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Ceramic Hobs - Vukovar - The Mekano Set

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The Brutalist House presents their first show and will be exactly as expected and unexpected as is wont to be... with Incoherent-Post-Punk-Myths-Rather-Than-Legends CERAMIC HOBS on their 20 year farewell tour; the self-silencing and self-exiling VUKOVAR in their Excommunication year; and the ever throbbing, ever translucent/translucid mersey esotericists THE MEKANO SET.



"The Ceramic Hobs are the band in the corner of the old man's pub round the back of the venue getting drunk before they either a) slay your senses with a mind boggling set of punk inspired psychedelia or b) fall over screaming and fighting. They make The Fall look as stable as U2 and the Butthole Surfers as mainstream as R.E.M. They’re from Blackpool and have been going since 1985. Simon Morris, the voice, the madness, the only original member still holding the wheel. Just. Morris could have made it in AC/DC but he never bothered applying.

They once released an album called Psychiatric Underground that nobody has yet ‘got’. They once released a single called 33 Trapped Chilean Miners, an album called Shergar is Home Safe and Well, an album called Straight Outta Rampton. On stage they look like a loose collective of costume enthusiasts. Except for Morris who usually sings in his underwear. They once had a guitarist who played a Hoover. They once had a teetotal guitarist who drove the band to every shithole you never heard of so they could raise the profile of the mental health charity Mad Pride. One band member rubbed a babies head while dressed as an inflated Mr Jolly. The synth player played the synth with her backside. I once saw them support the Sleaford Mods when they had a dog in the band. Some of their records are so dense they suck in your other shitty records and make them disappear forever. Some of them make you want to jump up and down and pour beer on your head. They’re the only band that has ever existed to have mixed churning punked up guitars with twenty minute sides of Illuminati conspiracy theory/easy listening samples. Some band members, Morris included have spent time in psychiatric institutions. Some have died from dabbling in drugs. Some just disappeared never to be seen again. It's a miracle they managed thirty years. Miracles do happen. You can try and make sense of them but if I was you I wouldn’t even try. " - text by Idwal Fisher adapted from sleevenote for forthcoming Black Pool Legacy album on Harbinger Sound.



Holy minimalists into sacred maximalists, the Louis Wains of pop, holding haggard in their stance. Vukovar come from the Brutalist wastelands in the North of England. Ultra-Realism. Depravity. Monotony. Concrete. Hedonism. Silence. Vukovar are idealists, voyeurs and totalitarians. Formed in 2014.



Expect Organic Electronics / Noise / Sound / Musick / Stories / Beats / Soundscapes: dark, shiny-dirty cinematic Post-Punk grooves. Atomized guitar drones, bass riffs, heavyweight beats.

Mekano Set press quotes:

"Sigur Ros verses the Chemical Brothers on Diazepam" Gig Junkies

"Machine rock music that blurs the line between dark-indie and industrial in exquisite fashion." Soundsphere Magazine.

"Like a gang of tripped out Cistercian monks playing with electrical tools and gently beating a radiator with a rubber hammer... sheer electro bliss… like a sexier Human League, like New Order on viagra, like OMD at their most willfully obscure." The Devil Has The Best Tuna

"They take an industrial rock sounding Shoegaze for a ride through a world of phasing guitar and driving beats, Depeche Mode vocals and slick electronic walls of sound. Last time I saw them live they turned the smoke machine on full blast until you literally could not see your hand in front of your face and howled their guitars before stopping and leaving after one song! Brilliant!” Fokka Wolf.

“They blends elements of 80s electronica with echoing vocals and a carnal groove. I'm thinking bass from The Cure with Orange Juice vocals and New Order beats, but bring into that mix a trance-like early 90s Curve aura, and you have something really interesting going on. The undulating melodic motion of this music glides across the skin like velvet.” My Aural Fixation.

Tickets are £5 and available from ends 24.

Strictly 18+.


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