DONNA CANDY (FR)
queer, drag, punk kinda thing from Marseille, Donna Candy lay out a heavy sound, trawled from the bizarre and sonic sub-genres of experimental rock.
Donna Candy, the bass-vocal-drums trio trawled from the sub genres of experimental rock and busy pushing to the front of heavy music. Nu metal bass riffs, switch-pitched fuzz vocals and big, splashy drums layer over unsettling narratives and extreme loops to bring a bit of the pit to the dancefloor.
Alex (drums), Js Donny (bass), Nadja Meier (vocal)
Begun as an off the cuff party band with the idea of finding a live sound that would fit between 4am trance sets, the trio soon found themselves addicted to the euphoric sludge they created. Swapping their usual guitar for a bass, JS Donny drives Donna Candy with simple riffs, split half clean and half shredded with Boris / Sunn O))) like distortion. Head-banging the whole way, they’ll switch speed or stop suddenly, bending and drawing out notes to ratchet things up for release. Nadja‘s vocals tear through the top layer – heavily processed and warped with weird imagery. Together there’s a feeling of what it might be like to see Sightings slowed by Codeine but with Elvin Brandi on the mic.
Always set up facing each other, off stage and surrounded by the audience, Donna Candy encourage catharsis – reciprocally transforming energy between themselves and the crowd. They build a queer euphoria that pulls apart metal’s narrow dichotomy of nihilistic machismo vs. hyperfemininity, and begins to make the visceral faux-hybridity of nineties nu metal feel possible this time around. ‘Blooming’ brings us six offerings from the band on a four way split release that speaks for itself – once on board with the DC energy you’ll want to be a part of it.
SHRIEKING SORCERY RISEN OUT OF THE POST NU METAL SLUDGE
Otto Willberg plays various bass instruments and lives in London. Live, Otto performs unashamedly melodic improvisational workouts created almost entirely with heavily filtered bass harmonica and electric bass. Strangely abstracted funk and fusion, a blend of the abstruse and immediate. silky smooth, luxurious, odd and compelling, “like listening to Eberhard Weber through a drainpipe”.
Willberg is often heard on acoustic and electric bass in free improv settings and bands with Laurie Tompkins (Yes Indeed) and Charles Hayward (Abstract Concrete//This Heat), as well as the fractured No Wave unit Historically Fucked. His previous solo releases have ranged from extended technique double bass to explorations of the acoustics of a 19th century artillery fort. Other recent and regular collaborators include Steve Noble, Pat Thomas, Jooklo Duo, Alex Ward, Hannah Marshall and Ashley Paul.
He has a solo record called ’The Leisure Principle’ out this September on Oren Ambarchi‘s the Black Truffle label. 6 unashamedly melodic & profoundly strange workouts for heavily filtered bass harmonica & electric bass!
Bookings are closed for this event. Remainder of the tickets will be sold at the door