The lights are on, the reverb’s faded and the smoke has cleared but we’re still buzzing.
What an incredible weekend of music, art and community. A special thanks to everyone that travelled to be there and our love to those that couldn’t due to illness and terror. While many people are being hurt by racism, hatred and fear, we are so lucky to be surrounded by people from all around the world who spread love, peace and solidarity.
Thanks to everyone that contributed to the night, to the Fuzz Club team, and to those that shared your images and videos with us for this post: Ian Robertson of Chromaticism, Ollie from Acid Box Promotions, Justin Matthews and Inner Strings, who provided the incredible visuals all weekend.
Cult of Dom Keller
Gabriele from Fuzz Club
Philipp from Fuzz Club
Three Portuguese with the power of 10,000 Russians
Throw Down Bones
This weekend at the Fuzz Club Festival there will be a showcase of work by filmmakers and photographers Lilly Creightmore and Antonio Curcetti, who have been documenting the psych community around the world for the past few years, the fruits of which will be revealed in Creightmore's upcoming documentary entitled Trip.
They will be exhibiting and selling a selection of limited edition behind-the-scenes and hand-painted portraits of artists such as Moon Duo, Faris Badwan, Joel Gion, Christian Bland and Jerry Bland.
These are just a small snippet of their full showcase - Trip the Light Fantastic - which encompasses photography, film, light and music by a fateful crowd of psychotropically inclined picture takers and filmmakers.
The showcase will be touring through winter to promote and raise finishing funds for Trip. The next event will be in London with more dates and cities to be added soon.
Fuzz Club and Bad Vibrations present the Fuzz Club Festival, a two day event bringing together a top shelf selection of psych and underground bands from across Europe and beyond.
Held across two stages under the brickwork railway arches of Hackney’s London Fields Brewhouse on November 13th and 14th, the festival sees the return of London duo The KVB to headline the weekend with youth-infused shoegaze tempered by minimalist electro.
They’ll be sharing the stage with Berlin’s geurilla krautrockers Camera, seminal British space / noise band The Telescopes, the desert drones of Arizona locals The Myrrors, and a selection of Fuzz Club’s recent discoveries and collaborators:
The bass-heavy synth and acid tinged organ of France's Wall of Death, the shamanic rhythms of Portuguese instrumentalists 10,000 Russos, East London’s own hypnotic pop act Lola Colt, and many more.
On site Fuzz Club will be selling a selection of releases including previously sold out vinyl editions wrestled back from our Texan partners Austin Psych Fest, exclusive pre-releases of upcoming albums, and the launch of the Fuzz Club Black Editions. Black Editions are limited to 10 copies each or fewer and will be sold exclusively at the festival.
<< Listen to our Festival Playlist on YouTube >>
Friday November 13th: The KVB, Camera, The Telescopes, 10,000 Russos, New Candys, Throw Down Bones
Saturday November14th: The Myrrors, Lola Colt, Wall of Death, Mugstar, The Cult of Dom Keller, Radar Men From the Moon, The Janitors, The Orange Revival, Dead Rabbits
Doors: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 4pm
Venue: London Fields Brewhouse, 370 Helmsley Place, London E8 3SB
Tickets: From See Tickets
Early Bird SOLD OUT
Saturday SOLD OUT
Two Shot: The KVB by Jakub Koncir taken at NOS Primavera, Porto 2015. Close-up Shot: The KVB by Marion Boisard taken at Festival MV, Dijon 2015
We first met The KVB at Bad Vibrations gigs and house parties in East London. We'd be lounging around in warehouses bellowing with shoegaze and cigarette smoke, with cans of Red Stripe littered around a floor of ash and fur coats.
The KVB’s Kat Day would be dressed in black leather mini skirts and towering heels with her white cheeks and red lips bobbing out under a dark fringe. A friend would comment that he always envied Nick Wood - her bandmate and boyfriend - as he plays the coolest music and has the hottest girlfriend.
Now based in Berlin, and with the release of their third album Mirror Being and another European tour behind them, there's a lot to catch up on before they headline the Fuzz Club Festival in London next weekend.
You've had a busy year releasing the album and touring extensively. Lets start by telling us what you're up to at the moment.
We just played a show in Moscow last weekend which was in an old plastic factory next to the river Volga. It was filled with art installations, was incredibly loud and there was lots of dancing during the 24 hour party. Before last weekend we hadn't played a show since early September, so these last two months have been a nice break from a very busy year spent touring and working on the next album. These two shows in the UK, and another in Madrid with Psychic TV will be our last until 2016, which is when the new album will be out on Invada Records.
Tell us about your move to Berlin and how it's impacted you creatively. It seems to be the perfect mix of post-industrialism, DIY mindset and ever-present electro for your music and visual styles.
We did consider other parts of the UK but chose Berlin as we have friends over here already and knew that the lower rent / larger spaces would allow us to concentrate on both the audio and visuals sides of our project. All of which you mention about Berlin naturally influences us, but also the hibernation-inducing grey of the winter, the slower pace of life and opportunity of time has proved the most influential. Although aspects of the Berlin hedonistic lifestyle can hinder productivity... so you can only indulge in them occasionally if you want anything to get done!
What differences and similarities can you draw between the music and art scenes in the two cities?
Both are good in different ways, Berlin's music and art scenes are smaller and the music mostly techno and electronic music, but there is a freedom to be able to do what you want here artistically - perhaps more like how London used to be.
Did Berlin have an impact on Mirror Being?
Absolutely, although about half of the material was recorded before we moved here, Berlin influenced the decision to release it as a limited tape ourselves. It very much captured the spirit of how we felt at the time artistically in addition to how we felt living in a new city.
What usually affects your music, and keeps it evolving and changing?
We love discovering new music from all over the world. We were just given some Soviet Era vinyls by our friend in Moscow which are really interesting. Again, travelling is what inspires the visuals too - the cover of Mirror Being was inspired by a tiny photograph on the wall of a family-run restaurant in a small town in Padua, Italy.
The track you open Mirror Being with transported me back to the 90s and listening to electronica under the hazy glow of ecstasy. Is that a fair assessment or completely off the mark?
Yeah that seems about right! "Atlas" was actually the last track that was written for Mirror Being. We had just acquired a Streichfett string synth and wanted to use it to create an opening track that was euphoric, immersive and sets the scene for what follows...
From there the album moves through a series of tracks with abstract forms and each sounds more like an exploration of a mood or sound than a 'song.' Can you tell us a bit about this?
Most of the tracks on Mirror Being were recorded from live experimentations, with no or very few overdubs. We wanted it to feel like a film soundtrack and to capture the atmosphere of journeys in their purest form. It also made sense for us to release it on cassette initially, like it was a bootleg recording from a deranged warehouse party...
It seems to be marking out its own territory in electronic experimentalism. Does it feel like you've turned a corner creatively, or arrived in a new phase of The KVB?
We see it as a different side of The KVB. After putting out a few records that were mainly song orientated, we wanted to show that there are more levels to what we do. On our next record we've tried to combine the melodies and songwriting of the earlier material with the more experimental aesthetic of Mirror Being. We think its going to be our best work to date!
Can you tell us about the visual side of things. What are the themes that you're working with currently?
Kat - The hypnotising affect of flicker as well as the haptic is what interests me the most, that sensation that flows from your finger tips and up towards your spine when you see something tactile on the screen, so much so that you can almost feel it, like your eyes are stroking the pixels.
At what point do the visuals come into things? Are they created to compliment the mood created in the music, or do they follow their own separate creative process?
Kat - They accompany the music by creating an immersive atmosphere and is a separate creative process created after the music. The work is made using a variety of cameras and 3D game design programmes, all of which follow a theme of texture, dystopian architecture and digitalising nature.
Are both the music and visuals created collaboratively between the two of you?
Nick - I usually work alone in the early stages of making the music, then Kat joins to help develop the ideas further and then I usually write the lyrics myself at the end. Kat makes all the visual elements, but talks through ideas with me. We are always changing the way we work, and as the years go on, it is becoming more collaborative across the different elements.
Do you have any side projects - music or otherwise - on the go that you'd like to tell us about?
Nick - We do have other projects such as Burma Camp, an experimental techno side project of mine, but because of our busy schedule this year we've only had a few chances to work on them. Recently I've been recording new songs that are more nostalgic and summery than The KVB, but maybe that's because we seem to be back in winter here already.
Finally, what's it like playing in East London? Does it feel like coming home?
Well it's where we played our first ever show, so in a way, yes.
The KVB are headlining the Fuzz Club Festival on November 13th at London Fields Brewhouse.
Our favourite Parisian psych rockers have releases the title track off their new album Loveland, due for release January 29th on LA label, Innovative Leisure.
The band describe the upcoming album as "a work of art or even architecture, a castle-slash-cathedral built on catacombs, caverns and secret passages, where the way in is also the way out. It is the sound of love, paradise and fantasy, somewhere all is about youth and hope."
Wall of Death have been part of the Fuzz Club stable since they featured on The Reverb Conspiracy Volume I in 2012 and will be playing at The Fuzz Club Festival on Saturday November 14th in London.
Check out some of the other bands playing at the festival here:
Bad Vibrations & Fuzz Club presents Fuzz Club London 2015, November 13th & 14th at London Fields Brewhouse.
It all takes place under two railway arches at London Fields Brewhouse.
FRIDAY NOV. 13th
THROW DOWN BONES
SATURDAY NOV. 14th
THE CULT OF DOM KELLER
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON
THE ORANGE REVIVAL
Early Bird from £12.50
Weekend from £25
Friday at 7pm
Saturday at 4pm
Further details to follow.
There will be a Fuzz Club pop up shop at the event where we will sell very limited and exclusive releases and merch.