Zam Zam Rec and Bumtapes return following their FAG Radio live-streaming recording project at Supernormal 2013, this time bringing their converted Art B Tape Tent – an inter-space laboratory, dub zone, bakery, studio-sound-editing + copy place. Roving around the festival recording music & sounds ((fragments of live sets, wind, trees, words and fire they will […]
Featuring Adam Richardson of the late lamented Ramesses and Mike Vest of Bong and Drunk In Hell (Supernormal vets all), 11 Paranoias deal in a still more psychotropic form of subterranean salvation. Heavily damaged by the acid-fried visions of early Monster Magnet and the repetitive mantras of Loop, 11 Paranoias are opening gateways to dimensions […]
This Lyon-based violinist conjures up a beguiling tapestry of equal parts drone-based deliverance and stately melancholy-inspired by the likes of Rhys Chatham, Tony Conrad and Brian Eno, these beatific textures and spectral resonances are unique, atmospheric and rich with melodic invention.
The path of Alasdair Roberts may have included all manner of different approaches, from traditional songs to self-penned material, and from collaborations with puppeteers to collaborations with poets, yet he maintains one singular voice. His spectral strains transcend time and place, not to mention spurious notions of authenticity, by sincerity and artistry alike. Bringing a […]
Amniotic is the solo guitar project of Sussex born artist Johannah Henderson. Emerging from the aesthetics of black metal, Amniotic has grown from a home-recording project into a distinct live experience; often stripped down to bare guitar and voice. Henderson explores her familiars as rather distant instruments, catching echoes of something that falls apart as […]
The artist formerly known as D.J Shitmat will play obscure, twisted, piss your pants kinda stuff.
A London-based sound artist who sculpts unearthly drones and bleak atmospherics, Anji Cheung has found praise from the likes of Julian Cope, who ventured of her 2011 work ‘Vessel Of The Earth’ “permeated my permafrost every time and invoke within me the wildest caniptions”. Fans of Burial Hex, Stephen O’Malley and Lustmord will be bewitched […]
From the hallowed chalices of Crimson, Purple and all other prog colours, ANTA mightily sup, ornately decked in tar-thick riffs. If you like your rock swimming in key signature changes, and your rock men bearded, ANTA are the band of your life. For health and safety reasons SUPERNORMAL recommends that anyone with allergies to gongs, […]
Bristolian prog-rock seers Anta have triumphed through taking the sturm-und-drang of vintage gatefold sleeve triumphs of yore and allying it to a steely contemporary attack. The mystical sprawl of King Crimson’s ‘Red’, the metaphysical mind-melt of Alphataurus and tha shadows of Guapo’s ‘Black Oni’ are all gloriously audible in this dusky brew, whose potency is […]
Hello, we are AntiAntEaterEater, we hail from the Stoke family tree of Owd Ear Recordings featuring members of Amateur Assassins and Pig Eyed Bandits. We are a two piece tying together acoustic and electric guitars with folky warblings and psychedelic (insert word here). Despite AntiAntEaterEater being a new project both of us have played and […]
Somewhere on the Converge/ Neurosis axis Art of Burning Water are less a heavy band, more a set of barely house-trained human pneumatic drills. Feral metal, if you will. Thick chunky riffs like asteroid tragedies and haemorrhoid-splitting vocals. Bring spare underwear.
Asked to describe themselves, Baby say ‘… A version of the group will arrive at Supernormal 2013 unsure of what will happen’ – deliberate ambiguity wrought of an improvisatory nature, allowing open-ended exploration, never scrimping on elegance and not a jot of ‘will-this-do?’ imrpov chancery. While we’ve no idea what they’ll do, there’s no doubt […]
Liverpool’s Barberos fuse elements from jazz, noise and dub, balancing out tribal-math double drumming and roaring synths, and all with a costumed theatricality that elevates their prog convolutions into unsettling B-movie mania.
Composer, musician and all-round good-times guy, Barnabas has played in just about any genre you could happen to name – from proper classical ensembles and Gypsy jazz groups to unholy brutal doom and agonising noise. He’s also returning after featuring in the Hákarl (communion) performance last year. For this year’s festival he’ll be providing some […]
While ostensibly coming-out-dancing from the mid-00s dubstep explosion, Bass Clef brings the sort of deep riddim knowledge and gear self-love that’s defiantly on a strings of life tip in a sea of Ableton presets. Heads will nod and bodies will be thoroughly rocked and ground like fine salt. In a world of one-rhythm myopia, Bass […]
Dirty electro synth pop from ex-lovers Gemma L Williams (ex-Woodpecker Wooliams) and Peter J D Mason (ex-Fence Collective). Combining glacial synths, glistening arpeggios, disco beats with Williams’ “homicidal Snow White vocals” (The Guardian) and lyrics tackling rape, child death and suicide, Becky Becky will make you dance and weep. Their debut album Good Morning, Midnight, […]
Bermuda Triangle Test Engineers is the live/performance extension of the trio of sound artists who produce the Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission Broadcasts radio programme for London’s radio arts station, Resonance104.4fm, every Thursday 11pm – midnight. The Bermuda Triangle has been a regular feature in various guises on Resonance104.4fm for nearly 11 years. For SN2013 they […]
Bilge Pump have a disturbing ability to be better than any band they play with. Imagine a boiling-over bastard concoction of all the best bits of The Jesus Lizard, Led Zeppelin, The Fall, Blue Cheer, Funkadelic and King Crimson. A thick broth of art-punk fractured progressive noise, condensed into atonal pop songs free of power […]
Haunted serenades for losing oneself in a forest to from these mysterious magicians of experimental doom-laden folk, something like Dyan Carlson’s Earth if they’d been locked in a cabin in the outer reaches of Alaska for upwards of ten years.
Black Tempest’s early evening voyage to the outer reaches of the solar system by way of vintage electronics was a highlight of 2011’s Supernormal, and this crazed and gloriously suspect scientist is set to return to bring possibly his most hellish trip yet to the unsuspecting leafy realm: Imagine Edgar Froese getting together with Jeff […]
They have many buckets, and their buckets are brim full of waters from wells with names like Pet Sounds, Steve Reich, IDM, Penguin Café Orchestra and a legion of sluice gate’s worth besides. Melodies as sweet as a summer’s day and enough vim to fill a school but with some smart arrangements that makes it […]
Post-punk legends, masters of sax-fuelled skronk, lords of righteous trance-like repetition, Blurt have been blazing a wayward trail across the hinterlands of amplified absurdity since the late seventies. Fronted by Beefheartian rock’s most charismatic puppeteer, Ted Milton, their cocktail of inspiration and dementia hits home as hard now as it did in their original, Peel-session-handy […]
Formed in Brighton 2007, “a kind of meteoric fireball, esp one that explodes”, Bolide will be following up the jam-in-the-woods with Thee Bald Knobbers at last year’s Supernormal with more guerrilla incursions onstage and off. Various permutations from members will crop up throughout the weekend – F. Ampism, Cal Mag, Infinite Gaaah, Dan Spicer, Xen […]
Brighton’s finest troupe of free-jazz merrymakers hit Supernormal with the synapse-flaying zeal of a brain surgeon from the bad part of town. It’s equal parts tribute to the jazz records your Grandad never understood and the perfect answer to the question ‘what would it happen if the Spice Girls had actually asked us to skronk […]
Newcastle’s kings of sloth and wrath have graced Supernormal twice before, notably bringing a vibe to the very first event not unlike that of watching Conan The Barbarian at one tenth of the speed whilst spectres from beyond R’lyeh invaded the outer realms of a sunny English afternoon. Such was the intensity of the experience, […]
Branch Medley is one Mr Iain Paxon, the lynchpin thoroughly decent chap in Supernormal favourites Hamilton Yarns; Branch Medley is the sound of a beautiful love affair between one man and his bicycle. He takes his bike, carefully primes it and delicately coaxes a symphony in spokes. Possibly the greenest man in improvisation, Iain’s audio […]
These dreampop satyrs have been dwelling on the darker fringers of UK indie since the early 80s, with vocalist Dominic Appleton even guesting on This Mortal Coil’s ‘It’ll End In Tears’. Over the course of the last thirty years, they’ve built an impressive back catalogue of alarmingly prescient and exquisitely melodious fare, always existing on […]
Bridget Hayden first began to make her aurally enlightening journeys across the consciousness around the turn of the millennium, and having made her name initially sending violin scree forth unto oblivion in Vibracathedral Orchestra. Subsequently receiving prominence in avant circles with a variety of works that expertly manage a primal delivery with eerily transcendental flourishes, […]
Bristolian Guy Bartell has taken the wide-eyed world of small-hours celluloid inspiration to carve out his own unique niche of electronic melancholy and psychedelic expansion. Drawing on influences like Goblin, Neu! And Giorgio Moroder, his wanderings into such synapse-shattering terrain have included releases for Static Caravan, new soundtracks for both Haxan and Terminator 2. Hasta […]
The avant-garde neither started nor finished with John Cage; while much of the art world are familiar with bits and bobs of his, there’s somewhat of a question mark-shaped chasm in terms of what came next. Bangthebore.org don’t purport to remedy that, but for this programme of events we’ll be reporting back on what we’ve […]
Tom Bugs brings his handbuilt BugBrand Modular Synth for two distinct shows. Through the daytime, Tom will be giving personal audio tours where participants don headphones for a 10 minute up-close-and-personal trip around the synth-sonics. And when darkness falls, there will be a performance of free-flowing reactionary romp with a more rhythmi-tech edge.
BUNTY, the wild-eyed multi-instrumentalist, conceptual artist, beat-merchant and vocal improviser presents a sneaky peak of the spectacular Multimos live show including AV, dancers, an audience choir and special guests. On Beatabet records.
Yaseen Ali Ni Matullah and Aalam Bin Muhaymin. Radical sax and electronics duo. Aural waterboarding.
This is the sound of Julian Cope’s metal nightmares and I claim my ten pounds. Think stoner/ doom axis, think fuzz like the speaker’s been battered in an arid opium den since the 60s, think Psychodelia drowning in bike oil and Oxfordshire Ale.
A mercurial talent from Brighton, Caroline Weeks is best known as a sometime member of Bat For Lashes, yet has created startling solo work that takes stark, delicate and complex textures and weaves tapestries of unease and enchantment. Her alternately angelic and eldritch strains will doubtless find an apposite home in the bucolic surroundings of […]
Carousel Collective say, “Conjuring noise from almost object and other junk, Carousel will play with toys, robots and even the odd instrument to transport you to places hitherto not even conceived. Very, very serious indeed. Anyone for a bowed nail?” We say “yes please!” Often quieter than a mouse weeing, Carousel specialise in heart-stoppingly elegant […]
Spectacular explosions…crazed killer cyborgs…deadly martial arts duels. All this and more awaits you in this special action packed box office sensation! H P also does Occult Hand with Isabelle Brooks. My performance will consist of just myself playing a reel to reel with other assorted junk. Cruddy tape-loop wonk and stalk-and-slash vibes abound…
Forming in the fields of Supernormal 2013, Charismatic Megafauna is an all-female drum band comprising artist Jenny Moore, designer Georgia Twigg and writer Susannah Worth. Performing a gig on stage, presenting recent documentary The Punk Singer as part of the People’s Palace cinema programme and hosting a Sunday coffee morning on site, Charismatic Megafauna will be utilising […]
Cindytalk is the lifelong passion of Scottish singer/musician Gordon Sharp – a 37 year journey into the heart of noise-poetry. A dark and fractured first album ‘Camouflage Heart’ was released in 1984 to much critical acclaim, and the same year Sharp was one of three featured singers on This Mortal Coil’s debut album “It’ll End […]
Liverpool’s masked men of magisterial drone-pop have attained legendary status forging a sound that unites Velvets-esque beat group simplicity, krautrock repetition and glorious melodic suss to stirring and scintillating effect. Always unconventional, yet always alive with intensity and mischief, this four-piece continues to unite the Mersey and Mars with unrelenting punk rock relish. The most […]
Clive Henry, in a just world, would be the best-known name in British experimental music. From his forays into Harsh Noise Walls to his distressingly bizarre littlecreature guise and his more delicate and fragile acoustic guitar improvisations, Henry is a man incapable of not being awesome.
A righteous blast of spooked-out guitar cascades and krautrock-tinged rhythmic drive, akin to a demolition derby between Liars, early Sonic Youth and Health, Cold Pumas know how to bring the party in the most artful manner possible. Angular, inventive and always ready with a burst of incandescent energy to move feet and set pulses skyward.
Undersmile’s acoustic underside – but don’t let the ‘a’ word put you off – this is no less heavy than infanticide. Operating somewhere in the realms of Angels of Light’s ‘too dark for public consumption’ material, Coma Wall are like a opiated murderer’s sludge-caked meathook dragged through your cortex.
London’s dayglo titans of titanic riffage and kaleidoscopic pop suss have been setting moshpits alight for several years now, and have been on our wishlist for every single Supernormal thus far, so it’s a delight to welcome their brand of high-energy, low-reverence superfuzz mayhem to the field. If their recent ‘You Owe Me Nothing But […]
It’s perfectly likely that Cosham tourist board don’t feel the CCPA puts Cosham’s gentle village life in the best of lights, but Supernormal certainly do. With an arsenal of homemade instruments, they unleash the kind of noise battery that’s got enough energy to melt a standing army on sight. It’s the sort of racket that’d […]
Cosmo House blends gritty blues and original heartfelt songwriting. Their music reflects a wide variety of influences and a sincere passion and love of music. Comprising of two girls from North London, Cosmo House cuts to the bone with raw guitar virtuosity and searingly skillful vocals.
‘Avant-buskers’ – or rather, the sort of music that’d get your Greek grandmother showing you how dancing gets done properly. For the musos, there’s some toppest of top notch bazoukiing; for the wee hours revellers, rembetiko to work your ass up a sweat.
Rapt by the unorthodox palpitations of no-wave maven James Chance and spurred on by the joint desire for more immersive music making, multi-gendered London five-piece CoverGirl came to light last May in a moment of pure clarity. Formed from the fading embers of post-punk trio WETDOG, the clattering bones of Kaoss Pad purveyors PEEPHOLES and […]
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The Dagger Brothers are two gay ex cage fighters from Norway. After two fairly unsuccessful careers in the ring they joined forces to create a terrifying muscular beat combo called the balls brothers. After changing their name to the Dagger brothers the offers came flooding in and they really hit the big time. Their shows […]
Taking a cosmic folk sound that transcends transatlantic influences to forge its own uncanny magic, this wayward ensemble build bridges between country-tinged melancholy and absurdist acumen. With Haywood striking a balance between king and court jester at their forefront, these striking paens to the otherworldly and the ornithological should bewitch Braziers Park in style.
Former punk turned electro-acoustic composer, Mr Hignell has the sort of sensitivity to texture and sound that’d make John Cage blush. For Supernormal this year he’ll be improvising soundtracks to improvised films. And if you’re wondering how that works, you should make a beeline to see it at the festival. Stunning.
Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster and improviser based in Brighton. He is a member of the chaotic electro-acoustic sextet Bolide, the free-jazz unit West Hill Blast Quartet, and the text/sound duo Mandarin Splashback. He also performs solo vocal improv, poetry and spoken word – and has so far released two solo CDs on the […]
As Ekca Liena, Daniel inflicts moody, sometimes enrapturing long form ambient / noise works onto the world. These contrast with a more conceptual, compositional style under his real name. His interest in conjuring melancholia, ritual, landscape, melody and intensity are key to his work and this defiant diversity has shaded him from the light of […]
Hailing from the same Learning Disabilities scene as Zombie Crash, Daniel Wakeford brings heartfelt euphoria wherever he goes. His seemingly bottomless well of material offers up classic after classic in the shape of relentlessly catchy pop naivetes. It’s the delivery that sets Daniel apart, anyone with a shred of a soul can’t help but be […]
This labour of love by Steve Malley, also performing as The Horse Loom at Supernormal 2014, was born when he had the idea of reinventing traditional Northumbrian folk songs with some of his friends. Perhaps to his surprise, they were all game, and with a revolving cast of characters including such venerable spirits as Alasdair […]
With an earthy, wry tone and a transcendental voice at his disposal, Otley troubadour David Thomas Broughton creates loop-driven ballads that are rustic, dry and mischievous in equal measure. His haunting ditties, buoyed by his off-kilter sense of humour, balance out spontaneity and acute songcraft with eminently rewarding results.
Supernormal’s long had a reputation for bringing you the best in heavy psych thrills, and Dead Sea Apes are nailing that like a Messiah at Easter. Levels of suspense closer to a cardiac ward than summer festival, throttling bass and the kind of solos that’ll have you thinking it’s time to kick the green on […]
Since early 2013, Death Shanties have been a dominant voice in Glaswegian improv. With its separate members covering most of the spectrum of Glasgow’s famed arts and music scene, Death Shanties is a uniquely immersive live experience. Consisting of Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (sax/electronics) and Lucy Stein (live visuals), Death Shanties mixes wild avant-skronk […]
“There are only two types of people in this world: those who love Dethscalator and those who have not yet had enough crystal meth” thus opined John Doran of The Quietus, summing up the grubby appeal of London’s most deliriously abject noiserock crew. With a sound like the worst nightmare of the entire Amphetamine Reptile […]
Somewhat akin to a screening of National Lampoon’s Animal House at a Happy Hardcore gig while the nextdoor neighbour plays his Sega at full blast through a Marshall stack. The work of Shigeru Ihara has seen him heralded as the ultimate clown prince of absurdist noise and 8-bit mayhem. As DJ Scotch Bonnet, following on […]
Absurdist tape-addled musique concrete by way of a nightmarish metaphysical blizzard of kids TV shows, Burroughs-via-Pam-Ayres cut-ups and queasy psychedelia. Theatrical terror and abstract abandon with a suppurating squawk of palindromic power all its own.
At 10pm each night we will be ushering in an installment of our drone based environments to cool down the Church after the frantic wallop hop of the day. With plenty of musicians operating in this field forming part of the crew and other acts (Daniel W J Mackenzie / Ekca Liena, Eka Ekca, Orok, […]
This esteemed troubadour’s wayward path has taken him everywhere from guesting with The Orb several decades ago, to last month’s stellar album with Mark Lanegan, yet always carrying himself with the same wayward charm and earthy intensity. Part vintage blues gravitas , part experimental élan, and all wide-eyed, genre-defying flair, this rare talent will be […]
… hexes in noise, but also worth remembering that curses aren’t always belligerations of those demonised but salves for cosmic disruption. Immersive, perhaps, but at least a jolly great racket. Maybe you’re thinking of Diamanda Galas around 85; maybe you’re just going to stand aghast going ‘by God [or your own choice of post-celestial reference], […]
Susurrations cellist Rebecca E Davies will perform one-note-cello-drone-time-travel during one of the morning drone yoga sessions and as an accompaniment to the after-hours silent film screenings..
Elle’s from the folk side of the tracks, more familiar with boozey backrooms, morris men and real alers with proper beards. The trio is new, featuring Bela Emerson and Adam Bushell, two musicians as comfortable in the avant-classical worlds as they are arranging trad folk. Somewhat of a diversion from Supernormal’s usual fare, Elle Osborne […]
Emerging from a netherworld of spectral radiophonics and atmospheric ambience, the Brighton-based Embla Quickbeam, once a member of ritualistic supergroup Leopard Leg, is a paragon of creeping malice and subtle disquiet. Her off-kilter symphonies of haunted rapture and discordant dreamscapes are a glimpse into a kingdom of unsettling beauty, and a monocle for the third […]
Placed at the pivotal point where ‘sound art’ and music meet, Emma Lilwall’s practice examines genre. By shifting the framework that holds the audio, she challenges stable identities and borders through her art. This process involves the dissection of sound which is refined into a raw material. Through collaboration she brings together disparate sounds from […]
Crashing sonic waves and an atmospheric lighthouse glow from a Brighton-based trio with strange nocturnal vibrations at their disposal. Esben And The Witch’s two albums thus far have dealt in beguiling, dark and atmospheric torch songs that are as rich in amplified fury as emotional impact, and with their third Steve Albini-produced album on the […]
Improvising sound-manipulation duo. Since meeting at Brighton Safehouse Collective in 2009, they have collaborated in a various quartets, internet radio sessions, live slide-show scores and a John Cage recital, but have only recently worked as a duo, performing at March Hare Crossover and Splitting the Atom events in Brighton earlier this year. Z*qhygoem formed his […]
After one of their recent support slots with The Fall, one punter was moved to comment; “I can definitely say that Evil Blizzard are the most disturbing group I’ve witnessed. The musicians are not of this earth, at least in mind, and possibly also in body.” Strong praise indeed, and not inappropriate from a band […]
Broadcasting gorgeous loops and FX manipulation, silk stringed chromatic excursions and occasional cutlery, a unique spiritual confusion.
The brainchild of the musical one-man-hive-mind that is Matt Williams (Team Brick. Beak>, Steveless) Fairhorns is an eardrum-savaging yet strangely beatific journey through worlds of adventure and absurdity, rendered in startling clarity as only this ludicrously gifted scruff can.
Falling Boy (aka Oliver IronGiant), he of lead gurn in the mighty Sea Bastard. A stand alone performance of relentless whitenoise guitar torture. Careful with the axe Ollie.
Fat Bicth (think of talking about large pens with a lisp) describe themselves as party rock. Superficially, they’re something like Trumans Water/ I’m Being Good/ ole’ timey skronk (thrown into a blender/ on acid/ from space/ [>goto: trite/ clichéd comparison]). More realistically, it’s a bit like a melting plastic Iron Maiden (the band and the […]
Kamikaze-esque off-pop songs delivered by a duo with a gratuitous fuzz and delicate melodies – we’re vouching on a strong future for feature. Something of an oddity, they’re at one with the Gods of heavy krauty riff while on first-name terms with the almighty Demiurge Motown. And a singing drummer! You can’t go wrong, you […]
‘Bodies are not volumes but coastlines, irresolvable but undelimitable penetrabilities, opportunities for the real decomposition of space.’ (Nick Land) Field Sports / Fold Music is the sound of the outside becoming the inside of a music, where musicians bring sounds, make sounds and hear sounds, in a music of (w)holes. Field Sports / Fold Music […]
Fish Police’s aim is, in their words ‘to make music that takes people to a different dimension’. The South London trio’s music fizzles with a passion for pop culture, packing in references from everything from 80’s computer games to Japanese anime. Informed by singer Dean Rodney and guitarist Matt Howe’s autism, the cinematic imaginations of […]
This Bahrain-born, Brixton-based troupe take African rhythms, repetitive grooves and a hedonistic sensibility to form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling. With po-faced muso tactics at a minimum and dancefloor frenzy to the fore, they bring a welcome and vibrant splash of day-glo to all or any proceedings.
A new audio-visual collaboration between Aidan Richard Taylor and Kim Da Costa. The project embodies live performance using handmade and hacked analogue machines and forgotten technology of the recent past. Aidan Richard Taylor (from Ginko) builds his own modular performance synthesizers and sound effects and hacks consumer electronics in order to craft a unique sound. […]
This field in Oxfordshire isn’t often mystically transported back to the Mississippi of The Great Depression, but if anyone’s going to do it, it has to be Frank Fairfield-his uncannily sepia-tinted take on traditional folk and bluegrass transcend spurious notions of retro authenticity to end up something all his own. This is a lonesome troubadour […]
Fruit Canoe tells a story in waves of odd noise and distortion, told through a live response to a collage of samples, by using looped sounds and improvised acts of harshly vibrant mess.
Worthing-based poet and painter Gary Goodman invests each of his works with a unique unpretentious poignancy and rich wit. For this event, Gary will be accompanied by the multi-faceted Nick Hudson, providing an unimposing yet hauntingly sympathetic soundtrack to Gary’s totally engrossing narrative.
Worthing-based poet and painter Gary Goodman invests each of his works with a unique unpretentious poignancy and rich wit. For this event, Gary will be performing a piece composed at last year’s Supernormal.
Tribute to the seminal early art-punk band The Swell Maps.
Throughout the weekend the avant-punk collective Gertrude will build a nest of tunes overlaid with birdsong gathered on-site with the assistance of Supernormal dwellers. The team will be on the hunt for good bird-spotting locations, directions to hedgerow activity, or possibly even clues to “birdsong” of a more human nature. Commentary, discussion, mapping and spontaneous […]
Liverpool’s finest VHS-heads create chase-scenes for the movies that besiege their collective subconscious . Kling Klang and Zombi enter a hall of mirrors, and the results are set to fuse cathode ray with cerebral cortex.
Ginko is a multi-talented artist who works with a uniquely crafted music. All instruments involved with his performance are handmade bar a couple of guitar FX pedals. His instruments are designed with performance in mind and are reactive to ambient light (or darkness depending on which way you look at it), flashlights and rays of […]
A transcendental moment occurred at the very first Supernormal back in 2010 at around 9 on the Saturday evening, in which, were a bystander to have observed it, the entire field appeared to be congregated around a glowing UFO. The sound emanating from the speakers was from Salford satyrs and outlaw visionaries Gnod, and given […]
As vicious as battery acid, this four-piece London based outfit are the stuff of vitriol and bile; as one review had it, their splenetic punk rock attack, is “like Poison Girls if they skipped the art-drama and scraped at your chest with pointy fingernails” A blast of genuine agro in an all-too-often compromised and de-clawed […]
Greta Pistaceci is a multidisciplinary artist, performer and improviser. Her practice has its start-point in sound, yet her interests go beyond the sonic field. Recent works have explored categorisation in art, muting and feminist issues, perfection and failure, art as therapy, and experiencing the moment. Pistaceci performs extensively and as part of duo Earth Creature […]
The problem with young people is that they seem to have lost their oomph. Y’know, they should be out consuming a county’s worth of comestibles, but they’re too busy social networking and twotting; to much NEET, not enough whiskey (neat). It’s a travesty that the Grey Hairs attack with rocking like back pain and receding […]
Prepared guitar improvisations from Dave Campbell, former I’m Bring Good guitarist and drummer who is now moving mantle with drone doom machine Sloath, who are also performing elsewhere at the festival.
Grubby Mitts are a 5-piece band fronted by artist Andy Holden. They combine improvised electronica, strings, toys, guitars, percussion, homemade instruments, and lyrical refrains into songs that marry maverick spark with vibrant invention. A band with the temerity to cover Ivor Cutler should be applauded, a band who can do that and carry it off, […]
A faceful of battery-acid electronics under heavy manners in a techno-not-techno style; GunCleaner will make mincemeat of your hangover with their disorientating barrage of synapse-shifting aggro. Chaotic, hallucinatory and downright delightful.
H is a French artist and musician whose vast creative output within a D.I.Y and lo-fi aesthetic deviates among the expanses of sound, performance and production. Founder of ZAMZAM Records described as ‘a graphique & music interphase, an ad-lib Internet radio, zone and party’ is made up of a boundless composite of experimental music, noise […]
It seems somehow apt to invite Hacker Farm to Supernormal, thus giving them a chance to infect these idyllic surroundings with their own unique brand of eldritch atmosphere and bucolic unease. Summoning a decayed and unsetttling vision of by way of whatever rusting machinery and DIY electronics they can lay their hands on, these murky […]
The alter-ego of the festival’s very own Kevin Nickells, curator for Bang The Bore here. Multi-instrumentalist, intellectual bon-viveur and a lynch-pin in the Knobbers crew. Emulating a crippled Shnittke via violin and guitar improvisations; portentious mewlings a must. , Expect flashes of invention interposed with fleeting snatches of pop/country classics we all know and hate. […]
In another world, they’d’ve usurped Soft Machine. If you’re old enough to raise an eyebrow to the words ‘Canterbury Scene’, you’ll rue not hearing the Yarns before; for the rest of you, the Yarns will give you a lesson in an askew yet enchanting variety of delicate prog-folk.
Headquarters bring something of a Skynyrd shuffle the epileptic fizz of Brighton’s alt scene. Like hitching with someone’s who’s just the wrong side of dentistry and knife enthusiasm, Headquarters are just brooding enough to be malicious.
Crawling from a grubby world of overcranked ampstacks and Wetherspoons boozers, Henry Blacker’s sinewy attack, part Girls Against Boys groove and part Fudge Tunnel-style sludge abjection, makes for a queasy, surreal and oddly compelling proposition. A frightful insult to the riffage of classic rock, and all the better for it, their debut ‘Hungry Dogs Will […]
If you’re gonna name yourself after the German word for ‘Witch Burning’ then you’d best deliver on the Arkane darkness front, Hexen’ do so in spades. Nick Hudson and sundry other druids from Tysarc, Plurals, Academy of Sun.. summon forth the hooded ritualistic darkness at levels otherwise unheard outside of a Southern Lord session.
Simulating the experience of being run over by a juggernaut while sky-high on substances you can’t remember the name of, Hey Colossus are longtime purveyors of a muscular, threatening take on psych-splattered noiserock that takes riff, repetition and rancour to new dimensions of trashy horror. These wrong ‘uns may be in the gutter, but some […]
Some groups have names so good it’s almost not worth blurbing them. But then some bands aren’t really bands, so much as they are (self-described) “Dykes. Fat. Old”…amateurish, no-fi… one of their influences is tampon information leaflets… the only thing I could find on youtube was a song called the temple of butthole… one of […]
The debut album of this heralded Leeds crew, ‘Pearl Mystic’ launched an unassuming band way across the astral plane this year, and their mission continues as they bring their incendiary hardcore-fuelled drone-psych brew to Supernormal. With both minimal malevolence and epic scope at their disposal, this band takes the red glow of effects pedal euphoria […]
A veteran of the UK’s indie underground, having played in bands like Crane, Kodiak and most notably The Unit Ama, Steve Malley has more recently touched on a rich seam of tastefully restrained acoustic reverie with this solo project; taking influences like Bert Jansch and Davey Graham and allying them to both a punk rock […]
Solo acoustic bassist and vocalist Reeve’s debut album Friendly Demons was described thus; “As inventive and playful as it is richly emotional-his approach to bass is beautifully expressive, melodic and thoughtful, but also takes in flamenco-style flourishes, charging post-punk grooves, choppy, percussive passages and one surprisingly violent bout of chaos.” Reeve and Mike Watt are […]
Artistic everyman or professional wind-up merchant – Metcalfe has fingers in more pies than he has fingers for pies. Long-standing Klinker henchman, sound poet, film maker, improviser – Metcalfe’s all or none of these, orthodoxly anarchist rather than an orthodox anarchist. For Supernormal we’ll get at least two of these, as he’ll be playing with […]
HUH 5 PIN is the rare duo of Kevin Hough and Duncan Harrison. Though countless showings in various experimental, improvised and difficult musical projects can be tallied between the pair, HUH 5 PIN probably represents the most head scratching and extreme manifestation of each artist’s work. Little is known of the precise meaning of the […]
A mass improvised doom guitar fracas led by Kev Nickells, Tom Roberts and Graham Newbury.
A band with a duplex of prophecies – they really are good (better than that, in fact) and their label is called Infinite Chug. Well, the infinite bit remains to be seen but we’ve had a good 20 years out of them so far, and no signs of stopping. And the music? Simply put, the […]
The most stalled of all the Bolide warts performing this weekend. Expect damaged kit, chewed tape and possibly enlightening muffled hectoring.
One of the UKs most heralded guitarists, James Blackshaw is a master of stark, bewitching melancholia and rapture, In less than a decade, he’s released over ten albums that take inspiration from the likes of Bert Jansch and John Fahey and expand them into an earthy yet startlingly resonant sound with its feet firmly in […]
London-based violinist specialising in making sounds you didn’t know a violin could make; improvisation can carry the red letter of shabbiness but there’s not an ounce of waste to this woman’s playing. Her list of associates reads like a who’s who of British improv – old hands like Eddie Prévost, avant-monsters like Christian Wolff and […]
Whether it is a zombie requiem or a proposal for a rock opera, artists Jenny Moore and Simon Clark have cooperated on a number of performances, and are now collaborating on a collection of original songs. Spanning the personal to the political polemic, they explore a sonically diverse set of idiosyncrasies composed for voice, guitar, […]
Walking a razor’s edge between sugarsweet pop suss and caffeine-fuelled psychosis, Cardiff’s Joanna Gruesome are doing more than simply giving class-of-C86 indiepop a much-needed shot in the arm. Rather, they’re elevating it way beyond retro revivalism or classicism into an incendiary assault that’s as economical as it is invigorating. We never heard ‘dissonant wimp music’ […]
Sometimes the best bands in the world make the criminal error of not coming from somewhere sexy but instead insist on being from Tunbridge fucking Wells. Meet Joeyfat, the band who Enablers wish they were as English as. Who make spoken word fucking EXCITING.
Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic… JOHN bring a unique strain of two-piece rock and roll from the capital. Currently garnering support across the country and consistently put bodies on the line with a sound that both defies and embraces their limited number, because if you’re not sweating then you’re not […]
Hailing from the rural suburbs of the Isle Of Wight, JS Lowax are a high energy instrumental experimental noise band with a DIY appetite. Formerly creating visceral ambient drone music and improvisations under the name Jupiter Sands, both drummer and brother guitar figures have developed their sound into meticulous compositions of irregular time signatures that […]
Cornwall-birthed and Brighton-based, the one-man self-styled ‘slurtronic folk’ project that is Kemper Norton delves down dark alleys in the British psyche, using the wyrd and wanderlust to embolden his atmospheric songs and bold abstractions. Sometimes akin a fever dream from inside a railway museum, at others like Kevin Ayers trapped in an extraterrestrial void, yet […]
Straight outta Newcastle. Khunnt are a band devoted to the most utmost horror and unpleasantness in all its forms. Taking snail’s pace doom and rolling it through broken glass until it howls in agony, they define their own sound as akin to ‘watching static in a darkened room tied up in a duvet with belts’, […]
The project of Oxford-based Max Levy, King Of Cats sound not unlike Lisa Simpson getting into Beat Happening and Dinosaur Jr and forming a band. Helium-fuelled wonk-pop from a dimension beyond rational thought.
Veterans of a variety of the UK’s loudest and most enthralling underground troupes, including Wolves Of Greece, Lords and Bob Tilton, Kogumaza deal out blistering amp-overloaded intensity that blend trance-like repetition with psychedelic garage fury. Sulphur and sorcery in equal measure.
Cheekily naming themselves after the reality television personality and MTV VJ, the London-based indie pop trio La La Vasquez formed in 2009 around the talents of guitarist Freya, bassist Merida, and drummer Rachael.Purveying an unabashedly lo-fi sound that welcomed comparisons to bands like the Marine Girls, Dolly Mixture, and Black Tambourine (not to mention contemporary […]
The UK and Argentina, we’re old friends, right? Well if Las Kellies are anything to go by, we are now! These 3 Gals outta Buenos Airies dispel any ‘Hand of God’ grumblings with their unbounded stream of Garage Punk/ Pop suss, more Party Grrl than Riot Grrl (witness their romp thru ESGs ‘Erase You’). Vocals […]
Oft described as a ‘virtuoso magpie musician’, Laura Cannell takes an improvisational, unheimlich approach to traditional forms of music, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end in a manner that embraces the apparitional and historical, the earthy and the otherworldly.
Joshua Legallienne is a Brighton-based guitarist exploring the elusive territory between silence and the barely audible. Operating primarily as a free improviser, he is interested in the spatial exploration of acoustic sounds through the steel string guitar. His live sets are wholly improvised – even the tuning of his instrument is decided instantaneously on stage […]
Louche rakes from another age of decadence and crushed velvet culpability, Les Bonbons arrive from across the Atlantic bringing a kind of refinement that Supernormal should find itself unusually swayed by. Somewhat in the tradition of Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel, yet dealt without irony or raised eyebrows, Les Bonbons are, with not […]
Like a cyber-phoenix from the flames comes Liquid Crystal, the electro-rock reincarnation of hiphop/electronica band, Nylon Ryhthm Machine. This time round with Keytars, synth drums and interstellar visuals. Think Morricone in a space helmet, riding a white tiger with laser coming out of its legs. Music designed to get you pumped till you punch the […]
The Lonesome Cowboys from Hell have been influenced by styles as diverse as C&W, blues, psychobilly, punk and skiffle, and if they ain’t called psycho country they’ll bust yer jaw. Their songs deal with themes ranging from bad taste in décor, execution in the electric chair, the Post Post Modern blues and the inevitable disappointment […]
Lorah Pierre is an artist whose practice attempts to explore the nature of ‘event’ through live working collaborations in physical and virtual spaces. Projects focus on experimentation across a number of disciplines, the recycling of materials, self-built hardware, hacking and bending, along with a DIY ethos allowing interactive installations and performances to develop out of […]
This London-based stupourgroup describe their own sound as a ‘scumbag lysergic racket’ and we’re hard pushed to disagree. Containing members of Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp and Gum Takes Tooth, their barrage of rancour is equal parts the antisocial squall of Butthole Surfers, the twin drummers from recent Melvins falling down the stairs, and the sound […]
An enchanting Brightonian folk duo, whose stark, magickal serenades are possessed of both blissful simplicity and timeless radiance.
A free-jazz and improvisional perfomer whose redoubtable history goes right back to the 60s, Maggie Nicols has been a member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Centipede, and has collaborated with a plethora of other artists whilst balancing out a jaw-dropping range and ability with a relentlessly experimental and adventurous approach to her art.
Another of Bolide’s brethren, here putting forward text / sound delirium, surprise correlations, plus accidental straight-face news mangling.
Psychedelic vocal machinations from Amateur Assassins front man.
The beguiling and unmistakable strains of Mary Hampton have been heard twice at Supernormal before, in 2010 and 2012, and each time her delicately intense songwriting and haunting voice have resonated in potent style to jaws agape aplenty. Bridging folk tradition with a questing nature and an inventive artistry, she stands apart from categorisation and […]
One of the most incomparable and affecting voices in British folk, Mary Hampton delivered one of the most spellbinding performances of the first ever Supernormal in 2010, and thus the festival is ridiculously excited to have her back with her band the Cotillion, charming Braziers once more with her effortless grace, understated beauty and radiant […]
When not providing hardware manipulated voice textures in Plurals, Dave performs as singer-songwriter Me With Others. With an extremely dynamic, equally powerful and delicate voice, he makes his way through often lengthy, progressive acoustic songs that shimmer with a genuinely heartfelt sincerity. Definitely appealing to fans of Frusciante, Buckley, Fahey and Martyn. Material has been […]
The sort of coup d’état that a former PM’s son would admire, we’re chuffed to little mint balls that Michael Chapman’s agreed to play for us. Something of an elder statesman of English music (but no less vital for it), Chapman doesn’t really need an introduction. If you’re that side of too young then he’s […]
The workshop uses simple exercises to access the “mind at large” and then apply conviction to the discoveries made. A songwriter is always on the cusp of failure and participants are encouraged to dive in and accept all offers. In the workshop we value the power of collaborative practice and repetition to promote a deeper […]
With all of the power of the Dio-era Sabbath album and absolutely none of the pomposity, Leeds ne’er-do-wells Mob Rules have quitely maintained their status as one of the most skull-splitting hardcore acts in the UK for several years now. With feverish drive and malicious intent, their punishing attack should bring an agreeable dose of […]
The brainchild of Eleanor Hardwick, Moonbow’s raison d’etre is to blur boundaries between different mediums of expression, with sound only being one part of a cosmic jigsaw that also encompasses interactive osmology, choreography, set design and a myraid other performance art aspects. As such, Supernormal are delighted to welcome a kindred spirit proving not only […]
If you’re in the mood for a double dose of disgustingly abject and heavily amplified improv-racket that sounds like the mental processes of an elephant that’s just drunk an entire oil tanker full of meths and has fallen into an enormous quarry full of deadly snakes, then Mothers Of The Third Reich will be right […]
‘Big Kev’, as he is affectionately known, is both big and Kev, which makes a useful distinction from ‘Little Kev’ who is indeed (relative to Big Kev) little, and again, Kev, though with more Nickells that you can shake a dick at. Often seen at the prow of the bad ship Knobbers, Kev has also […]
Liverpool’s prime exponents of third-eye-cleansing heavy psych, dealing out a geometric blizzard of fiery riffage and motorik mayhem that flays the cosmos with spectacular abandon. Supernormal have been chasing these seers for years, and are delighted to welcome their kaleidoscopic force to the leafy realm.
Bristol-based avant-seer Matt Loveridge has made a plethora of dazzling music in a bewildering variety of guises, from his incarnations as Fairhorns a highlight of SN12) Knife Library and Team Brick to his work with Beak>. We’re told his second Supernormal appearance will involve a prepared piano piece in Braziers House itself and a DJ […]
When heavy instrumental rockers Kogumaza were asked to play Nottingham’s Annual Xmas Covers Party, the question of what songs to cover was obvious. With the addition of members of Cantaloupe and Hirameka HiFi and some crafty instrument-swapping they became the KGMZ52s, aka the NG52s: Nottingham’s PREMIER B52s tribute band (also Nottingham’s ONLY B52s tribute band). […]
Quietly amazing, and sometimes amazingly quiet. Reeds, flutes, prayers bowls and a guitar that Dan’s never learnt to play. Live, they have a habit of turning from lush, drifting pastoral gentleness to leaving the distinct impression that the room’s oxygen has been slowly sucked out. Lending themselves to lovely acoustics, Nil and the barn will […]
Nil are Dan Powell and Chris Parfitt, alumni of Brighton’s long-standing Safehouse collective. In spite of the high-seriousness associated with free improv, they bring something of a sense of the ridiculous to scraping paper, prayer bowls and free reeding. Not to say they’re not serious, but there’s a camp brilliance to two men old enough […]
Nil By Nose is a lone bedsit knob twiddler, sometimes he might twiddle his knobs in public. Best seen out of the corner of both eyes.
augmentation of nocturnal emissions seeping out of Sussex like a ritualistic study of religions long since passed into the realm of fetish, it was as if an occult hand had pointed them out to each other from the sky and brought forth daring jewels down the belted ear system. Welcome to the offshoots of Jupiter. […]
In band terms, Olanza are still the other side of nappy training, but in musical terms it’s thick and heavy like seasoned oak. Not a hint of shit runny spilling out the sides. Getting ‘getting it wrong’ right, Olanza have the appearance of an ADHD stoner band, torching the tempo like a gunshot from a […]
Riffs good, thick and spiky, like realising the soft gel pillow you found is actually a jellyfish. Psychedelic, but more like the kind of trip you get in the split second before heavy machinery to your cerebral cortex renders you paralysed. We say that like it’s a good thing, of course.
Initially set up by Robert Perry and Samuel Playford-Greenwell in June 2011 under the pseudonym of The Mysteroons. Backsideblackhole was a project space run in conjunction with The Motorcycle Showroom, an artist-run gallery and studio space situated in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Oo first project ran from September to December 2011, in which oo commissioned artists […]
Nicholas Boon is a musician, producer, DJ and composer who combines live instruments, synthesis, sample manipulation and live ambient recordings to create lush musical textures. He has worked with groups of musicians in an experimental and improvised context on many occasions. He plays most plucked or strummed string instruments, percussion, keyboard instruments and uses his […]
The metropolitan kings of twin-bass dementia have been treading the boards ever since 2001’s colossal debut ‘Gee, That Ain’t Swell’, and despite having undergone a variety of line-up changes, maintain their reputation as one of the most confrontational, refreshing, ornery and inventive heavy bands in the land. Perennially underrated, their lean but brutalising assault continues […]
Stockwell’s mighty ogres of earthshaking riffage and celestial sonic sprawl are back with a vengeance from their self-inflicted slumber, and how. Brightening up the early years of the twenty-first century in the British rock underground with their righteous blizzard of aggro and abandon, the beast has been confined mostly to its lair since 2009’s ‘Thriller’. […]
An absorbing and tactile installation-performance work from Manchester ritualistic improvisors/sound artists Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols aka part wild horses mane on both sides, searching for new ways of experiencing sound while camouflaging the processes. Tailoring each show to the location, the piece involves bespoke speaker placement, live instrumentation, acousmatic interventions and the subtle […]
The words ‘punk poet’ are presumably less than music to the ears of Patrik Fitzgerald, who has been consistently creating stylistically diverse words and melody for thirty-five plus years now, yet all shot through with dry wit and bruising candour. A rare set from a glorious outsider’s outsider.
Recently described (by this writer admittedly, but this is a recycling-friendly festival after all) as “Making me think of a knife fight with children’s play knives – you’re not going to get cut, but that headache’s going nowhere.” Ostensibly drone music, but definitely in a one-too-many-poppers, my head’s full of actual watermelon sense. Something to […]
Phantom Chips performs with an array of home made electronic instruments, samplers and wearable noisemakers. Concocting rhythms from manipulated found and recorded sounds Phantom Chips invites the audience to don her costumes and join in with the audio. The costumes create sound through movement and allow audience members to experiment with a brand-new form of musical expression. […]
Avant-garde legend Phil Minton’s Feral Choir, as he has it, consists of “a three day workshop and performance, not only for singers but for anyone who takes a delight in the freedom to experiment. I encourage participants to take a vocal leap and explore all vocal possibilities through exercises and improvisations, over the workshop period, […]
Piperʼs Son began as an outlet for songs written by musician and artist Thom Driver. Over more than a decade, Thom recorded many hours of musical scraps. Stray guitar chords, bits of percussion, synths and ambient noises created a rich sonic compost in which songs began to germinate. The recently-released first Piper’s Son album, The […]
Plurals are Daniel Mackenzie (aka Ekca Liena), Duncan Harrison, Dave Hamilton Smith (aka Me With Others), Michael Neaves (of One Man Team dance) who together form an expansive ambient drone / noise group. Multi-layered keyboards, guitars, vocals and more come together in pieces that cover lush ambience, dark and sinister noise and tripped out psychedelics.
Dave HS (Me With Others), Daniel W J Mackenzie (Ekca Liena) and Michael Neaves (One Man Team Dance), plus a loose network of live and recorded guests form the human body of Plurals, who will be returning to the festival this year in the Church of Chaos. 2011 saw them tour the UK with Canadian […]
Students of the intergalactic spectral arts, Polymer weave arpeggiated synth-wave reflections of the cosmos. Having previously played at Supernormal under the pseudonym, Liquid Crystal, they are now back, blasting out a deep hyperdisco hypnodrone. These space druids will squeeze every smooth velvety drop out of their polyphonic pipeholes.
Poulomi Desai’s practice incorporates noise, electronic, performance, composition, sound and installation. Her on-going project ‘Experiments with Noise’ explores sound and colour frequencies as an allegorical interpretation of The Lombard Reflex. She is director of Usurp project space, which is the only contemporary artist-led gallery and studios in the London Borough of Harrow that develops opportunities […]
Brutal scorched-earth psyche skronk from Medicine and Duty/Kellar/Black Neck Band of the Common Loon drummer Andy Pyne, Tom Roberts (Bolide) and Jason Williams (Mothers of the Third Reich).
Frenetic rhythmic drive coupled with incendiary energy make for an insouciant elixir that kicks not unlike a Manc Melt Banana. Queer’d Science can be relied upon to bring the party in the most haphazard, pulse-racing manner possible. An E-number assault from unearthly confectionary of the sweetest kind.
Spindling shards of psychglass splitting the jugular; like Ravi Shankar’s idiot son flipped out in cyberabad pleading hobos to LOOK AT THE SKIES. A duo of electronics and heavy raag guitar, Raagnagrok are the headlong melting of heavy visuals, tech fetishism and extended holidays in the third eye. Hailing from London via inner space, sending […]
When we say Ramesses are heavy, we don’t mean like lead – think more the gravitational pull on the surface of Jupiter, or a drive-by at a funeral. Phoenixes gloriously cawing, crawling from the ashes of some band or other. Ramesses are the inexorable scream from Nietzsche’s abyss.
Gary Mundy’s Ramleh have been legendary figures in the more unforgiving realms of psychedelia and noise since the early eighties, hammering our feverish barrages of intense invective on labels like Shock and Broken Flag. Their recent return to the fray, which has seen them balance out the overload of their power electronics background with a […]
Brutal electronics abuse by beard.
A riot of irreverent, unselfconscious abandon and guileless lo-fi suss, the frequently costumed and always exuberant Ravioli Me Away are purveyors of a zesty, infectious brand of keyboard-driven and melodic tuneage that manages to be danceable, abrasive and irresistibly poppy all at once. Riots in the second-hand clothes shop are rarely beguiling as in the […]
Initiated by artist, Roger Clarke, the Record Player Orchestra was originally conceived of as an installation of more than 100 record players with which participants could interact by going round these record players and placing their stylus on different tracks on a provided vinyl record. Whether individually or in groups, these participants would be able […]
The Resurrected lodestars of uncompromising improv-avant-rock with a history that dates all the way back to the late 60s and Middle Earth club, via a period of assaulting sensibilities with a defiantly loud and confontational blend of avant-skronk that predated the like of Sonic Youth and Last Exit in its defiant blurring of boundaries between […]
Reds is a Brighton based improvising collective who create free-sprawling, stoned epics. Formed from members of Sweet Williams, Sloath, Red River Dialect and more, they are an amorphous psychedelic beast that pulls on a circa 1970 Swedish heavy jam yarn. The Church of Chaos will provide a suitably skewed, yet cosy space to settle into […]
In the first year of Supernormal, one of the defining moments was courtesy of the Promethean figure of Rex Nemo, who created a spectacle by the ‘Village Green’ DJ caravan still unrivalled for lunacy and pole-axing strangeness in the entire history of this event. Garage-fried loboto-rock, outrageous papier mache invention, choral cadences, Girls Aloud song […]
Peculiar, in the best possible way – at once capable of plaintive folk singing sounding ancient as hills, simultaneously capable of weirdo electronics but not an inch of the contrived or arch about it. Tirelessly and consummately visiting all of the stranger outposts on British music’s chequered musical map and compiling the postcards into a […]
As The Quietus put it. “Richard Dawson is a singer with a voice that’s both gentle barfly croak and Icarus-soaring croon, vocal cords that have been roughly mulled by a ragged red wine as opposed to a thing made arid by whiskey. As a guitar player he’s evolved from homespun folk tales to a man […]
Hailing from Kernow and now based in the West Midlands, Glatze is the one-man-musical-loon alter ego of musician and instrument maker, Sam Underwood. By day he will be found in the Shed Sound Space, with his toolboxes, in search of raw materials to hack into makeshift musical instruments. By night he will deliver his usual […]
Brighton-based sound sculptor Sarah Angliss operates at the strange periphery between robotics and folklore, between defunct machinery and faded variety acts. Her work operates on a wavelength beyond the humdrum of much contemporary experimental performance, utilising resuscitated artefacts and bizarre automata where others use loop pedals and samplers. Given Sarah’ blurring of the boundaries between […]
S.Y have a visceral, vital energy to them, as if immersed in limited bursts of narrative. All of which give new life, born out of dying elements of the past – the drum beat, the riff, the DIY attitude – and of experimentalism breathed into rigid genre definitions.
It might interest readers to know that this writer went to see Sea Bastard on the basis of walking home from work at a similar time to someone who had a Sea Bastard patch on their blue denim jacket. That’s the old of their school. But in fact, they’re only a couple of years old […]
Blending ethereal swathes of ambience with dub textures and an electronic heartbeat with blissful layers of guitar scree, Seefeel defied categorisation and blew minds with their mid-nineties albums ‘Quique’ and ‘Succour’, Thus, their 21st century return was manna for lovers of dark and heavenly noise everywhere. As esteemed music critic Simon Reynolds put it “Seefeel […]
Specialising in live electronics and machine-listening, Ayyaz builds custom software/hardware ecologies for specific performances. Drawing on his background in neurosciences, his work is concerned with (dis)embodied perceptions and how these resonate across psychological and social spaces. His focus is on listening – and investigating what a sonic body can do. At present his main interest […]
This newly-birthed project, entirely comprising implicitly trusted yet sonically nefarious Supernormal vets from outfits like Mugstar, Part Chimp and Dethscalator, is currently shrouded in mystery. We were bold enough to enquire what they sounded like, and were told simply ‘Ketamine’. More fool us you might say, but we’d venture to suggest that Sex Swing’s is […]
Russian-born, London-based artist Kristina Salikova deals in melancholy, crepuscular violin-based serenades of intuition and abandon, somewhere between the shamanic tactics of Terry Riley, the drone tapestries of Tony Conrad and the cosmic Lovecraftian sorcery of Erich Zann. These hallucinatory vortexes are both mind-altering and life-affirming.
Twisting what can only be described as blues-rock into new directions unknown, Shield Your Eyes come not unlike the spirit of Rory Gallagher lost somewhere in the middle of Washington DC in the late twentieth century, and taking up his guitar to wayward skronk with an earthy allure and a forward-thinking intensity. Loud, satisfying and […]
Texan Craig Clouse’s ornery and malevolent band of assorted miscreants create something akin to the noiserock id run rampant. A repetitive, freewheeling one-way career on a rusty toboggan to dementia and delirium, awash with the aroma of Special Brew and mildew. Live appearances are rare, and joy should abound for this feast of gloriously abject […]
A blizzard of hellish percussive clangour and vivid digital horror, Shitwife emerged as a sonic demolition derby twixt Shield Your Eyes drummer Henri Grimes and Ladyscraper laptop annihilator Wayne Adam. Frenetic and frightful, borne from a pub car park with ‘Come To Daddy’ vibes fighting a messy and undignified psychic fist fight with a digital […]
DIY paragons of hip-shaking minimalist grooves from the cellars of East London, via the Delta of Venus; Shopping, taking style cues from ESG, Essential Logic and Erase Errata, smack like an uppercut and are raw like the kind of Sushi Neneh Cherry used to eat back when she was still in Rip, Rig and Panic. […]
Shudder Pulps formed from the ashes of the oft missed Epideme – their self destructive streak finally got the better of them 3 years ago. Where Epideme’s compositional ideas frequently outstripped technical ability, Shudder Pulps’ sound offers more breadth and repetition. Their binding factor comes from a mutual love of Television and the Fall but […]
Charlie Romijn has more strings to her bow than merely her involvement with Thought Forms, and Silver Stairs of Ketchican, her more abstract project, proves this in earnest-largely improvised foraying into six string trance states and Terry Riley-esque mantras, these otherworldly landscapes are fir to have a transformative effect on any environment they come into […]
A blinding Brightonian Grrrlgruppe dealing in garageous lo-fi hypno-pop. Spiky, addictive and vital, they’re apparently intent on bridging the gap between the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Brain Records-era Cologne and Snub TV.
Using only drums and processed cassettes, and incorporating many elements of avant-garde music and sound art in their realisation; Sly & The Family Drone are a primal orchestra of drum rhythms and radiophonic noise. They forge tribal noise workouts in the vein of Black Dice, Shit & Shine and Crash Worship.
One of the highlights of 2012’s Supernormal was Sly And The Family Drone’s bewildering and ceremonial lunchtime set, at which a variety of musicians in various states of disrepair, arranged on the grass nowhere near a stage, conspired to lure the assembled into a world where noise, free improv and out-rock converged like mud-wrestlers in […]
Quintessentially English, like curiously bucolic post-punk/DIY fledgelings whilst avoiding any such genres. Lyrically, it’s somewhere in the realm of an acerbic Billy Bragg, though don’t be confused into thinking the music’s liable to appear at Newport any time soon – it’s far too cutting for that sort of fare.
All is vibration… Cymatics is the sttudy of visualization of sound and vibration. For Supernormal, S&M will be exploring ‘Cymagick’ using a sound and photography installation. Mark Wagner will be using amplified sound (voice, feedback, sine tones and beats) to vibrate mediums such as salt, water or starch revealing the ‘sacred’ geometries inherent in Sound. […]
Spaceheads are a project of some 24 years standing, centred around trumpet legend Andy Diagram and drummer Richard Harrison. Luring trumpet loops and passages into the realms of both the emotive and the abstract, not to mention conjuring up a bewildering variety of tones and atmospheres between them, the band will be performing a live […]
Duo of destruction from Brighton, taking a celestial sci-fi sensibility to warp electronic pop into freakishly beautiful shapes anew. Propulsive and potent, yet this is a band whose interstellar scope and celestial transmissions serve to to make much of the humdrum of modern day kraut/psych look positively earthbound.
Inter-Bolide duo that says what the tin sounds like and sounds what the tin says like.
Beefheart hang-gliding over Liverpool having a cardiac arrest with the Cardiacs, via Jewish funerals-cum-piss ups. No, wait, better than that. A double helping of awesome-sauce on a steak made of bloody (as in actual blood) amazing. Sometimes, fashion forgets a place, allowing something truly unusual to germinate, bizarre spermy spores of hoi polloi, inventive wunderkind […]
Sun Skeletons, they can really bust it out, let me tell you. This is cigarette flowers riding up jolly. But none of that flowery shit. Growling burrs. Death rattle. Dream scenes. Absolutely no plain old dusty wooden horses. No way! Psychedelic music based around patterns created on an electrified bulbul tarang / shahi baaja jr. […]
From the loving bosom of the wonderful Coach House venue and its host Sara-Jane Glendinning, the Sunset collective converse with the wind. Impetuous and organic.
A post punk pop team, a group of dreams, a boys and a girl karaoke machine. Maybe Lady, Zoo Foxx, Extraordinary and The janitor (aka Lady Lucy, Bass Clef & Mr Hopkinsons Computer) are all here at the festival together accidentally on purpose so they decided to re form especially for you. They’ve previously had […]
Supersonic Festival wants to inspire the audiences and musicians of the future through our Kids Gigs programme. This year they will be hosting a Kids Gig with FLAMINGODS at Supernormal. This Bahrain-born, Brixton-based troupe take African rhythms, repetitive grooves and a hedonistic sensibility to form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous […]
Susurrations are the self-proclaimed ‘quietest band in Brighton.’ Consisting of cellist Rebecca E Davies, guitarist Joshua Legallienne and vocalist Ingrid Plum, they specialise in creating special performances that are both completely improvised and wholly unamplified. Shunning loudspeakers and microphones in favour of a purer, acoustic sound, they provide an intimacy rarely found outside the rehearsal […]
There’s a graveyard somewhere at the bottom of the country full of bands that should’ve been better known; on Charlottefield’s plot dance Sweet Williams. Sharp like glass made out of lazers and gobby like a tumescent teenage boy turned into a rottweiler. Catch them at Supernormal or pretend you saw them later.
Former lynchpin of much loved Brighton post-punk group Charlottefield Tom House initiated Sweet Williams as a solo side project. Swiftly expanded into a four-piece, more band structure affair, they have distilled their signature sound into something akin to House’s former groups but with a woozy, grumbling lurch. Though this suggests aggression, an agitated calm permeates […]
Dark, ritualistic, and lost in a haze somewhere between the graveyard and the opium dem, this Belgian Funeral Folk troupe are magi of altered states and dreamlike horror. Their otherworldy jams radiate beyond the pagan serenades of Amon Duul II and the ceremonial devotionalism of Popol Vuh that are their forebears, and touch on misty […]
Forged somewhere beyond the fevered imaginings of Graham Hancock and the fever dreams of Kenneth Anger, Taman Shud bring us what they term ‘blackened psychedelic motorcycle punk from hell’. More wayward, more debauched, and plain more than the majority of supposed psych bands doing the round in the here and now, third eye landslides and […]
A group more likely to be found improvising to tiny audiences in middle-of-nowhere locations like caves and mountains, we’re very pleased to have Team Sports back again. Whether you’ll catch them is a different matter – they played last year to an audience of birds and dewey grass at some ungodly hour when no-one was […]
London’s most intrepid and adventurous psychedelic troupe have been involved with Supernormal right from the outset, and their return to the fray follows a blistering showing at the festival in 2011. Blurring the synth and disco odysseys of the 70s, the guitar-noise fuelled infernos of the 80s, horrorscore schlock and a whole mess of other […]
Arising from the murkiest depths of London’s late-80s noiserock hinterlands, Terminal Cheesecake dealt out a series of increasingly visionary records that mapped out a path between the grimiest of mildew-ridden basements and the most sparkling realms of the avant-garde unknown. Equally adept in dealing with chaotic drug-noise, dubbed-out abstraction and full-throttle psych-rock wig-out, Cheesecake were […]
Andy,Blue & Jenny, (moonlighting from past and present outfits as diverse as Leopard Leg, Medicine and Duty, Hamilton Yarns, Gorse, Shrag, Sonny Tufts…) bring us their drum based insania. Fearlessly experimental and already 3 CDs deep. The Gumshue Grove wrote this about their last release: ‘If you follow characters like Weasel Walter/The Flying Luttenbachers and […]
The Cosmic Dead – If the name doesn’t say it all, you probably won’t ever get it. Supping from the same holy chalice of psych out bliss as Supernormal favourites Gnod, the Cosmic Dead whip up the sort of brain-flaying heaviness that might just resurrect Hendrix and persuade him to play with Les Rallizes Denudes. […]
These Glaswegian vortex-voyagers rather modestly describe themselves as ‘Scotland’s foremost Hawkwind tribute band. And no less mind’. Yet they’re failing to take into account that their galaxy-traversing kaleidoscope of blissful repetition, pupil-dilating freakout, trance-like groove and extra-terrestrial experimentation is equally adept at both igniting a moshpit and blasting off into the darkest reaches of the […]
Nottingham-born DIY foursome, Flat Soufflée, are going one better than playing at Supernormal. They’re setting themselves up as a full-on music cult. Their aim is to gain legendary status for the band, in the way that a single festival appearance sometimes can. Base camp will be an igloo-shaped tent (last used at the Reading Festival, […]
Supernormal’s tagline is ‘Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience…’ and here we’re testing our own mettle. For this special, never-to-be-repeated performance we’ll be getting our own Dream Machine allstars to put together a band over the course of the weekend, having a couple of rehearsals and taking the whole thing to […]
The Family Elan – Like early music with the unhealthy surroundings left in, or music from the outer reaches of the globe covered in local muck. The Family Elan live up the élan of their name, bringing ‘world’ traditions and making them sexy without the tactless schlock of the Jools Holland jam. Something you won’t […]
Maggie Nicols presents The Gathering – a space, place and time where we can build up confidence in our creativity; where we can sit in silence, sing, play an instrument, draw, be poetic; prophetic; we could talk in tongues, talk to each other, to ourselves, talk to voices. We can listen, make sounds; melodies and […]
“Responding to a global crisis by forming a girl band!” The Gluts – Gina Birch, Kaffe Matthews and Hayley Newman – are an environmentally crusading girl band. They formed in 2009 to write ‘Café Carbon’, a series of eco-absurdo-feminist songs about food, capitalism and climate change. Their menu of songs include short and pithy starters, […]
Never a band to let the listener become comfortable at any given moment, The Jelas’ riotous and completely unclassifiable racket takes square-peg dynamics and John-Peel-spirit and throws them down a lengthy flight of stairs in style. Skeletal, wilfully awkward and vividly refreshing, they’re two fingers to rockist boors and a tonic for lovers of salvation […]
Acidic invective, noiserock intensity and sky-strafing repetition from a black-clad, similarly-hearted metropolitan beast. A band whose volatility is only matched by the cut of their jib, The Murder Act will put the ‘ire’ back into Oxfordshire in style.
Clown princes of DIY Peel-style garage-punk glory, forever showing up a whole legion of fussy, studiously tedious quasi-pro timewasters for the joyless charade they are, with one mere clang of their treble-heavy strings and a thwack of stick on skin. A band as sensible as having a bath with all your clothes on, and thrice […]
On some fictional map there’s a party island on the exact intersection of the lay lines of Joe Meek, surf punk, dnb and the sort of psych that doesn’t outstay its welcome, and on this island Physics House Band stand kings. As it happens, they’re Brightonians, but they amply avoid the markers of skronk and […]
The Reverend Cal-Mag Boron was born in the Nottingham branch of Holland & Barrett in 1996 via transmission into the mind of an individual unsuccessfully attempting to shoplift there whilst under the influence of LSD. The Reverend Cal-Mag Boron is committed to ‘progress’ and has attempted the indoctrination of others at various venues across Brighton […]
We had a nightmare the other day where we were trapped on a dodgem car that wouldn’t stop. In the next car was Link Wray, a malevolent gleam on his fizzog. By the side lurked an aged woman hammering a cheese-grater against the metal edge of the ride, cackling in a frenzy. Then we woke […]
Originally emerging alongside the likes of Spacemen 3 and Loop in the bowl-cutted indie era of the late 80s, The Telescopes have re-emerged, reinvigorated, in the new century, purveyors of an addictive, incandescent hybrid of dreampop and spacerock that pummels eardrums and hammers pulse-rates northwards. A blinding blizzard of fuzz pedals and nihilstic nirvana.
Little known outside of their native West Country, this mysterious Collective inhabit that enigmatic DarkPsych/Commune Folk as occasionally evinced by noteable outsiders such as Current 93, Panteleimon, Nurse with Wound but equally grounded in the Kraut/Prog esoterica of Faust and Popol Vuh. Equally at home in an open Jam on Dartmoor or within the confines […]
Sending melodic filigree and guitar incandescence spiralling into the stratosphere. Wharves balance out grit and charm in mighty style, summoning the spectres of Throwing Muses and Sidi Bou Said from the ether. Blissful harmonies, chiming guitar cadences and earthy appeal all abound in this audial embarrassment of riches.
Psychedelia revisited through the eyes of a nonchalant cat. For Supernormal this year, TZM will be matching their blissed-out coloratura with visuals that’ll properly spin you out. In a good way, of course.
How a group of Missouri-based civil war vigilantes from the 1880s came to be found operating as a musical cell in Anarchist squats in the South East of England, with a century’s distance, is a question for the ages to answer. Rumours fulminate like perilous waters, but it’s assumed that the group were into hiding […]
The masked and robed ones responsible for initiating this whole thing. With a line up that’s often decided, in part, last minute, unleashing both atrociously haphazard and irreverently incendiary live appearances, Thee Bald Knobbers are pretty committed to chaos in a sonic and a performance sense. Normally ending up a wheezing, shattered mess of drums, […]
Tracing out a line between the red glow of effects pedal lights and the radiance of the cosmos, Supernormal favourites Thought Forms are masters of blissed-out noisepop and feverish six-string abstraction. This trio’s last album ‘Ghost Mountain’ only underlined their uncanny alchemical abilities, and this, their third appearance at the festival, should see the earth […]
Barely outta-the-traps Synth vs Drums duo comprising of Valentia (Raime,Shit and Shine,…) and Tom (The Oscillation). Shows have mesmerised crowds with their processed live drums via contact mics and analogue synthesizers, all through a wall of amps. Some forward-thinking electronics to top up your Sunburn.
Tribal Fighters won this year’s Symbiosis competition and with it, the high honour of a spot at Supernormal. They come from Manchester and make what they call “Twiddly babe pop”.
Trojan Horse because they’re a little bit sleek and equine with lovely melodies in their eyes and then suddenly a load of Greeks start shouting with pointy things from their bellies. A dash of prog, a lick of pop, a Nigella-style daring dash of spice and not an ounce of stodge in the finished product.
Folk music rendered less as melodies of a people, more a forewarning to those who cross them. Pastoral music that won’t heal you, but it might help those down-at-heel. To the black night, devoted and dedicated, and bringing their bellicose beauty to Supernormal for the first time.
Sculpture is an opto-musical agglomerate made up of Dan Hayhurst (music), and Reuben Sutherland (animation). Their first test hit upon a psychedelic palette, the sensorial intricacies of which they continue to explore. Performance is central to their work, and feeds back into all aspects of the process. Sculpture’s output includes music, ﬁlm and video work, and […]
Primitives is a performance based opti-sonic installation from Spatial that uses custom made, home coded software to explore sonic and optical intensity articulated by simple geometric figures and extreme frequencies. Projected images drive a sensory assault, consumed by your eyes, then ears and existing somewhere between perceptions. In sympathy with the material aspects of live […]
Oxford’s most abrasive and menacing troupe of recent times, The half-female, half-male Undersmile deal in a sludge/doom attack shot through with languor and abjection. Opiated drone, pummeling intensity and aural carnage of a most visceral and agreeable vintage.
Veterans of South Coast absurdo-skronk having done time in the Phil Collins 3 amongst others, this tumultuous twosome deal in angularities and abandon. Gaudily clad yet minimal of racket, this band are where the Beefheartian meets the dressing up box from Play School.
Artful C86 vibes and beguiling melody from a band bringing the spirit of Peel forth into the here and now. Weird Menace are equal parts summer incandescence and dark undertow, beauty spots and barbed wire.
Project “White Bully” conceived in the Russian Countryside and executed in Bristol, UK. Launching with an assured debut album of assorted vocal tracks, big beats, and guttural instrumentals. This group promise high production raw hip hop hooks bullied to death by lo-fi intrusions from wild members, surprising guest appearances and late night freedom.
Kate Bush/ Joanna Newsom comparisons are rife with Woodpecker Wooliams, though to your writer’s ears it’s more like if a 60s folker like Melanie was raised on Wolf Eyes. Devoted instrumental polygamists, Woodpeck Wooliams throw ageing keyboards, tapes, harps, brass and probably your muddy shoes into the mix creating something beguiling and harrowing: blister-pure melodies […]
The name “Woolf” kind of makes me think of serious, book reading, woods-walking girls with a penchant for fierce animals and whiskey drinking. Which kind of describes the music pretty well, actually. Woolf have a sort of “offness” and an awkwardness about them, which at first I put down to the idea that maybe the […]
From the horses mouth: “We are called WORKIN’ MAN NOISE UNIT. We are drums, feedback loops, a bass, a guitar and vocals. Break out the cold ones. And we’re entrenched in this shitpit town of Reading, famous for nothing and nothing less. Full of recruitment consultants and commuters, the worst of all ordinary people, and […]
Shamanic noise cult founded by Henry Collins (ex-Shitmat) and Robin Foster. Voodoo incantations, possessed synthesisers and unpredictable druidic behaviour. Recent performances have included the ritualistic sacrifice of Jeremy Clarkson’s biography, pickled eggs, talcum powder & blood. For Supernormal, the duo will perform various preposterous scores throughout the weekend.
1/3rd badass motherfuckers, 1/3rd road movie, 1/3rd fraction haters, and a WHOLE 7/8THS ROCK. From the blistered veins of Portsmouth they bring a ship of heavy vibes and shove it straight in the port’s mouth; it chokes, and convulsively projects a torrent of righteousness onto the Supernormal stage. Meanwhile, Herb Alpert, convalescing from surgery, dreams […]
I recently turned up late at a show (cheers bus replacement service!) to be told at the door ‘you’ve just missed the best live band in the World!’, thus began the pursuit of Zombie Crash. These guys are at the hub of the Carousel/Shut Up and Listen Learning Disabilities scene and they Frikkin Rock! If […]
Based in the West Midlands but working nationally and internationally, [RHP] CDRs is a research and production unit dedicated to investigating the spaces between contemporary art and experimental music. During Supernormal 2014 our curator, Ryan Hughes, will be working alongside the practitioners based in The Shed Sound Space to document the works their developing; this documentation will later be […]
Tom Tetley (Tom Beef) steps out with 7 league boots from his hiding place in the Hindu Kush mountains into the traditionally spaced out environs of the South West of England, to deliver a sound wrapped up in suicide riffs, blues traditionalism, and Sunday morning lyrics, delivered by a person you can tell is still […]