The third free show of the Scene not Herd autumn sees three superb bands with debut albums out in 2011 light up the Old Blue Last with their mixture of electronics and live drumming.
Expect raw, thrumming and ferocious grooves, improvised and sampled electronics.
The Old Blue Last,38 Great Eastern St, London, United Kingdom EC2A 3ES
Doors at 8pm
Warm Digits is the krautophonic blizzard-wave duo of Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis, based either side of the Pennines in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Manchester. Warm Digits make a semi-improvised brew of metronomic rhythms, snowstorm guitar and radiophonic electronics, dual-laptop electro, swathes of no-wave guitar and frantic free jazz drumming, taking their cue from the hypnotic repetition of Neu!, the textural overload of My Bloody Valentine, the glacial otherworldliness of Emeralds, and the sensuous modernity of cosmic disco, along with a pinch of Brian Eno-esque melody. After remix duties for the likes of UNKLE and Maxïmo Park, Warm Digits coalesced these improvisations into a set of crisp, propulsive instrumental songs for their debut album Keep Warm... with the Warm Digits.
Warm Digits have already pricked the ears of Marc Riley who invited them in for a BBC 6Music session, and David Brewis of Field Music who asked to play bass on their album as a guest. The live show, recently aired around Europe in support of the likes of Field Music, Goblin, Modeselektor and Barbara Morgenstern, aims for fully engaged sensory overload with a live-mixed collision of colour-coded structural films and live-feed video cameras.
September saw the release of their debut album on Distraction records and this will be the sole London date on their UK tour.
Topless, shouting like a deranged preacher, and restlessly twitching across the stage, Pseudo Nippon isn’t your average frontman. He’s backed by cheap electronics and two live drummers who mimic, jam and interlock, and it all comes at you like an alternative soundtrack to a particularly frenetic Sega game. Come with an open mind and dancing shoes and catch them while you can. Shows like this don’t often stick around for long.
Pseudo Nippon recently released their debut album on One Inch Badge. See their live show here: http://www.pseudonippon.com/#!__live-video
Gum Takes Tooth
Gum Takes Tooth are Scene Not Herd favourites. They played our festival last year and basically make any show they play. Originally a two-some featuring the extraordinary live drumming of Thomas Fuglesang, sampled live and manipulated by electro wizard Jussi Brightmore, they have recently added a second drummer just to make things that bit more propulsive.
GTT’s debut album Silent Cenotaph was released earlier this year to acclaim from mainstream and underground press alike. They have an unrivalled ability to tread the line between wild and weird whilst remaining amazingly danceable.