Thursday 11 July 2019, 7.30pm
NORMIL HAWAIIANS communal take on post punk sprouted leaves from its mouth in 1982, and began carving out a new furrow. Greater emphasis was awarded to improvisation within the group and as a result their songs embarked on longer, freer journeys towards the beaten bounds. They wanted these new songs to bear the weight of their new collective spirit so comfort zones had to be left behind. Tape loops, echo boxes, extended percussive sessions and duteous faith in the tones emanating from a particular old wah-wah pedal were all employed by Normil Hawaiians to stretch their sonic fabric into wild and redolent new dimensions. Within three years the band went on to record three astonishing records, their ambitious double-LP debut ‘More Wealth Than Money’, ‘What’s Going On?’ with its radical collage of movements and ‘Return Of The Ranters’ which teamed up their free experiments in compelling arrhythmia with a more confrontational approach. Upset The Rhythm have released ‘More Wealth’ and ‘Ranters’ recently in remastered form, and this special live manifestation at Cafe OTO celebrates the reissue of 1984’s ‘What’s Going On?’ masterstroke (out June 28th). Lucid, candid, politically engaged, rarely metronomic but always humane, Normil Hawaiians conjure vast clouds of atmosphere. Their songs are bedecked with exalted synth trails, clustering guitar rapture, motorik beats, and spun-out raw polemics. Still light years ahead of us all!
RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists), Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Often starting by picking out the ghost notes from the drums to develop a melody, the song then reveals itself in rounds and harmonies with layer upon layer of rhythm and vocal, lending a choral feel to some of the tracks. Rattle effortlessly blend the avant-garde with irresistible melodies and hypnotic drum beats, using rhythm and harmony to create a refreshing sound that is utterly new - a pretty rare feat these days when we're saturated with so much music. Rattle's impressive ‘Sequence’ album came out last November through Upset The Rhythm.
ERASERS deliver up rhythmic and mood-driven music that sits between kosmische and post-punk. Forming as a home recording project in 2009 the Perth, West Australian based Erasers (Rebecca Orchard, Rupert Thomas) released a steady flow of cd-rs, tapes and a 7” before eventually releasing their debut full length ‘Stem Together’ in 2015. In 2017 the duo followed up with the tape release ‘Fault Lines’. In the live sphere Erasers have shared the stage with the likes of Low, Grouper, Acid Mothers Temple, Prince Rama, High Wolf and The Soft Machine as well as multiple shows with long time musical heroes My Disco, Love Of Diagrams and Pikelet. After an extensive recording and mixing process, 2019 sees Erasers with two new releases to share; a 5 track tape titled ‘Forecast’ (through Solid Melts) and the duo’s second full length ‘Pulse Points’ (through Fire Talk and Pouring Dream).