XYZ: 'IT'S ON!' EVENTS & OFFERS - *WHAT'S ON IN BRIGHTON & HOVE*
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Kal Marks: Crushing, beautiful, absorbing fuzz-abraded noise rock. For years, Kal Marks was the loudest band in Boston. Though it’s hard to fathom, as bands like Pile hammered away on post-hardcore songs and Guerilla Toss shrieked through electronics-driven art-rock, Kal Marks charged through songs of exhaust and hopelessness from behind a wall of amps, a fervor that other artists couldn’t match. The trio prioritized volume over all else — it’s been their shtick, if it’s fair to call it that — and frontman Carl Shane has no problem saying such. (As he once quantified it, “We’re the band metalheads come up to after shows and just go, ‘Solid.’”) It’s a composition style they perfected, so when it came time to record their fourth album, Kal Marks decided to get uncomfortable by reeling the noise in. They hit a sweet spot in the process.
With support from Reciprocate + Perch.
Reciprocate: New band from two thirds of Shield Your Eyes, their songs all explode into a mess of jagged guitar riffs and off kilter drumming. Parts twist and turn, go off at tangents, head to unexpected places, stop, start, then stop again. The clattering drums and spiky guitar work, underpinned by solid bass playing. Riffs will only appear for a few bars and then be thrown away, whilst others, go on for around six minutes similar to the principal that Lightning Bolt employ in their music; the idea of making riffs the focus of your songs, of constantly making small changes and throwing in odd curve balls here and there in order to keep things flowing. Riff after riff after riff. ffo Off Minor and Paper Cut Out.
Perch: Digging for something original and fresh in the fields of distortion copycats, Brighton & Hove’s indie/art rock quartet Perch plot an increasingly direct flight path on new full length ‘No Step’. Perch deliver taut slices of melodic college rock, and slabs of 90’s inspired post grunge, songs that aren’t exactly about break ups or searching for the next distraction. Ffo Television, Pavement, Sebadoh, Built to Spill Guided by Voices, Sonic Youth via a UK DIY south coast sound.
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Age Limits: 18+