I missed last month’s S.C.U.M gig at Retro Bar hosted by Fiction Non Fiction, but rumour has it that halfway through the set a young boy stood up on a chair at the back of the audience and shouted, “What a swizz! All this music is, is five kids aping Suicide and Throbbing Gristle’s atmospherics without the songs, where’s the entertainment value in that? It’s all quite pointless.” Those at the gig where visibly shocked by the incident. A few guys in eye makeup where later seen staring into a half-empty pint glass and mumbling, “what's the point of it all?” Whilst I can’t support the veracity of these events, I can, if it did happen, understand the child’s sentiment.
This blog was as attracted as anyone by last year’s emerging ‘Darkwave’ scene in London. Led primarily by S.C.U.M, An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump and KASMs, the scene’s early output was promising but we’re now rapidly reaching the point where these bands need to hit us with some tunes, something tangible, something memorable. Before these arrive Darkwave can continue to produce talented self publicists if sonically challenged bands or host as many self congratulatory gigs in Shoreditch Church as it wants, but no one outside that clique will care. Ironically, it’s O. Children, the one band that has actively distanced itself from the scene, that looks most like making significant strides in the future. This summer is Darkwave’s time to make good on its promise, or get off the pot.
With that in mind, what else is happening in London? My own cursory examination has highlighted the following two acts as current hot nuggets of newness: Arch M's refreshing guitar haze and the exciting Liquid Liquidness of patten. Expect more from us on these soon.
Arch M - 'Cat grave' [YSI]
patten - 'Version' (test mixx) [YSI]