Palehorse at Xmas Cocktail

photo from thequietus

One and a half decades in, and South London outfit Palehorse’s sporadic discography and rotating line-up tells of a band particularly unconcerned with the arse-kissing world of industry enabled career progression. Seizing the might of two basses, Palehorse’s notoriety is instead one built on a stack of alienating volume, jolting reprieve and passive aggression.

Their most recent LP, 2014’s ‘Harm Starts Here’ was particularly well-received, earning comparisons with Birmingham’s own influential industrial metal act Godflesh. Sonically, it has been hailed their most accomplished record to date, ricocheting between doom-laden, drawling sludge and full-throttle screamcore.

The band will appear at the Supersonic / Milque and Muhle Xmas Cocktail at the Hare & Hounds on 13 December along with Ravioli Me Away, The Lowest Form, Rainbow Grave, Sly & the Family Drone, Table Scraps, Paddy Steer, Glatze and Hordes.

Tickets available from theticketsellers


Ravioli Me Away at Xmas Cocktail


The formidable pairing of Supersonic and Milque & Muhle is delighted to announce that Ravioli Me Away will appear at the jam packed, two stage Xmas Cocktail at Hare & Hounds (13 December).

The all-girl triple threat of Sian (drums) Rosie (bass) and Alice (keys) is an unholy racket of fun post-punk noise with a satisfyingly kitsch presentation. Dangerously ambitious and delusional, Ravioli Me Away have been scaling the UK and Europe after firing off a limited run of ‘The Inevitable Album’ on Good Job Records.

Featured track ‘Imagination’ opens promisingly with a David Cameron speech set to the relentless drawl of funky bass and synth womp, before sinking into a hip, stream-of-consciousness rap and percussive chant that is unpretentiously political brilliance.

Tickets available from theticketsellers


Xmas cocktail podcast


A massive thanks to the Hickeysonic duo for creating an awesome podcast for us, there are loads of related tracks for our Xmas Cocktail event on the 13 Dec, it will give you a taster of what we have in store. Hickeysonic were the duo responsible for the ‘Panic & Carousels’ show on for the past couple of years until the station closed at the end of September, we’re delighted that we could coax them out of early retirement. Enjoy!

A christmas cocktail by Hickeysonic on Mixcloud


Hickeysonic – intro…
Gallon Drunk – Christmas [The Rotten Mile]
The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas
Palehorse – Bird Feed [Harm Starts Here]
Billy Childish – A Poundland Christmas [Christmas 1979]
Table Scraps – Foot Of Our Stairs [b-side]
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Kris Kringle Ju Ju [Dracula Boots]
Evil Blizzard – Nothing For Xmas
Glatze – Cafe Vixen [Glatze EP]
Ravioli Me Away – Mic Check
Iggy Pop – White Christmas [Gimme Some Skin]
The Lowest Form – Telepathy [Negative Ecstasy]
Year Of Birds – The Wax Hour [Slack Handfuls of Nothing]
Paddy Steer – ANCHIHOYE H4C
Hordes – All the White Crosses Stood In Rows [I]
Ben Frost – Secant [A U R O R A ]
Chris Herbert – Crest [Constants]
Sly & the Family Drone – Wine into Water [Appetite for Tax Deduction]
Cathode – the sky at night [before we split frequencies vol.2]

Tickets for the Xmas Cocktail at the Hare & Hounds on Dec 13 can be purchased directly from Milque & Muhle or via


Join the Capsule Team


We’re recruiting a Programme Assistant.
For an application pack please email with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the title. The deadline for application is the 5th Dec.

Programme Assistant

Capsule are looking to recruit a creative, enthusiastic individual with proven copywriting skills, a good understanding of the arts and outstanding administrative ability particularly to join one of the UK’s most dynamic arts organisations.

The Programme Assistant will focus on the marketing and promotion and provide administrative support to the company’s General Manager and Project Manager in the delivery of the company’s year round programme of live events.   For the company’s flagship event Supersonic you will undertake the role of Artists’ Liaison, overseeing all the logistical needs of the festival’s performers.   This role comes under the direction of the General Manager and will be based predominantly at the company’s office in Birmingham.


Salary:            £18,000 – 21,000 pro rata
Employer:            Capsule
Location of post:    Custard Factory Birmingham
Responsible to:    General Manager
Responsible for:    Marketing and promotion, administration, event logistics, artists’ liaison

You will work for 109 days over a 9-month period between 12th Jan –  30th Sep 2015.

It is anticipated you will work 2-3 days per week to be agreed with candidate, however will need to be able to work a full week during the festival period.

Key areas of responsibility:
Marketing and Promotion:
–    Planning of a marketing campaign for each event
–    Writing copy and preparation of marketing materials
–    Overseeing promotion through press and social media

Administration and event management:
–    Supporting General Manager and Project Manager in event management
–    Administration of event logistics

Artists’ liaison:
–    Liaison between artists management and festival
–    Co-ordinating all logistics for the artists’ participation in the Supersonic Festival

Funding and stakeholders:
–    Research for funding bids
–    Support of General Manager for preparation and submission of funding bids.

Person Specification:
Essential Skills:
•    Experience of copy writing and promotion of arts.
•    Experience and enthusiasm for a range of arts practice
•    Experience of working on arts events or festivals.
•    Good understanding of social media and current trends, links to networks and forums
•    Systematic with experience of maintaining administrative systems
•    Able to prioritise and work under pressure
•    Good communication skills and able to work well in a team
•    Ability to work well with external stakeholders, including artists and venues.
•    Be computer and web-literate
•    Ability to research and collate information
•    Ability to work both on own initiative and under direction of others.

Personal Profile:
• Good sense of humour
• Friendly
• Motivated/enthusiastic
• Assertive/confident
• Flexible

Capsule is a Birmingham based arts organisation; we craft extraordinary cultural events for adventurous audiences. Capsule is a cultural alchemist: an innovative arts producer initiating, commissioning and producing multi disciplinary work, which includes festivals, events, artist development and partnerships with a range of organisations. Audiences are at the heart of our thinking. We champion extraordinary artists, working across artforms including digital culture and sound, ensuring many can enjoy them. Our work is of the highest quality, authentic and inclusive, our role as cultural developer – spotting as-yet unmet potential and building on it.

Capsule have a successful history of creating and producing projects including the groundbreaking heritage project Home Of Metal and one of the UK’s leading experimental arts festivals, Supersonic. In addition we deliver high profile work for clients which has included curating the cultural programme for the opening of Europe’s largest public library, exhibitions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and international work for UKTI.


Two acts added to our Xmas Cocktail


Supersonic Festival and Milque & Muhle partner to bring you an explosive Xmas cocktail of aural delights and high-spirited performances across 2 rooms on Saturday 13 Dec at the Hare & Hounds. We’ve just added two new acts to this already amazing line up in the form of Glatze and Hordes they join Palehorse/Sly and the Family Drone/Lowest Form/ Ravioli Me Away/Paddy Steer/ Table Scraps/ Rainbow Grave.

Tickets are available from HERE


Matt Watkins of Mothwasp


Matt Watkins works in photography, light projection, motion graphics and animation. With Lucy McLauchlan he formed the Beat13 collective in his hometown of Birmingham to encourage the collaboration of artists and musicians and also worked extensively with Jamie Hewlett on his platinum-selling animated-band Gorillaz for 10 years.


In recent years he has been directing live performance visuals for stage projects such as Joy Division Reworked (with The Heritage Orchestra & Scanner) but with Mothwasp adopts a lo-tech philosophy utilising old projectors, modified instruments, homemade effects pedals and hand crafted visuals.

See Mothwasp perform as part of our Supersonic Festival presents series – with Ben Frost at Eastside Projects on Wed 12 Nov
Tickets from theticketsellers and Milque & Muhle


Get to know Ben Frost


After completing his tour of the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Italy, Frost will be joined by Greg Fox (ex Liturgy) for a special performance at Birmingham’s Eastside Projects on 12 November and will include a  live AV set from Mothwasp.

Featured track Venter (AURORA, 2014) judders into life as a tightly woven, hypnotic industrial rhythm against the omnipresent hum of atmospheric guitar throb. Soon, these elements coalesce to form a huge, expansive ‘mechanical system’.

Aside from Frost’s two most recent solo albums – 2011’s Sólaris and this year’s AURORA, the interstitial performer has collaborated, amongst others, with Wayne McGregor and companies in the sphere of contemporary dance; with the directors of Australian drama films Sleeping Beauty and In Her Skin, and – most notably – with Brian Eno as part of the Rolex and Protégé Arts Initiative.

‘Ben Frost’s interests are vast, and that includes the way he approaches his music. For all this, his music is equally fascinating when you strip away the context and simply let the sounds he’s making overtake you.’ – Pitchfork

Tickets for the performance can be purchased either from theticketsellers or from Milque & Muhle

(This post was written by Poppy Twist who is currently on placement at Capsule HQ)


Ben Frost listening