ArcTanGent Festival 2014 Clash Guide Pt. 3

We have another 8 clashes for you to try and get your head around. This time on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages on Saturday 30th. Here is the clashfinder

If you have not already here is our Spotify playlist so you can get your ears wrapped around some of the acts:


Clash 1

YOHKAI STAGE

ASTROHENGE – metal | progressive | psychedelic | rock

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BIXLER STAGE

SAMOANS – alternative | progressive rock | rock | alternative rock | grunge | math-rock

Big chunky space metal or grungy math-rock on a Saturday morning? The headache is going to call it, but I think the BIXLER stage is where you will find me, sipping coffee and recollecting myself. Samoans’ album, Release, is something special. Definitely check it out before you get here!

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with THE WINCHESTER CLUB and LUO who will be playing on the ARC stage.


Clash 2

YOHKAI STAGE

CHARLIE BARNES – alternative | pop | progressive

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BIXLER STAGE

ADDING MACHINE – alternative | post-punk | krautrock | psychedelia

I missed Charlie Barnes yesterday so that is who I’ll be seeing. That said, Adding Machine throw out a cool Goldfrapp flavoured post-punk psychedelia. So if that sounds like your bag I would definitely recommend them.

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with LUO and GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE who will be playing on the ARC stage.


Clash 3

YOHKAI STAGE

ALARMIST – electronic | experimental | experimental rock | math-rock | post-rock

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BIXLER STAGE

NO SPILL BLOOD – rock | rock & roll | punk-rock | synths

Another tough one. Two bands, both from Dublin. One made of math and beautifully complex sounding; the other a big fuzzy wall of punk-rock ‘n’ synth. Both worth your ears’ attention. Arrgh, Masters of ArcTanGent. Why you make me choose? I can’t say. It’ll be a momentary decision.

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE who will be playing on the ARC stage.


Clash 4

YOHKAI STAGE

HARK – hard rock | metal | rock | sludge | doom metal | hardcore | noise rock | noisecore | stoner

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BIXLER STAGE

CODES IN THE CLOUDS – rock | cinematic-pop | post-pop | post-rock

Pretty simple this one. Hark if you dig heavy. Codes in the Clouds if you dig post-rock. I’ve seen Codes live before so Hark it is.


Clash 5

YOHKAI STAGE

FEN – atmospheric | black-metal

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BIXLER STAGE

AK/DK – alternative | synth | krautrock | new wave | synthpunk

AK/DK FFO Battles. It is really fun synth percussion madness. I saw them live the same time I saw Codes In The Clouds and I highly recommend them. The black metaller in me, however, craves some Fen so I’ll be over in YOHKAI.


Clash 6

YOHKAI STAGE

MYLETS – alternative | guitar looping | solo artist

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BIXLER STAGE

GUNNING FOR TAMAR – alternative | math-rock | pop-rock

One man looping master, Mylets, is no Ed Sheeran and after seeing some footage of his live performance I really cannot wait to see him. I do enjoy the perfectly poppy math rock of Gunning for Tamar so a little disappointed to be missing them.


Clash 7

YOHKAI STAGE

YEAH OF NO LIGHT – ambient | drone | doom-metal | psychedelic rock | shoegaze | sludge metal

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BIXLER STAGE

&U&I – rock

Originally Tangled Hair were playing the BIXLER stage and the decision to go and see Year Of No Light was a particularly easy one. I’ve been absorbing their stellar back catalogue recently and can’t get enough of their droning, doomy, post-metal. I will still be going to see them, but the decision is a little harder since &U&I have taken Tangled Hair’s place. Good, solid shouty rock!


Clash 8

YOHKAI STAGE

LITE – electronica | experimental | jazz | fusion | progressive rock | experimental rock | math-rock | post-rock

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BIXLER STAGE

I LIKE TRAINS – alternative | experimental

Missed Lite the last time they were in the UK and I don’t intend to miss them again. The complexity of their mathy, synthy, rock blew me away on their last release, Installation. I what I’ve heard from I Like Trains and reckon they will display a great big atmospheric noise with some massive moments. A definite shame about this clash.


Next Wednesday: Part 4 looks at the clashes on the ARC and PX3 stage on Saturday 30th.

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ArcTanGent Festival 2014 Clash Guide Pt. 2

Welcome back to the ArcTanGent clash guide. Today we are looking at the ARC and PX3 stages on Friday 29th August. You can safely start the day at ARC with ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY and also catch MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS and RUMOUR CUBES without too much issue as PX3 does not kick off until later. Those bands do have slight overlaps with the YOHKAI and BIXLER bands though so you may find yourself running around a bit to catch little bits of sets. After this the stage times spread a little so that you can get from one stage to another quite easily. Here is the clashfinder.

Check out the Spotify Playlist:


Clash 1

ARC STAGE

DIAGONAL – jazz | metal | progressive | progressive rock | psych rock | psychedelic rock

PX3 STAGE

HOWARD JAMES KENNY – acoustic | loops | experimental | pop | progressive

As ARC is the main stage we are going to find more people camping out at there for some of the more popular bands. HOWARD JAMES KENNY (who also plays in THE BROKEN OAK DUET on PX3 on Saturday) will be great for late risers who want some chilled acoustic vibes along with their morning coffee. If LOST IN THE RIOTS finish me off I may wander over there, but at the moment DIAGONAL are a must. Progressive. Psychedelic. Jazz. Metal…sold!


Clash 2

ARC STAGE

HUMAN PYRAMIDS – soundtrack

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PX3 STAGE

SUPER SQUARECLOUD – alternative | math | noise | pop | experimental

 HUMAN PYRAMIDS are simply tagged as “soundtrack” in their Bandcamp. (Mostly) instrumental indie math-rock with lots of cool instruments sort of describes them, in my mind. I do feel that SUPER SQUARECLOUD may come across slightly better in a live situation, but I am going to have to take a chance on HUMAN PYRAMIDS. Either band is a nice change of context between the bands before and after them on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages.


Clash 3

ARC STAGE

EF – alternative | experimental | indie | rock | instrumental | post-rock | progressive

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PX3 STAGE

SLEEP BEGGAR – alternative | bass | beats | drums | feedback

A choice between beautiful post-rock and shouty electro. I think the EF tent will be rammed, and that is where I’ll be. SLEEP BEGGAR have a tough clash here, I think. I would really like to see them in a small intimate space as the night draws to a relunctant close and the club\festival casualties try to hold onto the last moments before crashing.


Clash 4

ARC STAGE

CRIPPLED BLACK PHEONIX – alternative rock

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PX3 STAGE

IRAN IRAN – experimental | math-rock | avant-garde | experimental | noise-rock

Absolutely love IRAN IRAN, I’ve seen them before and they make a great noise. So you should go and see them if you like your math noisy and manic. I am thinking about heading over to ARC to give CRIPPLED BLACK PHEONIX a try. I like what I’ve heard and as I have not heard them live it is the obvious choice (but you should go to IRAN IRAN, just sayin’.)


Clash 5

ARC STAGE

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU – experimental | instrumental | post-rock | progressive

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PX3 STAGE

CHARLIE BARNES – alternative pop progressive

I am guessing that this CHARLIE BARNES performance will be a solo outing and that his full band will be playing the YOHKAI stage on Saturday. He is definitely worth checking out if you can; his voice is incredible. I can’t miss THIS WILL DESTROY YOU  though so I’ll probably catch Mr Barnes on the Saturday instead. Easy enough decision, see you at the ARC stage!


Next Wednesday: Part 3 looks at the clashes on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stage on Saturday 30th.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.