Wednesday, 28 September 2011


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The band line-up for Turner Contemporary's Late Night Live music event Noise on September 30th was announced recently, with another mystery act yet to be announced following the unfortunate news that headliners Two Wounded Birds have had to postpone their appearance until early next year. Nonetheless, since the event itself is only a couple of days away, I thought I'd post a few YouTube videos to get you all excited. I know I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's sure to be a great night!

Gross Magic
Fans of shoegazing or noise pop will be in hog heaven with Gross Magic, who'll be treating us with their lo-fi penchant for drowning their luscious melodies with My Bloody Valentine-esque feedback. To me, Gross Magic seem to be inspired by early '90s alt. rock, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Nirvana (to a small extent) and a slew of other comparable C86 bands, but the accomplished pop songcraft also makes bizarre nods to glam rock and ELO. Watch the music video of their single 'Sweetest Touch' below (which has more than a touch of The Joy Formidable about it):

Juneau Projects
Playing an intriguing mixture of performance art and electro-psych folk, this experimental Beta Band-esque band have a distinctly avant-garde sound which is well worth a listen. Led by Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth, the duo's previous musical performances at art centres such as Ceri Hand Gallery and the Tate Modern indicates they are eager to fuse artistic expressionism with noise, so you can expect nothing more than an inspiringly delightful racket of eye-opening proportions. This video of them performing "Sang de Bouef" in a live performance at Croft Castle will prepare you for what to expect:

Scream Don't Whisper
Admittedly, this is the kind of band that make me feel like an old man. Scream Don't Whisper are a Thanet-based pop punk act who play music in that uber-fashionable way beloved by BBC Radio 1, with all the hyper-emotive caterwauling we've come to expect from voguish bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, You Me at Six and Kids in Glass Houses. That being said, I must tip my hat off to lead singer Luke Burgess for defying the Americanized drawl favoured by many pop punk singers in their cover of Jessie J's "Price Tag." If you listen carefully, Luke pronounces the word 'dance' in the most English way possible. Good on him, I say:

Needless to say, I'm curious who the mystery act is they are yet to announce, but I'm willing to bet it's going to be someone special! Coinciding with Turner's fantastic new exhibition Nothing in the World But Youth, all of these bands are diverse, fresh and compliment the theme of youthful artistic expression down to a T. I'm quite confident that it promises to be a very enjoyable night, so please do come along. It's held from 6pm to 10pm at Sunley Gallery, Foyle Rooms and Clore Learning Studio at Turner Contemporary on September 30th, so there's no excuse not to turn up. Go on, you might just enjoy it! See you there!

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