If you have checked out the previous of the live sets series, then you know the score. If you have not, then basically we’re bringing you a number of live sets to check out during these times of global lockdown.
Anyway let’s get to it. Get out your beverage of choice, sit back and turn up the volume as we present to you 16 live sets plus one very honourable mention.
I had to start with these, really. John Dwyer’s Coachwhips were utterly outrageous with their caustic, frenetic garage-punk rock n roll. Mosh-pit mayhem, it’s a damn shame that Coachwhips are no more (but hey, at least we have Thee Oh Sees who I’m sure we can agree, are one of the greatest bands of all time). Fingers crossed there will be more Coachwhips one day though…
One of the countless bands from the prolific Californian garage-rock god, Ty Segall. The stoner-metal of Fuzz is a heart-shaped, sonic love-letter to the likes of Black Sabbath.
Heady, enthralling, fuzzed-out psychedelia with hints of prog and jazz, Dungen opens up the heavens with their stunning sonic soundscapes.
Psychedelic meets garage-rock sorcerer’s Wand are paralysingly hypnotic. One of the best live shows in existence, check out the Californian’s wizardry from their KEXP set below.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Violent, visceral, cacophonous cyclone that can border on uncomfortable levels of loudness, the abrasive sonic, reverberating savagery that is A Place To Bury Strangers are brilliant aural brutality on another level that will leave one vaporized.
Dreampop, shoegaze, krautrock, gothic-rock and post-punk, the Calofirnian quartet Warpaint are a genre-bending machine of gorgeous whirling soundscapes. One of the tightest bands you can witness.
There was a point when there were very few bands that rivalled the sonic, cosmic spaceship that is Tame Impala. Their first two albums themselves were enough to put one in a lucid trance. Interplanetary sounds that would spark vivid hallucinations, Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala were the sound of another dimension oozing into ours. Check out their set from 2014 with material from their first two outputs when the outfit were the reigning kings of psychedelic-rock.
PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS
Purveyors of doom-laden psychedelia, space-rock and bludgeoning sludge-rock sounds, Newcastle’s Pigs x 7 who are probably from the darkest depths of the shadow realm are a blistering assault upon the senses. With Lemmy like vocals over a sonically expansive storm of searing riffs, the tremendously, turbulent tirade of Pigs x 7 is something that needs to be witnessed.
Shimmering, balmy brilliance, New York’s Olden Yolk are a throwback with their sixties-esque psychedelic meets folk. There’s such a pleasant serenity from the outfit. Witness their Audiotree session below.
BASS DRUM OF DEATH
John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death are all about killer-hooks. Mosh-pit, pint-spiller garage-rock meets lofi-pop bangers, Bass Drum of Death are here for the party.
Californian psych-garage rock fuzz-fiends Meatbodies absolutely slayed with their shred-laden KEXP set. Have your mind melted with their raucous session below.
Hailing from Brazil, Boogerings’ psychedelic-pop sounds are a sprawling sonic cyclone. Check out their colossal session for Cultura Livre:
Another excellent outfit from Brazil, Orua’s heady-psychedelic-sounds are a mind-melting marvel. Witness their wonderful KEXP session below:
KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
Philadelphia native psych-folk merchant Kurt Vile is perfect listening for anytime, but especially during these times of isolation. Lose yourself to the sun-kissed agrarian sounds of Kurt Vile & The Violets from their Pitchfork set.
Jagged garage-rock meets rockabilly and rip-roaring, old-fashioned blues-rock, Guadaluple Plata are absolutely killer with theirghoulish, frenzied spaghetti western-esque rock n roll.
SWEDISH DEATH CANDY
Akin to Wand and Meatbodies, London’s psychedelic-rock barbarians, Swedish Death Candy are one of the U.K’s most heavily underrated bands. Check out the ulcerating fuzz toaster that is their live set below:
One very honourable mention of a live set has to be from the Japanese cosmonauts Kikagaku Moyo with special guests Jacco Gardner and Bruno Pernadas. Both Kikagaku Moyo and Jacco Gardner respectively, were featured on part two. Check out the latest live session posted very recently below.
So once again, you have 16 live sets plus a very great honourable mention to keep yourselves busy during these times of quarantine. Hopefully we’ll see you at a show in the not-so-distant future. Until then, stay safe and stay indoors.