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Experimental and avant-garde music events in Edinburgh

Archive for October 2011


Not strictly a Grindsight, but put on by our friends over at Pendulum Man, at the Banshee Labyrinth this Thursday, Oct 27th:

200 Drum Machines On Fire, Pendulum Man Concerts and Mini50 Records present…


Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Thursday 27th October 2011

Tickets £5, with a download compilation of exclusive tracks from each artist if bought in advance from


– The Boats

The partnership of Craig Tattersall and Andrew Hargreaves collectively know as The Boats enters into its seventh year. In this time they have released a catalogue of seven albums, four EP’s and have appeared on many compilations. The duo thought it was time to push the status quo and break the album cycle. 2011 will see the group perform their latest work live before an audience. The improvised piece entitled “Do The Boats Dream Of Electric Fritz Pfleumer?” will be performed through an intricate tape loop system offering more wow and flutter than ever before. The show will see the group present a poem to the magic of magnetic tape, dreams and the synth pallet of Greek hero Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou. As always the music will reflect a process that sees The Boats passing the experimental through a skewed pop filter creating a sound that uncovers a friendly more fragile side to the avant-garde. These will be special unique events not to be missed.

Andrew met Craig at a failed attempt of an art happening. Both feeling slightly disappointed that the sacrificial bonfire didn’t reach the height or casualties of The Wicker Man, their raised eyebrows met and a conversation started. The result of this exchanging of words was the creation of The Boats.

The pair worked hard and in no time at all had released a trilogy of albums for Moteer records (Songs By The Sea, We Made It For You and Tomorrow Time). For the next trio of albums the duo chose three different labels, their own in house Our Small Ideas for an album of the same name, Flau of Tokyo for Faulty Toned Radio and London/Tokyo based Home Normal for Words Are Something Else.


– Graveyard Tapes

Graveyard Tapes are Euan McMeeken and Matthew Collings. The pair met when Matthew moved from Iceland to Edinburgh in 2010.

Coming from very different musical backgrounds but sharing a love of many of the same artists the pair have been working together on recordings ever since. This will be their very first live performance.


– Chris Tenz

Chris Tenz is a Calgary (Canada)-born, self taught multi-instrumentalist. Since the release of his debut record in June, 2009, he has tirelessly worked on expanding his sound with two solo projects, and as one half of “Language of Landscape”. His work consistently relies on mood and subtlety, never trying to hide or distract from the honest emotion being conveyed.

For over a year, he has turned his attention towards his local community, creating and organising unique events to help expose and connect many local artists of various disciplines. He has also been collaborating with theater and film producers, performing, and in October 2010 released two hand packaged, extremely limited full length solo albums which were sold at local performances only.

He is now finishing up a new full length album, which promises to be his most mature, developed, and unique work to date. Plans are for an autumn release this year, on mini50 records.


Written by grindsightopeneye

23/10/2011 at 3:43 pm


We’re extremely excited about this one folks:

GrindSightOpenEye proudly present:


King Rib

October 10th

Banshee Labyrinth

7.30pm doors
£5 entry

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‘The world’s wildest free drummer (Chris Corsano: Cold Bleak Heat ,
duos with Mick Flower, Bill Nace , etc.) and the world’s wildest free
steal pedal guitarist, (Heather Leigh:, Dream Aktion Unit, Jandek,
etc.), pits two of the landscapes most intense pyromaniacs against
each other in — “The Rocker” — a blast-furnace of blisteringly
joyous witch-howling assaults on the essence of whips and chains and repressive injustice gone legal…The 1st time Heather & Chris played together, (a first meeting improv 4tet performance — Babes on the Loose), I watched in disturbed horror as Heather crashed her steel pedal to the stage and sliced her hand while trying to play upside down. Then she passed out. Corsano rushed to her aid, but had to stop and bandage his own bloodied digits, as rivers of crimson soaked the frightened platform’ – PAUL FLAHERTY

Jailbreak is the duo of pedal steel/vocalist Heather Leigh and drummer Chris Corsano. The name foregrounds the kind of outlaw violence with which the two reformulate rock/roll instants by bringing free jazz fire power to amp-humping sex beats. Their musical alliance goes all the way back to the legendary Brattleboro Free Folk Fest, the birthplace of the ‘New Weird America’, where Corsano and his long-term saxophone partner Paul Flaherty joined Leigh and Christina Carter for a quartet show that took the roof off the building and the skin off their fingers. Since then Corsano and Leigh have worked together as part of Taurpis Tula and as members of Thurston Moore’s Dream/Aktion Unit. Jailbreak play improvised music that dispenses with traditional notions of call and response or dialogue in favour of a profound simultaneity that would birth instant forms from the application of high energy strategies. Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar sources and deforms them with overdriven electricity, playing a form of future-blues exploded by super-charged currents. Corsano detonates time, literally blows it to pieces, in favour of a profound polyrhythmic feel that would confuse past and future. Yet the whole thing rocks like it hasn’t a braincell to spare, re-connecting avant garde tactics and ass-whooping rama-lama with alla the revolutionary fanfare of the most radical counter-cultural two-chord punk. They’ve released an LP on Family Vineyard, The Rocker, and a CD on Nyali Recordings, Colour Them Gone.


Distorted drone cloaks itself around wild percussion that occasionally turns into a gabba beat, while mashed-up samples collide with spastic oscillations, occasionally giving out to stadium rock power chords. I’ve said it in these pages before, but rock’n’roll has about as much rebellion left in it as bingo, and if you say punk’s got any balls then that’s just what you’re talking. But along with the other loons from Giant Tank, this shit is pure attitude’ – THE SKINNY



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Written by grindsightopeneye

02/10/2011 at 9:18 pm