Over the past few years, Sami’s electro project Faderhead have been difficult to ignore. Be it through ubiquitous dancefloor hits like Dirtygrrrls/Dirtybois or TZDV, or be it through the odd bit of internet controversy (mouthing off about other artists or coming across as a bit of an over-inflated rockstar), where it is frankly rather hard to ascertain whether it is all a joke, or Sami really is like that. Irony being something that never comes across particularly well on the internet.
Getting to see some of my favourite bands over the years really has been a trial. Either I’ve missed shows, been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or said bands simply don’t play the UK very often. The latter is the case with Primordial, who according to their gig history have only played London three times in the past ten years, and this show was the first time in four years. Read more “Into the Pit: 132: Primordial + Hell Live at Islington 05-May 2012”
It isn’t often that it takes a band nearly ten years to reappear after a first album, without completely disappearing from view and/or being forgotten. But somehow, that is what has happened with Sulpher. Well, I say disappear, but what actually happened was that Rob and Monti in particular ended up working with other bands. And seriously high profile ones, too – The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Curve, Gary Numan…indeed the latter day Gary Numan sound, much-more guitar-industrial heavy than before, clearly owes a lot to the influence of Sulpher in the writing and production process.
Just once in a while, a reissue is genuinely of something that somehow missed a time in the spotlight the first time around, and the reissue is no naked attempt at getting the first buyers to put hands in pockets again, but instead the work of someone else trying to get the audience it should have done in the first place.
A new month, therefore ten new songs you should hear about. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 155: Tracks of the Month (April 2012)”