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Branchage In The Asylum – The bands

In asylum, bands, branchage festival, film, jersey, live lounge, music on September 28, 2009 at 17:19

Branchage In The Asylum starts at 7 pm on October 3rd 2009. Tickets are available to buy online from wegottickets.com

When Asylum was asked to recruit three bands from the island’s music scene to perform in between music documentaries at the show, it was hard to know who to ask because of the sheer embarrassment of riches that is the island’s alternative music community.

In the end it was decided that the subjects of the films being shown were the best guide. One of the main film features is about Soulwax, electro band, prolific remixers and pioneers of bastard pop, so it was fairly easy to draw a parallel with Jersey’s Brobots! who have appeared from space recently to get humans dancing and having strange new feelings to their quirky, wonky and charming brand of techno whimsy.

Brobots! - Photo by Ryan Morrison

Brobots! - Photo by Ryan Morrison

Their latest work, Sing Along, has been remixed by likeallstars to accompany a film of them meeting people in St. Helier town centre.

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The last film of the night is All Tomorrow’s Parties, about the famous UK event celebrating the art of post-rock described by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth as ‘the ultimate mix tape’, and the two acts chosen to follow it are in different ways perfect examples of the restless experimentalism and glory to noise that has long been a crucial element in the makeup of Jersey’s bands scene.

Whitechapel Murders - Kyle, Chris and Dave

Whitechapel Murders - Kyle Lopes, Chris Day and Dave Spars

Whitechapel Murders, who debuted their claustrophobic low-end assault at Asylum All Ages on Friday October 25th, have been rehearsing in near-secret for the best part of a year. A listen to their songs previewed at MySpace reveals a unity of purpose to describe the imbalances of power in society and their poetic relationship with the mythic narrative of Jack The Ripper. A literary, eccentric mission, for sure, yet made viscerally manifest by means of violently disrupted bass and drums compositions and vocals of magnificent paroxysm.

Nailed To The Furnace

Nailed To The Furnace

Nailed To The Furnace recently started recording their debut album with Kyle Raffray. The album will contain eight or more songs and is intended for release in late summer 2010. Their song’s themes are alienation, dysmorphia and gothic melodrama, and their music is a seething wall of electric horror and harmonic neo-plasticism built upon a rhythm section of monumental power. With an ever-growing reputation among fans of dark and disturbed music that reaches far beyond the shores of this septic isle, Nailed To The Furnace are, to paraphrase the words of the Branchage press team, Jersey’s kings and queen of grindcore.

Branchage In The Asylum – The films

In asylum, bands, branchage festival, film, jersey, live lounge, music on September 24, 2009 at 19:11

Saturday October 3rd sees Asylum teaming up with Branchage International Film Festival for a night of music film and live performances at Live Lounge starting at 7 pm. The films being shown have been chosen by the Branchage team to represent the very best in modern music cinema.

Bow Selector (7.05 pm)

A short documentary about Mercury Music Prize winning grime artist and recent Jersey Live highlight Dizzee Rascal.

Soulwax: Part Of The Weekend Never Dies (7.40 pm)

Soulwax are a Belgian collective of musicians, producers and remixers famous throughout the world for popularising the bastard pop genre with their 2 Many DJs and Flying Dewaele Brothers projects. This documentary directed by Soulwax and Saam Farahmand follows every hectic step of their audacious Radio Soulwax world tour and ends with a live performance of breathtaking intensity.

Warp Films presents All Tomorrow’s Parties (9.45 pm)

From ATPTheFilm: In an out-of-season holiday camp on the coast of England, music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties serves up a heady combination of alternative music, crazy golf and chalet-living all curated by a single band or artist. This post-punk DIY bricolage uses material generated by the fans and musicians themselves, on a multitude of formats and over the history of ATP, to capture the uncompromising spirit of a parallel music universe.

Tickets are available from wegottickets.com

Holders of those tickets get to watch the films in the top floor, on a big screen, with seats and bar. Three bands will be playing on the middle floor: Brobots! after the Soulwax film, and Whitechapel Murders and Nailed To The Furnace after All Tomorrow’s Parties.

In anticipation of the the event being sold out and more people arriving on the night than there are seats on the top floor, we’ve arranged for the films to be shown on flat screens in the middle floor too.

Branchage In The Asylum, Saturday October 3rd 2009

In asylum, bands, branchage festival, film, jersey, live lounge, music on September 23, 2009 at 16:13
Poster designed by Philip Wiseman

Poster designed by Philip Wiseman

Branchage International Film Festival, the most adventurous and exciting multimedia event in Jersey, in its second year, presents a weekend packed full of unforgettable entertainment, film screenings, workshops, competitions and so much more.

With events taking place in numerous locations around the island between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th October 2009, there is a lot to plan for. Their website provides a handy calendar of events with detailed descriptions and information on how to obtain tickets and passes.

Asylum is very proud to be working with Branchage this year. We have planned a programme for the Saturday evening with some of the best music documentaries of recent years

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Soulwax: Part Of The Weekend Never Dies

Bow Selector (A film about Dizzee Rascal)

and live performances by three very special bands

Brobots!

Whitechapel Murders

Nailed To The Furnace

More information about the event, which starts at 7 pm, is available from the Branchage in the Asylum page of Branchage Festival’s website.

Tickets are available online from wegottickets.com

Tickets for Branchage in the Asylum purchased online are for the top floor cinema screening room with seating and private bar, and access to the middle floor live bands shows. The films will be simultaneously shown on screens on the middle floor with bar. Tickets purchased from the venue on the night entitle the holder to watch the movies on the middle floor and attend the live bands shows.

Asylum All Ages, September 25th – latest news

In all ages, asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on September 21, 2009 at 16:02

We’re very excited about the All Ages show at Live Lounge this Friday. All musicians remember the bands they were in when they were teens with great fondness. In many cases the experiments undertaken, styles absorbed, and alliances forged when young remain lasting influences throughout the rest of a musician’s career. We promote the importance of music among the youth of Jersey as a means of unmediated expression and social organisation. There is something about music culture that thrives in situations where young people are in other ways marginalised. Asylum is celebrating the remarkable creative achievements of some of the best bands on the scene with this unmissable show.

The line up for the evening, with set times, is published below.

5.00 Doors open
5.30 Demise of Sanity
6.10 Clockwork Sodomy
6.50 Patrick Star
7.30 Ashley Aziz
8.10 Whitechapel Murders
8.50 Wasted Youth
9.30 to 10.00 Too Many Humans

Demise of Sanity are Sam, Yannick, Dan and James. They describe their music as being like the sound of a baby being crammed into a duck! With razor-sharp riffs, powerhouse drumming and lyrics of bombastic fury, they’ll be opening the show with a big metal bang.

Clockwork Sodomy are Jordan Delap (vocals and guitar), Harry Gilbo (guitar), Ben McCarthy (bass), and Mikey Phillips (drums). They were booked for this show after Asylum saw them incredulously report on Junior Battle of the Bands 2009. Competition judges commented upon ‘inaudibility on an extreme level’, which is promising, but their name alone would have sealed the deal.

Patrick Star

Patrick Star

Patrick Star are Adam Bouteloup (vocals), Joe Hutchinson (guitar and backing vocals), Piers Le Moignan (bass and backing vocals), and Josh Renouf (drums). Their song Molotov is an impressive punk epic with exhilarating shifts of dynamics, febrile pop energy, and terrific, impassioned vocals.

Ashley Aziz

Ashley Aziz

Ashley Aziz are a ska/punk band with Ollie Crafter (vocals), Matthew Donoghue (guitar), Simon Sergeant (bass) and Robin Greatbatch (drums). They also feature Joe Hutchinson who plays some sweet saxophone on some of their ska songs. They all love each other dearly and Simon’s cupboards are always left open and empty after every garage practice. They take great inspiration from young Jimmy who is the band’s biggest fan along with Charlie Burgis.

Whitechapel Murders are a two basses and drums trio. This is their first ever show since forming in late 2008. With membership comprising players from Falenizza Horsepower and We Bury Our Own, they are no less than a Jersey supergroup. Themes tackled in their literate compositions are serial murder and state-directed thought control, and their sound is dense, dark and very heavy.

Wasted Youth

Wasted Youth

Wasted Youth is a four piece punk band with ‘Sexy’ Joe Richardson (guitar and vocals), Chris ‘Dave Fitzgerald’ Daniells (guitar and vocals) Max ‘Mickey Rockenstein’ Burgenson (drums), and ‘Captain’ Eddie le Miere (guitar). There is a charming lo-fi aesthetic at work in their recordings with titles like Fuck Salt and When You Fucked Grandpa exhibiting plunderphonic impulses and queasy wit. They are clearly a band who work to their own rules and that is to be applauded.

Too Many Humans

Too Many Humans

Too Many Humans, a hardcore punk band sounding like ‘an old school slap in the face’, are Justin (guitar), Ben (bass), Seb (drums), Josh (vocals), and Jelly Man (media direction). They were banned from Live Lounge at one time but all is forgiven now. Seb Gilmore’s commitment to the youth music scene and his insistence are what inspired the Asylum All Ages concept in the first place. They are worthy headliners of this historic show.

The show starts at five, so leave work early, skip tea, do whatever you have to do, just be there for all the bands. Please remember no alcohol allowed in the middle floor (stage area) and over-18s only allowed in the downstairs bar.

Thanks to Sam Mézec, Jo Walker and James of Foogie Brothers for their help with this promotion.

Jersey Evening Post, September 19th 2009

In all ages, asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, press on September 19, 2009 at 01:30

Asylum All Ages, Friday September 25th 2009

In all ages, asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on September 15, 2009 at 15:10

New wave order - Poster designed by Jo Walker

All Ages shows are mainly about showcasing talents of bands whose members are younger than the age usually allowed in licensed clubs, and welcoming all their fans. The manager of Live Lounge, as well as Asylum, supports all good music in Jersey and this All Ages show featuring six young bands, plus one more mature outfit playing their first ever gig.

Regular Asylum audiences and especially musicians who have played at past Asylum shows are very welcome.

The night is being co-promoted with a Facebook event by some of the bands here

The show starts considerably earlier than a regular Asylum show. Doors open at five and the last band finishes at ten. In between, seven bands will be performing in what is surely the freshest and most exciting Asylum night to date. Fans of new music shouldn’t miss this.

Entry is a sweet £3. Strictly no alcohol allowed.

Too Many Humans
Too Many Humans MySpace

Wasted Youth
Wasted Youth MySpace

Whitechapel Murders
Whitechapel Murders MySpace

Ashley Aziz
Ashley Aziz Facebook page

Patrick Star
Patrick Star MySpace

Clockwork Sodomy
Clockwork Sodomy Facebook page

Demise of Sanity
Demise of Sanity MySpace

Friday September 18th – Asylum four band show

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on September 14, 2009 at 18:13

This Friday, Asylum at Live Lounge welcomes four bands of excellence and diversity.

Hold Your Fire! have been closely involved in the promotion making sure that fans of all the bands on the bill have up-to-date news about the event. Follow them on Twitter: hyfjersey is ranked 10th (most followers) in Jersey by twitterholic.com

Also performing on the night are

the-underground

The Underground

Gorey Inbreds

Gorey Inbreds

Latest news about their CD from Gorey Inbreds via Facebook

if our e.p. isn’t done by Friday its Ryans fault, so don’t post anything on here complaining

The Revolt

The Revolt

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The Revolt live photos by Chelsea White

Asylum at Live Lounge, September 18th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on September 2, 2009 at 12:17
High score - Poster designed by Daniel Allman

High score - Poster designed by Daniel Allman

On Friday September 18th, Asylum at Live Lounge presents another brilliant show featuring four bands of quality and distinction.

Hold Your Fire! is a five-piece rock band with influences such as Rise Against, Strung Out, Ten Foot Pole and A Wilhelm Scream. They are currently recording their album entitled Ink Ribbon which is due for completion by the end of 2009. Hold Your Fire! are James Pallot (vocals), Chris Day (bass and vocals), James Day (guitar), Daniel Allman (guitar) and Chris Reed (drums).

Gorey Inbreds are psychedelically informed explorers of a dubious realm where hip hop, funk, country, and wanton carelessness meet. The results are the most fun it is possible to imagine. Gorey Inbreds, as their name suggests, come from a wild, backward zone of Jersey known as Gorey, and their membership is Sir Oliver Andrew Clark Kent, Lord Ryan Alexander De Jersey Douglas, Harry, BB … possibly some special guests too. They claim that anyone who lives in the Gorey area, and isn’t ginger, can be a part of their group.

gorey-inbreds

The Underground were started in late 2008 by Liam Coles and James Perchard. Harry Bartlett joined the band to form a classic triumvirate. They say their aim is to put on a good show and have a laugh. In August 2009 they announced they are recording their EP at Wavesound Studios and the tracks on it shall be called Kick It, Blackjack Dealer, Pulse, and Giving It All.

The Underground won the final of Jersey’s Junior Battle of the Bands 2009. Read about their success in that competition at BBC Jersey Introducing’s Dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll at Battle Final.

The Revolt is a punk band that sets itself apart from what is seen to be a dominance of emo and metal bands in Jersey. The track Do 1, an eight second long micro-anthem of alienation, is an example of their uncompromising approach and possibly an expression of dissatisfaction with a scene that has often prized hipness over integrity. The Revolt are Adam Bouteloup (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jack Pallot (drums), Tom Videira (vocals and rhythm guitar), and Max Wiltshire (bass and backing vocals).