FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Zea is a breakpop mono from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Armed with guitar, mic, drum machines, sampler and synths, Arnold de Boer comes with fast-paced programmed drums, copious synth work, guitars that go from jangly to strummy on a moment's notice, and vocals that chant as much as they sing; 8-bit electronic sounds exploding all over the place, and at the same time a poptune isn't out of the question either.
Live is Zea fast and vicious, putting rock and roll into electronics, and pushing noisy loops into beat punk. Zea released four albums and many singles. The last two albums were released, especially for an Ethiopian tour, on cassette. In 2009 Zea released a 7" EP containing 7 songs, called "We Better Boil Soup of the Grown-Ups", in December 2009 Zea released "Super Cosmotics" a second 7" (both on his own Makkum Records), and the new album is released just now. After "Kowtow to an Idiot" (2000), "Today I Forgot To Complain" (2003) and "Insert Parallel Universe" (2006), "The Beginner"  is number four.
For the last seven years Zea has been playing all over the world, including 3 times USA, 5 times Russia, Canada, 9 times UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Balkan, Scandinavia. Zea also played many festivals like Moers (D) and Printemps de Bourges (F), Lowlands (NL), CMJ, SXSW (USA). In 2008 and 2009 Zea played 11 concerts in Ethiopia and one in Accra (Ghana). In 2010 Zea will tour in Russia, France, Spain, on the Balkan and in the UK. Since 2009 Arnold de Boer is also the new singer and guitarist of The Ex.
D'Astro live in Leeds and play noisy dance music with guitars and drums. Influences include The Fall, Chinese Stars, Wire and commercial hip-hop. The bass and drums are fat and groovy, the guitars thin and scratchy and the singing excited and sarcastic. There are no love songs, typical subjects include the joy of listening to records, arguments between father and son about drugs and how krautrock will one day take over popular culture.
Ex-Pale Saints, Chris Cooper & Graeme Naysmith create atmospheric instrumental soundscapes - Think postrock/surf shoegaze with hints of floyd, mogwai, cure, godspeedyoublackemperor, the doors, dick dale, eno, can, neu, explosions in the sky, etc.
Post aprokalyptic synths with female vocals, riffs , witch craft and a bit of noise.