Kyle from He Was Eaten By Owls is not one to shy away from an ambitious project. Take, for instance, the extravagant 2016 concept album Chorus 30 From Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead, an avant-garde chamber music experience featuring no less than eleven instruments delivered by a crew of 15 musicians.
From the piss-smelling ashes of Space Blood comes a new hero of electronic drumming. A man who has removed his mask, put on some pants, and stopped grabbing inflatable dolls by the butthole and flinging them at audience members.
If you've been to a Hikes show, you know Nay Wilkins. You know his onstage charisma, his vocal range that knows no bounds. You probably also know guitarist Claire Puckett, also of Mother Falcon, who joined the band last year. You know a lot. But did you know they have a side new project?
According to Kassei, Geraardsbergen is one of the country’s sleepiest provincial towns. An exemplary slice of the great Belgian pastoral. It was in Geraardsbergen that the band's four musicians started bouncing material off each other in a garden shed. 'Kassei' is the Belgian word for 'cobblestone', it sounds rather fitting given the bucolic nature of the band's early days.
Sometimes the universe just wants you to find new music. Fate, kismet, flying spaghetti monster, call it what you will but there is a force out there helping you discover the music that turns you on. And so it was with Sweden’s Dammit I’m Mad. Perhaps it was the name? Maybe the title of the Clash article proclaiming “Extra-Dimensional Pop”? (It wasn’t the masks).
If you don't know anything about Estonia, you need to. It boasts the lowest population density in Europe. It is a country with exceptional credentials in the sport of competitive wife-carrying, despite there being more women than men. Public transport is free. The p2p file sharing software Kazaa was invented there.