The Importance of Artists Working Together (Plus a REMIX PREMIERE!)
Surrounded by artful clutter and a city covered in snow, in this month's Pint Piece we present a new collaborative remix from the Uncollective archives and reflect on the importance of working together as a wider artistic value.
We get various messages across social media platforms, ranging from all male cover bands (nope) to emerging artists looking to get involved in our anarchic vision of a cooperative artistic society (yes!). A few weeks ago we received an email from Djollie, director of Dublin-based project WOB! With a back catalogue of tranquillising electronica "...inspired by the beautiful landscape of the West of Ireland", we thought that the Serbian-Irish producer would be the perfect candidate to remix the latest single from GINS (kindly reviewed by our friends over at For The Rabbits).
The remix embodies the rolling soundscapes, recycled samples and crooked basslines characteristic of WOB! With a healthy amount of critical acclaim under his belt (including from The Irish Times, Electric Picnic and BYOBeat), Djollie vigilantly mixes a classic UK D&B sound with touches of synths and harmonic vocals reminiscent of his Mediterranean experience. New single Where I Wanna Be oscillates along like a more inspired Disclosure, or Euro House without the cheese.
On the surface, it might just seem like another shiny pop-laced piece of House, but Djollie's commitment to cultural integration and artistic collaboration (particularly with female artists) makes us think that he's ahead of his game. Despite a background in DIY punk (once drumming for Jerry Fish), WOB! was formed after post-sound-test improvisations between Djollie and his guitarist at the time. Now a live quintet featuring Irish siren Dubh Lee, the band plan to continue recording and collaborating with a busy Summer ahead of them.
Our chat with Djollie came at the perfect time - with our resident artist GINS about to drop her first single of the year after developing a new, synth-led sound and a period of introspective musings on what we've achieved so far as a collective and what the future may hold. Collaboration has always been the focal point of what we do - whether it's the improvisations of The Hideous Trend, public residencies or recent projects in Bristol like last year's Future:Feast or various events with Do-IY. After 5 years we're still finding our feet across various creative platforms, but we know that we couldn't achieve anything without constant collaborations with an inspiring network of artists and organisations across the South West and beyond. In no particular order, these include: Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Red Van Records, The Fish Factory, Thrown Gauntlet Festival, The Word Zoo, Pink Ink, Major Leagues, Wax Music, Exeter DIY, The Spoils Collective, Tugboat Captain, Wyrd Ways, Protestival, Buoyancy, Do-IY and Quit Yr Job.
We Are Uncollective and we love you! We'll leave you with the image below - an insightful tweet from Tugboat Captain that sums up the kind of artists that we NEVER want to be, and why we'll continue to collaborate and support the artists we love until porridge comes out of our cold dead eyes.
Stream the new single from WOB! here: smarturl.it/169495
Pre-order the new single from GINS here: uncrecords.bandcamp.com
Tickets for GINS' single release event here: http://hdfst.uk/E51127
This article was written by Tom Stockley, a semi-professional moron, director of We Are Uncollective and occasional amateur writer of things: tomstockley.weebly.com
Back in early 2009, an unassuming musician going by the name of Steve Strong played his first show in Plymouth (now lost in the midst of time, but presumably as sweaty and sonorous as the rest). Nearly a decade later, and with more than 1000 shows under his belt along with a brand new album, Steve Strong has more to say than ever - despite a distinct lack of vocals on his work.
The words progressive and instrumental may conjure up thoughts of questionable 70s sounds from the likes of SKY and Tangerine Dream, but dad-rock this is not. In his latest album Turbo Island, Steve demonstrates why his name is known beyond his native Ocean City - now part of the furniture in Bristol's live scene as well as regular appearances across Europe (including a stunning Balcony TV Session in Chamonix).
Far from being a master of hype, Steve sits steadily as an underground cult figure, progressing creatively through relentless gigging, recording and collaborations. Thanks to his tendency to pop genres like paracetamol, his chameleon clangour finds a home across math rock, post punk, hardcore, psychedelia, trip hop, experimental jazz and even folk. In the last few years he's played with Bristol geek-rockers Chiyoda Ku, Cornish folksters Haunt The Woods and Japanese punk duo RiL (FKA ROAR). We first met Steve when he played a Bristol show with violinist Claire Northey alongside hip-hop crew Split Prophets and Uncollective resident GINS, followed by a Main Stage set at Langaland Festival. It's Steve's ability to adapt and amalgamate across such diverse habitats, whilst having a steadfast dedication to the sound he's creating, that makes him something of an anomaly in the all too often online world of hyperbole and publicity that causes emerging acts to come and go at the click of a button.
If you really wanted to pigeonhole Steve Strong, you could do worse than imagining a cross-section of some of his influences - seminal post rockers Slint (if you haven't listened to Spiderland, drop everything you're doing and listen NOW) and the face-melting nonsense of Aphex Twin. There's also a rich vein of contemporary artists across both his native Plymouth and in Bristol (perhaps a second spiritual home for Strong) - School Disco, Tunnel Visions and others churn out psychedelic-tinged kraut rock from the former; whilst Bristol's Zun Zun Egui and Iceman Furniss are masters of improvised post rock. You can't help but think that these young artists must have come across Steve's genre-bending performances in the past, and vice versa. There's ancient history here too - it's no secret that psychedelic legends The Heads formed in Bristol, and Plymouth boasts perhaps a more unusual musical child: 'lysergic funk' pioneers The Monsoon Bassoon.
More than an Arc Tangent wet dream though, Steve Strong has a story to tell - chronicled through witty wordplay, cultural references and social conscience - all present on Turbo Island. The sophomore album feels sharper than 2013's Three Hands Tall, the product of an artist who's honed his trade and pushed his own perimeters. Opening track Gravel Gardener is a blistering mathsy intro, cutting out abruptly and leaving the listener wanting more after peeling back the lid of this sonic chocolate box. Lando's House and Drones Over Clifton edge towards a Four Tet-tinged acid ride with Steve's signature guitar licks, but after a brief interlude the pace picks up on the eponymous track. There's an intensity building, and a narrative being sewn through sound alone. Life After Post Rock is tongue in cheek introspection, whilst Sensible Skeletons samples Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator speech in a clear move towards some much needed social commentary.
Although you'll have to wait 'til Thursday to hear the album in full, we can confirm that fans of previous material won't be disappointed, whilst first time listeners will find a gateway intro the strange world of Steve Strong they won't regret. You can listen to Drones Over Clifton (at the top of this article) ahead of the release, or head to Fecking Bahamas tomorrow for a full premiere. Steve plays a hometown show on the release date, joined at Plymouth Underground by an ear-aching line up of local support from the likes of Phaedra's Love and Palores. Bristol folk can catch him at the end of the month at psychedelic mecca The Old England. Clearly not a man to do things by halves, Steve plays a third release show in Cardiff on the 24th.
As we move into the new year, preoccupied with troubles, tribulations and triumphs, Turbo Island is the music we need right now - astrophysical sounds for troubled times that exist beyond our differences. Although Steve seems more at home behind mountains of pedals than he does in front of the camera, his music speaks for itself whilst open to interpretation and individual perspective - perhaps emanating the words of his wrestling namesake: "A magician can never say anything about his magic... I'm not going to deny or say that there isn't anything there because there could be. There could be."
Turbo Island by Steve Strong is released via Sapien Records on January 17th. Pre order your digital copy on Bandcamp, along with physical copies and merchandise.
Tom Stockley is author of this article and the founder of We Are Uncollective. He currently lives in Bristol where he dabbles in journalism, visual art, performance, artist management and event production. He's the Creative Director of Langaland Festival 2019.
Wobble your baubles and slap your sprouts! It's time for a very festive edition of Pint For a Piece - our monthly(ish) think piece covering theatre, live music, philosophy and other nonsense. This month, we were lucky enough to catch up with Britain's premiere nativity-themed drag king comics, Shesus and The Sisters - AKA Shesus, Sister Mary Berry and Sister Pauline Hollywood
The London-based trio are bringing their critically acclaimed show The Gift of Presents for a run at Bristol's Tobacco Factory, and gave us 60 seconds to discuss such hard hitting topics as wet wipes, vegan gravy and seasonal flatulence.
Let's talk nativity - the wise men traditionally bought Gold, Frankinsense and Myrrh. If the messiah was born from my child baring hips right here and now, what three items would you gift her?
MB: Coconut oil...
PH: ...wet wipes...
S: ...and the gift of divine interconnecting balance.
As three intellectual voices of our generation, we thought you might be able to tackle a time old metaphysical question - just how does Santa get around so quickly on Christmas eve?
S: We live in multi-dimensions, and like any divine being Santa is omnipresent.
Mariah Carey famously said "All I want for Christmas is you". This poses some serious modern slavery issues, so aside from a living person - what do you all want for Christmas?
ALL: To not work and get paid anyway
MB: ...and some pyjamas from COS!
Summarise your show in three words
MB & PH: That's one word
ALL: Expect. The. Unexpected. One word each!
S: I'll take 'The'. It's a solid word.
Best part of Christmas dinner?
* This question was answered after a well timed, and glorious, Christmas fart from the messiah herself*
S: Sorry! That was quite Christmassy though...
PH: Christmas pudding, definitely
S: My mum's vegan gravy
And finally, a slightly more serious question - what advice would you give to young artists as they look towards 2019?
S: We're in this time of post-comedy; an umbrella beyond just humour - coemdy now can be almost any form of emotional release, and that’s exciting! There's a lot of femme and queer people out there bringing that to comedy. It makes it more embodied, more honest – for artist and audience.
MB: Be brave, but sensitive! Have consciousness around your ego and keep it in check.
PH: Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Be proud and have heart!
S: Finally, remember that you, as an artist, are only 50% of the show... f**king digest that!
Shesus and The Sisters are performing at Tobacco Factory Theatres until December 30th. Tickets and more information can be found here: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/the-gift-of-presents/
You can keep up with Shesus and The Sisters via Facebook and Twitter, and read a proper interview from Bristol 24/7.
Tom Stockley is author of this article. He's a Tobacco Factory Young Prodcuer and dabbles in journalism, design, performance and bouts of millenial neuroticism. As a performer he's received such acclaim as '...awful' and 'the worst thing i have ever seen'. To subject yourself to future works of intellectual integrity, click THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.
BY TOM STOCKLEY
Welcome back, readers, to another ill-thought out and mildly inebriated piece of journalism from your favourite dilettantes.
This month, we were felicitous enough to catch the latest show from "mid-sized television personality, failed jazz musician and 1990 East Leinster under 14s triple jump bronze medallist" David O'Doherty at Bristol's Tobacco Factory. Known for his brand of erratic, often musical, occasionally otter-based comedy; we caught up* with David for 60 seconds of unbridled journalistic lunacy.
*wandered into his dressing room unannounced and slightly drunk, and were more than courteously obliged despite placing him in a situation that many would refer to as irksome at best.
Here's what we asked him (Pullitzer Prize imminent):
Why are you here and what do you want?
* some time elapses in which we pretend to be proper journalists and garble some nonsense about an interview, to which David graciously consents *
1. MARMALADE OR JAM?
Neither. Fruit should not, under any circumstances, be cooked.
2. BRISTOL IN THREE WORDS?
Excellent. Bicycle. Shops.
3. FAVOURITE QUICHE?
I'm very consistent in my views. Tomato, as a fruit, should not be cooked. So no quiche.
4. IF YOU WEREN'T YOU, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Ernest Shackleton, the famous (and dead) explorer
At this point, we really should have asked why, and revealed some candid life philosophy from a brilliant comedian. Unfortunately, we were still thinking about quiche.
5. A PIECE OF ADVICE TO YOUNG COMEDIANS?
Don't listen to old fuckers like me. We know nothing and we're very boring.
6. FINALLY, WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT BETWEEN YOU AND CHRIS O'DOWD?
Well, he's a good friend and a very nice man. We were both quite athletic when we were younger but he's much fitter than me now - so if it came to it he'd probably pulverise me.
I'm going to find my friends now...
David performs You Have To Laugh once more at Tobacco Factory TONIGHT, before continuing his tour across the UK. More information HERE, and we recommend a peek at his wonderfully shambolic website HERE.
Tom Stockley is an incredibly average writer, poet, artist, organiser and turtle connoisseur. The last time he attempted anything remotely similar to David O'Doherty was when he performed an hour of poorly prepared musical comedy to a crowd of middle class goths, receiving such high acclaim as '...awful' and 'the worst thing i have ever seen'. To subject yourself to future works of intellectual integrity, click THIS LINK RIGHT HERE
We like our niches here at Uncollective HQ, and 2018 has gifted us with one of our favourites to date - South/East London Nautical Themed Weird-Pop. Pleasure Barge take pride of place as alumni of this group including Tugboat Captain and Living Island.
The latest band on our radar; London/Manchester quintet Pleasure Barge share Tugboat Captain's bassoon playing, crimp-haired, often nude band member Buddy Caderni (AKA Sloppy Guiseppe), and that was enough to get us interested. Although it's fair to say that Pleasure share an esoteric humour with their London cohorts, new single Electric Ride has seen them veer drastically away from Tugboat's Pastel-tinged folk or Living Island's sharp stylings; prancing like jockeys on Dressage day, displaying a breadth of influences that would make King Crimson blush.
Two self-proclaimed idols of the group are Frank Zappa and Death Grips, with wider sonic foundations including classical piano, gabba and the 2014 East Croydon rave. Further stones unturned reveal an affinity with the Madchester scene and its modern equivalents - it's not impossible to detect the ghostly energy of Shaun Ryder and co in Pleasure Barge's latest track, something which crystallises in their live shows.
Electric Ride has a refreshing edge compared to previous single Start Up, with a heavier nod in structure and style to both modern House and Madchester, conjuring up thoughts of Hot Chip and Happy Mondays respectively. Accompanied by a computer-generated video and a very apparent amount of care in production, it's this song that's put Pleasure Barge on our watchlist for 2019. Let's just hope they don't share the Happy Mondays lax approach to televised antique auctions.
Tom Stockley is author of this article and the founder of We Are Uncollective. He currently lives in Bristol where he dabbles in journalism, design, performance, artist management and event production. He's the Creative Director of Langaland Festival 2019.
Today, we’re immensely proud to make our first full-length release on Uncollective Records - and it couldn’t anything more worthy (or moomin-related)
We first met Alexander Sokolow at an open mic affair we were running during our time in the sunny (yet creatively cyclical) climes of Falmouth. Fronting what was then known as Naked Lights, their idiosyncratic recitals of life among supermarket shelves and cheap watering holes struck a chord with an embryonic Uncollective. It was clear that this was a refreshing counterpoint to the pretentious nonchalance that prevailed at the time.
Fast forward through the years to their first appearance at Langaland Festival (2016) to a triumphant return under shiny new moniker Tugboat Captain (2017) and a year of the shows, schemes and questionable fashion obsessions we’ve had the pleasure of sharing with Alex and his nautically endearing sextet.
And now we present dedicated 2 u - the lowercase littered, emotional, ocean-based outburst from The Captain himself. We could review each track one by one, but there’s 16 tracks (plus a lovely cover by GINS) and we’ve got to meet our mum for brunch. By way of introduction, here’s a statement from the artist:
“At the beginning of May I quit drinking and swiftly wrote, recorded and mixed an album in a delirious flurry of musical diarrhoea”
Tugboat Captain share much of our creative ethos - work hard, be nice, occasionally get naked. But as well as irrepressible positivity there’s always been a sadness in their tales of seaside romance and ikea furniture. The debut release from the man variously known as The Captain, that guy outside with the flasher coat and now the groke sees Sokolow build on this bittersweet reputation and assemble a one-man rom-com opera on a Daniel Johnston-esque scale.
We managed to catch the groke on his first live outing since writing the aforementioned ‘musical diarrhoea’. Taking to the stage in an unusually early slot before contemporary nice boy Elliot Brett, the sanguine face of Tugboat Captain seemed apprehensive as he delved into 76 second singalong Favourite Things - one of a few Tugboat songs specially curated to suit his solo semblance.
The Crofters crowd were also treated to some of the most succulent slices of the album; including i’m still in love… (a jingly advert for sobriety), record time (the sound of sorrow on speed) and engine room (a Disney moment of dejection and delour). The self-effacing troubadour also packed in the ‘proverbial banger’ Don’t Want To Wake Up On My Own, a rendition of Car Seat Headrest’s Destroyed By Hippie Powers and a newly formed (and as yet unreleased) ode to oat milk.
All in all, the album stands alone as an irreverently unique but universally relatable chunk of loss and love from a human shaped bag of bones. Although Tugboat Captain are a voluptuous phonic force when fleshing out their glacé pop as a six-piece, there’s something about taking a lustration in this intricate creation (yes, I am a poet) that we know will leave you crying tears into your Weetabix, wondering what this cruel world is all about but knowing that, somehow, it’s all going to be ok.
You can stream the album on Spotify and Soundcloud
If you have firmer morals you can even buy it on Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes,
and thanks to our mate Jay-Z, you can also find it on Tidal. Also available on other peculiar platforms like Savvn and Pandora.
the groke invites you to “what promises to be the worst album launch of all time. With the blessing of The Joiners Arms (Camberwell) I have at the last minute decided it might be something resembling a good idea to play some of these songs live without the endless thump of my out of time drumming. I will be supporting a Welsh Electro-Pop band and in lieu of having any merchandise or physical copies of this album I will instead be holding a small jumble sale of my assorted personal items.”
You can catch him and his merry band at various locations through the Summer, including: Tugfest (June 19th), Indietracks (July 27th) Mr Wolf's (July 31st), Plymouth Underground (August 1st) and the ‘most esoteric fest in the west’ Langaland Festival (August 4th). You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp...
... Whilst more discerning readers can join The Tugboat Captain Fanclub for a mere shilling.
Thank you to Alex (the groke), thank you to Tugboat Captain and thank you to everyone else for your love and fluids. We Are Uncollective and we love you.
Music © Alexander Sokolow
Artwork © Anoushka Sokolow
Photo © Grimshaw Mink
Released by Uncollective Records, 2018. All rights reserved. Invite your Nan.
We caught up with Harriet Elder from Dogeyed on Thursday after they opened for Peaness, Radiator Hospital and The Spook School. The self proclaimed creators of "sad lounge music" have been snapped up by Specialist Subject after a string of demo albums and, most recently, their debut EP.
Here's our 60 second interview:
Hey! Great show. We've been listening to your stuff since we moved to Bristol
That's so nice!
We try. Georgie (GINS) wants to know what advice you'd give to emerging artists like her
Be passionate! Just f*cking do it!
What famous animal would you have on stage for one song?
ok... dead Lassie
New band name?
What venue/city/country would you add to a Dogeyed world tour?
Most underrated band in Bristol?
Dogeyed! No I don't know.... there's so many!
How would you describe your hometown?
Sounds lovely. And Bristol?
Dogeyed launched their EP at The Exchange on Friday. You can catch them there again on June 16th with AJJ and Toodles. In the meantime, we recommend getting deeply and inappropriately acquainted with Throw The Bones - it's sublime.
After their debut at Brixton's Hootananny, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang arrived in Bristol on Friday with a line up of live jazz, funk and DJs at the infamous Attic Bar.
Here to get us in the mood for the upcoming Under The Hill Festival, self-made DJ and promoter Rich Hale AKA Mista Trick delivered a perfect line up of local legends and touring talent. In typical Stokes Croft fashion, the crowd were late to the party; giving first act Mr. Fitz some time to play around with his line of "funk, swing and everything in-between". Fitz dipped our toes into a tranquil hour of instrumental hip hop with his signature scratch technique (the perfect remedy to shake off those memories of a working week) before upping the anti and spinning tracks from the likes of Funky DL as well as his own meticulous mashups. By the time he was finished, Attic Bar was a sea of bouncing snapbacks - pretty impressive for the mellow side of midnight.
FFO: Chinese Man, Wax Tailor, Hong Kong Ping Pong
Top Track: No Diggity Vs. Bonobo
Next Show: Golden Lion (Bristol), May 5th
The sophomore star of the night was Bristol's own China Bowls - a rapidly rising name and well worth the hype. One of the current names in Bristol's burgeoning jazz scene, the young neo-soul singer has already been snapped up by Saffron Records and Electric Harmony. With a full backing band (featuring Snazzback's Chris Langton), it's clear that China (real name Lucy) is one of the hardest working musicians in town right now. Their set was an uninterrupted ride through 2016's blues-tinged Talk EP as well as more recent tracks like To Belong - a step towards the smooth pop of Lianne La Havas or classical jazz greats like Etta Jones. It's clear that China Bowls is not so easily pinned down though - Lucy occupies the role of composer, guitarist and conductor as well as lead singer, and with a vast collection of influences ranging from Chilli Peppers style funk to R&B and House, we recommend seeing her live as soon as you can (if not sooner). If 'making a baby at a public venue' is on your bucket list, this is the music to do it to.
FFO: Eva Lazarus, The Pipettes, Fat Freddy's Drop
Top Track: The Way
Next Show: Archspace (London), May 17th
The penultimate pleasure-makers of the night were Crinkle Cuts, another Bristol-based act. Promising a blend of "tantric funk, smooth reggae and new-wave latin", the septet didn't fail to deliver a sensual display of ska-based aural antics. Although the spectacle-wearing collective haven't released anything since 2015's Bigger Than Patrick, it's clear that they've been anything but quiet in the last 3 years. Chatting to the band before their set, they alluded to a recent attempt to push their sound towards a more intense abyss of brass-led funk - citing influences as heavy as Skindred. Although songs like Two Shoes offer a saccharine escape from the real world of the 9 til 5, it seems like the Crinkle crew are digging deeper both lyrically and musically - pushing the boundaries of various genres and experimenting more as performers. Friday's show saw solo breaks from just about every instrument at hand (including the finest jazz flute since Ron Burgundy) from a band who were enjoying the show with as much abandon as the audience. Ones to watch this Summer and beyond - they release their debut album next year. We especially recommend Crinkle Cuts for anyone who's on the lookout for jazz songs about testicles.
FFO: Cosmo Jarvis, Land of the Giants, The Skints
Top Track: Dan's Song
Next Show: Gwdihŵ Café Bar (Cardiff), May 4th
London-based DJ Fizzy Gillespie closed the night with a set of swing-tinged Drum 'n' Bass. No stranger to Boomtown, Cirque Du Soul, Global Beats and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang itself (and heralded by Dutty Moonshine as "balls to the wall fun times") Fizzy appears at this year's Under The Hill Fest. For the well-below average ticket price of £45, you can make your first festival of the Summer one to remember with a line-up including A. Skillz, Tankus The Henge, The Undercover Hippy and DJs like Fizzy across two days ( May 25th - 27th). Volunteers and emerging artists can get involved via the festival website.
FFO: Dutty Moonshine, Cat In The Hat, The Heavy Beat Brass Band
Top Track: What'd I Say?
Next Show: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (London), May 4th
Tom Stockley is the founder and creative director of We Are Uncollective. He currently lives in Bristol where he dabbles in spoken word, artist management, workshops and event management. He's a Creative Producer for Under The Hill 2018.
On Friday 30th March, a hundred or so indie rejects from across the South West descended on Plymouth's premiere punk venue, Underground. Orchestrated (and headlined) by the rapidly emerging School Disco, they'll be a full review of the night over at Red Van Reviews in the next few days.
For now, Loopholes founder and promoter India Hicks gives us the lowdown on the second EP from the band (who, let's not forget, supported Wolf Alice last year) for this month's Pint For A Piece article...
"They’re a force; perennial and eternal. Plymouth/Brighton rockers School Disco return from their journey of self-exploration in space, bringing back with them the gift of their latest EP Look To The Sky.
The city kids with a penchant for the extraterrestrial, LTTS has been massively influenced by 50’s/60’s horror and sci-fi movies, creating a strange post punk / psych hybrid for the band, featuring a whole host of new instrumental additions - analog synths and theremins to name a few.
An intergalactic proto-punk synth-boogie odyssey, the EP explores a new synth based sound for the trio. It’s the start of an experimental chapter for the boys- repetition, oscillation, gradual decay, accelerated build-up and fits of bass. It flows from track to track, with the first two providing a protean swirl of organ and guitars, where rock collides beautifully with hazy, sonic trance. The title track is a sensory overload with nothing but swirling atmospheric synths to prepare you to blast off into a whole new galaxy. The production on this record is great; the sound is clean, but also raw and gritty at the same time, with frontman Rory describing the recording as “a little lo-fi, but it suits the sound well.”
The standout track for me is Waxmage - the heaviest of the four tracks. Rory’s deep, haunting vocals combined with fat riffs make for a huge sound. Almost 7 minutes of noisy guitars, whooshing synths and a distinctly dirtied and twisted post-punk overtone, it’s a white knuckle ride through pulsating kraut that will quite literally blow your mind.
Whilst straying from their usual shore, this new found spacey experimental stage is still distinguishably School Disco - daring, exciting and noisy. The band show their influences such as Hawkwind well while making and exploring their own branch of space rock. 2018 is already set to be a huge year for the boys, and you better buckle up for lift off as they prepare for universal domination."
Listen to the EP on Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/schooldisco/sets/look-to-the-sky // Buy it on Bandcamp: www.schooldisco.bandcamp.com/album/look-to-the-sky
Catch School Disco AND Loopholes at Langaland Festival, August 3rd - 5th 2018
Now March has approached, we figure that it's time for some better-late-than-never Valentine musings. We all know that February 14th is a cynical attempt by the oligarchs of chocolate, flowers and cards to empty our wallets - but equally, who doesn't count Love Actually as one of their favourite films?
So continuing on the assumption that some of us have enough shreds of soul left to believe in the concept of love, Georgie Biggin and I sat down recently to make a list of our TOP TEN MUSICAL POWER COUPLES WHO WE THINK ARE PRETTY NEAT. Catchy, right?
10. Alan Sparhawk & Mini Parker
Is there anything more beautiful than a Shoegaze marriage? What was the first dance at their wedding? Do they ever smile? All these questions and more arise from the union of Low's founding duo.
Our Favourite Song: Lullaby
9. Exene Cervenka & John Doe
First-wave L.A. punk band X were formed when John Doe realised that two men with guitars and steely personalities weren't convincing anyone. Cue Exene Cervenka; poet, writer, actor, artist. When Cervenka formed X with her then-boyfriend, she tunnelled a vein of hardcore female punk alongside pioneers like Patti Smith and Lydia Lunch (Although she's a bit too into whacky conspiracy theories to make it further up our list).
Our Favourite Song: Los Angeles
8. Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
Galaxie-500 have been on my mind this week, after catching Tugboat Captain at the weekend. They do a lovely version of the eponymous song, and may have a power couple romance blossoming themselves (GOSSIP). But enough of that. Not content with making the world weep with Galaxie, Wareham went on to form the equally saccharine Luna. Since meeting and marrying bassist Britta, the couple have transcended the realms of twee-ness to score films like The Squid & The Whale.
Our Favourite Song: Moonshot
7. Beth Ditto & Kristin Ogata
Ok, so only half of this pair is technically a musician - but it's no surprise that the body positive, gay rights championing, feminist powerhouse and former frontwoman of Gossip also has a damn cool wife. After fronting her punk trio for over a decade, Ditto now travels the world with Ogata; promoting plus-size fashion collections, LGBT causes and generally being the coolest pairing since doritos and hummus. Tickets are still on sale for her small UK tour in May.
Our Favourite Song: Standing In The Way Of Control
6. Jack & Meg White
The White Stripes secure a place at number 6 for the PR stunt of pretending to be brother and sister. Whilst this has some slightly gross inferences, the ex-husband and wife duo have inspired every 15 year old with a guitar (ever) to play the chords off Seven Nation Army and have taken on the US Air Force.
Our Favourite Song: You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
5. Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore
No Wave noise-mongers Sonic Youth have been inspiring generations to kill their parents and hit the road since the 80s. They were uncool before being uncool was cool; and although the couple split in 2011 their legacy lives on.
Our Favourite Song: Superstar (The Carpenters Cover)
4. Kathleen Hanna & Ad-Rock
Godmother of the Riot Grrrl movement Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) is married to Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys). They went skateboarding for a first date and probably have conversations about feminism, punk rock and armpits on a daily basis.
Our Favourite Song: Rebel Girl
3. Marika Hackman & Amber Bain
Marika Hackman & her partner Amber Bain (AKA The Japanese House) are the cutest thing since this tiny tortoise ate a bean sprout. They're pretty low key about their relationship, but make up for it by both being badass musicians. They're also pretty funny - you can listen to them chat on this episode of Lend Me Your Ears.
Our Favourite Song: I'd Rather Be With Them
2. Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed
We couldn't put them at number one because we'd think about it too much and probably cry. The King and Queen of Avant-Garde, Anderson and Reed have been an item since the 90s. Although sharing the world's sadness at his death in 2013; Laurie continues to make beautiful music and says she still "sees Lou all the time".
Our Favourite Song: Hang On To Your Emotions
1. Matt & Kim
Our new favourite thing, and the inspiration for this article. If the electro-pop duo are as in love as their songs sound, then these guys set the bar for creative couples the world over. They have an extensive catalogue of soul-tickling tracks, a hilarious vlog and an MTV Award. Matt & Kim, if you're reading this: Marry Us?
Our Favourite Song: Daylight
Tom Stockley (T.S. Idiot) is an artist, poet and director of We Are Uncollective. Georgie Biggin (GINS) is a musician, tattooist and longtime collaborator in our projects. They play together as The Mooncup Band and live together in Bristol with a large menagerie of guitars, animals and humans. You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via our social media.
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