Under, 1968, Kurokuma, Kylver, Telepathy @ Rebellion, 15th October

Under, 1968, Kurokuma, Kylver, Telepathy @ Rebellion, 15th October

A wide variety of music was to beholden at the NOIZ Weekender from sludgey doom to heavy rock to prog to metal, it was all here and we were to bare witness. Words: Anthony Firmin and Phil Weller / Photos: Anthony Firmin.

Rash Decision and touring partner Boycott The Baptist are tasked with opening the day, treating the early comers to their loud and thrashy punk. Meanwhile, Stockport's Under [8] are less avant-garde and more sludgy and doomy today and full credit to them that they are able to adapt to the environment they are playing in.  Currently on tour with Kurokuma and their set is remarkably tight as a consequence; in Rotherham the crowd apparently poured their hearts out for them.  Tonight they turned it up to 12, they were seriously loud, so much so their amp blew up!!  Notwithstanding that, they still managed to preview a new deep and doomy song, Bwoab, and featured George and Joe from Kurokuma on additional drums and cowbell!!

I have high hopes for 1968 [6], on paper they show so much promise with phrases like “pushing the older sound into modern ears” but they just don’t seem to be cutting it for me.  Their sound is verging on the boundary of heavy rock and metal with some very interesting sounds being created by guitarist Sam Orr on his Flying V but their blending of old school riff’s just wasn’t working.  However, they are well regarded in rock/metal circles so I will need to give them another try in the future.

Reading's Morass Of Molasses [7] are as interesting as they are intriguigingly titled.   A juxtaposition of delicate sounds and singing against some seriously heavy blues riffage.  Having previously played at Bloodstock and shared stages with the likes of Limb this band should not be ignored, certainly their groove is greatly appreciated by the crowd here this evening.

With guitars grinding like buzzsaws in slow motion, Sheffield’s Kurokuma [7] are an exceptionally heavy band and they start off a run of three bands who find hypnotism within their hefty sounds. Though their tempos may be lethargic – save occasional barbaric bursts of pace from the drums – subtleties slither and wrap around the greater whole like a boa constrictor and once in their grasp they prove to be thoroughly entertaining.

The pearl in the oyster of Kylver’s [8] instrumental work will always be the swathing Hammond Organ with its sound akin to the soothing lapping of ocean waves, but that should never leave Jonathan Scott’s guitar playing understated. The Newcastle quartet, a huge highlight of the debut Manchester Rocks Progathon, return to the scene of the crime with a stunning new album in ‘The Island’ and its musical wizardy is sprinkled all over their set. The chasm vacated by the absence of vocals worked only to pull you deeper into a sound written and performed with a deadly precision. Moody and often haunting, the band proved just why they are so often on the receiving end of high praise. 

Telepathy [9] meanwhile, rounding off this trio of band’s whose presence submerges you into a deep, dreamlike state, are the personification of light and dark. From chilling and surreal clean guitar textures, which build like an incoming storm, to the thunder ravished explosions which cascade from the front of stage with a stupendous sense of gravity, the band toy intelligently with both extremes of dynamics. The ebb and flow of their songs is flawless with each shift in feel and ferocity coming naturally. New single Hiraeth, fruitfully flavoured with humongous harmonies, tidal force riffs and a soliloquy inducing moments of solitude, their placing at the top of tonight’s bill could not be any more deserved.  

Jake Bugg @ O2 Apollo

Jake Bugg @ O2 Apollo

Ward XVI - Ward XVI

Ward XVI - Ward XVI