Independent Venue Week at 360 club featuring Rawschac, Fold, Ceiling Demons and Terra-ist, The Library, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 02-02-16

Dual confession – this is my first Independent Venue Week and my first 360 club. I know. I’m surprised Richard didn’t deck me on the spot. But he didn’t, as if he had I would have missed a cracking line up. Which I didn’t. Which is good.

Yorkshire hip hop is a alive and well and living in The Library – I shall flippantly call it T’hip Hop, because it playfully sends up Bristol’s Trip Hop and is all I am bloody hearing about on 6music at the moment, so deal with it. I know it’s going to be good, because Terra-ist’s MC is sporting a Hed (pe) t-shirt (though I am not sure about the pac-man font on their logo). Wardrobe choices aside, the set is suitably fiery, agitprop and committed, though that bass definitely needs to come up in the mix. It harkens back to the heyday of RATM, but is more Senser-like… I can even hear a touch of Pitchshifter in there. I guess I’m feeling nostalgic for the nineties, another time when the machine was worth raging against.

Ceiling Demons come on in masks, waving a doctored Yorkshire flag and explode onto the stage, with Psy Demon and Dan Ceiling leaping around the stage and firing out machine gun rhymes, picking up and dropping each other’s lines as the beats and guitar push things forward. Though there’s a lot of hair-fiddling and it can sound a bit GLC, but it’s good clean fun, and when their keyboard player sheds his mask and starts laying down his own line… yeah, let him get out more.

Fold were due to support Public Service Broadcasting for a couple of dates on their tour, but sadly PSB had to postpone, which is a shame as these two bands are a match made in heaven – possibly too much of a match. Belonging to the sub-genre of infopop (another invented category for the purpose of this review), Fold mash together political speeches, protests, post rock melodies and striking visuals, with nods towards beat culture, the civil rights movement and Kurt Vonnegut (there’s a whole section in Slaughter House 5 that they use to inspire one visual). Though they are Leeds based, Seth Mowshowitz presents an American historical soundtrack, an updated Koyanisqaatsi and it is superb. Let them be your new favourite band.

Rawschac are therefore a bit up against it as they close the evening after Fold have nailed it, and in any other context they may not sound so Craig David. But they are a bit R and B compared to what has gone before, and I am having trouble feeling it. I will have to revisit them, but quite frankly I have been thoroughly sated by what has gone before. Yeah, 360, I like what you’ve done here – expect me to pay a revisit or two…

Rob Wright

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