Damnably Presents BITCH MAGNET & guests
Date: Monday December 12th
Venue: The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB
020 7837 5371
Tickets: £12.50 adv /£15.00 on the Door
Available Friday October 7th at 8am from:
over 18's only
Support: smallgang & FU
DJ's: Damnably's & special guests playing Post Punk, Slowcore, Lofi, JRock and Metal from 11pm-4am xmas party
This will be one of the first shows Bitch Magnet has played since December 1990, and the first that the band's core trio lineup has played since the spring of 1989.
Bitch Magnet was formed by bassist/vocalist Sooyoung Park and Jon Fine at Oberlin College in 1986; drummer Orestes Morfin joined shortly thereafter.
Immediately following the release of its debut (Steve Albini) recorded Star Booty in 1988, the band garnered rapturous reviews and established itself among the top-tier of America’s independent music underground.
The band’s reputation continued to grow with tours of the US and Europe, and the subsequent releases of Umber (prominently included by Mojo on its list of “Lost Albums You Must Own”) in 1989 and Ben Hur in 1990.
The latter two have been frequently cited as a key inspiration for
what would become known as “post-rock,” a term that baffled and amused themembers of Bitch Magnet when it first surfaced, and still does today.
Along with their contemporaries in Slint, in the years following their breakup,
Bitch Magnet has been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Don Caballero, Mogwai,
Rodan, June of 44 and Battles.
“Probably more than any other band, Bitch Magnet sent me in the direction I took with the music I have tried to make,” said Battles’ Ian Williams, whose band’s invitation to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties coaxed Bitch Magnet out of retirement.
smallgang are a half-japanese London based quartet fronted by two lead guitar toting baritone voiced brothers that have been making a name for themselves with volcanic live shows exploding tight poppy post-punk with effortless complexity and crazed solo's.
Gideon Co BBC 6musice: “rather good”
Artrocker: “deceptively deadpan songs often mutate into noisy but controlled thrashing. (Cockpit) is a particularly fine tune.”
God Is In The TV: “certain clockwork precision, howls of guitar noise over angular melodies, with two vocalists lending either an arch-Neil Hannon vibe on songs like Cockpit or a touch of Ian Curtis on others. “
Genre-defying literate, melodic and darkly comic East London/South Korean trio reconfigure their Karate, Seam, smog and Shellac influences.
Leicester Mercury "cast a bewitching spell as each tune unfolded in an unforced, languid haze"
The Line Of Best Fit “a gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee”
Damnably has over the last five years promoted gigs in London, Bristol and Manchester, released critically acclaimed albums in the UK/Europe, booked Europe-wide tours and produced 4 years of Podcast Radio shows-Voted Time Out's first 'Podcast Of the Week'