from the humble laptop computers of Russell Haswell and Peter Rehberg and much more besides. Although the journey begins in the Industrial 1980s, in order to trace how the innovations of that period have gained greater currency in the present, it surveys a wide array of artists breaking ground in the 21st century with radical attitudes and techniques. A healthy amount of global travel and concentrated listening have combined to make this a sophisticated yet accessible document, unafraid to explore both the transgressive extremes of this culture and the more deftly concealed interstices thereof.

Part historical document, part survival manual for the marginalized electronic musician, part sociological investigation, Micro Bionic is a number of different things, and as such will likely generate a variety of reactions from inspiration to offense. Numerous exclusive interviews with leading lights of the field were also conducted for this book: William Bennett (Whitehouse), Peter Christopherson (r.i.p., Throbbing Gristle / Coil), Peter Rehberg, John Duncan, Francisco López, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Bob Ostertag, Zbigniew Karkowski and many others weigh in with a diversity of thoughts and opinions that underscore the incredible diversity to be found within new electronic music itself."

Was a good read! If you are interested in all kinds of different electronic music I would recommend this!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Industrial Awareness Thursday - Atomzero

Well, it's that day... here's some industrial!! This weeks band is out of Toronto. They are darkwave/ebm/industrial band. They are called Atomzero. Check them out!!!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Industrial Awareness Thursday - Sonic Area

Well, found this project about a month ago and it is good stuff!! The project is headed by Arco Trauma. It is industrial/noise/experimental. The project is called: Sonic Area. Check this out!!!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Twitch Album Release Party w/Pandemik9, Digital Winter, and Metalmaester

Well, it's confirmed! We are having an album release party for the new album 'ant'. If you haven't checked it out yet, here it is:

Openers are: Pandemik9, Digital Winter and Metalmaester (noise set)

The party is going to be taking place Thursday, July 24th. 2014 @Vern's Bar. 622 8th Ave S.W. Calgary, AB. Canada.

Doors at: 8:30pm

Cover: $10.

Industrial Awareness Thursday - Contaminated Intelligence

Well, can't remember how I found this band but they are experimental/electronic/industrial. They are from Ogden, Utah. The project is called: Contaminated Intelligence. Check them out!!!