A ghost has been haunting DJ Rick’s radio show, bewitching us with otherwordly melodies we might have dreamed of if we had dreamt of an abandoned farm in the midst of the ochre prairie in whose entrance the old porch swing creaks, ever so subtly in the absolute absence of wind or weight, silver under the light of the moon, covered with scribblings of love and magic carved by a small but strong hand and an old blade which in its time drew blood, we chased the ghost and the ghost opened up its cloak of crimson and silver, and gave us some music we are conveying to you today.
In her cover version of The Kinks melancholy anthem ‘Days’ U.S. Girls sticks to Albert Einstein’s wise maxim ‘Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler’, the dirgey clatter of the drums brings to mind images of old steam machines advancing through vast fields where things grow slow and women sing folk songs which are eternal because they are sung from the heart and nothing else, U.S. Girls’ voice does this, free from decoration, frills or pretence, mapping the country of the soul with a burning honesty strange in this reality, something we also find in the ballads of Acid Mothers Temple sorceress Cotton Casino.
U.S. Girls will be releasing a record later on this year, now that is something we do look forward to feel.
It is of veritabyll report, and attested of so many that there be nowe of wyse and learned none to gainsaye it, that ye serpente hys eye hath a magnetick propertie that whosoe falleth into its svasion is drawn forwards in despite of its wille, and perisheth miserabyll by ye creature his byte.
Now for some black magick.
We have been drawn inside Salem’s pentagram of seduction like victims of the spell of iridiscent reptilian eyes, and there go our souls spinning in a irresistible vortex, trapped, burning in awe, don’t worry, you’ll joins us soon, just listen on.
Salem have mastered the arts of the dark, their music rises like refulgent will o’ the wisps at the end of a cul de sac in the heart of the city, they marshal the mystery essence of the night with a dexterity one finds in very few chosen spirits, of course Chromatics, be bewitched by their astounding take on Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia, it sounds like abandoned black and white photos of empty haunted streets sprawled over the pavement of empty haunted streets, its incandescent iciness makes us feel in a very special and strange way baby, baby, might it be we’re on fire.
Inside their envelope of distortion distance and closeness fold upon each other in a gentle collapse of all structures such as you find in the My Bloody Valentine’s engulfing drone or the tectonic shifts of enigma and corrupted love created by The Knife, Salem’s music is the eerie sonic equivalent of one of Hawksmoor’s churches as described in From Hell, a lightless beacon whence we step spellbound, this is the beginning of romance kids, I think we are in love.
13 Monsters comes back on SATURDAY: An indie dance party for people who care
£5/4 NUS/3 cheap list (drop us a line here)
We are having the after-party for the awesome Municipal Waste/Abandon Ship show taking place at the Barfly before, so if you are coming to see the kings of trash metal wrecking the moshpit & presenting their new album ‘the Art of Partying’ stick around to check out 13 Monsters showing off the craft of partying.
And if you just want to come to the club, you know what to expect, check out our playlist for the last one and get impatient:
Black Flag Fuck Buttons Stephen Malkmus Christian Falk feat Robyn Blood Red Shoes Marnie Stern The Fucking Champs Striplight Pylon Bolt Action Five John Cale Animal Collective David E Sugar Von Sudenfed Metronomy Rado Ladio 10Lec6 Ninja High School Prince The Units Sexual Harassment Late of the Pier Rodion Daft Punk Boom Bip Samim Surkin M.I.A Telespazio Joakim Black Mustang Vs Kerrier District Jurgen Paape Indeep Tomboy J-Kwon Dizzee Rascal Souja Boy Crystal Castles Ebony Bones Chromeo Gay Against You Yeah Yeah Yeahs Jenny Wilson Black Kids 50 Cent & Justin Timberlake Andrew WK Marilyn Manson The Knife Jay-Z Amerie M.I.A. Van Halen Les Savy Fav Glass Candy Dan Deacon Devo Blood Brothers Beastie Boys Bruce Springsteen Talking Heads Vampire Weekend Poni Hoax Slayer Lightning Bolt
Which is a party. We care, & LOVE