Bring out the elephant traps: this marks the return of some excellent lumbering beasts. Chief among these is tonight’s promoter and fine chap Chris Eynon, whose longstanding presence in the awkward end of Cardiff (and beyond)’s underground squad (start with Botanophobia and dig downwards) makes any showing a happy occasion. As well as appearing on the bill playing great electric junkshop guitar as The Spines, he deserves plaudits (or whisky) for securing the first live outing in bloody ages from Zail, the guitar/drums duo that take a wandering, strung out path to heavenly heaviness. We’ve written about them a bunch on this site (here and here for example); suffice to say the noise these ex-Mountain Men Anonymous, er, men make is hypnotic, fiery and totally immersive. Pester them about their long-delayed debut album. Sitting atop a bill that promises further deep and mysterious thrills, this will be a righteous celebration in dark times.
Wednesday 27th July
8pm £3 entry
Agricultural strength instrumental riffage from a guitar, drums and two men. Intricate rhythm, stacked-amp howl and feral ur-klang. If there was a band called “USAISALIGHTNINGBOLT”, they would sound like this.
Popular beat classics fuzzed and re-shaped by transistorised solo hailstrum. Hendrix covers Jandek and accidentally gets it right. Not so much re-interpreting as sandblasting with layers of mung.
Ambient washes of sound overlaid with really disturbing ideas. Mellowing meets harrowing with optional aquarium action. The sound of 1990 if 1984 was non-fiction.
De-tuned television static crackle and scrape. Broken machines attempting self-repair while holding the manual upside-down.
A welcome return to Cardiff for Zail, who have been away too long! All this presented to you by the mighty Mr Chris Eynon for the amazing price of £3.