Muscletusk - Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 3 May 2014 (4 stars)

Muscletusk - Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 3 May 2014

Photo: Collette Robertson

WIDT, Fua and Fordell Research Unit complete line-up of local experimental / noise acts

It may not have been Live Aid, but by gathering (some of) the clans from Edinburgh’s off-piste but ever-fecund experimental / noise diaspora to play this fundraiser for Edinburgh Central Food Bank, promoters Braw Gigs and the Bongo Club took a principled stance against one of the most sadly necessary by-products of the Con-Dem alliance and their criminal banker friends’ ongoing advocacy of austerity culture.

The shadowy presence of Warsaw emigré WIDT (Antonina Nowacka) opened proceedings with a low-key display of synthesised looped chorales put through a spectral dub blender and set to a projected backdrop of impressionistic images. The quartet of FUA followed this with a sax- and drum-propelled assault that drove the guitar, electronic and vocal extrapolations beneath, while the increasing volume of the criss-crossing slabs of sound from Fraser Burnett, aka Fordell Research Unit, was pure techno for airports.

Headliners, Edinburgh’s Muscletusk, went full throttle from the off with splashes and crashes of distorted twin guitars, relentlessly hardcore drums and electronic pokes that cast up underlying bass-throbs from the ether, churning, curdling and battering all challengers into submission – in a night that, for all its thunder, made the most humane of gestures.


Dark experimentalism from Leith.

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