Teen Creeps X No Brainer
+ Pet Cemetery
The Lock Tavern
Sat 26th Nov
Modern Rituals are a four-person band from Bristol and London. With backgrounds in hardcore and post-rock, they play heavy-ish music influenced (in the main) by North America’s rich tradition of noisy guitar mess, from Neil Young on in.
In 2016 they released debut EP Stranger Culture (recorded and mixed by in-demand producer Lewis Johns at Southampton’s famed Ranch Production House), and made ears ring across the UK and Europe alongside a motley range of compatriots – Rope, Brunch, The New Tusk, Prison Whites – as well as garnering support slots with larger US acts including Nothing, Mothers and band favourites Pile.
While Stranger Culture let loose their gruff, anthemic tendencies, their newly recorded material – ‘Muttering’ and ‘Protrusion’ – find them grinding into a new, oddly shaped and largely unoccupied space. Recorded live with Phil Booth at Nottingham DIY hub JT Soar, the drop B-tuned cuts skew to the doomier, spacier side of the band’s tastes, but bring a pronounced (if weird) melodicism to the fore – like Jesu jamming early Death Cab. Or something equally soundbitey and improbable