Was Ist Das? gigs in the Calder Valley came to an end last night in a blaze of noise, folk and menstrual incense.
I declined to make a speech last night because it was all too much but it has to be said Was Ist Das? gigs were not me alone. They were only possible with the help, support, encouragement, address books and equipment of so many.
It would not have been what it was without Mick West, Jonathan Lees, Jake Blanchard, Andrew Liles, Dave Ives, Sophie Cooper, Chris Price, Charlotte Meecham, G-Babbz, Rick Tomlinson, Gig, Roger & Elva at the Robin Hood, all the Trades Club people, Masonic Jim, Chris Hladowski, Fern Bast, Clive Russell, Jorge Boehringer, everyone who came and everyone who played. Everyone who ever said a kind word about the gigs.
This morning after is surreal. Its hard to believe it has ended and I know many of you last night don’t believe it has but it has. My remaining time spent in this country is going to be taken up with my day job and with preparing to leave this country.
The Owl Temple closes it doors for the last time in the valley. Somewhere far away on a dusty plain, an elf owl hears those doors echoing. Every ending is a beginning, it muses, and then the coyotes begin to make a strange noise.
The final Was Ist Das? gig before I emigrate to America and there’s only one way to go out….with a bang.
Formed in 1987, they emerged from the Broken Flag noise scene but with a sound far more guitar-driven than most of their peers. Their intense sonic assaults have been influential on such bands as Bardo Pond and Godflesh. Band leader Matthew Bower has worked with many of the leading lights of the UK underground such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, Richard Youngs, Ramleh and Colin Potter.
Tor Invocation Band is a nebulous, international unit of seasoned improvisors. As given to the light as to the dark, their exploration of space, sound, noise and sacred spaces. For this evening they will be: Jake Blanchard with members of Woven Skull, The Family Elan, Core of the Coalman and Sophie Cooper.
It seems like the perfect way to end it all, with our ears ringing!
Advance tickets available for £5 plus paypal fee from here
This will be a last-train friendly gig. If you’ve not been to Inkfolk before then please see our venue guide
Jorge Boehringer (Core of the Coalman) and Ned (Was Ist Das?) team up to bring you a night of music in Todmorden that will test just how crazy the venue Crazy8s can get (Crazy8s being upstairs at the Golden Lion in Todmorden).
Arttu Partinen [aka Amon Dude] is over from Finland spreading sonic chaos everywhere he goes. Expect oodles and oodles of acid-fried noise exploding in your head drum.
Marlo Eggplant is a prominent figure in a thriving and diverse international scene of female experimental music performers. With an intuitive command of minimal instrumentation, including processed autoharp and contact microphones, Marlo Eggplant’s sparsely structured notes and layered static textures build into sonically dense drone improvisations.
Girl Sweat – FUCK YEAH! amphetamine industrial psyche rock from Stockton, like Pussy Galore meets Cabaret Voltaire
£5 in, last train friendly but with party fun and drinking afterwards for the locally inclined
Our dear friends Tor Bookings have put together this simply blazing line-up and what I could do put hassle them until they agreed to let me DJ.
Headliners Pretty Lightning are a dazzling German psyche duo who are both members of the collective Datashock. Bridget Hayden should need no introduction after all the incredible live sets she’s performed in the valley in the last few years. Irma Vep played Tor Fest last year at the intimate Bare Arts show that I couldn’t go to.