The weather’s rubbish, we’ve not recovered from the bank holiday weekend and frankly we’re all feeling a bit anxious about the general election so it’s high time for a few more announcements for the Tor Ist Das! Festival to cheer everybody up.
One thing that always cheers me up is Flamingo Creatures. They are Ruth and Ronnie from German spacerock collective Datashock. Their extraordinary music takes improvised sound and imbues it with the spirit of joyful anarchy. They have released for all the finest underground labels like Cosmic Winnetou, SicSic, Feathered Coyote and Digitalis Limited, not to mention collaborated with Limpe Fuchs of revolutionary krautrock act Anima-Sound. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space at Todmorden Unitarian Church.
Ambrosia(@) blend beats, noise, field recordings and experimental sounds. They’ve shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and many others. Expect a brutal but rapturous explosion of sound rumbling the pews.
Sam McLoughlin has a discography covering nearly ten years ranging from releases for Twisted Nerve as Samandtheplants, as N.Racker for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and under his own name for Disposable Music and Folklore Tapes. With his propensity for inventing and building new instruments, a live set from Sam McLoughlin can be very hard to predict but his ear for melody and gift for moods always comes to the fore.
They join Andrew Liles/Maniac/Carl Stokes Trio, Ashtray Navigations, Chicaloyoh, Bird People, Lutine, Laura Cannell, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Girl Sweat, Daniel Voight and Isnaj Dui. Two full days of folk, drone, experimental music and noise in the beautiful setting of Todmorden Unitarian Church. Plus a warm up party on the Friday and after parties at the superb Golden Lion pub. Done. Tickets available. Even a small handful of early bird tickets.
The Tor Ist Das? Festival (August 14th to 16th) is ready to tease you with another set of new announcements for our line up. You may recall we told you we had Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles playing the festival with Maniac from Mayhem? Yeah, that Mayhem – the Norwegian black metal pioneers! Well now they have expanded into a trio with the addition of Carl Stokes on drums. That’s Carl Stokes of seminal UK thrash band Cancer (also played with Assert, Unseen Terror and Current 93). How you like that?
More? How about some tape experiments, drone soundscapes and field recordings from Daniel Voigt? You might know him better by his previous recording name Hering und seine sieben Sachen which he has just retired or for his label Sic Sic which has managed a mighty output since 2009 of quality releases.
Or how about the mind-pummelling sonic assault of Girl Sweat? A one man onslaught somewhere between The Cramps, Cabaret Voltaire, early Swans and John Spencer Blues Explosion. BANG!
So, they join a line-up that already includes Ashtray Navigations, Chicaloyoh, Bird People, Lutine, Laura Cannell, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura and Isnaj Dui. Two full days of folk, drone, experimental music and noise in the beautiful setting of Todmorden Unitarian Church. Plus a warm up party on the Friday and after parties at the superb Golden Lion pub. All for £10 less than it costs to go see UB40 in Halifax. Can’t say fairer than that?