This month’s instalment of SoundProof sees us getting some guitars out and in the open. Four musical projects each dealing with the potential of the guitar in differing ways. The music will start at 8pm.
Prior to this, from 7pm, we will have a rendition from the Lights Out Listening group. Presented will be several short pieces that had the brief of being created from a singular sound source. Come early to hear these, in the dark.
YOUR LOYAL SUBJECTS
Three-piece : Afro-punk : Sound-fuck = Dougstep
YLS is the on-going musical vehicle of Edinburgh guitarist/singer Doug MacDonald. Starting as a two-piece in the late 00’s the current line-up includes guitarist Benn Smith and drummer Kirsty McConnell. Wilfully euphoric yet brazenly confrontational, the band omnivorously subsumes afro-beat, reggaetton, math and noise rock in its core sounds. Eschewing a bass player for a guitar-through-bassamp, YLS have a unique take on genre. Expect biting Caledonian cynicism, bubble-gum 8bit arcade guitars and a drum-kit falling down a fire-escape.
Hiva Oa produce music with a fragile sense of melancholy, buried under a brooding darkness. Guitars, bass, cello, the odd piano and haunting vocals combine to create something unique and intensely evocative. Blending acoustic sounds with more experimental moments the band has created an EP and album that are distinct and immediately compelling. The beauty of Hiva Oa lies in the understated.
Collings’s work contrasts the crushed guitars and textures of My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth with structures more akin to contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich or David Lang. In his powerful live performances, he uses the amplifier as an instrument and the guitar as a control device for innovative digital processes. Using numbers of ‘prepared amplifiers’, he coaxes unique sounds by placing bells, rice and wood directly onto the speaker cone and manipulating the physical vibrations with his fingers, producing a highly visual and physical performance.
These approaches a viscerally demonstrated on his début full-length release ‘Splintered Instruments’ (2013). This music is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming.
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