Thursday, 31 July 2008

Offset Festival - 30/31 August

Does the pope shit in the woods? Well no. He’s really more of a leisurely mid-afternoon private en suite, maybe with an old copy of Mein Kampf, kind of crapper. However, if His Holiness were into some of the most forward-thinking new music, then there’s every chance he could curl one out at the new Offset Festival next month.

Situated within the grounds of Hainault Forest Country Park in Essex, thanks in the main to the Experimental Circle Club (formerly the influential Southend scene emporium, the Junk Club), Offset is showcasing some of the UK's most exciting new music. As well as influential fusties, Wire and Gang of Four, the cream of London's most experimental and innovative music have been booked.

Are New Ears gonna be there? Does the pope shit in the woods? The full line up can be found here, but we've selected two strong reasons to bag a weekend in commuterville:

Factory Floor
Repetition is the trick. With Martin Hannett-like production, krautock grooves and screeching guitars, this three-piece have gone'n mastered it. It's dark and desolate but for some reason it makes me wear a grin as big as a harbour. Partly because they're the antithesis of the jingly jangly NME sickbag brigade, but mainly due to the way their 1940s-Britain romanticism compliments their noise so aptly; it’s post-punk, but with a human face. Seek out their forthcoming sophomore EP, which includes 'Francis, Francis'...

These feminist manifesto name checking Souf London youngens have been courting much in the way of hype. Thankfully their demos, showcasing a sound built on Suicide’s synthesisers and bass heavy driving no wave rhythms, justify it. The teens are currently in the studio with Rory (ex Test Icicles) and Tomethy Furse (The Horrors) working on a debut release. After Offset their tour calls into Manchester on 24 September at the new Deaf Institute hosted band night, Now Wave.

S.C.U.M - 'Visions arise' (download here or listen below)

Words: SS

Pic: S.C.U.M

1 comment:

AlyssaPandaEyes said...

good work Simon, I am officially drooling with jealousy at all those going to Offset - I suppose I shall have to live vicariously though New Ears' coverage.
I especially liked your interesting and apt description of Factory Floor.