Plus Support Balduin & Lords Of Thyme
Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
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Saturday is the climax of Soar Angelic with a whole day of goings on. The afternoon will see the dancefloor transform into a relaxed arthouse style cinema with retro, psychedelic and abstract cult film screenings complete with a snack kiosk serving flavoured popcorn. Plus a record fair will stand in our bottom bar area with stalls from VOD Music, Grey & Pink plus Woodstock Records. All this topped of with the evenings bands courtesy of Sunstone Records.
Three Dimensional Tanx
These days, the music press is littered with bands described as ‘psychedelic’, ‘drone-rock’, ‘with hints of Krautrock’ and so on. In their own high-energy way, Lancaster/Manchester-based Three Dimensional Tanx have been ploughing this particular furrow for over 10 years now. During this time, they have been ‘sound carriers’ for Can man Damo Suzuki, performed at Tate Britain with artist Linder, played at a Spacemen 3 art exhibition at the request of Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualised, Dead Skeletons) and smashed it at 2013’s Liverpool Psych Fest.
Their live reputation is so fierce, that they managed to get a full crowd at Liverpool Psych Fest even though their set clashed with Fuzz and Hookworms. They’ve also played with bands like White Hills, Gnod, Trembling Bells, Lucid Dream, the Cosmic Dead, Helicon and many more from the UK’s psych-scene.
The band’s recorded work was on hiatus as former guitarist David Blackwell left to concentrate full-time on the Lovely Eggs. However, with two new members, the now 5-piece Three Dimensional Tanx set to work creating a new album for a new era.
Album opener ‘I Am Go’ is just over 2 minutes worth of psych-garage-rock. ‘Caterpillar’ is a stoned-groove that starts off almost ‘baggy’ and builds up so much it ends up NEU!-ishly monolithic. ‘Loose Id Syd’ encapsulates the MC5 and Stooges energetic riffing with early Who drums splattered all over it. Elsewhere, there’s the swirling, intense ‘Here Come the Flies’, the multi-layered onslaught of ‘Backwards Telescope’ the synth/sequencer/drum-machine-based ‘Clark’s Momentum’ and four more tracks that are all different but share the unique Tanx approach.
The dynamic rhythm section propels the band with a rarely encountered ferocity. All kinds of electric guitars, their trademark 60’s Philicorda organ, a host of synths, electronics, and even electrified zithers and harp make for a vivid soundscape. The vocals are sometimes deep in the mix, at other times biting like a rabid John Lydon. If the live sound is sometimes a wall of noise, then the studio album reveals the riffs, motifs, interplay and other subtleties. But this is committed rock n roll.
Balduin with Lords Of Thyme
Balduin was born in Bern, Switzerland in December 1978.
He wrote his first song at the tender age of 8. Later, as part alchemist, multi-instrumentalist, he decided to form his one-man band called “Creative Cookery”.
It’s not easy painting words for Balduin. Creative cookery with a drop of alchemy and nostalgic mellotronic ingredients? Lysergic meltdown of cinematic and psychedelic audiophilatelies.
The Lords of Thyme are from the Southern English Midlands. With an eye towards the crystalline acid folk of Pentangle and rougher hue of John Martyn and Mr Fox, these acid folk rockers are a welcome addition to the Sunstone catalogue.
They were formed after ex-Circulus members Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Kenneally decided to make a record together. Now bolstered by the pristine voice of folk songstress and Belle of London City Michelle Griffiths, the Lords are touring the UK to promote their debut single, lovingly mixed by John Wood (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Nico, The Incredible String Band)
The band plan to enter the studio after their UK tour, to work on a follow up, for release in the late summer.
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