MUGSTAR are the sound of 10,000 suns exploding, pounding like a supersonic mantra with shades of Sonic Youth, Neu!, Oneida and Pink Floyd. Since emerging in 2002 from the ashes of guitarist Peter Smyth's fondly remembered krautrockers Kling Klang, MUGSTAR have toured tirelessly with noise compatriots that include Mogwai, Melt Banana, Acid Mothers Temple, Clinic, Fucked Up, Mike Watt and Part Chimp. They famously recorded the last ever of John Peel's legendary Peel Sessions.
Revolving around locked krautrock rhythms, blisteringly heavy psychedelic riffs and turbo-charged grooves, MUGSTAR's latest album "Lime" was released on Important Records in October 2010. This will be their first show in London since the release.
Special guest DJ Jahshabby has appeared at Sonic Cathedral, Night of the Long Swords and Rock'n'Roll Soul, where he is a resident. Bands for which he has whipped up a frenzy include Sonic Boom, Wolf People and the Soundcarriers. Expect illsickpsychfunkbreaks and old records from foreign climes to confuse and delight.
BAD DIMENSION DJs collide kosmische disco, mutant funk, punk and psych to create analogue raves of supermassive proportions, powered by propulsive rhythms, motorik beats and tripped-out fuzz from the 60s to present.
The Horatia is a beautiful big boozer on Holloway Road with a hefty club soundsystem, recently reopened by the team behind Shoreditch's Horse and Groom.
It was a pleasure to bring in this year at the Horse & Groom's disco spectacular, illustrated in full feathered splendour here and captured for your cans below. We'll be riding a beefed up soundsystem for the Easter Sunday party among a legendary cast with Discovery, Disco Deviance, Feel My Bicep and Leftside Wobble. The Papermill Terrace warms up from 2pm with a barbecue: we bring you the nightshift in the perfectly sleazy boudoir upstairs, from the psych-garage to the spacefunk disco mothership, 10 til 6am: be prepared.
Big thanks to Teeth of the Sea for a stunning show, and to all of you who came for the vibes. Check out the set on Flickr here. Do get in touch if you've taken any photos our nights: we'd love to see (there's probably only so far a distracted promoter can get, photographically speaking, waving a camera around in a dark room while dancing).
Photos have appeared bearing witness to BAD DIMENSION with GNOD last month, including the violent demise of that doomed guitar. Check them out here and here. Big thanks to Julie Kane and to echoesanddust for capturing the show, and to the rest of you for making it happen. That was some next-level shit.
Next Friday, 25th February, BAD DIMENSION will host a live performance by TEETH OF THE SEA, rumoured to be the most thrilling and transformative thing ever to emerge from Manor House. This dark, cinematic psychedelia swings from a Morricone western to an Acid Mother's wig-out, through marauding sci-fi Brit-prog and squalling, feedback-crusted noise.
Recent second album Your Mercury has been described as "Sexual transcendence you achieve while your flesh dissolves under the leathery wings of the bat people of The Beastmaster." (20jazzfunkgreats), or "Like a giant android kestrel occupying an ominous telephasic cathedral" (BBC).
Entrance, as always, is FREE.
BAD DIMENSION with TEETH OF THE SEA Friday 25 February The Horatia, 98-102 Holloway Road, London £FREE
"Your immediate and focused attention is requested."
Of all the filth that might come to see the light of day on a February 14th, this might not have been expected. The Skull Defekts have made a new album, and this track sounds like Steve Albini making love to a voodoo kaleidoscope.