Murray S Ward is doing all kinds of fine under-the-radar work in what you could vaguely (read: inaccurately) call psych/noise/improv/folk quarters of late.  With a cassette/CD-R label and musical outpourings in Failed NASA Experiment, Yaje and Black Stepdad (amongst others), it’s not surprising that the gigs put on under the Rusty Trombone of God moniker have been more sporadic.  When they happen, though, they’re belters.  Last year saw Anglo-French flute/drum duo Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides gently unspool skittering, semi-improvised loveliness; this time, the wonderfully unlikely Lego-coated environs of CAI will reverberate to the blissed-out, excoriating drones of Campbell Kneale’s OUR LOVE WILL DESTROY THE WORLD.  Kneale has form stretching way back, releasing countless well-regarded efforts as Birchville Cat Motel before retiring that name, and as OLWDTW he’s continued in a similar vein.  Specialising in bottomless, drawn-out synth drones, howling gales of guitar and deafening electronic crackle and hiss, it veers from blissful, almost dream-pop ambience to oppressive metallic swarm.

“taking the metal out of black metal and shaping planet-busting drones that you might actually want to listen to instead of just collect” (Joe Gross, www.dustedmagazine.com)

Support comes from laptop/percussion/cello trio TEAM SPORTS, featuring ex-Truckers of Husk man Jimmy Ottley, and shoegaze duo MARS TO STAY, named excellently after the movement to have manned Mars exploration missions made one-way tickets.  Sounds highly promising.    The bussed-in hipsters with fishbowls for hats probably won’t like it.  Good.

20th Feb 2011

The Rusty Trombone of God Presents…

OUR LOVE WILL DESTROY THE WORLD: Once known as Birchville Cat Motel, New Zealand’s Campbell Kneale conjures pulsating slabs of thick noise drawing you into the hinterland between black metal and spiritual ecstacy.

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TEAM SPORTS: Matthew Lovett plays percussion, Ian Watson plays electronics, Jimmy Ottley plays Cello. Pulses, drones and scattered rhythms; free improv without the baggage.

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MARS TO STAY: Shoegazing, reverb drenched attic duo. Fragile, leftfield dream pop, verging on the ambient.

Doors: 8:00pm – Tickets: £3 adv / £4 door

Cardiff Arts Institute, Cardiff

Buy Tickets: WeGotTickets or in store at Spillers Records (soon)

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