ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL 2014 CLASH GUIDE PT. 4

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

YOHKAI STAGE

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

ARC STAGE

BLUENECK –  alternative | post-rock | rock

VS

PX3 STAGE

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

ARC STAGE

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

VS

PX3 STAGE

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

ARC STAGE

JAMIE LENMAN – alternative

VS

PX3 STAGE

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

ARC STAGE

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

VS

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.


 

CLASH 5

ARC STAGE

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

VS

PX3 STAGE

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

ARC STAGE

MONO – post-rock

VS

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.

 

 

ArcTanGent Festival 2014 Clash Guide Pt. 1

ArcTanGent Festival is only in its second year, but is already becoming one of the biggest events for post-rock, math-rock and other experimental genres. It is the first festival that I have been to where I’m guaranteed to miss some incredible bands just because they clash with other incredible bands. So in an attempt to plan my weekend to minimise disappointment I’ve been brushing up on all the bands. Sad? Probably. Here is part 1 which looks at the clashes on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages on Friday 29th. Here is the clash finder.

We have also created a Spotify playlist that has most of the acts included. That is 14 hours of music for you to engross yourself in!


 

Clash 1

YOHKAI STAGE

SUFFER LIKE G DID –  jazz | funk | instrumental | math-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL – rock | ambient | instrumental | post-rock

The first clash of the weekend and also one of the most difficult decisions. Luckily if you prefer math-rock over post-rock (or visa-versa) you won’t have a problem. It is going to be a last minute decision, but I am currently pulled towards FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL for their epic post-rock stylings. We’ll see what my hangover tells me to do!

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY and MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS who will be playing on the ARC stage.


 

Clash 2

YOHKAI STAGE

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – alternative | metal | punk-rock | alternative-rock | groove-rock | math-rock | mathcore

VS

BIXLER STAGE

BIG JOAN – alternative | noise-rock | post-rock | punk | synth-rock

This going to come down to how heavy you like your music. I will be in the YOHKAI stage having my ears bludgeoned by the disgustingly sludgy WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER. That pit is likely to make or break the rest of my weekend!

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS and RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage.


Clash 3

YOHKAI STAGE

LOST IN THE RIOTS –  rock | instrumental-rock | post-metal | post-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

OLYMPIANS – rock | drone | folk | indie | math-rock | pop

If you read my review of LOST IN THE RIOTS’ latest album you will be heading towards the YOHKAI stage to check them out. I should be going to see OLYMPIANS as I’ve not seen them and they are pretty damn cool, but LITR are so good that I am really tempted just to go and see them again, especially to hear some of the new material.

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage. DIAGONAL start immediately after these sets end, so you might need to run!


Clash 4

YOHKAI STAGE

BATS – metal | rock | dance

VS

BIXLER STAGE

MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS – eclectic noise

Real easy decision for me. MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS are not to be missed and I’ll have seen BATS a few days before at The Flapper in Birmingham. If you prefer your music instrumental then you’ll be with me in the BIXLER stage, but BATS live show is guaranteed to be energetic, loud and in your face.


Clash 5

YOHKAI STAGE

PURSON – psychedelic-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

100 ONCES –  experimental | experimental-rock | instrumental-rock | math-rock | metal | progressive-rock | rock

I’ve been waiting to see 100 ONCES tear shit up for ages so I will be there watching and throwing myself around to their noisy math. I cannot say that I know much about PURSON, but if you want trippy you ought to get down to YOHKAI.


Clash 6

YOHKAI STAGE

ENEMIES –  rock | pop-rock | post-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

TELLISON – alternative | indie-rock | rock

Post-rock or Indie. It is an easy decision for me and I’ll be checking out ENEMIES, but if you lean more towards math than post you may want to check TELLISON out. They are just not for me.


Clash 7

YOHKAI STAGE

TERA MELOS – alternative | experimental | indie | math-rock | progressive | punk

VS

BIXLER STAGE

CLEFT – 2-piece | instrumental | math-rock | rock | post-rock

Ohhh, this clash hurts. If you like TERA MELOS then I am pretty sure you like CLEFT. I’ve managed to miss both bands live so I got a decision to make. As CLEFT are from the UK I am taking the chance to see TERA MELOS (and I am a gear nut so really need to see guitarist Nick Reinhart tap dance over all of his lovely pedals!)


Clash 8

YOHKAI STAGE

MAYBESHEWILL – alternative | instrumental | post-rock | rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

EL TEN ELEVEN – rock | electronic | experimental | indie-rock | instrumental | post-rock

Originally nobody was clashing with MAYBESHEWILL, supposedly nobody wanted to clash with them. I am glad that has changed. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredible live. However they are far from my favourite band. If everyone was right about not wanting to clash with them then I’ll be the only person watching EL TEN ELEVEN. MAYBESHEWILL are touring their new album extensively though, so I recommend missing them at ArcTanGent and catching them elsewhere if you need to see them.


 

Next Wednesday: Part 2 looks at the clashes on the ARC and PX3 stage on Friday 29th.