The Bug: Main mutation of producer Kevin Martin who over the years has been, and is also currently, known as... King Midas Sound, Techno Animal/Ice/God (with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu), Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman & various M.C’s), Pressure, Ladybug, the man behind Pathological Records, compiler of various compilations for Virgin Records (Macro Dub Infection, Jazz Satellites), production work/collaborations with noise-jazz outfit 16-17, Pete “Sonic Boom” Kemper’s E.A.R projects, John Zorn, Kevin Shields, El-P, and Anti Pop Consortium, to name just a few. Has provided bass booming remixes for Grace Jones, Thom Yorke, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Primal Scream, Einsturzende Neubauten, Stina Nordenstam, Dalek, Two Fingers, Beastie Boys, etc… really far too many to list here. Name checked by confirmed fans as diverse as Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Grace Jones, Trent Reznor, Fuck Buttons, Death Grips, Thom Yorke, Daddy G (Massive Attack) and more. A discography spanning labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, Virgin, Rephlex, Position Chrome/Mille Plateaux, Word Sound, Hyperdub, City Slang, Tigerbeat 6, Grand Royal… all of which shouts loud that Kevin Martin is a credible sonic originator and not some come-lately producer.
Having founded seminal rock band Earth in 1989 in Olympia, Wa., Dylan Carlson has since been recognised as the originator of what came to be known as ‘drone metal’ or ‘ambient metal’. As the sole original member and principal songwriter of the Seattle based band, Carlson continues to explore new ground and remains an innovator in his musical career and a compelling character outside of it.
As Earth continues to reach new heights, Carlson also extends his musical repertoire towards solitary endeavours. His solo projects, initially under the moniker 'drcarlsonalbion', continue the sustained, expansive motifs found in Earth, but under the influence of the traditional folklore, fayre lore and occult history of England and the British Isles. Shorn of band interplay, the focus is on Carlson’s unique ‘voice’ of amplified guitar and tone. Musically, his love affair with the ancient lore of a foreign land commenced with a cassette tape release, ‘Edward Kelley's Blues’(2012), featuring a sonic landscape of guitars, mellotron and Carlson speaking Enochian verse over field recordings taken around the River Thames in London (a sight of significance for Carlson's own personal encounters with spirits in the United Kingdom). This lead to his full length solo LP ‘La Strega and The Cunning Man in the Smoke’(2012): a rendering of traditional folk songs, contemporary pop songs (including a cover of PJ Harvey’s ‘Last Living Rose’,) and Carlson’s original material. It fused his trademark dark American style with an ode to the “grey, damp filthiness of ages” of “beautiful England”, complete with vocals by Italian singer Teta Colamonaco.
The third installment, a 7" entitled 'Modern English Folklore Vol 1: Hackney'(2012), brought this folklore into the modern day environment of London's East End; a collaboration featuring spoken word written and vocalised by British writer/poet Rosie Knight.
THE BUG VS DYLAN CARLSON OF EARTH
CHOSEN BY : FAT OUT & SUPERSONIC
PERFORMANCE DATE : FRIDAY 14TH APRIL
STAGE : THE BURROW
PERFORMANCE TIME : 22.30