WAM FESTIVAL // WORDS AND MUSIC // DAY 3
4 days of spoken word and music performances curated by Dave Haslam.
FUJIYA & MIYAGI
Brighton-based Fujiya & Miyagi have been making expansive, experimental and multifaceted electronic-driven music for over fifteen years now. As an outfit they have been as successful in their investigations into bleep as they have elongated Krautrock wig outs, and creating breathy electro pop as fiercely as they do post-punk-indebted scratchy dance. Their new EP, to be released 27thMay, feels like an amalgamation of all of these factors, condensed succinctly into four tracks, the first of three planned 12″ EPs which will accumulate in a new album in early 2017.
Fujiya & Miyagi first came to light with their 2002 album ‘Electro karaoke in the negative style’ which created the first glimpse of what was to become their distinctive sound of electronics and hushed vocals. It wasn’t until 2006 with the release of ‘Transparent Things’ that the group gained wider critical acclaim and became more widely known both in Europe and in North America. The album blended the groups love of 70’s German electronic Music, post-punk dance music and the sounds affiliated with labels such as Warp Records in the 1990s. They toured extensively during this period and also around 2009’s Lightbulbs album.
They then worked with LA based Producer Thom Monahan on 2011’s Ventriloquizzing. The record was a move away from the more electronic and dance orientated direction of their previous records with more emphasis on sounds and textures. After a three year gap Fujiya & Miyagi returned in 2014 with their most electronic album to date titled ‘Artificial Sweeteners’. Which returned to the working methods of their earlier records but with added vigour and experimentation.
COLD WATER SWIMMERS
ou begin to hyperventilate within seconds your heart begins to race and your blood pressure spikes…. Cold Water Swimmers tell stories of life and death and all the stuff in between, formed when the dark nights of February 2018 seemed never-ending. A simple formula of great songs, primal beats and raw emotion, call it punk if you like but in reality, it’s the sound of what happens when you have no choice but to keep on keeping on.
The three-piece fronted by guitarist and songwriter Chris Bridgett (dub sex, rude club, The G-O-D) along with Carrie Lawson on bass guitar and Selina Clements Woolnough on drums deliver a live performance soaked to the bone with rock n roll attitude and defiance.
It’s Grimm Up North!
Rejoice – The future is Grimm. 3 are Grimm 2 are Twins. A band from Macclesfield, England.
Hailing from Macclesfield (branded as the least-cultured place in Britain in the 2005 State Of The Nation Report) home of Joy Division, Mr. Scruff, the infamous 90’s Johnny Marr produced Britpop band Marion and the rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band of all time The Macc Lads.
Grimm Twins formed in 2018 with twins Harry (Vocals & Guitar) & Joe Ward (Drums) Tilly Morris (Synthesizers & Keyboards) Will Taylor (Bass Guitar) and George Cole (Lead Guitar).
They played their first show at the Manchester School of Art, to raise funds for frontman Harry Ward & his fellow student’s degree shows.
Having put a song online every month of 2018, the buzz around the group grew in Manchester. Huw Stephens played their track ‘Generation Z’ on his Radio 1 show, and American Station KEXP followed suite.
They were invited to support Mossley upstarts Cabbage on their Nihilistic Glamour Shots UK Tour in April.
The Bleichpop Corporation Ltd. label imprint of the same name released their debut EP ‘It’s Grimm Up North! EP’ in July 2018.