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Listings for July 19th, 2008

APPEARING ON Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Funkdub presents Out From Animals


Free before 10pm, £4 thereafter

Local electronica monaliths Out From Animals will be here to show you what Nu-rave is all about and also what impressed the judges on T4’s Mobile Act Unsigned show earlier this year. Backed up by Funkdubs Djs mixing Funk, Dub, Soul, Hip-Hop & Rock n Roll it promises to be quite the experience.

Out From Animals

They’re influenced as much by RX Bandits as they are by Chemical Brothers, Soulwax or The Faint, and have bagged themselves several celeb fans already. During their tenure on T4’s Mobile Act Unsigned they wooed Calvin Harris and were told by Jo Whiley they were the most relevant thing she’d heard all day. Blur’s Alex James meanwhile thought new single ‘National Curriculum’ was “the best thing he’d heard all year”.

Oh yes, ‘National Curriculum’. The math-rocking post-hardcore electro new single that lassoes everyone from Foals to Men, Women and Children and hits the shops on June 16th. It’s a dense mass of sine waves and pounding drums, a multi-layered monster that began life – like most of their tracks – during laborious sessions in front of the computer, but is destined for the dancefloor.

Paul says of their unique songwriting process: “we like to keep our music digestible, but at the same time keep it interesting”. Interest is piqued by everything from samples of 1949 public domain films about how your ears work to loops of Paul playing the violin, and programs stolen straight off their DJ friends’ hard drives.

Driven home over all this are Andy’s lyrical concerns, about everything from his own materialism (‘Greed’) to the current education system, as on ‘National Curriculum’. “All we’re taught at school is how to pass a test at the end of the year” he says, “what exams say to you is that if you pass that test you don’t have to learn anything again. The song is saying that learning isn’t finite. Everything you do in your life is about learning and figuring things out.”

Thanks to many years of trial and error – and unerring musical obsession – Out From Animals hit 2008 a fully-formed being that’s perfected every aspect of being in a band, right down to the website and t-shirts, designed of course by themselves. They don’t have any grand goals, except for finding “somewhere to rehearse where the neighbours aren’t keeping a noise complaint list”. “We write music to entertain the people we know” Andy says, “but if it can reach beyond our little group in Chester, then great”. Chester is only the beginning.