I have never written anything about a book before. This is me right now:
Joe Thompson of the mighty Hey Colossus has kept a diary throughout their history and this book entitled ‘Sleevenotes’ released by Pomona Books gives us a hugely entertaining insight into a hard-working band that’s seen it all. Most bands like Hey Colossus would be around a few years, one or two would have a kid or something and they’d go their separate ways, always to wonder “What if?”. However, the Hey Colossus story rips up the rule book and shows how you can keep doing what you love with pure grit and determination. The kind of determination that means you balancing family and work life to drive from Somerset to London and back just to rehearse. Frequent journeys to the arse end of Europe to play for a handful of people before sleeping on a floor with five other blokes which is far too small, heading off to do it all again, arriving home at 3am, getting up at 5am and heading into work. The band has been going sixteen years now and they are soon to release their twelfth album with a total of just two original members remaining and another 15 who have been and gone or stayed… ridiculous.
It comes loaded with all of sorts of tales which bring to life the DIY ethic and shows how success needn’t be a factor in your artistic decisions, just keep doing what you want to do and you’ll end up with something you’re very proud of. The first time I saw Hey Colossus was in the Windmill back in 2010 in front of about 40 people. Since then, I’ve seen them a fuck load of times in vastly different scenarios, from smashing it in Raw Power festival in front of around 500 people to a weird, shoebox-sized makeshift venue in a warehouse in Bermondsey where I ended up crawling on the ceiling. He frequently makes the point whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with gaining success and playing bigger gigs if you get the opportunity, but where the magic also happens is in the DIY scene with just a few like-minded folks and you can't really beat it.
I quite often get asked why I put on gigs and this question is answered in so many ways in "Sleevenotes". If you love rock music and I mean, really love rock music, wanting to do something to contribute to the scene is hardwired and impossible to escape. People probably sit at home and watch very early live videos on YoutTube of bands like Soundgarden or Faith No More where they are playing in front of 18 people and go “Wow, I wish I was there, I really missed out”. I’m lucky in the fact that I never feel that way, that stuff is happening right here, right now, right on my doorstep. I can stroll to The Moon and I’m watching a game-changing band in their prime, absolutely killing it and it brings me so much joy. So however you contribute to the scene, whether it’s playing in a band, putting on a gig, running a label, writing a review, offering floor space or simply paying the fiver entrance fee and pumping your fist… just keep on doing it. You only get out, what you put in.
Joe is a long-term friend of Cosmic Carnage. Henry Blacker played the second gig we ever put on, Hey Colossus headlining the Windmill in 2014 was one of the all-time greatest performances and in the early days, he gave me invaluable advice on how things should be run and I’m very grateful for that. If you’re considering starting a band, or label or doing anything that you want to have longevity, read this book. He’s literally seen and done it all.
In the book, he talks of his desire to play Cathay’s Community Centre, which I’ll ask Henry Blacker to do very soon. Not Hey Colossus, if 6 people are playing in there then there will be no room for a crowd. I’ll also make sure there is a cup of tea available for him. Promoters, if you’re reading, please sort out Joe with a cup of tea. When Henry Blacker played the Unicorn a few years ago I asked the landlady for a cup of tea for Joe, she said “No, the only person who can drink tea in here is me” and walked off, she was a lovely lady. Anyway, buy this book.
Hey Colossus playing Cosmic Carnage @ The Windmill in 2014. Photo by Jose Caamano
A few years ago I heard Matt Baty from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play a band called Rainbow Grave on his radio show and I thought they were fucking excellent. I later found out this rather heavy act from Birmingham features Nicholas Bullen (founding member of Napalm Death and Scorn) and John Pickering (founding member of Doom and Sore Throat) and assumed they would gain the reputation of being one of the most exciting bands on the scene in no time.
However, everything seemed to slow right down. The live appearances seemed few and far between severely limited stuff to listen to as well. I thought it was all but over but things seemed to pick back up again with a split release with Orthodox as part the legendary Singles Club series by God Unknown (a label founded by Jason Stoll of Mugstar, Sex Swing, Bonnacons of Doom etc), a single called “Sex Threat” towards the end of last year and then an announcement of a full length entitled “No You” coming out on July 5th.
They are also playing the Desertfest opening party on May 2nd at the Black Heart alongside Cosmic Carnage legends Ghold and I believe a proper run of gigs has been lined up before the end of the year. I also very recently found out that they share drummers with Vile Sect who rocked Cardiff for us last week, he hits those things fucking hard.
So what do they sound like? The first track on the album is called ‘Ten Million Tons of Shit’ which is a better description than anything I could write. If you imagine Drunk in Hell collaborating with The Melvins after a night on the speed, then you can’t go too far wrong.
Pre-order it you fuckers.
Back in 2009, I attended a Grails gig at Corsica Studios. The support band were LOUD, RAW, TERRIFYING and their singer was an absolute nutter. I can’t recall exactly what happened, but I remember somehow having to wrestle him to the floor because I was so scared he was going to kill me. I also ended up swinging his trousers around my head as he chased me around the room, those were the days. That band was called Todd and just after that, they released their 'Big Ripper' album on Riot Season , which I consider to be one of the great albums of all time. Then they broke up. Classic.
Anyway, the mastermind behind Todd, guitarist Craig Clouse (also in Shit and Shine) is based in Austin, Texas these days and plays in USA/Mexico where he’s joined by King Coffey of the Butthole Surfers and Nate Cross of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. Fucking hell.
Their second album ‘Matamoros’ is up for pre-order on the Riot Season Bandcamp (click here) and it’s an absolute beast. It has all the rawness of Todd’s 'Big Ripper' but is more psychedelic and experimental. Like a Todd record was dropped and smashed on the floor and then brought back to life with some second-hand gadgets.
Sometimes I lay awake at night in a cold sweat about where we’d be with Riot Season, what a ridiculous label. Order the living shit out of it and fight the good fight.
I’ve been banging on about We Wild Blood for over 3 years now. They played the Cosmic Carnage we did at the Unicorn in London where I got so drunk I fell over, took out a table of drinks and got kicked out. Promoter goals.
This London based three piece combine elements of psych, noise rock, electronics and sometimes a little math but what really brings them to life is that the quality of songwriting. It's top fucking notch and they have an impressive bank of out and out floor fillers that could challenge anyone.
Anyway, here they are returning with their second release on Hominid Sounds entitled “Blood/Money” which is their first full length and is very fucking good indeed. I’ve been blasting this beast for about two years (I think), the release was massively delayed because two of them had babies or something.
I’m delighted to be exclusively streaming the album in full right here so get it down your excited little ear gaps.
The album was recorded at the legendary Bear Bites Horse studios with Wayne Adams (of Pet Brick, Big Land and Death Pedals etc) and you can tell he’s had his grubby little mitts all over it.
“Blood/Money” is up for pre-order on the Hominid Sounds Bandcamp (click here), it’s limited to just 50 tapes so snap one up before it’s too damn late.
This is where I’d normally rant about how We Wild Blood are one of the most underrated bands on the scene. However, they are only fucking playing with Oneida at Oslo in Hackney on Monday so things appear to be moving in the right direction.
Attend and pump your stupid little fists.
We were delighted to find out that Aleks from GHOLD had got a new side project going earlier this year. He's one of our all-time cosmic heroes, relentlessly grafting to transform GHOLD from a weird little doom band in South London into one of the most respected acts on the scene. Touring Europe and America and creating some of the greatest albums we've heard in living memory.
The new band is called SHUCK, a Machester based project where he's joined by none other than Jon Perry from Gnod - who are often referred to as the most ridiculous bands ever. The EP also features guest appearances from members of Drunk in Hell and The Death of Money and is being put out on Hominid Sounds, a label that's had a bonkers year with frankly jaw-dropping releases from the likes of Death Pedals, Melting Hand, Acid Cannibals and Remote Viewing. CHRIST!
Anyway, is it any good? Course it fucking is. There are similarities to GHOLD but this is catchier, even happier and has a delicious little bounce to it. Punk but with layers of psych grit. We're fucking delighted to be streaming the album right here on Cosmic Carnage. Listen to it until your ears bleed and pre-order it on the Hominid Sounds Bandcamp page, click right here.
If you want to check them out live, Northerners can head to the Peer Hat in Manchester on December 9th with Acid Cannibals, Breaking Colts and JEUCE. Gig details here!
I've already started bugging them to play Cardiff and won't stop until it's done.
Enjoy the EP fuckers!
They sound like Gnod jamming with Tears for Fears, full of kraut like beats with strange little lyrics. Would go down very well at 4am when you are off your tits. It was recorded by the ever reliable genius, Wayne Adams of Bear Bites Horse Studios.
They have just released a new EP called RAINHAM STEEL and you can already buy a digi download right here. If you like what you hear and you live in the London area, go check them out at their EP launch on December 11th @ Servent Jazz Quarters. Details of which can be found here. Tickets are a bargain £4 adv (£6 door) and you get a FREE digi download of the EP.
We're chuffed to be premiering the video for SKRUNK. Watch it, enjoy it and support this dreamy little band.
It’s been about a year since the heavy rock assault that is ACID CANNIBALS was launched upon the unsuspecting world. Hailing from Glasgow and featuring members of Cosmic Dead and Droves, this gruesome twosome has toured the country excessively (including as the main support for the might Lightning Bolt), played festivals such as Raw Power & Woodland Gathering and are soon to launch their second EP on Hominid sounds, one of our favourite labels. We were lucky enough to put them on back on in March at The Moon in Cardiff which was just sensational, we’ve never a seen a two piece with so many amps… they were thirsty fellas too.
With the up and coming release, entitled HORNY FOR TOMORROW and yet another huge tour of the UK on the not so distant horizon, we thought it would be good to have a quick chat turbo drummer Fraser to find out a bit more about who the hell they are and what they are doing.
AC: The band started cause I text James saying I needed a place to stay pronto and the response I got was a phone call asking if I wanted to go and have a jam at the Cosmic Dead practice space if he met me in 10 minutes, so we talked about a lot of shit, played some riffs and found out how much fun that was.
CC: "Horny for Tomorrow" suggests you are optimists. Are you optimists?
AC: We do what we can
CC: How come you changed labels for the latest release?
AC: It was just a plan for Al from At War with With False Noise to help out with the first 7" because he is really busy releasing loads of amazing music so we didn’t actually plan for a second release or anything. But! At War With False Noise is one of the best Scottish DIY labels, we love them.
CC: Was touring with Lightning Bolt as an amazing experience as it sounds?
AC: Yeah it was awesome, they are one of the best bands going in every sense.
CC: Give us 3 killer bands from Glasgow that we may not have heard of
AC: Overwhelmed are amazing and made up for the most solid geezers, Cartilage are a trve powerduo better than all and Galoshins are all lovely and make equally lovely music.
CC: Give us 3 killer bands from anywhere on this planet that you both think fucking rock
AC: Wild Rocket are amazing, Canned Heat, Bratakus (not from Glasgow but the trve north)
CC: What are your ambitions for this band? How far are you hoping to take it?
AC: I think we are both aiming pretty high, it’s really fun playing all the time so we want to do that.
CC: What can people expect if they head out to see you on the next tour?
AC: The two of us trying our hardest to play as fast as our wee hands will let us and buckfast.
CC: What's it like living with James, the other member of Acid Cannibals?
AC: It's the best.
HORNY FOR TOMORROW comes out on December 1st, pre-order it from the Hominid Sounds Bandcamp right here. You can go and see them in fuck load of places in December too, tour poster below. See you in the pit!
Video by Christ Purdie of Riff.Underground at Raw Power Festival
Photo by Jose Caamano
Flyer by Graeme Ross
Bad Guys were one of our favourite bands. They headlined the second ever Cosmic Carnage night, it was absolutely bonkers and we were devastated when they split. However, when a great band calls it a day, usually another great band forms and here it is in the form of Michael.
Michael is PJ, Dave and Tamas from Bad Guys, along with Jamie from Henge on guitar and a new frontman called Milo. They’ve already played for us at our SMASH IT OUT all-dayer at the Windmill last month and fucking EPIC. I think the sound guy said they were his new favourite band of all time, I was very drunk though, he could have been slagging them off.
They are playing again this weekend with masked nutters, Evil Blizzard at the 100 Club, which is being promoted by the ever-consistent Baba Yaga’s Hut. Therefore, we thought it would be a great time to check in with guitarist PJ to find out more about all things Michael. We believe tickets are on the verge are selling out so please don’t fuck about with snapping one up. Here's a link for your convenience.
We also have an EXCLUSIVE stream of a track called “Mario”, a wicked demo recorded by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studios, get some ears around it.
Hi Michael, how are you?
All Michaels are well I think. I've just been on two holidays so I feel particularly bless.
Sorry to ask such an obvious question but why are you called Michael?
It`s not so much Why? as Who?
We all know most of you were in Bad Guys, what would you say are the key differences in terms of your sound?
Less necks but more guitars, I know right? Mental..
There are more microphones, better solos and some non-guitar sounds as well but essentially good old shit-kicking-shouty-angry-man rock 'n' roll like you know and love. We also do fast and slow equally well.
Tell us about your new front man. Who the hell is he? What bands has he been in and what's his favourite film?
Milo hasn't done anything like this before, he's never fronted a rock band, but has been auditioning for one his whole life. His words are solid, his conviction fierce and he's an absolute menace on stage with his home made beer mat waistcoat.
Fav film:- Tincan Folklore (1996) apparently.
Bad Guys played with Evil Blizzard many a time, looking forward to being gigging pals again?
Evil Blizzard fans are the weird dysfunctional disciples of the Hawkwind generation (in fact one of their many bass players was in Hawkwind). I didn't know whether I was feeling hope or despair when we supported them, they seemed to love Bad Guys so we must have been doing something wrong. I don't know if they'll like Michael, I guess we'll find out.
Looking forward to playing with those guys again though, I can assure you, they are as horrible off stage as on.
Is there an album on the way?
Yes yes album on its way, that's what bands do.
We're thinking of going to this studio in Wales where Terminal Cheescake recorded, to see if they accidentally discarded any tabs of acid or Bath salts. We'll probably force Wayne Adams (Bear Bites Horse) to document the climax.
This will be well into be next year though when its released. Soz...
Are you going on tour?
A tour will inevitably follow, we got a few out of London dates in mind. See if Michael has legs in the market towns of Britain. Nothing booked yet.
Bands in your scene seem to be getting much bigger than we probably ever thought they would, playing big European festivals and selling out tours in advance. How far do you want to take this band? What are your ambitions?
We'll go until someone tells us to stop. Then we'll probably keep going until no one cares.
Any other new bands in London we should be keeping an eye on?
I'm not sure there are any new bands in London to speak of, lots of good old ones, but I know when I DO want to find out what are the hottest new bands in town I'll always log on to the Cosmic Carnage website on the internet to see what the shit`s going on.
Any last words before you piss off?
Come and experience Michael.
Tell your friends.
Photos by Sanna Charles
A couple of weeks ago, we attended a house show in Cardiff. It was wild. There was one band playing their very first gig called Bodyhacker (featuring members of Exit_International and Salt Bath). They were an intense noise rock assault, lots of bass, drums and screaming. Imagine Mclusky getting booted in the chops by Palehorse and Lower Slaughter. The room went absolutely fucking crazy, totally bananas.
Catch them live at The Moon, Cardiff on August 26th at Hub Fest W/ Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, Kong Lives and Bodies on Everest. They'll also be playing a special Cosmic Carnage end of year bash which we're announcing soon. See you in the pit!
Labels, bloggers and promoters, keep a firm eye on these guys. They are pure fucking dynamite. ENJOY!
Do you like your music all distorted and improvised? No? Well how the hell have you ended up here? You may want to visit some other website or you’ll end up all confused and scared. For those of you who do like to drown yourselves in maxed out, unplanned weirdness, we’d love to tell you more about the new Lovely Wife & Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska split.
Cosmic Carnage regulars will recognise Lovely Wife, they played for us a while ago at the Brixton Windmill with Big Naturals, Big Lad and We Wild Blood, they were fucking nuts. Improvised doom that goes all grindy. Pure class. Anyway, they’ve teamed up for a split release with Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska who sound a bit like Lovely Wife but in space and slowly starting to get vaporized by a black hole.
The split is fucking great, Lovely Wife being more experimental than ever, Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska being heavier than ever. All delivered with an "I think half the band might be off their tits" kinda vibe.
We’re delighted to be exclusively streaming the split in its entirety here:
If that’s not enough, come see them play in Cardiff in the Moon Club on October 5th W/ Made of Teeth. Here's all the info!
For full Cosmic Carnage gig listings, go here!
See you in the pit!
We fucking love Irish rockers, No Spill Blood at Cosmic Carnage. They blend noise rock with Zombi-esque electronic prog on a dangerous level. The first time they played for us was in Peckham which caused a power cut in the venue, it was a complete fucking nightmare but we got there in the end. They also played one of our SMASH IT OUT summer all dayers, where we used our pissed up superpowers to lift their rather sizable bassist and chucked him into the crazy crowd. Classic Carnage!
They have a very exciting weekend planned in the UK. On Friday they hit Wales for the very first time to headline the free opening party at Cardiff Pysch and Noise fest in The Moon Club and then Raw Power Festival, London on Saturday in the Boston Music Rooms. Two very ridiculous events and we hope you're attending at least one.
To celebrate, they have supplied us with a BRAND NEW live track "Ad Unguen" recorded at a session in Guerilla Studios a couple of weeks ago. No new album news as yet but this banger will be on it so keep those peepers peeled!
A few months ago we went to a Sunday night gig at the Gwdihw on a whim, we had not heard of any of the bands. Anyway, that night we discovered a local act called SUNSHINE. They were fucking terrifying, an intense blast of harsh electronics, droney riffs and hideous vocals. All delivered with stage antics that would have got GG Allin nodding with approval from his grave. We believe they were banned from playing the venue ever again, classic.
We're looking forward to checking them out again at Cardiff Psych and Noise Fest, on the Sunday at Tiny Rebel. In the meantime, here's a new release entitled "Allez", guaranteed to help you travel to the darkest corner of your mind.
We think it's about time we booked them, don't you?
News on that soon.
We're still recovering from FRAUDS, JOHN & TWISTED ANKLE on Saturday. Fuck, what a night. Ouch! Anyway, let's do it all again in April. We're delighted to be teaming up with Lesson No.1 again to bring CC legends BRITNEY and WE WILD BLOOD to the Moon Club on April 7th. Local support comes from Rope, a band we fell in love with recently. Gig details below.
See you in the pit!
Somewhere between Future of the Left and Napalm Death. Grade A fucking POWER. Don't even think about missing this.
We Wild Blood
A trippy, hypnotic blast of greatness, One of the most underrated bands on the planet. Album out soon on Hominid Sounds
One of our favorite discoveries since our Welsh adventure. Think Harvey Milk but a little kinder and proggier
+DJs until late
Saturday 7th April @ 19:30
See you in the pit!
Facebook event here!
On March 9th, we'll be teaming up with Lesson No.1 again to bring 3 incredible 2 pieces to the Moon, Cardiff! FREE entry, it's going to be fucking ridiculous. This will be our third gig of our year in the welsh capital. Bring on them Fucking riffs!
Here's the Facebook event! Gig details below.
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Brand new gruesome twosome from Glasgow featuring members of The Cosmic Dead, DROVES and Thisclose. They promise to be a hard rock experience like no other. It’s going to be fucking bananas.
FFO having a nosebleed with Buckfast instead of blood.
V A I L S
Pulverising power grunt from Swansea. This bass-heavy two piece do not fuck about in any way whatsoever. HEAVY AS FUCK LIKE!
More Carnage incoming, we're teaming up with Lesson No.1 again to bring you something fucking HUGE! It's FREE too! Gig details below, see you in the pit!
One of the most unique rocknroll experiences on the planet, loved by fans of grindcore and punk through to techo. Be prepared for joyous synths, some of the best drumming you have ever seen and your mate to glance over with that “I think the MDMA has definitely kicked in” look.
Much like legendary giant ape, this band will crush your skull like an old grape (that rhymes). Bring on the fucking DOOM!
Last ever performance for this one-man, terrifying noise act. This final outing will no doubt feature horrific noises that will make you want to going into witness protection in somewhere like Milton Keynes and change your name to Clive.
+DJs until late
Saturday 24th Feb @ 19:30
See you in the pit!
Video by Riff.Underground
We're excited to be teaming to be teaming up with our friends at Lesson No.1 to bring you a night of pure noise rock to The Moon Club, Cardiff featuring:
Power duo from Croydon who like nothing more than screaming and making lots of glorious fucking noise. Debut album OUT now via Til Deaf Do Us Party Records
Noise rock duo from London, great fucking riffs, great fucking songs. Debut album OUT NOW via Pets Care Records
A potent dose of noise rock from the fucking 'Diff
+DJs until late
Saturday 3rd Feb @ 19:30
See you in the pit!P
The album is called 'VOLCANO OF THE BLEEDING SKIES' and it's out November 25th, pre-order it right here on wax and digital. Enjoy the sounds!
He'res out next gig, see you in the pit!
We were very excited to hear that our friends Gordon (TERMINAL CHEESECAKE/ LUMINOUS BODIES/ MELTING HAND), Wayne (DEATH PEDALS/ SHITWIFE) and Matt (CASUAL NUN/ EX DETHSCALATOR) had formed some kind of side project recently and had already done some recordings at the legendary BEAR BITES HORSE studios. We heard some of it and it's fucking awesome and we're thrilled to bring you an EXCLUSIVE stream of the track 'TARDIGRADE' right here on the Cosmic Carnage website. It's fucking great, sounds like a proper pissed up version of EVIL BLIZZARD or something. Check it out:
Here's what they had to say for themselves:
“Partygrade was the product of a two-day period of free time in the busy life of Wayne Adams, proprietor of Bear Bites Horse recording studio, member of Death Pedals and Shitwife, and 1/4 of the record label Hominid Sounds. He enlisted Gordon Watson (Terminal Cheesecake/Luminous Bodies) and Matt Ridout (Casual Nun) - his record label partners in hairiness - to come into the studio to do a new project. A lot of beer was consumed, much fun was had, six songs were produced. Expect something to appear on Hominid Sounds in the not-too-sidtant future. It will be Partygrade.”
We loved it so much that we've booked them already for their first gig in November alongside other insane punk acts including LOWER SLAUGHTER, DKH and Mister LIZARD. Gig details below, see you in the pit!
Cosmic Carnage is proud to present:
They fuse fun and being pissed off to an INSANE level, debut album coming next year through Box Records!
Ridiculious heavy, grindy punk that'll knock your teeth clean out of your teeth holes.
To this day, the most mental band that's ever played Cosmic Carnage
Debut gig for this brand new fast as fuck supergroup featuring Gordon (Terminal Cheesecake/ Luminous Bodies) Wayne (Death Pedals/ Shitwife) + Matt (Casual Nun/ Ex DETHSCALATOR)
See you in the pit!
Gig details below, see you in the pit!
Cosmic Carnage is proud to present:
Riff-heavy weedy thrash explosion from Chicago. Un-fucking-missable! New LP “Whatever Forever” out October 14th on Thrill Jockey.
“Sound like the Butthole Surfers playing on a rollercoaster that’s lost control and is currently destroying the part of the theme park where the animals live.” YASS!
The miserable progeny of current/ex members of Dead Existence, Casual Nun, Throne, War Wolf, Dysteria, Sea Bastard, Landskap (etc). This summer’s debut “Welcome to Nothing” is a BEAST!
+ 1 more TBA
+ DJs ’til late
Saturday 3rd December 2016
£8 adv/ £10 Door
See you in the pit!
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