Hey guys, so some pals and I (the altmusicsoc at Sheff uni) are putting on Japanther and a whole bunch of other bands at The Harley in Sheffield on the 8th of February. There's gonna be an after-party until the early hours and it'll be loads of fun.
Copypasta of all the deets:
'Happy New Year, music fans! We're kicking off the annum with a big punk rock party, headed up by New York's totally awesome Japanther. These guys have a reputation for being a whole lot of fun live, so this is one not to miss.
Advance tickets will be up super soon.
Last.fm event: http://www.last.fm/event/1769570+Small+Ideas+presents...+Japanther
Japanther is a punk rock band from New York City formed in 2001 by two students at Pratt Institute. The members met in Brooklyn. The band consists of Ian Vanek — who plays drums, cassettes, and sings — and Matt Reilly — who plays bass, a Casio SK-1, and also sings.
Described as a “Performance Galaxy” by Vanity Fair and “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher, Japanther (www.japanther.com) has always been a band apart, running the gamut from performance art to punk rock and back again.
Their music is intense, danceable and fun. In Japanther’s near decade of baffling unsuspecting audiences and amassing new fans, the boys have toured Europe, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the US constantly while working in museums on all types of "Art Projects." Synchronized swimmers, illegal shows, marionettes and giant puppets have all been employed successfully again and again, all in an attempt to redefine what bands, groups and gangs can do.
Shellshag is a spastic, minimal, two-piece, rock band spewing the sound and tradition of old punk with the feeling and noise of no wave; their music and live shows are very unpredictable.
These minimalists have a thunderous sound and an innovative approach. It seems that after more than ten years of shredding instruments they have mastered their tools and song writing techniques. Their noisy, pop hooks have catchy phrasing, tune and melody; their noise infiltrates these hooks and words, creating a very ambiguous sound that enhances their image.
Liars Beware is a Sheffield band, consisting of ex and current members of such bands as The Long Blondes, Navvy and Smokers Die Younger. While still only playing a handful of shows (inc. Rollerpalooza) they have already been lavished with praise and recorded a BBC Radio 6 session. Check out their particularly great cover of Urinals' 'Sex' to get an idea of what to expect.
After their wonderous display of garage rock fuzz and frantic drumming while supporting Action Beat (a previous Small Ideas show), we decided that it would be extremely foolish of us not to invite them back for this one. Sound like Coachwhips, JSBX, Lightning Bolt, good times.
Made up of our very own Small Ideas members, this bunch of sonic scallywags play a type of music that the kids are calling 'afro-noise'. It's gonna be the new chillwave, seriously.
Followed by a SMALL DECKS afterparty playing the usual sorta stuff:
HEALTH, Caribou, Sonic Youth, Les Savy Fav, Pixies, Captain Beefheart, Antipop Consortium, Minutemen, Clark, Arthur Russell, Fela Kuti, Gonjasufi, The Juan Maclean, Wipers, Silver Apples, Wu-Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green, Ultramagnetic MC's, Matthew Dear, Wire, James Chance & the Contortions, Tempa T, 13th Floor Elevators, Glass Candy, MF Doom, Flying Lotus, Organized Konfusion, OFWGKTA, Fool's Gold, The Bug, Hudson Mohawke, Black Devil, The Fall, Os Mutantes, Liquid Liquid, Gang of Four, Venetian Snares, Chromeo, Outkast, Gaslamp Killer, ESG, Talking Heads, Wiley, Elvis Costello, Yeasayer, Dam-Funk, EPMD, Pere Ubu, Shabazz Palaces, The Pop Group, Tony Allen, Devo, Tobacco, Japandroids, Lorn, Stereolab, Gold Panda, Sleigh Bells, King Sunny Ade, The Velvet Underground, Add N To (X), Black Eyes, Autechre, Giorgio Moroder, YELLO
Until everyone's drunk and we drop the party tracks.'
SEE YOU THERE