Allusondrugs and Adore//Repel at Long Division Music Festival 2015

It is a pleasure to introduce Wolf In The Sticks as a new writer on the site, who with his experience as an active musician in a band featured on the site, brings an insiders perspective of live music.

He desperately needed a place to publish the article, having promised Long Division it would happen and I enjoyed the tale and am sure you will too, so agreed to get it published…

Let us not tarry –or as he puts it –

MY FIRST BLOG AND IT’S A BLAG

Allusondrugs and Adore//Repel at Long Division Music Festival 2015

Long Division Music Festival 2015

For three weekends now I have stayed in with no money feeling miserable while all my musician buddies were jetting round Europe having the time of their lives, so this Saturday was not going to be another failed attempt of a weekend. A +one was on the cards to go and watch two of my favourite bands in Yorkshire Adore//Repel and Allusondrugs, only to find out early on Saturday morning my +one had been given to a family member (no names mentioned), so I had to think fast and plot a plan, as the 14:00 kick off for Long Division was getting way too close for comfort. Suddenly I had a light bulb moment ‘GET A PRESS PASS’ how hard could that be?

 

I figured I had to look the part so props were needed, having no Cannon HD camera hidden up my David Cameron, I had to settle for a 1980’s camera: No film; No battery in it and a man bag. With props in hand and in full Yorkshire banter blagging mode I ventured into Wakefield looking like a caricature of a wannabe journalist. Ticketless and slightly nervous at the thought of getting palmed at the door, but today was going to be my day and I was not going to even consider a – ‘No’.

I landed in Wakefield about 13:50 and had ten minutes to manifest these passes. Off to the Players Bar I went, my bum was squeaking walking up the West Gate towards the Players Bar. I knew Adore//Repel were playing at 17:00, so I guessed that would be the best place to start and I was right. I approached the Players Bar organiser, introducing myself as a British Indie Alternative blogger only to be told, ‘Go and see Simon at Unity Hall’. With a positive stride in my step I scampered over to Unity Hall and strolled up to the reception desk calmly stating I was from the B.I.A Facebook page and I was here to see Simon. The very nice lady at the reception responded rather dubiously (rightfully so), she nearly clicked on and foiled my plans but, she went to ask Simon if it was O.K. to have the weekend press pass for two. After a very nervous five minutes, that seemed like forever, she came back and hay presto I WAS IN.

Four hours later I was drinking neat vodka backstage with Connor the drummer from Allusondrugs (a very nice chap) and chatting to the lads from Pulled Apart By Horses.

8.5/10 – Awesome event. I would advise to go next year if you get chance and maybe I will even be legit next time sorry Long Division please don’t hold this against me.

As I am a believer in Universal Karma – every time I have offered lies, I have either ended up in the cells or in deep trouble so – here I am writing my first blog post – as promised to the Festival Organisers.

ENOUGH BULLSHIT – ON WITH THE BAND REVIEWS

Allusondrugs - Long Division Music Festival 2015

Allusondrugs – Long Division Music Festival 2015

15:00 – Allusondrugs –  Unity Hall

Local record label Clue Records recently signed the 5 piece Allusondrugs from Castleford.

Having seen this band a year ago, I was as hooked as I was the first time my ex gave me a rimming, it felt good but wrong at the same time.

I knew they would be pumped up from their first ever gig at the Download Festival and was keen to see how much progress they had made in a year. Judging by their social media page they looked like they had been really busy doing a Kerrang tour and other headline gigs across the U.K.

As they walked on stage it was apparent they had gained more confidence (not like they lacked it before). They kicked off the show with one of my favourite songs – Stir – so I was very happy from the get go. Jason was on top form and so were the other lads. Jason (The Whirling Dervish) even at one point gave the mic a very uncomfortable looking blowjob. The rest of the gig matched the explosive start.

Sweat pooled the floor well before the gig was over – how they keep that energy up from gig to gig really does show their love for what they do.

17:00 – Adore//RepelPlayers Bar

Drums – Waggy
Lead Guitar / Vocals  – James
Rhythm Guitar / Vocals  – Daniel

Adore//Repel at Long Division Music Festival 2015

Adore//Repel at Long Division Music Festival 2015

Adore//Repel is a 3 piece (no Bass) fronted by twins Dan and James from Yorkshire and it’s very hard to pigeon-hole these boys, but for now’ I will call them post punks very own Kray Brothers –  Ronnie (Dan), Reggie (James) and Charlie (Waggy).

From listening to their music it apparent they are inspired by the suspense that movie sound tracks create – it’s almost like dance music the way it builds forever. I can even hear echoes of The Cure and Joy Division in the guitar riffs, but, with the balls of hard-core punk vocals dropping in and out throughout the songs.

When they kicked off at the Players Bar it was half full and when I managed to break from the trance like state Adore//Repel had created, I look around and the place was filled up to the rim. Strangely enough I never did miss the Bass Guitar (I hope Bassists don’t start to lose their jobs).

I can see this band gaining a cult like following – you will either get them or not – but if you don’t you’re missing out.

I managed to go out on a bender with the lads around the Festival after their performance and they told me to tell you of their new music video for Youngest Wish being released in the coming weeks and the track will be released on 7th of July. For now….

I have been Wolf In The Sticks – you have been very patient and always remember – KEEP HER / HIM MOIST.

Thanks Wolf In The Sticks and look forward to more of your take on the music scene in Yorkshire – England.

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club is the garage rock quartet of CallumHarryJames and Ryan from Liverpool in England.

Hooton Tennis Club - garage rock from England

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club – there is something quintessentially English about a band who names themself after a fee based lawn tennis club who play on plastic grass, based in Cheshire. If none of that resonates – think of your most pretentious region of the desperate middle class sub-achievers.


Hooton Tennis Club as a band – now that is all together a different story as they scour away the net curtains and plastic windows to deliver an excoriated journey to extrapolate an invectivitude of implied evisceration all laid in a park of skittles and croquet hoops.

The subtlety of the compositions make for their impressiveness as the quartet provide a social commentary on the world they see around as the easy flowing music floats around the room in laconic drifts of open spaces, whilst on opening the ears the sneer is writ large across the scores.

I am minded of The Nerve who had much to say, but put it so abstrusely that few captured the essence – with their songs now capitulated into The Troggs. However I do recommend you spend time with Hooton Tennis Club to ingest the conundrums and on allowing yourself the space, you will find a band of consciousness who don’t find the need to shout and for that I give them credit and trust you will too.


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CHAMPION LOVER

CHAMPION LOVER from Toronto in Canada is the alt-indie quartet of Edward, James, William and Erik.

CHAMPION LOVER - alt -indie from Canada

CHAMPION LOVER

Before heading off to ramble about CHAMPION LOVER, those of you who read the Facebook page may recall a post I made a while ago about how surprised I was that despite many thousands of bands being reviewed over the past almost five years there has never been a duplicate band name. This is the nearest I have come as only a space differentiates between the English band ChampionLover and these guys, but I digress…. CHAMPION LOVER


The sounds seem to be wrestling to get back into the speakers like a Jehovah Witness knocking on the door discovering an orgy going on inside, as the bass implodes upon itself, before finally giving up the fight and donning a gimp mask to join in with the party. The full value of CHAMPION LOVER lays in the underbelly which they expose in a darkened drone that takes over the room in a shroud of reverb which thumps off the walls like clods of sodden turf.

This is music that requires the speakers to be turned up to full volume as the mind immerses itself in the waves of understated distorted phrases which dissipate before the brain can fully ingest the flowing compositions. There is a wandering psychedelic tincture to the sound to which the brain locks, giving it a trippy feel without the ensuing headache.

A début ten track eponymous LP is set for release digitally on the 20th, followed by a must have Vinyl on the 18th of July.

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NudE

NudE from Paris in France is an alt-rock band comprising JamesClémentPatrick and Julien.

NudE - alt rock from France

NudE

NudE has been around in the underground for over a decade and are not the most prolific generators of music with their debut LP not coming out until 2008 and the follow up in 2011, it seems things are stirring and I would expect to see a new creation appear sometime next year. As you know I prefer to hear music released five minutes coming out of the mind, however when a band makes scarcity part of their art-form then it has to be respected.

Bringing in elements of progressive rock, experimental electronics and stadium rock, NudE deliver voluptuous sounds which can extend to over twelve minutes. They are able to fill that time with sounds which merge in to each other giving the listener a journey into outer-space. The compositions flow through transitions taking the audience ever further from the starting point and deliver complex structures which are packed with new ideas, so it is perhaps more than reasonable to expect releases to be so sparse as each track packs in as much inventiveness and range of ideas as many others are able to deliver in an eleven track release.

Hardly prolific live performers either, I guess the most difficult issue for bands like NudE is not to disappear off the radar altogether, yet the fan-base seems to hold faith in the next production, retaining connection and communication.

I have enjoyed what I have heard of the quartet and am one of those waiting patiently for the next release. Given that it has taken me since September 2012 to get round to their introduction, perhaps I need to look at my own glasshouse…..

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The New Infection

The New Infection is Seamus (Vocals / Guitar), James (Lead Guitar), Ben (Drums) and Jeremy (Bass) an indie-pop rock band from London in England.

The New Infection - indie pop from England

The New Infection

The New Infections add a zing to the day. I am reminded of the likes of The Shh and The YuYa with their sounds that can’t help but make everything seem better. Adding some well constructed bass line gives the material a firm foundation on which electronics and instruments jump around like spring lamb inside a framework of a well defined percussion, the vocal completes the sprightly sounds.


Judging by the opening track on their scheduled EP and comparing this to earlier material The New Infection seem to be moving to a more techno pop feel from the more instrumental focus of previous pieces. However they play it, the band have the ability to make the most out of the ideas and deliver music which lives up to the bands name as the listener can’t help but be caught up in the infectious enthusiasm and joie de vivre.

In addition to the recordings The New Infection can be found regularly playing live, typically at present in and around London, but it shouldn’t be too long before they are given the opportunity to venture further afield.

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