East End Social's 'Last Big Weekend' with Mogwai
Fuck Buttons, James Holden (Live), The Wedding Present, Young Fathers, Swervedriver, Holy Mountain. More TBA
SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST 2014
1.00pm - 10.00pm
The East End Social draws a line under its inaugural programme with this distinctly pro-climactic two day event in a marquee within the leafy environs of Richmond Park.
Glasgow post-rock leviathans Mogwai scored their first UK Top 10 album this year with the almighty ‘Rave Tapes’, their eighth studio LP. Nigh-on two decades after they formed, the largely instrumental five-piece remain one of our most thrilling, and voluble, concerns: Mogwai have a formidable knack for conjuring beauty from darkness (and vice-versa) and continue to cast long shadows across our aural landscape.
Formed in 2004, and borne out of a love for the Aphex Twin and Mogwai (they issued a 2008 tour split-single with the latter), Fuck Buttons thrilled with their 2009 debut LP ‘Tarot Sport’, but few could have predicted the dystopian brilliance of its 2013 follow-up, ‘Slow Focus’. It sounds like the world falling in on itself.
James Holden (Live)
UK sonic voyager James Holden has two incredible albums under his belt: 2006′s electronic landmark ‘The Idiots Are Winning’, and its assured, expansive, psychedelic follow-up, ‘The Inheritors’ (2013) – a transcendental pagan saga named after a William Golding novel. Our harbinger of techno, trance and delirium is globally acclaimed as a producer, DJ (seek out his wayfaring 2010 DJ Kicks comp) and remixer (Madonna, Depeche Mode, New Order).
The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present’s David Gedge is a singular indie-rock figurehead: an erudite, wry, lacerating songwriter whose songs may jangle, or jar, or both – as evinced on seminal albums like 1991′s raucous ‘Seamonsters’, which captured The Wedding Present at their furious, love-ravaged best.
John Peel was a huge fan too: “The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘N’ Roll era,” he once said. “You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong.” As usual, he was right.
The Twilight Sad
Ear-pummelling Kilsyth alt-rockers The Twilight Sad have recently (re)asserted their place at the heart of the Scottish pop canon, thanks to a series of sold-out shows which revisited their still-astonishing 2007 debut album, ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’ (Fat Cat).
Their material since has been equally forceful – from the dystopian-goth rapture of 2009′s ‘Forget The Night Ahead’ to the industrial-electro nihilism of 2012′s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award-shortlisted ‘No One Can Ever Know’ – and, with new songs in the pipeline, the sense prevails that frontman James Graham is one of our most literate, significant and compelling voices.
The winners of this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award, (for 2013′s remarkable ‘Tape Two’), Young Fathers are a brooding-pop trio from Edinburgh, via Nigeria and Liberia. Theirpsychedelic, bass-heavy hip-hop is infused with reggae, African cadences, electronica and soul, but it takes these familiar sounds and displaces them into somewhere new, and dark, and unknown – as further evinced (and explored) on this year’s formidable ‘Dead’ LP.
Falling, or rather, crashing, somewhere between shoegaze, grunge and hyper-melodic rock, Oxford’s Swervedriver sought to “push the boundaries of the electric guitar within a pop format” when they formed – and boy, did they deliver. Their terrific 1991 debut LP, ‘Raise’, featured scorching riff-tornadoes like ‘Sandblasted’ and ‘Rave Down’, while 1993′s rapturous ‘Mezcal Head’ is an alt-rock classic that underscored their knack for searing distortion and sublime melodies, as evinced on their most successful single, ‘Duel’.
Named after Jodorowski’s mind-bendingly indecipherable movie of the same name, Holy Mountain’s take on 70′s psychedelia eschews the more flamboyant excesses of heavy metal and opts instead for the high energy rock and roll of MC5, the riffs of Black Sabbath and the frenzied energy of Lightning Bolt. Now with a full-length LP under their belt in the form of April’s ‘Ancient Astronauts’ – which added a pinch of Sun Ra attitude and a dash of Deep Purple flavoured keyboards to the mix – Holy Mountain won’t be breaking early Last Big Weekenders in gently…
Glasgow grunge-pop duo Honeyblood have been conquering, and breaking, hearts (and ear-drums) since they formed in 2012. The sun-kissed noise-rock queen bees – aka guitarist / vocalist Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar – variously summon the blues-punk and riot grrrl ethos of Bikini Kill, the harmonic barbed-indie of The Breeders and the dreamy, bruised Americana of Stevie Nicks – as brilliantly evinced on their eponymous debut album, which has just been released via Brighton indie empire Fat Cat