This double-header from Doncaster’s ’93 Million Miles From The Sun’ and London’s ‘Kontakte’ came recommended from the good folk of Goodsoul Promotions – a hot tip indeed! The stop at the Wee Red Bar was the Edinburgh debut for both bands and the final date on a mini-tour that also took in Doncaster and Inverness.
’93MMFTS’ take the stage as a two-piece (a foot injury took their drummer out the game earlier in the week) and set free a cyclone of noise. Static-filled projections flash in the background as the bestriped Nick Noble wields his Jazzmaster, a variety of fuzz pedals and reverb-heavy vocals for a set that includes the driving squall of Sunshine Girl & See Forever from latest album ‘Fall Into Nothing’. ‘I Lost You’ is a highlight with Kenno’s brooding bass and dark washes of distortions. Set-closer ‘Sonic Assault’ starts with ambient drones and swells until our ears flow over with fuzz.
‘Kontakte’ specialise in creating glitchy soundscapes, at times almost pastoral, at times more visceral. Skittery electronic drumbeats take them beyond the post-rock pigeon-hole into a whole other place. Most of the set comes from their most recent album ‘These Machines’ released September 2014. A series of projections, including a stunning animation, add motion and emotion to these dark, sonic textures.
“When all hope is gone we paint colours on the sky” – flashes up on screen and when the audience trips blinking into the long summer night, the sky is still holding on to the fading sunset, mauve, blue and flecked with stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.