Monday 5 January 2015

Video Vacuum - A Place To Bury Strangers, Tonstartssbandht, Julia Why?, Love Buzzard

Ah 2015, you bastard. Lets see what you throw at us. The more things change, the louder things get. Let's hope this world takes us beyond the black rainbow.

A Place To Bury Strangers are back and are intent on taking us down into the murk and the mire with them. 'Straight' plays with the VHS strafe attack that most bands are doing these days. What I love about this video is how creepy and stupid it is at the same time. Sometimes I felt like I was watching offcuts of V/H/S, or Japanese horror 'documentary' Noroi (if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favour and watch it now - incredible); other times I felt like I was watching Takeshi's Castle or Jackass. The finely calibrated idiocy and unease works well with what is something of a tempered track for APTBS.

Tonstartssbandht are making the hard-to-believe-is-actually-happening tour to Australia and New Zealand this month. I have been a fan of these guys since 2011, and although they have gone through some aesthetic shifts, they are the same cerebral meltdown that I knew and loved. Here is what to expect at their shows over the next few weeks...

Julia Why? came to my attention through the Exxe label sampler compilation last year. Here is their new song 'Just One Night' which has the Night Of The Living Dead crossed with Carrie crossed with Night Of The Creeps mixed with The Loved Ones, all undercut with a huge dollop of playful heart (and a mouthful of tongue). These guys are a hell of a lot of fun.

And then there is Love Buzzard's 'Passion'. It is as blasted, raucous and ridiculous as you can expect from these vaudeville garage schlockers, and helps to up the anticipation of seeing these bastarderos live. They are playing The Old Blue Last on Thursday night alongside Witching Waves and Feature amongst others, so get along to that one if you can.


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