Anyone at London Fields Brewhouse on May 7th for our last Under The Arches will agree that One Unique Signal put on a pretty special live show. Their industrial psych is a hypnotic assault of psychedelic, kraut and post-rock tendencies. Check out the photos from the show below.
Their performance came after Fuzz Club released their incredible LP 'Hoopsnake', a collaboration between the three core band members and 20 of their contemporaries, including The Oscillation’s Damian Castellanos and Steven Lawrie of The Telescopes. You can still get the record on vinyl, cassette and CD on our store.
At May's Under The Arches we were lucky enough to have our very own Dead Rabbits there to woo us with their swirling mix of psych and shoegaze. If you missed them you can now re-live their majestic performance through these great photos, courtesy of Andrea Shamlou.
Don't forget we recently repressed their stunning album The Ticket That Exploded so be sure to pick that up on cassette, CD or vinyl over at our store.
On March 5th Fuzz Club launched a new monthly mini-fest at London Fields Brewhouse in Hackney, bringing together 12 quality independent labels and a lineup of bands to showcase all the best music and vinyl under the expansive psych umbrella. Photographers Lilly Creightmore and Andrea Shamlou were onsite capturing the day.
The label market hosted big and small from the UK, US and Europe including Rocket Recording, Sonic Cathedral, Captured Tracks, Mexican Summer, Slovenly Recordings, Hands In The Dark, Fire Records, Super Fan 99, Fluffer Records, Software Recording Company, Anthology Recordings, and of course Fuzz Club.
The lineup kicked off with Fire Records’ Dutch indie psych group Rats on Rafts, followed by the abstract electronica of Gum Takes Tooth, the shamanic rhythms and fuzz laden rock of Portuguese trio 10,000 Russos, dreamy psych pop from Younghusband and the post-punk infused shoegaze of The Underground Youth.
Thanks to everyone that came down and helped to make sure the event was a big success!
Next month’s Under The Arches takes place April 2nd featuring Clinic, The Cult of Dom Keller, Pretty Lightning, Guy Blakeslee (from The Entrance Band), M!R!M and Night Shades, and the label market. Join the event page here and buy tickets here.
Most black and white photos are by Lilly Creightmore and most colour stage shots are by Andrea Shamlou.
RATS ON RAFTS
GUM TAKES TOOTH
SETTING UP AN IMPROMPTU LIVE SET FROM TREN GO! SOUND SYSTEM AKA PEDRO FROM 10,000 RUSSOS. Check out a video from the set here
THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH
Original London scenesters Nigel Birch, John Lynch, Matt Payne and Sam Toms
Tess Parks and Black Market Karma
Olya Dyer and Craig Dyer of The Underground Youth
Black Market Karma
Black Market Karma and Charlotte Lafferty
Casper Dee and Nigel Birch
Alexandra Dunn and Charlotte Lafferty
Black Market Karma
Jon Emmins and his mum
John Lynch, Sam Toms, Matt Payne, Nigel Birch
THE LABEL MARKET
Tren Go! Sound System aka Pedro Pestana of 10,000 Russos performed an impromptu solo set at Under The Arches where he covered DJ's Shadow's "Fixed Income", transforming it from downbeat Bay Area hiphop into fuzzed out reverberation on his Firebird.
Follow Under The Arches to hear about our next event. Photo by Rita Sousa Vieira, video by Lee Winter.
The addition of visuals to live musical performances has transformed traditional concerts into immersive fantasy worlds. One particular method of visual stimulation, liquid light shows, are seeing a resurgence.
The origins of this mystifying kaleidoscopic presentation stem from the 60's San Francisco counterculture. The basis of the technology needed for the projections include an old-school overhead projector, and two glass clock faces. Between the glass faces, mineral inks, oil and water exist in a constant state of flux, morphing and changing form to the tune of the audio, and displaying an array of vivid colours.
Some modern artists have decided to ramp up the experience by adding various effects boxes and video projections, while some stick to the classic analogue style. Fuzz Club will be presenting a two-part blog series highlighting notable performers in this craft. First up will be innerstrings, who is based in the UK out of Lewes.
Above image: Aquaserge by Andrea Shamlou
Photo Credit: innerstrings by Ollie Thomas Photography
Chris aka innerstrings was inspired by electric visuals at an early age. "My fascination for liquid light projection dates back to the 1970's, when as a child I saw my first psychedelic light show at a party in the Village Hall. It was an all encompassing affair and I remember my eyes being firmly planted on the ceiling for the duration of the evening", he shared.
"I’m amazed that several years after the initial spark of interest in psychedelic music again, that it is still going from strength to strength....Psych has never really left my consciousness though, there was a revival of sorts in the late 80's early 90's with bands such as Spacemen 3, Loop, The Shamen and Levitation ploughing that furrow." While he is most ardently inspired by the music itself, he notes filmmaker and fellow lights wizard Julian Hand as one of his favourite contemporaries.
Photo Credit: Aquaserge, by Andrea Shamlou
Recently, the innerstrings light show has provided a delightful backdrop of contortions for several festivals and acts, including the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, past editions of the Lewes Psychedelic Festival, and the first reunion show for pioneering shoegazers Ride. "Highlights would have to be 10000 Russos and Lola Colt, who were incredible at the last Fuzz Club show at The Brewhouse. The one performance that really springs to mind though is Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe at Liverpool. That room was rammed, and the performance was flawless, everything fell into place visually too. It took a while to wind down after that!"
In creating his shimmering atmospheres, Chris celebrates the spontaneity that encompasses the spirit of liquid lights. "Once the technical side of things has been sorted, which can be very stressful, once I’m in the zone, I’m very relaxed. You have to place a lot of faith in yourself that despite the random and unpredictable nature of the visuals, everything will be OK. Because the majority of my visuals are analogue at source, and weren’t pre-prepared, you really have to be on the ball, especially with live feedback visuals. Quite often, I just don’t have enough hands to operate the cameras, the laptop and effects at the same time."
Equally at home in the dance music scene, he enjoys working in spaces with crowded dance floors, low ceilings, and crisp white walls that will enhance the dizzying rainbow swirls he produces. "A decent selection of Real Ales is quite important too!" he adds.
Photo Credit: Soccer96 by Andrea Shamlou
Fans of innerstrings' oceanic projections can catch him performing alongside acts at the upcoming Under The Arches (presented by Fuzz Club, monthly starting March 5th), Cosmosis Festival (March 12th), and the revival of Lewes Psych Fest (March 19th, which will include music from The Cult of Dom Keller).
- Lindsay Krause
On the 5th of March Fuzz Club are kicking off Under The Arches, a new monthly record label market and live music event showcasing the best of the global psych scene. Held in the railway arches of London Fields Brewhouse, the event promises to be a mecca for lovers of independent music, as it brings together an incredible selection of labels from the US, UK and Europe in a collaborative celebration of the music we love.
To take us into the evening there will be a monthly selection of the most exciting local and touring bands playing such as The Underground Youth, Electric Eye, Younghusband, Gum Takes Tooth, 10,000 Russos, Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation, Chicos de Nazca, The Third Sound and some big hitters to be announced very soon.
To top it off we'll keep the crowds sated with street food and free craft beer tastings and tutorials.
Entry to the label market is free and tickets to see the bands are £10-£12. For March's event both rounds of early bird tickets are long gone, but there are still some GA tickets available here. Make sure you like the Under The Arches Facebook page to be kept in the loop with all the sweet stuff we've got planned.
Here are the labels joining us on the day and some of the special vinyl they'll be packing for the occasion:
NY label Captured Tracks was born in 2008 by indie-label overlord Mike Sniper. Boasting a roster that includes DIIV, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, Mac Demarco and loads more you can be sure that CT will bring a top shelf selection of vinyl.
Also founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 we’re really excited to have Mexican Summer bringing some of their extensive discography. They’ve released over 100 records across multiple formats – including releases from Best Coast, Ariel Pink, No Joy and Real Estate to name a few. They'll be bringing the first vinyl editions of Bosten racket makers Quilt's forthcoming album Plaza on limited edition ultra clear vinyl.
Fire Records is a London indie stalwart. In it’s early days it released music from Spacemen 3, Pulp, Teenage Fanclub and The Lemonheads, and more recently they have Guided by Voices, Giant Sand and Surf City on the roster. They’ve also got a secret guest playing the first Under The Arches who you’re not going to want to miss.
Rocket Recordings have been dishing out some of the best in psych since 1998. Their roster includes Goat, Ngod, White Hills, Teeth of The Sea and loads more. They’ve promised they’re going to be bring some exclusives to Under The Arches and we can expect “the odd Rocket band or two performing live” so get excited.
Fuzz Club Records
We'll be celebrating the release of The Underground Youth's Mademoiselle with its first much-deserved vinyl pressing, and re-releases of Haunted and The Perfect Enemy For God. We'll also be holding stock of our highly anticipated new Black Editions, limited to 10 per release. It will also be your chance to pick up the first copies of some of our releases due out much later in March and April.
Hands in the Dark Records
Born in Desancan, France and London, Hands in the Dark have released music for The Oscillation, Housewives, Bitchin Bajas and more. On March 5th they'll be selling an exclusive pre-release run of The Oscillation's new album Monographic, so it'll be your chance to pick it up a couple of weeks before official release. Available in both black (600 copies) and white (400 copies) vinyl.
Sonic Cathedral is a London based record label specialising in all things noisy, they’ve put out records for Younghusband, The Vacant Lots, Spectres and many more of the bands we love.
Hailing from Reno, Nevada, Slovenly Recordings are one of the best outputs for garage, psych and punk, with an impressive roster including Acid Baby Jesus, The Oops, JC Satan, The Spits and the wonderfully named Wau Y Los Arrrghs!!! They have a tonne of new releases in Feb and March which they'll be selling at the market, including new vinyl from Useless Eaters, Scraper, Wet Ones, Choke Chains, Bazooka, Avenue Z, Red Mass, Andy California, The Dirtiest, Ton Ton Macoutes... and more!
Formed in Whitechapel in 2013, Fluffer Records are penchants for fuzz, releasing music from Virgin Kids and Sewer Rats, and are huge supporters of the London underground scene.
Sideman Records in a side venture of Captured Tracks’ Mike Sniper. Holding a vast catalogue of rare, vintage and obscure used vinyl, they'll be curating a selection of vintage Americana gems rarely seen by a London audience.
Super Fan 99
Super Fan 99 is a small but perfectly formed London record label specialising in Dream-pop, Americana, Psych and Indie-pop. Born out of several inspiring trips to Los Angeles, we release bands from across the globe on cassette and vinyl always in collectable short runs. Super Fan 99 loves interesting formats and has produced 5" and 8" square vinyl, heart shaped records and glittery tapes. All vinyl is hand-cut in Arizona with many releases selling out in a couple of hours. A true label for collectors and fans of under the radar gems.
Born in Shoreditch, London 1-2-3-4 Records show a love for the LOUD, with a tight but great quality roster including the legendary Buzzcocks, Arrows of Love and Love Buzzard.
Software Recording Company
Software Recording Company is an electronic record label whose roster includes Thug Entrancer, Co La, Ben Zimmerman and Suicideyear.
Anthology Recordings was born in 2004 as a reissue imprint releasing rare obscure vinyl ranging from all corners of music such as surf, psych and dub.
- Jack Palfrey