Emeralds + Iron Fist of the Sun + Mr Underwood

Emeralds are an ambient / drone / psychedelic music trio from Cleveland, Ohio, United States, who consist of John Elliott, Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt, as Emeralds, focus on live improvisation. Since June 2006, the group has released over fourty recordings, on labels such as Hanson Records, American Tapes, Manhand, Ecstatic Peace! and also on their own imprint Wagon.

They have collaborated with Aaron Dilloway on the cassette Under Pressure, released a split tour CD with Japanese noise musician Pain Jerk and opened for Throbbing Gristle in New York. The band has also had the pleasure of performing headlining spots in Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun Fest in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt also perform and record under their own names. John Elliott performs as Outer Space, Imaginary Softwoods, Lilypad, colored mushroom and the medicine rocks, and as various other aliases.

Emeralds are noted for blending ambient music with 80’s synthesizer textures, German kosmische music and the minimalism of Terry Riley.


Iron Fist of the Sun – bitter, cold, contemporary power electronics/industrial that steers clear of the cliches that pollute the scene. Synth heavy and tonal, drawing inspirations from electro-acoustic academia as much as underground black metal. Hailing originally from Druids Heath in Birmingham. Iron Fist of the Sun is the current sonic project of extreme noise protagonist Lee Howard. Experimental sonic terrorism and Black Metal are all encompassed in an unforgiving soundtrack to your most brutal nightmares… just don’t dare call it “Art Noise”


Mr Underwood fuses an array of electronic and acoustic sounds in his improvised live performances. Drawing inspiration from electronica and Musique concrète, Mr.Underwood weaves a complex sonic tapestry, from delicate and intricate sounds to more beat driven compositions. Using his ever growing collection of obscure and self-made instruments Mr.Underwood’s live performances are rich with distinctive sounds and textures.

Emeralds + Iron Fist of the Sun + Mr Underwood will be playing at The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Sunday 22nd May 2011.

Tickets are £10 adv + booking fee and are available at:


Swordfish – Temple Street, Birmingham

Polar Bear – York Road, Kings Heath