Fat Out Fest is back! Returning after almost three years, our April 2017 experimental music and art festival will be our most ambitious and our most challenging edition to date.
** PERFORMING AT FAT OUT FEST 2017 **
Agathe Max / Alexandra Duvekot & THE PLANT ORCHESTRA / Blood Sport / BLOWN OUT / Cattle / Charles Hayward BEGIN ANYWHERE / CHERYL (artist collective) / Cuspeditions PRESENTS OUTSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE / DATA QUACK / DEADLIFT / DISPILIO / Ecka Rose Mordecai / Giant Swan/ GREG BEATO / group A / Housewives / I Know I'm An Alien / ILL / Impatv PRESENTS :: ALEMBIC CONDUIT :: / Irma Vep / KLEEFSTRA/BAKKER/KLEEFSTRA / Lake of Snakes / Lani Rocillo / MELLTITH / Moor Mother / Mums / Part Chimp / Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs / Qujaku / Rainbow Grave / Sam Weaver / Sarathy Korwar / SVNTREADER / SWAGGERJACK / Test Dept: REDUX / The Bug VS Dylan Carlson OF Earth / The Death Of Money / THE SEER. Body eye. For spirit eye. / Trans Am / Ubre Blanca / VTNM / Water / Yr Lovely Dead Moon
+ much much much more still TBA
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Fat Out Fest 2014 was unique for us as organisers, it was our first experience in inviting four distinct collectives to curate their own stage; the results made this year of the festival our most diverse and adventurous since it’s inception. For 2017, we will be continuing this spirit of collaboration, handpicking 8 international renowned partners to help us produce our festival, one that will blur the boundaries between music, art and partying in true Fat Out style.
This years curatorial partners are;
Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival, Birmingham)
Anthony Chalmers (Baba Yaga's Hut, London)
Garth Be (Sweet Sticky, Manchester)
John Doran (The Quietus)
Lovers & Lollypops (Milhões de Festa, Portugal)
A collaboration between Le Guess Who? (Netherlands) +
Basilica Hudson (Hudson, NY)
The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music (London)
The new project of Agathe Max mixes electroacoustic composition and live performance with amplified violin through an electronic set up. Between soundscapes and live interaction with sound, the engaging work with delicate repeating strings links all kinds of emotional paramounts, avoiding any boundaries between musical genres.
ALEXANDRA DUVEKOT & THE PLANT ORCHESTRA
Fascinated by the possibility of plant amplification and their capacity to produce actual sound, artist and musician Alexandra Duvekot started researching the sound of plants at The School Of Visual Arts in NYC. “Plant sounds” can be understood as a means of communication, as it appears that plants react to humans and their surrounding environs. The real sound of plants themselves is hard to capture, but data and vibrations can be converted to sound in meaningful ways. The desire to hear the sound of plants lead to thorough research and dialogues with several scientists, sound experts and philosophers around the world.
Blood Sport formed in Sheffield in 2010, and ever since the trio have forged an arresting sound practice from within the city’s industrious art/music community. Their blistering guitar dynamics and pointed-yet-pointillist lyrics meshing into rough-house, techno-gilded polyrhythms, with an untrammelled urgency pervading their tightly wound sound and all that surrounds and informs it.
Newcastle Trio continue on their voyage through deep fuckin' space. Powerdrive psychedelic rock. Blistering leads, mind melting brain changes and max fuzz. Influenced heavily tonally al la Peace On The Mississippi/Crash Landing 3rd generation cassette culture, tight Grand Funk oblivion rhythm and mind chemistry.
THE BUG VS DYLAN CARLSON OF EARTH
The Bug vs. Earth... In a way it's hard to imagine how this took so long to happen. Both artists have been exploring and distorting their respective genres for 20 plus years. In that time they've both defined and redefined what heavy means by pushing the boundaries of beautiful/ugly and minimalist/maximalist music. Two uncompromising outsiders meeting at last.
All screaming, all dancing noise-groove wall of sound, stomach churning riffs, double drumming and tripped out noise. Feat ex members of Khuda and current members of Super Luxury, Zozo, Groak and Clenstch.
CHARLES HAYWARD: BEGIN ANYWHERE�Charles Hayward (begin anywhere): known primarily as a drummer, songwriter and improviser, a new project centred around songs performed at the piano, a sequence of betrayal, paranoia, subterfuge, opening out into resistance, hope and humanity, interweaved with sound events, drums, spoken word, performance. Stark, minimal arrangements; an unexpected departure.
CHERYL is an artist collective and band of hand models based in Brooklyn, New York, specializing in creativity. Check out our video art for an understanding. CHERYL’s video and performance work has been featured through various installations and events with the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Palazzo Strozzi (Italy), the Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Galeria Zé dos Bois (Portugal) and Islington Mill (United Kingdom).
CUSP Presents Outside the Dream Syndicate
CUSP is a Manchester imprint championing experimental music from the hinterlands. Each of its releases aims to forge new sonic territories in electronics, improvisation and beyond. CUSP will be reimagining the late Tony Conrad’s seminal drone work from 1973, Outside the Dream Syndicate.
DATA QUACK is a new music group. Hanging in the air like a sunny cloud, a silver nitrate window of manly oomph, pronoun prim, joey pouch casually askew. Trigger warning: you will be triggered, that’s what music does. Data Quack is Ben Vince (sax and electronics), Merlin Nova (keyboards), Charles Hayward (drums) and Pascal Colman (guitar, radio, cassette tapes).
Mutant and industrious hardware transmissions combined ruthlessly with a smattering of modern day dancefloor finesse. Technoid reggeaton plummeted deep into 5D and thrust into the stratosphere with an arsenal of weapons grade audio rockets.
Currently broadcasting from Old Trafford through a plethora of ruff neck outboard gear whilst embellishing it with biting software such as renoise, and using the classic MPC1000 as the power plant. Like most cats from around here, musical influences merge and blur into countless nights of introspection and exuberance - taking in alllll the good stuff along the way.
Brutalist explosions of sound and rhythm, harnessed by an upcoming sonic wizard and presented for your listening pleasure.
Dispilio is an archaeological site containing remains of a Neolithic lakeshore settlement that occupied an artificial island near the modern village of Dispilio on Lake Orestiadaa in Kastoria regional unit, Macedonia, Greece.The lake settlement was discovered during the dry winter of 1932, which lowered the lake level and revealed traces of the settlement. The site appears to have been occupied over a long period, from the final stages of the Middle Neolithic (5600-5000 BC) to the Final Neolithic (3000 BC). A number of items were found, including ceramics, wooden structural elements, seeds, bones, figurines, personal ornaments, flutes and what appears to be the most significant finding, the inscribed Dispilio Tablet.
Ecka Mordecai is a 'cellist based in Manchester, U.K. Originally trained in Renaissance (viola de gamba) and classical music, she now works in the realms of group free-improvisation and composition for solo cello with sound objects.
Currently docking in Bristol, UK, Giant Swan are an embryonic, shapeshifting duo who press repeat and take aim at the sun. Grabbing the necessary sounds from guitars, pedals and their own throats, Robin Stewart and Harry Wright coax raw-hearted live experiences that are constantly shifting in their stillness, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate and find them drifting away, serene and discordant, from the noise-techno bevy.
Greg Beato is from Miami, US. He first appeared on the scene with a strong opening salvo in the form of a dope three-tracker for Funkineven’s Apron records, who have since released three more records produced by Beato. Greg Beato is not just a producer, but a killer DJ and selector too. Tough techno, electro and ruffff deep house are all in the melting pot, blended together “like a seasoned veteran” to quote Ron Morelli. The same vibe that imbued in Beato’s records is carried right on through to his DJ set.
Japanese avant-garde synth wave duo group A was formed in 2012 by Tommi Tokyo (synthesizers, vocals, percussion) and Sayaka Botanic (violin, cassette tapes). Their early shows came as a shock to most spectators, non-stop waves of experimental noise, intensely emotional poetry readings and nude live-paintings.
HOUSEWIVES are a London based experimental four piece creating music which lies on the boundary between noise and sound. Their austere, rhythmically charged music has a distinctively cold, minimalist edge; abrasive guitars blend with droning bass lines and propulsive, relentless drums.
IMPATV PRESENTS :: ALEMBIC CONDUIT ::
An immersive, interactive visual installation in the Caustic Coastal refrigeration unit.
The complete Alembic feedback apparatus consists of four parts: the Kefáli, the Conduit Head containing the apparatus of capture and display. The Máti, is the receiver of external signals, connected directly to the Stóma which is the projector of information. The forth part of the complete cycle is the Epifáneia to which signals are projected, and received.
The connection is a continuing loop, hybridised by external analogue synthesis.
I KNOW I'M AN ALIEN
I Know I'm An Alien is based in London. He uses guitars, voice, synthesizer and drum machines to create a different kind of music, as well as making straight and pretty Spanish guitar instrumentals. A steady serfdom to bugged out, Weenish cartoonism, contagious fringe rock, and dingy weirdness. [A] gonzo-pop jukebox... coltish antics. Rowdy bass lines. Synthy kookiness. Conehead vocal stylings. It’s batty, man. This is good time music, for nice people.
ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.
Irma Vep is a loner, a joker, a roamer, a ribald construct riddled with both earnest anxiety and mercurial songwriting talent birthed by a young Edwin Stevens in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Having since fully grown into Irma Vep and now residing in Manchester, Stevens’ discography has expanded to document every aspect of his music, from ecstatically free group experiments to bare, sparse songwriting that cuts to the quick, shorn of ornament or pretence.
Lani Rocillo is a musician trained and adept in the language of sound therapy, energy healing and shamanic practice. Exploration into the healing path has lead her to travel the world receiving guidance from wisdom keepers of sound and plant medicine, retrieving ancient knowledge codes held in energetic libraries of sacred sites, and collaborating in art and music projects that innovates culture.
Describing frozen climes and slowly unfurling tundra winds, the experimental trio Kleefstra/Bakker/Kleefstra (KBK) create deeply considered and quietly cinematic music that refracts like sunlight through wintered fog. Guitarists Romke Kleefstra and Anne Chris Bakker summon, through delicate improvisation, huge vistas of chilled sonics and uncannily natural sounds which act as a bed for Jan Kleefstra’s poetry, written and spoken in a dead language called Frisian.
LAKE OF SNAKES
Lake of Snakes are a Lounge Metal band based in Manchester. A combination of thunderous drums, acidic guitar lines, groove heavy bass and wailing, noir-ish saxophones chronicle the struggles of masculinity in crisis, fronted by a vocalist sending up ‘machismo’ and whose lyrics deal with everything from Waterloo Vampires to quoting directly from The Sopranos. Dive Bar rock played by failed jazz musicians with the aggression of 90’s Noise Rock, basically.
Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, Ayewa constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride.
Mums are a noise-rock power trio from Widnes consisting of three best friends. After a five year stint of different band members, different names, different styles and many pedals and amps, they have finally found their niche and are very much making a LOUD stamp on the underground.
Now, Part Chimp aren't the first band to use volume as their calling card, but they're definitely one of the finest. Sure, The Who were the loudest, but they've been phoning it in for years. My Bloody Valentine? The Swans? Perhaps it best to limit this discussion to bands that are actually still in existence. The point of this is not to say that Part Chimp is to be considered just one in a prestigious line of loud bands.
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
The hardy toon terrors have left many a smouldering husk of a venue in their wake in the last couple of years, delivering feverish and transgressive blasts of psych-drone dementia and riff-driven salvation that summon an almighty primal charge in all they survey. Indeed, these psychic omnivores will consume a total of seven times almost anything you put them into contact with.
Based in Shizuoka Japan, Qujaku are a dark psychedelic formed in 2013. Reminiscent of The Horrors, a Gothic and dark atmosphere sound that combines Japanese-specific emotional expressions with Scandinavian post-rock such as Sigur Rós. Aesthetic and is destructive, roar and tranquility, rare young band with different two sides to their music.
Rainbow Grave’s bleak mantras channel the blank despair of negative punk through layers of distorted psychedelic damage. Freeform pedal abuse and robotic vocals coagulate around cyclic bass and drum rhythms in repetitive and minimal structures. Disappointment guaranteed.
One half of London outfit Hungry Ghost, Sam Weaver is a composer and sound artist with a longstanding interest in the studio as a sort of laboratory for sonic investigation, often re-routing instruments into abstraction and deliberately misusing his equipment. Since 2012 his main tool both live and in the studio, has been the Hordjik analogue modular synthesizer. His music lies in the grey areas between acousmatic music, free improvisation and experimental electronics, often exploring ways to bring moments of calm and harmony out of passages of chaos.
Sarathy Korwar is a percussionist/composer born in the US, raised in India and now based in London. Sarathy has been trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Devasthali and Pandit Sanju Sahai, and is equally at ease on the tabla and drum-kit. Sarathy Korwar focus is on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments. At the centre of his aesthetic is a strong faith and reliance on intuition, spontaneity and improvisation.
Swaggerjack are a duo, otherwise known as John Powell-Jones and Callum Higgins. So far released two albums through Higgins own, Sacred Tapes label, as well as making a record pressed onto a disposable dub plate that was produced during the pairs Samarbeta music residency in Janurary 2015.
Callum Higgins is ½ label manager of Baptist & Bootleggers and head honcho at Sacred Tapes, he has a solo project that runs under the name Yes Blythe and has performed and recorded in many other collaborative projects including, SwaggerJack, River Slaughter & Black Vomit.
John Powell Jones makes up one part of the ever-evolving psyche lords, Horrid and is in experimental duo, Composition, whom blend mark making with the production of sound.
Test Dept were leading figures in British underground culture of the 1980s and 1990s. The group made raw, visceral music out of scrap metal and machinery from industrial wasteland and derelict factories. They created a percussive sound with a political edge performed live against monumental slide and film projections in recently abandoned industrial spaces.Recent times have seen the epic ‘Total State Machine’ book and the ‘DS30’ film Installation for the AV Festival in Newcastle and subsequent tour of former coal mining communities in the north and Scotland.
THE DEATH OF MONEY >> MELLTITH >> SVNTREADER
A special one-off performance on this stage will be delivered by The Death Of Money, a band formed around 2004 in south Wales and presently based between there and Manchester. In their time together, they’ve built on their sonic origins as a band – heavy, doomy pummelling plus a hypnotic way with repetition – to the finely textured, shoegaze and electronic-influenced sound heard on Ghost Pains, their long-awaited third album. At Fat Out Fest, TDOM will remodel these sounds into a drone-based set, harnessing a potential for space travellin’ that’s at the heart of their music. Additionally, two of the three band members will incorporate their own electronic solo drone projects into the performance. Darren Kaskie (vocals and guitar) records as SVNTREADER. His music traverses skeletal dub bass, post-techno rhythms and euphorically noisy synth tones. Alex Morgan (bass) also records as MELLTITH; a tape EP, Sagittarius A*, features just under half an hour of off-centre outsider techno, brimming with eerie tones and beats that work either through a speaker stack, or under the covers at 5am.
THE SEER. Body eye. For spirit eye.
“I am i am i am
totally grounded so horror reaches me as it travels
the view is crucial i spot, r assessing sights but i too can feel
with closed eyes”
and with closed eyes you follow in her steps. and down and down you go. into the bowels of the earth.
The Seer’s first appearance at this year’s edition of Fat Out Fest is brought to you by Anastasia Freygang, Eliza Bennett, Agathe Max, Lani Rocillo, Rebecca Horrox, Conny Prantera and Burl, in collaboration with Supersonic Festival, Birmingham.
Trans Am are Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. In 2014 they released their 10th studio album on Thrill Jockey titled Volume X. The band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. From kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.
Ubre Blanca are a Glasgow-based synth-heavy horror-prog-electro band. Featuring ex-members of Divorce and Shitdisco, they formed in 2012, inspired by their mutual love of the synthesizer-based soundtracks of John Carpenter, the pulsing electronic disco of Giorgio Moroder, the exploratory, atmospheric synth-prog-soundtracks of Claudio Simonetti, Tangerine Dream and Goblin, plus contemporary synth-based acts like Zombi and Umberto. Ubre Blanca aim to create dystopian disco music that reflects their twin ambitions of producing evocative synthetic soundscapes as well as propulsive, rhythm-heavy dancefloor workouts.
Enter the ritual; hear the waves crash as you're dragged into the undertow of bass, hear the wail of the sirens who await you there. Let instinct be your guide. Swim with us at your peril.
Water are a six-piece sonic and visual group that formed in Manchester in March 2015, now based at Islington Mill, Salford. They comprise a heady mix of artists, poets and musicians and performers who've come together to create ritualistic encounters which engulf the senses. Water have left audiences with a feeling of being part of something magical, intense and sometimes bewildering, but always powerful. Water embodies and projects an invitation for self-interpretation, free from the shackles of stratification and perverted knowledge. Political in its resistance to ‘structure’ as socially acquired, acknowledged as divisive and oppressive, and articulated through the spirits and shadows of ‘living purgatory’ that are summoned in in its séance.
YR LOVELY DEAD MOON
Yr Lovely Dead Moon is a musio/poetic project led by Rachel Margetts. A juxtaposition of live electro acoustic and processed beat-heavy composition drives absurdist, spoken narratives. It's cosmic lounge, post-punk horror and sexy blue jam.