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ArcTanGent has joined forces with For Fans Of Bands and ArtScare to launch a free ATG warm up taking place at the Stag & Hounds, Bristol on Bank Holiday Sunday May 3rd. The show will take place across two floors and will feature twenty acts in total.
Joining Talons and That Fucking Tank are Alpha Male Tea Party, Steve Strong, Iran Iran, Memory of Elephants, Supersquare Cloud, Lambhorn, Leg., Abort Abort, Downard, Wicket and more still to be announced.
ArcTanGent organiser James Scarlett said “this show is going to be amazing and I think the line-up is a really great reflection of the strength in depth of both post-rock and math-rock in Bristol and the rest of the UK. All the bands will be hanging around all day, as will the ATG organisers, so it will be a great opportunity for everyone to get together, say hello and stroke our beards as one! And it’s free, so what’s not to love?”
Forging the explosive energy of hardcore, the subtleties of post-rock and the fractured song structures and complexities associated with math-rock, Talons possess a fascinating sense of urgency and drive, with a sound that both soothes and savages in equal measure.
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That F***ing Tank
Since 2004, Leeds riff-spewing duo TFT have built an international following through the volume and power of their live shows and intensive touring schedule. 2006's album 'Day of Death by Bono Adrenalin Shock' (Jealous Records) garnered the band more mainstream attention, resulting in Maida Vale BBC sessions and broadening their audience outside of DIY circles. That F*cking Tank, however, are proud of their DIY heritage and continue to book their own tours, run a record label and promotions collective and record their albums themselves. That F*cking Tank's sound has developed over the years from a stripped down repetitive riff and groove, resting on James' hard hitting drums and the volume created by Andy's simultaneous use of guitar and bass amplifiers, towards a more complex and refined sound incorporating elements of the pairs musical influences from classic rock through to avant noise. They still retain those f*cking heavy grooves though.
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Alpha Male Tea Party
A three piece Alternative band from Liverpool, they combine the scope and intensity of groups like Battles and Blakfish with the mad-cap divinations of Devo. For a genre and scene that can wallow in pretension, AMTP stand out with their surrealist mores; humourous song titles, unsubtle dress sense and a nod to weirder sides of life. They have so far played alongside the likes of Adebisi Shank, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tubelord and many more.
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A one man arsenal of beats, tapped guitar and lush, texural melodies. His music is as witheld as it is grandiose, as skeletal as it is layered, equal parts shimmering and pulsing. It glimmers, swings and explodes in all the right places, sliding gracefully from one section to another, played as tightly as it is loose and free. Steve's ability to bridge the gap between technical ability and captivation is completely instinctual. His music seems to encompass many different styles without feeling contrived or forced, every strand of inspiration in Steve's music is carefully placed and melted.
See Steve Strong tour dates
Iran Iran's fourth studio release is entitled “Hard Boiled Infinite Crustacean”, and it features a wealth of production talent from Rik Dowding at Invada, artwork by Chris Lambourne (Lambhorn/artbutnotreally) and mastering by Tom Peters at the Grand (Alpha Male Tea Party/Gug). Iran Iran have been touring DIY gigs nationwide since 2012, having played at major events such as Carefully Made festival and Arctangent festival, and having been booked by esteemed promoters such as Chaos Theory, Buttonpusher and Bad Owl. In a recent review of their latest release AltDialogue described the new release as a “complete joy to behold” containing “math rock from the left field...utterly enthralling”. Iran Iran make music for fans of The Jesus Lizard, Primus, Don Caballero, Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party and Dub Trio.
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Memory Of Elephants
Energetic and eclectic noise rock trio from Bristol.
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Bristol-based 2-piece making big noises and playing with their f***ing hearts.
See Abort Abort tour dates
Atmospheric two-piece rock combo from Bristol.
See Downard tour dates
Four piece Cardiff band creating post-rock ambient soundscapes, instrumental improvisations and treble-heavy guitar hums with the quirky and upbeat rhythms and tones of the Math Rock genre.
See Wicket tour dates
Supersquare Cloud, Lambhorn, Leg.
Stag & Hounds
- 74 Old Market Street
- BS2 0EJ