Well well. Not bad news at all. Common Deflection Problems are close to finish their new album. Recorded and mastered at Miranada Studio’s (Barcelona) it will be out first in digital format.
This piece represent a consistent change from “We all play synth”, in conformity with the “never-set-the-ass-in-one-place-for-more-than-couple-of-months” band’s philosophy. And this is what we like most: the ability to go ahead, innovate while keeping them own recognizable roots.
So, we suggest to listen to it as soon as it’ll be out.
Spanky new video from IO MONADE STANCA from “Three Angles” LP, soon in Barcelona for HF.
Yes, we’re back. A long summer was necessary to recover some of the massive amount of energies we’ve put into action during last season. Just to refresh, we put up loads of gigs, hosting the likes of Barberos, Silent Front, Action Beat, Dispo, Ultrazook, Jack Dupon, Familea Miranda, Plasma Expander, CRTVTR, Reptilian Mambo, Chromb, Sec, Hands up who wants to die, Ten Past Seven, Wann, Cuzcos, Kill kill, dUASsEMIcOLCHEIASiNVERTIDAS, Alberto Piccinni, ( and many more ), we organized two festivals, HF Alldayer and HF Festival 2013, took part to Gutter Fest, best indipendent labels’ meeting in town, and last but not least we got to be interviewed on Radio Contrabanda and TV3.
Yeah, a well-intense year indeed. And more stuff is to come, more and more.
We’ll start this new season off with a night dedicated to pure sounds, three essential trios will be there to rock you and remind us who we are.
IO MONADE STANCA
Straight from Cuneo (home of Marlene Kuntz, NdR.), the three guys are carrying with them quite a portfolio, along with being some of Africatape's favourites. They started in 2008 mixing up their very peculiar blend of ethereal voices, cracked riffs, jazzy chords, nice fat and high-ended bass lines and solid drumming, perfectly framed and intensely structured, in a flauvored ’90s sauce. Their last work “Three Angles" ( out for A Tent Rever Du Roi, Human Feather, New Sonic Records, WhosBrain, Canalese*Noise, Goat Man, Onlyfuckingnoise) is the culmination of their sound. Narrative and ironic, will blow you away with its sudden changes and its fun actitude. No wonder it’s being succesfully presented throughout Europe during their current extensive tour. And here they come, nice and warm.
COMMON DEFLECTION PROBLEMS
The most neurotic trio in BCN, just back from their performance in several Open Air Festivals in town, is back on track, and along with this, they’ll release a new record at the end of October and tour Spain + France + Belgium (where they’ll be hosted @ ScratchandSnuffest, along with the Ex and Mombu), in November. More info will come soon about it. Don’t you know yet what they sound like ? Make it jazzy, angular and broken-hearted math rock, a groove-fuelled and hard-as-fuck sequence of hits, scratches and heavy riffs, sprinkled here and there with few and desperate words.
Still confused ? Don’t worry, that’s normal, that’s CDP.
The heroes of new underground in BCN. Since their early days the combo decidedly stepped away from the sinthy-pop culture surrounding them and chose a dimension that’s cleared out of unnecessary special effects and brought back to a genuine rush of distorted energy. Call it post rock, emo-core or shoegaze, what really matters is that they’ll overwhelm you with their fuzzy guitars, soulful lyrics, great rhythm section and pure passion.
They´re also just back from a Spanish mini-tour that touched most of the sacred lands of alternative in Spain. Plus they’ve been out twice for Boston Pizza Records. It all leads to figure out that there’s no doubt they’ll be big.
Once again, the Artwork is from that sick guy called Giove
Once again, the amazing Upload in BCN will host all this
Once again, it’ll be a fiver.
Some shots of July´s HF Open air festival, in name of the good times and waiting for the new season to start !
Zozobra + Zonula
Against the eye
Common Deflection Problems
Many many thanks to Marco & Tiel.la i Llibertat, and very special thanks to everybody for you warm participation, next year we’ll ask BCN council a whole row of buildings a bit further down !!!
HUMAN FEATHER 2013 FESTIVAL
Here we are again : another long year has gone, and at Human Feather we´ve been swearing, struggling, doing the utmost to put up great shows and always loved what we were doing and whoever was following it. So show after show, the time led us to the summer, warm old enemy of the rock, the summer that came back to undress Barcelona and make it fussy and sexy. It’s time for us get our heads out of the venues, and bring the noise in broad daylight. An Open Air festival to shake the road, two days, seven bands, a DJ duo, and a lot more to share. Stay tuned !
July 19th, Friday:
The idea behind Etermortifera is intriguing and delicate. Is the tight relation between a single sound (micro) and the musical structure it makes up and ends up belonging to (macro). Is the sensitive feel of a whole change by playing around with simple details, with some gently vibrating strings, some pulsating synths, few spectral voices, and a whole arsenal of sounding junk.
AGAINST THE EYE
“The soundtrack of the upcoming global rEvolution”. This is how those five explosive individuals introduce themselves to the world, mixing up their genuine rage, along with their whole generation’s one, in a blend of Crossover, Trash, Doom, Death. Their mission: unleashing their concerns over how wrong the world goes, sounding metal, acting punk, but without leaving melodies behind. And always keeping in mind that a change is possible
Nitch are the project that BCN was missing. Despite being quite young, they’ve been around for a while, loving that ‘90s sound, promoting themselves within the DIY circuit. However thanks to nowadays technology they´ve already achieved two releases, a Spanish tour and they’re now working on a EU one. This all slightly past the age of 20 . They sound rough, yet sweet, somewhere between punk, grunge, post-rock, shoegaze, but with a whole batch of their own personality. Very tasty.
Most fascinating story in town . Three friends from Chile moved over to Barcelona back in 2000, and never stopped running since. The battleship has travelled for 13 years, nearly 400 gigs, 8 between records and compilations, few tours in Chile and EU, some line-up change, and never lost the plot on their sound : a constantly evolving range of rock, from ‘proto’ to ‘post’, from ‘soft’ to ‘hard’, widely enriched of their own touch, who gave them a big name in BCN’s underground scene.
Another great story comes from EightBitRate, two DJs and a VJ (Alfa, Beta and Gamma) who started putting up disco-8bit-acid colors-videgames based parties in Napoles, back in 2003. Shortly after they found themselves opening for people like Trentemoller, Groove Armada, Chicken Lips, etc. Few years later, in 2007, they moved on to London where they played regularly in all main clubs in town (Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Club 54, etc.) prior to become resident at Notting Hill Arts Club. Few more years and the only one left in London is Alfa while Gamma is VJing for major events in Italy (Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Luciano, Francois K.) and Beta is following up his teaching career.
They’ll meet again now, in Barcelona, to celebrate 10 years of activity and shake the ground with their pumping bass. They’ll play both on Friday and Saturday
July 20th, Saturday
Definitely one of our favourite solo acts, Zozobra is a pure weirdo. Someone whose humour and paranoia melt and generate a flow of spontaneous, genuine, insisting vibes, made up of far voices, everyday noises, struggling chords, and all sorts of mantras that a daydreamer like him can layer up. Hypnotizing.
COMMON DEFLECTION PROBLEMS
Three young men need to vomit out as much as possible in a short and frantic rush of riffs and chords straight to your face. Someone calls it ‘Math-core’, someone else ‘some kind of random stuff that sounds like a scratched record, jumping from part to part as a psycho relentlessly flicking through his TV´s channels’. Like it or not, CPD’s music is intense, loud, and instinctive, even though you can notice a whole lot of meticulous work behind it.
CRTVTR ( Cartavetro )
From Genoa, Italy, CRTVTR key is a very different sound from what you can hear around, in the scene. Despite their distorted, angry roots, they tend to deliver sort of a fine rounded British sound, emotional, intense and genuine, driven by full rich vocal effects and some synthetized shouts here and there. And still fuzz-oriented. A very enjoyable mix that opened these guys many doors. Among them, having Mike Watt ( from Minutemen, Stooges, etc. ) to to take part to their record in more than an occasion, and touring China recently. There must be a reason for that, huh ?
All this will be deliberately FREE, opposite to the bar Tiel.la i llibertat, whose people actually made this possible.
C/Blai 35, BCN, from 20.00 onwards.
The massive artwork is by LEG. Rad !
JACK DUPON ( Clermont-Ferrand, FR )
dUASsEMIcOLCHEASiNVERTIDAS ( Lisboa, PO )
An impressive album from the infamous band Io Monade Stanca: “Three Angles”.
A band which doesn’t need any presentation at all. Many years on the road, past collaboration with Africantape and one of the best ‘n’ active Italian band.
Always committed in delivery a great combination of math, humor and sensation, this work reflects their assumption of high ripeness.
Click click the player below to delight delight yourselves.
Io Monade Stanca is:
Nicolas J. Roncea - guitar
Edoardo Baima - bass, barithone guitar, guitar, vocals and words
Matteo Romano – drums
Xabier Iriondo plays guitar in “Télefilm”
Recorded by Ettore Magliano and Mixed by Massimiliano Moccia @ Blue record studio, December 2012/February 2013
Artwork by Pierpaolo Viberti
Layout by Rocco Barbaro
We’re really glad to taking part at the fourthcoming GUTTER FEST: 10th and 11st of May at HANGAR.
This is a festival where hundreds of rad realities come together: labels, illustrators, publishers, performances, workshops, fanzines, graphic designer and of course bands bands bands.
It would be great to share 2 days with those amazing people, learning new things, sharing beers, know each other by being part of a well-looking event.
As they say:” El GUTTER un festival capitaneado por un grupo de personas que se hacen la pregunta más antigua de las preguntas que el ser humano hace al mundo y a sí mismo, ¿por qué no montamos un sarao? Dado que cada vez hay más personas capaces de ponerse a pegar saltos al mismo tiempo y desplazar el eje terrestre, nos hemos subido al carro de realizar un evento de congregación cósmica autoeditada.
Organizada por el colectivo Dr. Meconi, Gutter está concebido desde la participación colectiva y propone un encuentro de una pequeña red de productores y editores que han decidido lanzarse a la libre publicación. La feria contará con paradas de venta de material gráfico y sonoro como discos, zines, publicaciones, pósters o magníficos artefactos de astrozoología autoeditada, acogiendo de la misma manera otras actividades como conciertos, exposiciones, talleres y charlas alrededor de estas actividades.
Gutter Fest está concebido desde la participación colectiva para tratar de difundir este tipo de ediciones y propiciar un encuentro entre creadores que permita el autoaprendizaje de capacidades para un mejor desarrollo autónomo y que pueda servir para los que quieran iniciarse.
Hermanos, agárrense las cachas, ¡os esperamos junto a muchos gatos bailando salsa con ilusión!”.
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS! THANKS GUTTER’s family.
More noise happening at HF´s headquarters this Sunday :
PLASMA EXPANDER (Ita)
More than 10 years spreading heavy fat distorsions around Europe and U.S. make of Plasma Expander a well consolidated show for those who love both angular sonorities and spacey feel. Their freshly baked “CUBE” (out for Human Feather) has got practically no limits. Either you love moshing or getting carried away by the flow, they’ll be your thing.
COMMON DEFLECTION PROBLEMS (Ita/UK)
Math-broken-dry-power-back-pain-rock, three sweaty neapolitans beating the over-structured mess out of their gear.
It will be at Upload, Poble Espanyol, Barcelona
Kicks off 21.00
Artwork by Giove
Human Feather brings its next booked tour: PLASMA EXPANDER IBERIAN TOUR 2013.
Here are the shows.
27.4 Perpignan (FR) @UBU
28.4 Barcelona (SP) @UPLOAD
29.4 Vitoria-Gasteiz (SP) TBC
30.4 Vila Real (POR) @CLUB DE VILA REAL
1.5 Lisboa (POR) @LA NAVE
2.5 Sevilla (SP) @SALA HOLLANDER
3.5 Don Benito (SP) @ RINCON PIO SOUND
4.5 Valencia (SP) @SALA MOGAMBO
5.5 Zaragoza (SP) @ARREBATO
In less than one month we’ve been releasing three LP. Very deep and nice indeed.
We’d like to spend some words about.
They came to define in public what about out taste and inclination. They are three releases which complete an arch of taste, the complexity in our music production, the always open and feasible b-side way of life. As long as a record says something, as far as its no-commercial attitude is concearnead, we are glad to put it out.
"EPUZZ" LP by ULTRA ZOOK // HF#010
An amazing LP reminding 8-bit culture, yet committed into math and punk.
Benjamin Bardiaux plays the keyboard and sings
Rémi Faraut plays the drums and sings
Manu Siachoua plays the guitar and the bass and sings
François Sabin plays the Baritone saxophone on ALUMINIUM C4 and PISOTE !
Released with Gnougn Records (FR).
Recorded at Ben’s Parents House in Cognat-Lyonne in october 2012
Mixed by Pascal Power Mondaz.
Mastered by Claudio Gruer at Pisitudio
Artwork by Etienne Lescure
"CUBE" LP by PLASMA EXPANDER // HF#009
"Cube" is a complete
and mature work that perfectly conveys the power of a
band that finds its best expression in live performances
where all the tracks gets crushed and transfigured by wild
improvisations. In Cube the music continues to balance
structure and improvisation, noise and groove.
We spent time with these guys, we’ve been seen them growing, developing and this LP might represent their mature statement as a band. Featuring Mike Watt. So, wow.
You can order your copy both through bandcamp or mail. You know where to ask. And remember, if you’re into music, BUY IT!” that’s the only way small DIY realities could keep going. We’ll never get rich by selling records. At least we could keep telling our stories.
Time for Human Feather to gather the most peculiar, brutal, raging music that has hit our ears and put it all on in a single day, for the whole day.
Human feather’s ALLDAYER 2013, 6 hours of sound assault, 5 bands involved, from 6 in the afternoon to midnight.
On the 6th of April in the UPLOAD
ACTION BEAT (Milton keynes, UK) Fortissimo Records
Started in 2004 in the city of roundabouts, and massively, intensely toured UK and EU several times, gaining themselves a top seat in the underground scene. The number and names of their members has always been varying and well abundant for the genre, you´ll find out when their sonic circus reaches town and unleashes the power of their 3 drum kits, 2 bass and 3 guitar players, delivering a smashing wall of monolithic, hypnotic, fuzzy drone, at a harmful-by-nature level of decibels.
BARBEROS ( Liverpool, UK ) Wetroom, Human Feather
They just don´t belong to this planet. Three young men decided once to put white lycra suits on and to create a unique blend of waves and percussions, pushing their set-up of two-drumkits-and-a-synth far beyond the known universe. The result is something tribal, spacey, irresistible, angular, even scary. Noise-core, synth-math, no-wave ? You decide.
They also base their work on live performance, having played hundreds of gigs in few years and pretty much throughout Europe, and having collected (so far) 4 hospital visits, 3 missed flights, 1 broken foot, 1 snow storm making them miss a gig, 1 fuel strike, about 12 last minute cancelled gigs, 1 crushed testicle, 1 severe case of gastroenteritis, 2 cases of food poisoning, 1 lost ride cymbal, countless weirdos, a whole host of charming amazing creative people they’ve had a bloody good time with !
COMMON DEFLECTION PROBLEMS (ITA/UK/ES) Human Feather
The ´wondering trio’ began in Naples, Italy close to ten years ago, moved to London and settled in Barcelona in 2011, and so has their sound kept changing along, having hit stoner, pop-rock, noise and jazz-core. It now stands on an edgy, urgent and pounding math-core, fuelled by aggressive riffs and some pointless vocals, hence presenting a constant surprise to the listener, who´ll never be able to dance on this anyway.
SILENT FRONT (London, UK), Triplejump Records
If ever a band could be considered a ´classic’ in this genre, Silent Front would probably be the best candidate for that. 10 years, over 500 gigs, about 25 tours, 7 releases, and never lost a gram of their intensity, constantly firing off those groundbreaking power chords and desperate vocals. Structurally more regular than their fellow avant-garders (they often share stages with Nitkowski, Shapes, Death Pedals, OBE, It often takes a war, etc.), their post-hard-core is genuine, straightforward, soulful and heavy as fuck. That’s probably what makes them a absolute reference within the scene.
MONS MEG ( New York, US ) Fortissimo records.
A mesmerizing experience of urban dark sampled sound, cloudy synth, disturbing voices, side project by some of Action Beat´s crew members.
Artwork by LEG
Open door at 6 PM
Entry 7 euro
New record out for the trio from Genova, Italy, hero in 2009 of “We need time” EP ( Marsiglia Records, Anomolo, Tesla Dischi, Brigadisco, Taxi Driver) and recently back from touring China. “Here it comes, tramontane” LP keeps the promises of their previous work, delivering a special load of energy, in their very genuine way. British-sounding guitars on the ride, an ever-pounding rhythm section (Jo stimamiglio and Fabio Patrone), and a consistent amount of interesting vocal overdubs (that they do entirely live through an infernal device that Cesare Pezzoni handles along) make it a catchy, emotional, yet powerful listening.
Here again, Mike Watt (ex MinuteMen, Stooges) graced the trio´s sound, adding one of his deep and soulful storytelling to “The Rental”. Same happened in ‘We need time EP’, which consolidates is the relation between the artist and the local DIY scene.