ArcTanGent begins tomorrow with their early entry line-up. One stage, eight bands. Check this out:


HEADLINER: And So I Watch You From Afar –  alternative | instrumental | rock

Three Trapped Tigers –  electronica | experimental | post-rock | progressive rock

TTNG –  rock | pop | math-rock | progressive

The Physics House Band –  electronica | experimental | avant-garde | math-rock | post-rock | progressive rock | jazz

Baby Godzilla – blues | noise | post-hardcore | rock

Nordic Giants –  ambient | cinematic | post-rock | experimental | instrumental | ambient | downtempo | psychedelic

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion – alternative

Theo –  alternative | instrumental | math-rock

More importantly; here is the final clash guide for the ARC and PX3 stages on Saturday 30th. You can catch the first three bands (THE WINCHESTER CLUB, LUO, GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE) on the ARC stage as they do not clash with anybody apart from a bit of an overlap with some of the bands on the YOHKAI ands BIXLER stages. Here is the clash finder. Here is our ArcTanGent 2014 Spotify playlist:

Clash 1


BLUENECK –  alternative | post-rock | rock



WICKET –  ambient | instrumental | rock | post-rock

*sigh* What am I to do? Britain’s answer to Sigur Ros (without sounding too much like Sigur Ros) or some excellent, solid post-rock from a band with a biscuit loving drummer. That sentence should make the decision easy, but it really is not. One of the most bothering clashes of the weekend, for myself anyway. I do not know. A last minute decision is on the cards.

Clash 2


MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY –  alternative | indie | math-rock



WAKING AIDA –  electronic | rock | indie | instrumental | post-rock  progressive

WAKING AIDA all the way on this one. Sure; MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY blast out some solid, heavy math-rock, but WAKING AIDA have released a really impressive debut album and I’ll be damned if I am missing their set. Check out my review here.

Clash 3


JAMIE LENMAN – alternative



KARHIDE –  alternative | electronic | metal | post-rock

JAMIE LENMAN seems to be a big pull for a lot of people. I do not think I’ve ever heard his previous band, REUBIN and the material I’ve heard from his solo act is… well… OK. That tent is going to be packed though. I even saw a Facebook comment from Tim, who is KARHIDE, saying that he wished he was not clashing with JAMIE LENMAN. I reckon I’ll be supporting the real hard working talent that is KARHIDE though. I’ve seen him a few times and enjoy him every time . Good, heavy post-rock/metal with plenty of melody. I urge you to give him a try.

Clash 4


TALL SHIPS –  alternative | emo | indie | math-rock | punk | alternative | pop


BEAR MAKES NINJA –  alternative | alternative | rock | math-rock

TALL SHIPS actually get better with every listen. I used to brush them of as a one-hit wonder (T=0) but have learnt to like them over time. However they clash with BEAR MAKES NINJA and I cannot wait to catch them live. A friend at last year’s ArcTanGent convinced me that, when BMN’s drummer took to the stage to jam with ASIWYFA, she was a famous jazz drummer. Once I got the truth and listened to BMN I got hooked. This is real fun math-rock, do not miss it.




GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT –  ambient | electronic rock | post-rock | space rock



THE BROKEN OAK DUET –  rock | instrumental

Well. I said that I would not be seeing GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT as I have grown somewhat bored of their output. They have some great tracks but they have started to blend into one, for me. However I must say that I am really into them live. They put on a great show. THE BROKEN OAK DUET are my recommendation for this clash. I’ve seen them twice this year and will see them again the day after ArcTanGent as I am playing a gig with them at the Worcester Music Festival. So I will be at the ARC stage to see GIAA.

Clash 6


MONO – post-rock


SHIVER – alternative | electronic | experimental | instrumental

Unlucky, SHIVER. Clashing with one of the biggest third-wave post-rock bands. I’ve not seen MONO. I’ll be seeing MONO. However I know that a lot of post-rockers can find their blend of post-rock a little dull. So SHIVER should give your dancing bones a kick in the, erm, balls (???). I fact I might go and catch their set set and then finish up with MONO as they have the longer set. Either way, you are in good hands.


So that is it. Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I intend to. Stay tuned for some ArcTanGent weekend follow ups next week.



Foofer Twofer – City of Heracleion “S/T” & Sine of Life “Chasm”


CoHCity of Heracleion is the most recent release from Futurerecordings, an experimental label from the UK. I immediately knew that this was something I should at least try out, because they’ve had a pretty good track record with bands like Years of Rice and Salt, and The End of The Ocean.

The album consists of two purely enormous songs, both clocking in at just over twenty minutes. It reminds me of the first time I found Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “What, 17 minutes long, how is that even possible?!” But just like my experience with F#A#Infinity, my skepticism was melted away into awe after being immersed into a lush atmosphere of noises and textures.

With that, this album is probably the heaviest I’ve reviewed outside of the Those Amongst Us Are Wolves roundtable. It’s a very thick sound, which makes for easy listening after the airy intro. Everything just surrounds you and penetrates you with its heaviness. And I will be the first to say that I am by no means a Doom Metal fan, but this is something I can really get behind. This is a musical journey that no one should miss out on. If any album of 2014 deserves a vinyl pressing, it is this album right here.

(Even if you don’t care for this album, be sure to check out futurerecording’s bandcamp, there are so many other genres on display there. I highly recommend Years of Rice and Salt.)


SoLSine of Life – “Chasm”

On the opposite end of things, Sine of Life is anything but thick and heavy. With its heavy usage of the Acoustic Guitar and its simple structures, it’s quite homey. It’s warm and inviting, loving and intimate. It’s been so long since I’ve heard the Acoustic guitar used for post-rock in such a central manner. To top it off, they from my home state! To be honest, when I saw the ‘Idaho’ tag on bandcamp, I was expecting the worst. There’s something about this state that makes for so much terrible music. Might have to do with the fact that Idaho has the highest mental retardation rates in the USA…


This music is the soundtrack for someone like me in a cafe, writing about music like this. It’s too chill to not be in a cafe. Even when they do use the electric guitar, it has a very laid back role in the overall sound. My only issue are the fake instruments, but they’re understandable when you live in the small, small town of Jerome, Idaho.

It’s the most charming little album you’ll ever find, and I cannot emphasize enough the fact that you should listen to both of these beautiful, though varied, albums.


Next week: Sundry Commentary pt. II