Circle, Hey Colossus, Opium Lord show announced

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As a pre-Supersonic Festival warm up we’re delighted to host the one and only Circle at Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath on Thursday 21 May.

Formed in 1991, Circle is the most visible and prolific name in the Finnish avant-rock underground. Circle have constantly reinvented themselves, weaving hypnotic mantras out of exacting Krautrock beats, heavy riffs, arty noise, dark psychedelia, and soundtrack-like beauty. Hard, chilly repetition has served as the lone unifying theme throughout 20 years of experiments.HeyColossus

As if that wasn’t special enough we also have Hey Colossus performing. Emerging in a haze of demented riff science and booze-addled abandon, Hey Colossus have carved out a notable niche for themselves in the British underground’s murkier quarters. They’ve dished out a formidable array of wax over the last decade, specialising in a primordial barrage of abject noise from overheated ampstacks.

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Opium Lord complete this killer line up. The band make desolate doom-sludge with a coal black heart. Filthy grooves meet abrasive noise to convey a menacing atmosphere akin to the dodgiest drinking establishments that only a band from Birmingham could make. Made up from the ashes of History of the Hawk and Stinky Wizzleteat, Opium Lord are certainly on a different level from previous ventures. Blending genres into a sonic chokehold, they will make you re-evaluate what doom can be.

Tickets available here

You can also RSVP on Facebook here

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Capsule welcomes Russell to the team

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Hailing from the real ale capital of the Midlands, Derby, Russell is splitting his time between Capsule and his own promotions and events project, Sound Of Static.

After volunteering at last year’s Supersonic Festival and other Capsule events such as the Grand Crosse Fayre and the Ben Frost show, Russell has now come on board as Festival Intern. Volunteering at Supersonic was such a valuable experience that has led on to many interesting projects and opportunities for him; anyone toying with the idea shouldn’t hesitate to get involved.

Back in Derby, Russell is part of the music and art collective, Holy Smokes! and is slightly obsessed with cats and hot sauce (but not necessarily together!).

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Supersonic Commission: British Library Sounds

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Open call for British Library Sounds Commission

To be premiered at the Supersonic Festival

 

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 27 March 2015

Commission dates: April – June 2015

Performance/installation:

Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, June 11 – 14 2015

 

Supersonic Festival are delighted to be partnering with the British Library to offer an opportunity for an artist to develop a new work as part of the festival programme in June 2015. The successful artist will have the opportunity to work with selected material and their associated documentation in the Library’s archive to create a new work culminating in a performance or an installation at the festival, as well as being archived within the British Library’s sound collection.

 

This commission will be presented at the Supersonic Festival, 11 – 14 June, the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festival. Its international reputation and multidisciplinary programme draws audience, artists and industry professionals from across the globe ensuring a great showcase for this new work. For more information on the festival visit www.supersonicfestival.com

 

The British Library is home to the nation’s sound archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. It has recently launched the Save our Sounds programme which is a major digitisation project to preserve the nation’s sound heritage www.bl.uk/projects/save-our-sounds.

 

For this commission, selection of wildlife and environmental recordings from the collection will be made available and will include, among other things, the songs & calls of British birds, the soundscapes of natural habitats such as woodland, marshland and the British coastline, and a range of environmental recordings covering weather, waves, streams, rivers and more. Additonal content from other curatorial areas may also be available, subject to availability and rights clearance
More information on the collections can be found at http://sounds.bl.uk

 

The selected applicant will receive a £750 fee for the development and performance of the commission. They will receive mentoring from the Supersonic team and an introduction to the collections from the British Library’s Curator, Wildlife and Environmental Sounds.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please send a proposal that includes all of the following:

Your name, contact details and website address.

A short statement explaining why you want to undertake the commission and what you hope to gain by working in this context (300 words max). Also tell us about two pieces of recent work that you are most proud of (200 words max) please save these documents together as a PDF or .doc file.

Evidence of your current work in the following form:

2 x links to your work uploaded to Soundcloud or You Tube/Vimeo.

Please send to sean@capsule.org.uk with ‘BL_SS commission’ in the title
Email attachments must not be larger than 5MB. Application is by email only.

Deadline for applications: 27 March 2015

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The Pop Group’s new album released this week

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The Pop Group released their first album in 35 years this week. Entitled Citizen Zombie, the new album has so far received warm reviews in The Line of Best FitThe GuardianThe Scotsman and The Independent.

According to reviewers, the album is ‘a collage of the unexpected’, ‘breaking sonically satisfying new ground’.

In case you missed it last week, you can still stream the album:

In advance of The Pop Group’s performance at Supersonic Festival this year, we also thought we’d draw your attention to an interview between Mark Stewart and Thurston Moore, published on The Quietus last month. Mutual admirers of each other’s work, the interview gives a fascinating insight into the intertwined relationship between punk in the UK and the USA. Read the interview here.

We also came across this great footage of The Pop Group super fan , Nick Cave, describing the life-changing impact that the band’s single, We are all Prostitutes, had on him.

Lest ye forget, Supersonic Festival 2015 initial line up and tickets are available now! See the line up announcement for further details and for the links to buy tickets via our Kickstarter campaign. Keep checking back here for further announcements in the coming weeks and months.

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Sleaford Mods sell out show

Sleaford Mods played a sold out show at Hare and Hounds last Friday. After an incredible year since their last performance in Birmingham at Capsule’s Bring to Light Festival in 2013, for their Supersonic Presents show Sleafords played to a crowd chanting along to every razor sharp line.

An DJ set from Defunkt Dialekt set the atmosphere for an adrenaline-filled set from Youth Man and the sludgy wallowing of Rainbow Grave. DJ X’s jungle set kept the post-Sleafords lager party going.

A big thank you to all those who attended and who helped make such a memorable night, not least to photographer Steve Kilmister for taking some great shots.

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Youth Man, credit Steve Kilmister

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Rainbow Grave, credit Steve Kilmister

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Sleaford Mods, credit Steve Kilmister

Don’t forget that the initial line up is out and tickets are now on sale for Supersonic Festival Limited Edition 2015. Check out the programme at the Supersonic website and buy tickets via our Kickstarter campaign.

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Our Kickstarter Campaign Reaches its Target

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Our Kickstarter campaign for Supersonic Festival 2015 reached its goal of raising £20,000 on Sunday, just over a week since it went live. We’re thrilled and would like to say a huge thank you to everybody for pledging and sharing. Your support will help us to bring you the best festival that we possibly can.

Its not quite time for us to don our party hats yet, though. Supersonic Festival is an incredibly expensive event to put on, so all your support would be greatly appreciated. There are still 19 days to go until our Kickstarter campaign ends, so still time to pledge on some fantastic limited edition prizes and to nab your tickets. Please do share with your friends too. www.kickstarter.com/projects/1603728230/supersonic-festival-2015-0

Big thanks again from Team Capsule.

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Sleaford Mods this Friday

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Sleaford Mods play a sold out show at Hare & Hounds this Friday. Doors: 8pm.

The quickening that brought 2014’s acclaimed album ‘Divide and Exit’ shows no sign of waning, with Sleafords having recently released a limited edition 7″ single, I’m Shit at It, available to stream.

They are also set to make a crowd-funded film called Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, charting their upcoming tour:

‘Taking its cue from the likes of Patrick Keiller’s extraordinary Robinson Trilogy, the psycho-geography of Iain Sinclair, Mark Steel’s in Town radio programme, and J.G.Ballard’s comment “Feel alive, drive around the M25!”, the documentary will be a combination of raw footage of the band, interviews with the band’s fans, and scenes in and around the green and pleasant lands that have sunk into the quagmire.’

As if this wasn’t enough, Sleaford Mods can still manage to squeeze in a bit of Noel Gallagher irking to boot.

Be sure to arrive in time for supports, Rainbow Grave and Youth Man on Friday too:

Rainbow Grave

Rainbow Grave

The only known pedlars of ‘Low Rent Caveman Hate Music’, Rainbow Grave recently posted 10 Million Tons of Shit, one of their self-described ‘horrid’ songs, online. Those of you who attended our Xmas Cocktail will be fully versed in Rainbow Grave’s sludgy depths, and we’re primed for a second round.

Youth Man

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Youth Man always put on a blistering show and join us in a particularly exciting period, having last week released a video for Skin, a song featured on upcoming EP, ‘Hill of Knives’, out in April. Their latest single, Joy, can also be streamed or bought on CD via the band’s BandCamp.

We also have not one but two DJ’s setting the mood: DJ Defunkt Dialekt from the Irrational Media label will join us. Check out his Clockworks EP on BandCamp. Later, DJ X, one half of PCM, will be doing a late night jungle set to round things off.

Sleaford Mods return to Birmingham having played at Supersonic Festival in 2013. Make sure you don’t miss out on this year’s festival! Check the Supersonic website for full details of the line up so far, or go straight to our Kickstarter campaign to buy Earlybird tickets.

Over and out until Friday.

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Shop Spring Clean

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Peruse our selection of beautifully designed merchandise in the Capsule Shop, which includes tea towels, prints, totes, t shirts and more, and celebrates projects such as the amazing Home of Metal and, of course, Supersonic Festival.

We’ve given the shop a good tidy up this week – we must be feeling inspired by the whiff of spring in the air. We’re also running a sale on our vinyl collection. You can currently pick up limited edition heavy weight vinyl recordings of live performances by Tweak Bird, Iron Lung and Harvey Milk’s first ever UK performance at Supersonic 2008 for a sale price of £6.

Why not treat yourself? Currently not available in a shopping centre near you!

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