The Gregorian calendar dictates that we have reached a new year; traditionally a time for predictions, resolutions and re-evaluations. So I return from the stresses and excesses of Christmas with the following intentions and previews of upcoming events.
The first few months of 2015 look set to be as good a time as ever to sample the frequencies of Bristol’s constantly-evolving soundsystem culture. The end of January will see the city’s pre-eminent dub/reggae night Teachings in Dub given over to Peng! Sound, one of the most important labels in the city for forward-thinking bass-driven music and will feature local heavyweights Dubkasm and Gorgon Sound spinning dubplates on the soundsystem of premier French dub crew OBF.
In mid-February, new Bristol venue the Marble Factory will be hosting two further pioneers of UK soundsystem culture: Adrian Sherwood – one of the most prolific UK dub producers of the past three decades – alongside legendary Bristolian dubstep producer Pinch, in one of only three UK gigs promoting the release of their collaborative album Late Night Endless.
In an effort to escape my own comfort zones and expand my musical parameters in 2015, I will be venturing further afield into the realms of noise and drone, dropping by Howling Owl’s New Year New Noise event at the Arnolfini, featuring local experimental bands, including Killing Sound. In a similar vein, early February at The Exchange will see an evening of an evening of ‘scuzz drone’ from Hey Colossus and ‘what the fuck aural mesmerism’ from Gum Takes Tooth, my favourite discovery of the year so far.
I will also be seeking to expand the scope of this blog during the year to include features on soundtracks/sound design in film, gender politics in music and a series on music and altered states.