Damnably Presents 'Bottomless Pit' & 'Uzeda' Upstairs at the Vibe Bar, Brick Lane. London
ATP Shellac is sold out now so this is your only chance to catch these bands in Europe.
over 18's only
Bottomless Pit is an indie rock band from Chicago. Guitarist Andy Cohen and baritone guitarist Tim Midgett, both formerly of Silkworm, formed the band with drummer Chris Manfrin of Seam and bassist Brian Orchard of .22 in 2005. Since inception the group has issued three critically acclaimed records and toured in the United States and Canada. The band also played one show in Paris to open the Villette Sonique Festival in June 2008 at the invitation of fellow Chicago-based rock trio Shellac.
Their debut album Hammer of the Gods earned favorable reviews from various music publications. The album was in part recorded at Electrical Audio studios by Greg Norman and initially self-released on 45rpm vinyl. Notably, the vinyl record also included a copy of the album on compact disc for convenience. The following EP, entitled Congress, was also released in this format. Both releases are available for digital download from New Jersey based label Comedy Minus One.
"Blood Under the Bridge" is the third record and second
full-length by Bottomless Pit, a quartet formed in 2005 by
erstwhile Silkworm members Tim Midgett and Andy
Their longtime friends Chris Manfrin (Seam) and Brian
Orchard (.22) complete the quartet.
The album explores the awful and thrilling randomness of
fate, with a hard fix on the future.
Affectionate and brusque, languid and bracing - it is nearly
peerless modern postpunk.
Praise for the band's first album, "Hammer of the Gods":
"8.3 - As fine a debut as folks could hope for." - Pitchfork
"Fiercely intelligent." - Dusted
"Album of the year." - Questionable Content
"I can't recommend picking up this album enough." - Built On A
"Truly transcendent." - Alternative Press
"I highly recommend this darkly and dryly spectacular LP." - The
"It's perfect." - Flux Rad
"Reveals new subtleties with every listen." - Spin
"Another high-water mark." - Time Out Chicago
Uzeda is a four piece band that hails from Catania, a city in the region of Sicily. Catania is known for its close proximity to Mt. Etna, a volcano so consistently explosive that it makes the most obvious and closest point of comparison for Uzeda's music. It seems only right to say that Uzeda is the musical equivalent of this smoking mass of rock, because the songs they create together ebb and flow like molten lava. And the red-hot blasts of noise they've forged on their six albums are fiery enough to leave scars and burn marks. One of the first things you'll notice upon listening to Uzeda is the anguished screams of lead singer Giovanna Cacciola. Notice just how quickly she can switch from crooning to howling on her intense singing. She practically reaches out of the speakers and demands your attention. The angular, corrosive guitar work, courtesy of Agostino Tilotta, is right there in the mix too, providing its own commentary. And the punishing combo of Raffaele Gulisano on bass and Davide Oliveri on drums is the group's constant. Throughout the albums, Raffaele's bass work takes the lead as often as any other instrument. One-sided music this is not. This type of songcraft needs a sympathetic producer, so who else were the band to call than Steve Albini? He and Uzeda have a long history together, with him having recorded 4 of their 6 albums. He traveled to Catania (Sicily) to record “Waters”, to France to record "4", to France again to record "Different Section Wires", to Senigallia (Italy) to record “Stella”. Sure enough, the sounds he captured on tape are just as muscular and natural as you'd expect watching Uzeda live on stage, and any fan of the genre will be thrilled to discover the wonderful performances the band laid down in the studio. Every album has been distilled down to the rough essence of its pure creation. And if you need your bands to make concessions to the listener, forget about it. This music is made for those who like their rock uncompromising, passionate, and honest. There isn't a lick of false pretension in Uzeda's music. And that's the only way they'd have it.
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