On the 18th of January I had my mind blown to pieces at the ever inspiring Bristol venue, the Arnolfini. The event was Bristol D.I.Y label Howling Owl’s one off fittingly titled event, 'New Year and New Noise' that showcased respected talent from the city.
The first artist on the bill local artist H from Zam Zam records who always comes armed with tape loops and a stack of pedals and takes no prisoners when inflicting her sonic doom upon her listeners. Her set moved from dark ambient tones to minimal tribal offerings and constantly kept the mind in a mediative state moving thoughts from the pleasant to the unpleasant. Next up was Bristol favourite and Howling Owl member Oliver Wilde who provided a nice breather after the intense dread of H’s set, Wilde offered his usual brand of dream like, hazy guitar tracks however with tail offs in to slightly more electronic territory. Even on a bill of such electronic intensity Wilde managed to sound massively relevant.
A brief interval and then Giant Swan took to the stage with their twin guitar attack and pedal ammunition, inflicting a drone assault on the audience that held as much energy in each track that an entire punk gig would have. Just as this finished and you thought you had a moment to catch a breath, the well suited headliner Vessel took to the stage to lay down a slice of electronic goodness. His set consisted of favourite tracks from his 2012 debut on Tri-Angle, Order of Noise and also other EP tracks from the likes of labels such as Astro Dynamics and Liberation Technologies, however each track ran smoothly in to the next and had been cleverly reworked and improvised for the live setting, ensuring that the listener was engrossed in a whole new Vessel experience.