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Choppy Noodles 2019
Attending the Saturday of United
Forces at Electrowerkz in London was a bittersweet event. The impressive footage of the previous night makes me very aware I only saw one great night of two. EDGE OF DECAY, ARMOUR GROUP, SHIFT/KOUFAR, KEVLAR and KE/HIL were all said to be on impressive form.
is the project of Australian based artist Kate Harriet Morgan. PVC clad and
pissed off Morgan gave an angry set that combined harsh, repetitive electronics
and rabid vocals. Knives and chains were rubbed against contact mics until they
gave out. Military Position’s set intensified to a climatic end with Morgan
swinging way too closely at the audience with her chain. The institution themed
background film’s female narrative wasn’t present, it was replaced by Military
Position’s fucked off, threatening barrage. Morgan was confident, strong and in-control.
Her set was impressive through its’ sheer dominance and aggression.
She Spread SorrowisItalian
based Alice Kundalini, formerly of Deviated Sister TV, has released one album
‘Rumspringa’ on Cold Spring and is soon to release ‘Mine’ on the same label. Her
whispered vocals and low level Deathscapes worked in perfect conjunction with
her background videos. They featured a young girl moving and posing in a kind
of abstract narrative that was contextualised further by Kundalini’s whispers
and chimes as electronics rumbled and echoed in the low levels. She Spread
Sorrow delivered a fractured nightmare of a performance, clearly a leader and
not a follower.
the project of Ilkka Vekka from Finland. For this live appearance Haare was a
duo, with another guy on laptop and electronics while Vekka played guitar. The
guitar work was digital and affected, it wasn’t all riffs and solos, more in
line with how Sutcliffe Jügend use electric guitar. The set was abstract,
psychedelic, occult laden topped with complex visuals. I had a 'whatever' attitude to Vekka's crowd glaring, but the
confrontational, menacing factor added another dimension to their layered
performance. The sound was slow and expansive with a lot of intricacies gradually woven
in as it constantly shifted and developed.
Isomerfrom Australiawas one of the most surprising acts, in contrast to the online
tracks I have heard, David Tonkin’s performance had a compressed, hidden emotive,
layered quality. Tonkin was an impressive frontman, but that indescribable something
woven deep into the sound was there. It
wasn’t anger or aggression, but something other; a deep and heavy context which
you could close your eyes and absorb as the core of the performance. Sharp,
repetitive frequencies and contact mic abuse built things up. Isomer is well
worthy of further investigation; another epic performance to the night.
Isomer photo by Marcin Klimek.
Following such a solid batch of impressive younger acts,
headliners Genocide Organhad a lot
to live up to. Past glories of the last 30 years wouldn’t be enough after what
came earlier in the night, tonight was the acid test. I was immediately thrown
as G.O. didn’t wear masks as I thought they would. The four members combined electronic noise that immediately
ripped into an impressive set that was a barrage of their trademark abrupt, urgent
style of Power Electronics. Both lead singers took turns to whip the audience
into an intense frenzy, Wilhelm Herich on the edge of the stage shouting into the audience which stirred
things up and slight chaos began to erupt. I don’t know what happened, the audience
became further frenzied into a pit as Genocide Organ dug well into their back catalogue
right from Leichenlinie up to Obituary of the Amerikas. I was impressed by their direct audience manipulation/confrontation. Genocide Organ’s complex,
multi-faceted collective sense of self intensified the night’s proceedings
relentlessly through layered visuals that consistently intensified the atmosphere.
This brought United Forces of Industrial 2017 to an impressive and frenzied
Choppy Noodles 2017 all photos by me, Isomer one used by kind permission of Marcin Klimek.