«In the middle of Ireland is a huge bog. In the middle of that bog is a forest. In the middle of that forest is a small cottage filled with science-fiction, horror, surrealism and all manner of obscure subjects. In the middle of that cottage lives the three-headed, twelve-limbed hippy war machine of Woven Skull.»
For nearly a decade, this hairy crew of occult jammers have been documenting their activities through numerous cassette releases, downloads and free-festival performances across Europe. Their clanging de-tuned folk instrumentation and ritualistic performance calls to mind the Third Ear Band, delivered with the primitive monochordal thud of the Velvet Underground.
This raw feral sound, combined with an immersion in a sense of place represented by the woods, hills and abandoned houses of their native Leitrim, aligns them more closely with the esoteric corners of underground Black Metal than with any contemporary psych-folk.
Best known in her role as violinist and vocalist with Cambridge purveyors of heavy, hazy folk-ish sounds, Fuzzy Lights, Rachel Watkins has more recently being pursuing her own solo explorations into drone, softly hissing loops and echoing dreamy melodies. If a worn-out tape of Linda Thompson fronting Stars Of The Lid existed it might be a good approximation.
Emergence of a new outfit trading in a version of basement thug for the Silicon Fen. They say: echo-heavy drum machines and sheet-metal sax welding the post-industrial ramalama of Wolf Eyes to the droning guitar/bass rattle of The Dead C. We say: wave hello to Cambridge’s own thinking fellas’ noise unit.
Doors 8pm, Tickets £5 adv.