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Sargent House teams with ArcTangent Festival with 5 bands to play August 2015

ArcTanGent’s latest line up announcement has been hand-picked from the Sargent House label and management roster including Deafheaven, Mylets, Helms Alee, Marriages and Emma Ruth Rundle making a total of 5 bands from them so far for this year. Last year Sargent House had Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG, No Spill Blood and Mylets all play.

Deafheaven (Saturday) join The Dillinger Escape Plan (Friday) and 65daysofstatic (Thursday) as headliners of Bristol’s incredibly popular ArcTanGent Festival.

Cathy Pellow from Sargent House said: “We had a really great time at ArcTanGent Festival last year and this year we’ll be coming over from America again this year en masse. It’s really great to have a festival that brings together all these different types of alternative, left field music fan in one place – we all just feel so at home with that crowd. So wherever you live in the world we’ll see you for a big old party in the UK in August!” 

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Brian Cook talks to Mutoid Man for The Stranger - Seattle show 3/4

While Beck was subjected to the most high-profile criticism regarding the legitimacy of 2015’s Grammy winners, there was a large contingent of armchair Kanyes who were even more irate over the best metal performance award going to rock lampooners Tenacious D. Heavy metal is serious business, so why would a comedy duo deserve to win over luminaries like Motörhead, Mastodon, and Anthrax? Granted, most metal fans would concede that their favorite bands can veer into dubiously campy realms, but there is a hard line between theatrics and irony. Theatrics are at the heart of metal; irony is for suckers. But some heavy bands manage to find a self-aware middle ground where they can acknowledge the absurdity of metal while still taking the music seriously. Cheeky heavyweights like Torche and Big Business may not be overtly menacing, yet they seem far more earnest than the legions of longhairs with spiked gauntlets and witchy motifs. We need more Fucking Champs, less Steel Panthers.

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