Boomkat Product Review:
‘No Sleep ’Til Avon’ surveys Bristol’s rabid underbelly in 2019 with 21 tracks of puckishly expressive noise and harsh rhythms from veterans and new lambs alike.
Roughly rooted in strains of dub as much as industrial musick, the set is a bloodied representation of the wild energy contained between pub back-rooms, semi-legit venues and sweaty clubs in the capital of Avon.
Displaying strength in numbers and shared vision, the music is most often spoiling for a brawl, or at least gnashing with an abrasive quality that says comes test at your own risk. Trust there’s little time for trip hop wallowing or dubwise dogma as each unit delivers with a mutant, anarchistic aversion to rote style or trend.
If we’re playing favourites, the bombed-out EBM crank of Narcissist Holocaust is right up there with the churning swell of ‘Cult Leader’ by Fever 103º, a howling hardcore battering ram by Missterspoon, plus the razing gabber weaponry of Neurosyphilis Spasmodic Duo, or the Moor Mother-esque intensity of Harrga, in terms of properly upfront gear. But that would be to neglect it’s broader purpose, serving a wide-angled look at the scene that also take in oblique, harder-to-categorise aces in the likes of label commander Kinlaw’s industrial mutant ‘Marine Squad Deploy’, the dry convulsions of Ekoplekz, and incendiary blatz such as Salac’s ‘The Poison’, while Dead Space Chamber Music nod to heavy industrial psych, and Child touches on burned-out shoegaze.