The closing night of Roundhouse Rising Festival sees the fresh, forward-thinking collective EKO curate an evening of raw, innovative and explosive sounds with live music from PINS, Drop Out Venus, John J Presley and Female Band, plus live visuals from Eyes On The Wall.
Notching up gigs in disused office blocks and hotel basements to name a few, it was with little incredulity PINS should record their debut EP in an industrial estate, a natural confine for the chilling thrum of near whispered vocals, gutter-grimed guitars and the tribal, thumping percussion. PINS, whilst steeped in the entrancing abrasion of their local Mancunian heritage, bring something new to the foreground, something unique.
Drop Out Venus – Three rocked and rolled kids playing junk jazz. Their sound incorporates the raw energy of New York in the late 70s and the honesty of the sawdust-strewn floors of jazz-era bars, all channelled through an eastern European ruggedness and mysticism.
John J Presley – 2012 has been a busy year for John J Presley, with a UK tour with The Jim Jones Revue, and shows with the likes of Band of Skulls, Joe Gideon & The Shark and The Brute Chorus to name a few. John J Presley’s ‘blues folk noir’ sound draws influence from the likes of Tom Waits, The Kills, Nick Cave and Josh T Pearson, making this gig one not to be missed. “Without doubt one of the most interesting, talented musicians out there at the moment.” Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Female Band – One girl making noise, one girl making music. Female Band is minimal both in its sound and personnel, with Russian-born Anastasia Vtorova currently the sole member. The haunting, almost hypnotic sound relies on a strong experimental use of instruments, incorporating ambient, drone and electronica influences into something rhythmic and enchanting. With live visuals from Carnivore.
EKO are a fresh, forward-thinking collective of promotors and DJs with a shared love of music and strong visuals. Innovative and eclectic in taste, they are passionate about mixing the hottest of the underground with the most spectacular of live performers.