The Thekla Archives: 2016

BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe Curated By Electric Harmony, Electric Harmony and Thekla Bristol Present: Idles, October Drift and The Gnarwhals

  • Friday 12th February 2016
  • Supported by: Idles, October Drift, The Gnarwhals

BBC 6 MUSIC FESTIVAL FRINGE CURATED BY ELECTRIC HARMONY
www.electricharmonymusic.com 

Electric Harmony

 

Thekla presents a weekend fringe line-up of incredible Bristol-affiliated musical talent, curated by three of the city's finest independent promoters.

Our first curator is Electric Harmony, with a line-up featuring Idles,October Drift & The Gnarwhals.

Free tickets available from DICE FM. 

IDLES
www.idlesband.com  

After taking a year and a half hiatus from the live scene since their success of their debut EP release 'Welcome' which included BBC Introducing in the Southwest "Band of The Year", they've spent their time to perfect their writing process and "bleed out a shit tonne of songs that we're truly proud of and
excited about."

Idles are like few other bands. They are violent, passionate, guttural and honest. They have spent the last four years working to the point where they've mastered their songs as visceral and jarring monolithic nods to the dark and estranged. Their live show is second to none, they give everything they have in an unapologetic force of nature, leaving nowhere for the audience to hide.

"We were best friends before the band but now Idles are brothers. We believe in everything we do and we always will. We love Idles. We'll always be Idles."

Idles are violent, passionate, guttural and honest. They've spent their time working to the point where they've mastered their songs as visceral and jarring monolithic nods to the dark and estranged. Their live show is second to none, they give everything they have in an unapologetic force of nature, leaving nowhere to hide.

Their sounds has been lovingly described by Geraint Davies of CRACK Magazine: ''Across four tracks of oppressive, propulsive scratch/grind/release, Meat feels like listening in on a reluctant confession. Stubborn, unyielding dynamics... ...push through shades of bitter blacks and opaque greys and blinding flashes of white, resolutely human catharsis overseen by a prevalent sense of watertight musicianship honed through countless, relentless hours glaring from Idle to Idle in boxy, dank rehearsal spaces. The result is a sonic Stockholm Syndrome; a public release of a deeply personal, insular process which pleads to be re-contained. Taut, concrete downstrokes constantly drive through Joe Talbot’s clenched, malevolent delivery as he muses on personal politics, everyman frustrations and idiosyncratic abstractions. Devouring influence whole, rejecting them then replacing them and regurgitating each and every one, this is post-punk is its realest sense. Meat is a bold, naked re-arrival, a deeply profound statement. It’s quite simply one of the most vital sounds emerging within British music right now.

OCTOBER DRIFT
www.octoberdrift.co.uk 

Rising newcomers October Drift have gained a strong word-of-mouth following since exploding onto the music scene at the start of 2015.

Despite the early success of their incendiary debut singles – receiving support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Q magazine to name but a few - and string of sold-out gigs, this band still remain something of an enigma.

October Drift’s music is similarly ambiguous, characterised by their signature wall of sound guitars, soaring, ponderous vocals and driving, urgent drums.

The band have gained a reputation for delivering blistering, high-energy live shows. Indeed, their first tour sold out before even releasing their first single, such is the buzz around their live performances. With a strong DIY ethos, the band record everything themselves in their own studio and even handmake
their own merchandise. This organic approach led them to a complete shun of social media throughout 2015.

But that’s all set to change as the band’s word-of-mouth following continues to grow and the music press begin to take notice of October Drift’s melancholic growl.

THE GNARWHALS
www.facebook.com/The-Gnarwhals-124067594291323 

Formed in San Diego in '79 this loveable skate-rock power trio has stormed the billboard chart time and time again with albums "Till Death Do Us Party", "The Robot House (Is Mega Sweet For Mega Party Boarding)" and more recently "Fuck Cameron".

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 6:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.dice.fm 

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