(((O))) LIVE

Petrol Girls – The Oslo, London

Petrol Girls loud ‘n’ clear righteous causes are soundtracked and delivered live by quite possibly the best Post-Hardcore Punk band around at the moment.

Earth – EartH, London

Earth segue into ‘Even Hell Has Its Heroes’ from Primitive and Deadly, and the opening riff resolves into two absolutely glorious open chords, which sound simply wonderful. For that’s often the best aspect of Earth’s sound: every repetition establishing the riff more firmly in your mind until you appreciate how well-crafted that it is, and how the very final part of that riff leaves you gleefully anticipating its reoccurrence.

HAWKWIND – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

The show’s not over. As expected, they’re back, and take us right back to their very beginning with ‘Hurry on Sundown’ . . . and then the quintessential Hawkwind riff-monster, the incomparable ‘Master of the Universe’. This is it. This is what made me love Hawkwind forty-odd years ago, and what is likely to keep me coming back from time to time.

De Staat – The Garage, London

One of the most fun gig nights I’ve been to in a long time and vastly surpassed my expectations. De Staat performed impeccably and left the whole crowd baying for more. I would recommend anyone wanting to shake of the cobwebs and do some serious grooving, to go and see De Staat next time they play in town. I promise it will be so worth it.

MONO 20-Year Anniversary World Tour with Bell Witch – The 27 Club, Ottawa

While they were playing, I couldn’t help to think about the fact that they have been together for 20 years. Touring, writing and recording emotive music for 20 years! It’s incredible and incredibly beautiful when you think about it. It was an emotional night.

Girls In Synthesis – The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

This band is important. They remind us that neoliberalism is construct not nature; it’s corrosive effects can be resisted. I don’t know what effective protest looks like at the moment, but this feels like part of it because it’s an affirmation of what makes us human; reminds us of what life is meant to be about: community, trust, hope.

Wild Paths Festival – Norwich

With such a large and diverse selection of bands I was spoilt for choice; my only regret is that I didn’t see enough. All that can be asked of Wild Paths Festival going forward is that it keeps true to its local-community-led approach while still aiming even bigger and better. I really hope it is here to stay and can grow and support itself over the years to come.

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker – The Oslo, London

If you’re remotely interested in listening to guitar music, do your ears a favour and go and see these guys right now (ideally supporting Sunn O))) ). Watching Caspar Brötzmann Massaker perform takes me back to my earliest experiences listening to rock music, and reminds me of everything that made the electric guitar sound so exciting in the first place – so dangerous, so limitless, and so utterly essential to living.

Cattle Decapitation – Cathouse, Glasgow

It goes without saying that Cattle Decapitation are one of a kind. They’re a forward-thinking outfit that hit harder than most but underpin their brutality with a globally conscious viewpoint steeped in frustration at every moronic misstep that our species manages to take with each passing day. So why are they so damn enjoyable to watch? Well, that’s what tonight aims to uncover.

Cradle of Filth – London Palladium

I think Dani Filth is one of the best extreme metal vocalists around: ultra-distinctive, versatile, and not to mention an outstanding song- and lyric-writer. And Cruelty is possibly his finest work . . . it’s clear from this show that they’re going through something of an internal renaissance, bouncing back rejuvenated. Even if you missed this special show, now is a very good time to go and see Cradle of Filth.

Rivers of Nihil – The Dome, London

The Sax Man came to Tufnell Park as Rivers of Nihil played an unforgettable album show of Where Owls Know My Name, at the Dome.

ENSŌ SONE: Qujaku + IMPATV • Group A – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Qujaku are not at the point in their career where they can yet play venues big enough for a production as impressive as IMPATV have brought here, but they’re so good it probably won’t be long. You don’t want to miss this tour.

Chromatics – SWG3, Glasgow

Between the set-list, the gorgeous visuals and the curation of the whole evening’s entertainment, there’s a sense of watching something that had been honed to perfection before anyone had even gotten a glimpse of it. The sound is immaculately crisp, Miller’s guitar slotting neatly between post-punk breeze and jagged-pop swagger, and a trio of covers towards the set’s end wink at nostalgia while staying true to the band’s idiosyncrasies.

Track Not Found – The Sumac Centre, Nottingham

Track Not Found? Think Kate Bush with a punk sensibility – imagine she grew up listening to Nirvana and Riot Grrrl hooked up with Natasha Khan and started a band.

Mallory Knox – Underworld, Camden

Mallory Knox approached their final London show with all the professionalism and energy that made them such a force in the alternative scene. It may feel as though it’s over a little too soon, but fans at the Underworld can take some comfort in the fact that they have a few more good memories of the band to leave with.

The Wildhearts – Live Rooms, Chester

This is a band on the form of their lives; and with another run of shows planned in January, this momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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