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Æ Presents Is Bliss, PHP, Superdrone & Jack Wakeman
September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Formed via a shared love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Verve, their incendiary live shows have caused a stir across the underground psych scene which has led to a swift rise for the band having formed in late 2015. Signed to lauded London-based independent record label Club AC30 (Pinkshiunyultrablast/Ringo Deathstarr/Flyying Colours), Is Bliss have already supported the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Wolf Alice, Telescopes, Nine Black Alps, Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie in a whirlwind three years for the band.
On ‘Strange Communication’, Is Bliss paint a sprawling sonic picture. Opening with the impressive grandeur of ‘Belong’, the hypnotically charged reverberations of ‘Can’t Sleep Forever’ incite a drug-induced cataclysm. An emotional rawness can be heard in Jimmy Stuart’s passioned vocal and it sets the tone for ‘Strange Communication’. This is the sound of an individual desperate to say afloat as chaos ensues all around. Melodic new single ‘All I See Is You’ is an intimate and confessional tale of love and heartbreak while the mesmeric ‘Fall’ evokes ‘A Storm in Heaven’ era Verve, fizzing with effervescent guitars and blissed out shoegaze.
Is Bliss have received a heavy dose of radio support from BBC Radio 6 Music including Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft and Radcliffe & Maconie along with BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.
PURPLE HEART PARADE
‘Lonestar EP’ is a sonic delight that revels in all things psychedelic, from 60s garage to 90s shoegaze, and recalls the likes of Spiritualized, Black Angels and Stone Roses. Reverb laden guitars are used to create an engulfing sea of feedback that washes over smooth melodies and slacker beats, while intense vocals are soaked in dreamlike effects that soar over effortless instrumentation.
It was recorded at Perry Vale Studios by Pat Collier (The Jesus and Mary Chain, X-Ray Spex) and conveys a number of personal themes from depression and grief to domestic violence. The band tells us; “We wear our hearts on our sleeve and pour that into our music. Everything is down to real experiences, real music about real life”. Yet alongside the depth of subject matter the release also contains a message of love, for one’s self and those around you.
Hailing from the south of England the 60’s-80’s psych drone trio formed in 2015 with the aim to space people out using a set of complex sonic waveforms. The songs are scientifically altered and structured to make you feel as though you are on some kind of groovy experimental medication giving a live experience like no other band you have ever or will ever see – ever. The band is made up of 50% of the 2003 electronica duo Lien (and more recently Dahlia FX) joined with former Superfuzz duo creating Superdrone. A new strain of alternative/drone psych that has got people talking from all the 5 corners of the universe.
Jack Wakeman is a 24y/o English Songwriter and multi instrumentalist born in Doncaster and now residing in Manchester.
‘Coming from a folk background, my music will always have a certain quaint English quality to it, my aim is to combine everything i’m interested in and not be bogged down by things like genre and catorgarisation’. Having played in a myriad of up and coming Manchester bands Jack is concentrating his experience into his new self titled solo project.