ORGAN THING: FOREBRACE or DON VITO? JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO or HONEY RIDE ME A GOAT? An experimental music dilemma in East London…

zz_jel_flyerThing of the day .Thing is, which thing are you going to choose to be this Tuesday 15th April? Over there up the Kingsland Road, you’ve got the serious challenge of experimental avant-progheads Honey Ride Me A Goat along delicious threat of yet another Alex Ward outfit in the shape of Forebrace, while over at the Old Blue Last you have Germany’s Don Vito piledriving at you alongside insect-flitting no wave of fellow Germans Jealousy Mountain Duo…

Where do we start? Well i guess we start with GUNCLEANER, for they open things up at the Old Blue Last  with their pulsing throb and their buzz and their pecking at your musical inside with their currents and their tins blowing in the wind and….well what the hell is that? Here’s the link to the vacant fulfilment  of it all

JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO are a, to quote their own biog, “Two-man German band Jealousy Mountain Duo’s self-titled longplayer was released by experimental German label Blunoise, a perfect portmanteau of Jealousy Mountain Duo’s disparate ’60s jazz and noisy, math-rock influences. Jealousy Mountain Duo takes a deconstructivist approach to its experimental blend of post-modern jazz and mathy indie rock, its guitars looping looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones. The result is tightly controlled chaos, a sonic maelstrom where form doesn’t necessarily follow function. This, truly, is radical stuff. In both senses of the word”. P. Wall


And if those  two haven’t pecked at your head enough to make you want to miss the latest episode of Nashville and all those guitarists mess up the tor manager’s day, then DON VITO will. They’re from Liepzig, they’re an easy listening pop band so take your little sister along… Wel lactually, someone else said

“The band’s description of their music “hyper kinetic instrumental noise tohubohu” couldn’t be any more accurate. The moment Don Vito let a bit of chaos out of the sack all appendages within hearing distance begin to fidget hysterically. It is like being hit with the spray from a machine gun. Welcome the apocalypse of rock smiling at you from three lunatics who appear to thrash at their instruments more than to play them. But somehow they never loose continuity in this chaos of interwoven high speed-grooves.



But that’s in one part of East London, while in another part of East London you have… ….

zz_honeyride“An evening of 3 bands on the outer edges of rock music, featuring the brutal post no-wave clamour of Housewives, the head-spinning convolutions and dissolving structures of Honey Ride Me A Goat, and the long-awaited public debut of Alex Ward’s improv-rock quartet Forebrace”

FOREBRACE  are Alex Ward (clarinet, amplifier); Roberto Sassi (electric guitar); Santiago Horro (bass); Jem Doulton (drums)

High-octane quartet featuring members of Dead Days Beyond Help, Nøught and Snorkel. Forebrace released their debut album “Bad Folds” at the end of 2013 to warmly enthusiastic reviews, and are now finally bringing their sonic intensity to the public stage. Taking off from such reference points as the raging electric violence of Last Exit, the dense contrapuntal babble of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time ensembles, and the pummelling immersiveness of Swans, Forebrace live will be an experience to leave one drained, exhilarated and inspired.

“…a monster of a group… The sheer audacity of the sound leaves a gorgeous auditory residue lingering long after listening.” Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Blog.


HONEY RIDE ME A GOAT  we’ve said loads about the goat riders, here’s what  the scribes at Forced Exposure have to say “Their music is an unholy melding of the scratchy, post-punk shards of guitar scrapes from D. Boon and Arto Lindsay, the disjointed rhythms of Beefheart, the psychedelic jazz-wail of Joe Baiza and James Ulmer and sheets of sound not heard since Rudolph Grey was releasing his wares. HRMAG capture “that” sound and throttle it sideways: songs veer left and right, flow from jazz-like jams to claustrophobic, repetitive, airtight rhythms in a heartbeat; some songs fall apart, others never stray from an ass-tight compositional sound. It’s not “math-rock” and it’s not free-jazz. HRMAG have carved their own musical path.”



HOUSEWIVES – Experimental guitar-band based in South London, interested in the relationship between noise and sound. Housewives’ sound (or noise) is indebted to the scratch and scrawl of No Wave and Post Punk. Melody is often tossed aside in favour of clanging dissonance and sharp rhythmic turns. This Heat’s Charles Hayward noted ‘a sort of monochromatic surliness slowly warms up to a barely controlled anger, hypnotic and building from the simplest elements’ in Housewives’ sound. The influence of the likes of Luigi Russolo, Steve Reich and Phillip Glass can also be found within the space and noise of the group’s DNA. Upset The Rhythm put it best: ‘their songs creep out of chaos into urgent bursts of energy and loud focus.’


Running times at POWER LUNCHES look like this  Doors: 8pm. Admission: £5.
Stage times: 8.30 – HOUSEWIVES, 9.15 – HONEY RIDE ME A GOAT, 10.00 – FOREBRACE (446 Kingsland Road, London E8) . Here’s the Facebook event page

No times for the OLD BLUE LAST (38 Great Eastern Road, Shoreditch, London EC2) but here’s the Facebook Event Page for that one

And here’s a bit of purpled up Ziggy while you make your minds up…. (of course if you don’t live around here and your reading this in Market Drayton, Shropshire or Springfield Ohio or the middle of Paris or some such place you ca nstill explore it all on line so stop you’re complaining and thank us for the service…. have a nice  day now)


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