So, we’re ridiculously excited to be getting none other than our favourite two piece That Fucking Tank down to play our stage as part of the 2nd Homespun Festival. Last year, for the first ever Homespun, we did an all dayer at the Singapora Lounge with 12 bands and it was an amazing success. For those of you who don’t already know, Homespun is a festival that a few promoters decided to start up in response to the local council’s failure to recognise the local independent music scene we have here. We wanted to create a music festival where the bands got paid rather than the promoters, and to showcase the creativity, uniqueness and skill of our local musicians. We also wanted to get some bands in who wouldn’t normally play these towns, so that people who don’t usually go to gigs can come along and see that there’s more to Medway than poundland nights and shitty pay-to-play battle of the bands nights where only the promoters really gain anything.

There’s some more info about the whole festival here: http://homespunmedway.com/blurb-2014/

Our particular stage takes place at the Billabong, Rochester, on Friday 25th July. We’ve got the amazing Leeds duo That Fucking Tank, who’ve recently been on tour supporting Foals. We’ve loved them hard, ever since we saw them play The British Wildlife Festival a good few years back.
Andy plays a specially tuned baritone guitar through guitar and bass amplifiers, James plays a minimal drum kit. Their novel name, energetic performances and extreme volume have had them perform all over Europe and the UK with brain-mangling regularity, sharing stages and tours with bands including Hella, Q and not U, Unsane, AIDS Wolf, Vialka, Nervous Kid, Don Caballero, Hoover, The Fucking Champs, Lightning Bolt, Melt Banana, The Fall, Bilge Pump, Foals, The Ex and the like. They like owls and are playing a gig at an owl sanctuary soon, which makes them wonderful human beans.

http://www.thatfuckingtank.co.uk/

Bear vs Manero are a much adored, and quite rightly so, 4 piece from Medway/Haywards Heath/London. They bring us bass porn, monster riffs, kickass dance moves and physics-defying drumming combined with discordian principles and songs about christmas dinners. Seeing them play makes us happy in our pants. They also love cats, which is an excellent indicator of awesomeness.

http://bearvsmanero.com/

Punching Swans, a frantic mathy 3 piece from Medway and London write songs about sea creatures and rhinos wearing inappropriate footwear. They mix Shellac/Kong style bass riffs with weirdarse guitar squeals and mad frantic fills that Stewart Copeland would be proud of.
Listening to them has an intense effect on my sympathetic nervous system and I’m gonna need a fuckload of digoxin if I’m to keep my heart rate under control after a dose of these dudes.

http://punchingswans.bandcamp.com/


The Consortium Of Dead Souls manufacture sublime, epochal soundscapes to feed the famished void heads and the wretched drug addled damned. This Medway 4 piece bring us beautiful intensity that makes us go all dreamy and misty eyed in a comforting cocoon of synaesthesia. In a black hole. Scary gorgeous.

Tickets: £5 adv/£6 on the door, get them here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267775

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/301744806656472/

 

 

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We are back! We couldn’t hold off any longer, we’ve really missed putting on noisy, experimental gigs around here, so we’ve decided to take a gamble and pay out to hire a venue for the time being.

It’s gonna be at the Billabong in Rochester, around the back of the Function Rooms. It’s been newly soundproofed, so we can be a bit louder than most venues allow. Bring earplugs if you need them!

The bands…….well, we’re really excited to have Wire Mother play their first ever gig, with Shar from the amazing Let Our Enemies Beware and experimental improvisational band Black Light Brigade. It promises to be intense.

There’s also Mister Lizard, featuring Thomas Close of Screen Wives. They play crazy punk with a real weird angle, there’s often various states of undress. Bring blindfolds if you need them.

Frau Pouch are a local band who play weird punk based on sci fi, fantasy and b-movies. They’re playing this because it’s one less band to pay if we make any money after the cost of the venue hire 😀

Entry is £4.

We really look forward to seeing you, it’s the support of you beautiful people that keeps independent music alive in Medway.

https://www.facebook.com/events/507769679350672/507776972683276

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We’re teaming up with other promoters so that we can afford to use the few remaining venues left in Medway which will allow loud, amplified music with drums. This Saturday sees us collaborating with the Junk Depository to put on a gig featuring four local bands at the Billabong Club in Rochester.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1391752654396663

Bear Vs Manero: amazing heavy riffs and witty lyrics with lunging and flailing. http://bearvsmanero.bandcamp.com/

Punching Swans: frantic mathy alt rock with overdriven bass.
http://punchingswans.bandcamp.com/

Black Light Brigade: experimental drone
https://www.facebook.com/theblacklightbrigade

Consortium of Dead Souls (with Fucked Future and Bjorn Veno) : experimental soundscapes
https://www.facebook.com/TheConsortiumOfDeadSouls
Entry £4. Over 18s only. Doors 8pm.

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At the Singapora Lounge. Free entry!
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Friday 7th December at the Singapora Lounge will feature sets from math rock behemoths Mayors of Miyazaki, whose new split ep can be found here: http://mayorsofmiyazaki.bandcamp.com/album/split-7-with-death-pedals

They’ll be supported by Kent band Houdini who make a most marvellous racket. Listen to them here: http://houdinisaur.bandcamp.com/

Greg from Houdini and Joe from Frau Pouch have formed a sexy little 3 piece called Punching Swans, and here’s what you’re in for with them: http://punchingswans.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/458843174158094/

As usual, this gig is FREE ENTRY. We are good to you 😉

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Coming up on Saturday 3rd November, 4 bands at the Nag’s Head, Rochester. Free entry.

https://www.facebook.com/events/482900871744248/

Pity Party: http://pityparty.bandcamp.com/
Heavy Pop group from Rochester, UK. Featuring Matt Bell, Chris Garth, Rory Perkins and Chris Taylor. Formed from the ashes and leftovers of bands such as: Sparrows, Screaming Keith, UpCDownC and Tape Error.

That Massive Bereavement: https://massivebereavement.bandpage.com/
Debut Medway gig from this stoner garage grunge rock band.

Punching Swans: https://www.facebook.com/PunchingSwans
Formed from members of Frau Pouch, Houdini and The Contortionists, this 3 piece plays instrumental post punk that’s heavy on riffs.

Frau Pouch: https://www.facebook.com/FrauPouch
Sci Fi Post Punk Disco Crap.