Welcome to the Future: 084: Events, gigs and new release round-up 17-May 2019

It’s Friday, therefore time for the usual amodelofcontrol.com round-up of new music coming your way this week and soon, as well as a look at the events and gigs in the future, and finally nods to any other notable news that affects artists and music that I cover here.

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New and Upcoming Releases this week

Ten years of waiting, and finally, the seventh Rammstein album is here. The music is, well, Rammstein – what else did you expect – lots of bombast, some catchy-as-hell anthems and some intriguing ballads, but the decade since the last release has resulted in an awful lot of soul-searching, judging on the nuance and biting comment in the lyrics (truly, it is worth hunting out the translations if you don’t understand German, as it is very necessary indeed to unpick the album). I first heard this band through a German friend at University back at the tail end of 1996, and I continue to be fascinated by their mastery of message and glorious unsubtlety musically and, of course, live – in the latter sense they remain one of the greatest shows on earth.

Other new releases this week: another return after a long-time away comes from Rosetta Stone, with Seems Like Forever. The National return with I Am Easy to Find, which finds them giving a female perspective to their oft-all-too-male sound, and back in the UK, Spray release Failure Is Inevitable on Analogue Trash – look out for a catch-up with the label as they approach their tenth anniversary in the coming weeks.

Two other releases this week that weren’t released on Friday: the new album from Slighter, Automata, that is a fascinating listen and will have more comment on this site soon, and also the new EP Reveal from Rabbit Junk.

Two new song releases of note this week, too: ded.pixel have made their return with Lost in Everything, with a new album to come later in the summer, while Foxcunt have released Anxiety Dream, which also has a cool video.

Upcoming Club Nights and Events

Club of the Week

17-May: Polymetal at The Black Heart, NW1

17-May: ICH WILL – Rammstein Record Release Party at Nightclub Kolis, NW1
18-May: Delete Yourself presents: Beltane at Aatma, Manchester
25-May: Bunker 13 at Eiger Studios, Leeds
25-May: SPIRIT at Nightclub Kolis, NW1
31-May: Reformation Club at Aces & Eights, NW5
31-May: Drøne Presents Inhalt Der Nacht, Operant, Verset Zero & more at The White Hotel, Salford
31-May: Anointed: Rebirth at Tribeca, Manchester
01-Jun: Yesterday’s Shadow at The Albany, W1
01-Jun: Carpe Noctum: Burning Gates & Red Sun Revival, with Her Despair Live at The Library, Leeds
14-Jun: Exit The Grey / Dead and Buried at Nightclub Kolis, NW1
15-Jun: The Light Pours Out of Me VI at Orleans, N4
28-Jun: ICH WILL at Nightclub Kolis, NW1
06-Jul: Sentinel Vol. 9 at Zombie Shack, Manchester
06-Jul: OCCULTURE at The Albany, W1
03-Aug: Mondlicht IX at The Albany, W1
07-Sep: Yesterday’s Shadow at The Albany, W1
20-Sep: Dark Disco – The Sisters of Mercy (After/pre-gig) Special! at Nightclub Kolis, NW1

Upcoming Gigs

Gig of the Week

22-May: Night Terrors Presents: Sólveig Matthildur Live at The Shacklewell Arms, E8

17-May: Five The Hierophant & Dusteroid Live at The Underdog, SE1
17-May: Top of The Alcopops! w/ Art Brut, The Lovely Eggs, Raketkanon, Foxcunt and more Live at The Dome, NW5
18-May: CTRL / Black Light Ascension / Lashtal / The InSECT Live at The Amersham Arms, SE14

25-May: Achtung! Achtung! Festival. Xarah Dion, Le Prince Harry + more Live at Electrowerkz, EC1
30-May: LOCKS + 94 Gunships Live at Servant Jazz Quarters, E8
31-May: Red Sun Revival and Burning Gates Live at Hope and Anchor, N1
01-Jun: PIG vs. Cubanate with support from Randolph & Mortimer Live at Electrowerkz, EC1
01-Jun: She Past Away Live at The Dome, NW5
05-Jun: The Comet Line (new album launch) Live at Hope & Anchor, N1
11-Jun: Statiqbloom / Spit Mask / Nation Unrest Live at The Glove that Fits, E9
15-Jun: AT:10 – Celebrating 10 Years of AnalogueTrash at The Bread Shed, Manchester
21-Jun: Riotmiloo/Cynthia’s Periscope/Rotten Bliss Live at The Beehive, E3
30-Jun: Gojira Live at O2 Academy Brixton, SW9
06-Jul: Ministry Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, W12
13-Jul: Axegrinder/ Burning Flag/ Scum System Kill Live at New Cross Inn, SE14
20-Jul: Neurosis and Godflesh Live at The Forum, NW5
27-Jul: B:C Manchester: Zeitgeist Zero, Autoclav1.1, Sidewalks & Skeletons Live at Aatma, Manchester
03-Aug: The Mirimar Disaster Live at The Hubs, Sheffield
23-25-Aug: INFEST 2019 at University of Bradford, Bradford
25-Aug: She Wants Revenge Live at O2 Academy Islington, N1
05-Sep: Teeth of the Sea Live at Oslo, E8
20/21-Sep: The Sisters of Mercy Live at The Roundhouse, NW1
26-Sep: Static-X + supports Live at Electric Ballroom, NW1
27-Sep: Kill II This Live at Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
28-Sep: Kill II This and Divine Chaos Live at Boston Music Room, N19
04-Oct: Strvngers w/ ded.pixel, St Lucifer + Anointed After Party Live at Aatma, Manchester
06-Oct: White Ring + Ventenner Live at the Borderline, WC2
17-Oct: Electric Wizard Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire W12
30-Oct: Agent Side Grinder Live at The Victoria, E8
09-Nov: BEAT:CANCER Festival 2.0 with Promenade Cinema Live at Electrowerkz, EC1
12-Nov: Boy Harsher Live at Scala, N1

Other Music News

The much-loved synthpop band IRIS are returning to action this year (with a new album coming), but one particular show announced this week has raised eyebrows – a one-off full performance of debut Disconnect to celebrate the band’s twentieth anniversary. Look out for more on the band on this site over the summer…

Westminster Council nearly have their wish, then, now – with the announcement of the impending end of the Borderline, that’s pretty much that for music venues in Soho and indeed almost in the West End, too (I can only think of The Social, The 100 Club and Heaven as venues that now put on live music in the area). The immense cost of venues in the area, not to mention a council that clearly doesn’t want them (and sometimes I wonder if the latter is actually more important in assessing this), is ending a major cultural institution.

Many of us found our feet in various musical cultures in the area, discovered new bands, new music and new friends in the myriad small venues that used to stand around there, and now it’s all going, with venues scattered to the fringes where rents might be cheaper and the councils might actually care about culture.

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