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Vibracathedral Orchestra & Matthew Bower & John Godbert

What we said at the time:

 

Live is definitely where the VCO come into their own, stretching and exploring the sonic possibilities of rock and roll, and coming up with some of the most gorgeous and transcendentally intense droning free-rock around at the moment.  

Veterans of the psych-infused UK free noise scene, the Vibracathedral Orchestra is a hypnotic ur-drone group hailing from Leeds.  They specialise in dreamy phase patterns, stratospheric noise, and vaguely rockish hypno-drone, made up of squealing Egyptian reeds, drum circle grooves, random sustained notes on a cheap Casio, hazy electric guitar distortion, flanging sitars, and lots of acoustic guitar strum 'n' scrape, in the end falling squarely between the free jazz of Albert Alyer and the dissonance of the experimental sides of Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo. Live is definitely where the VCO come into their own, stretching and exploring the sonic possibilities of rock and roll, and coming up with some of the most gorgeous and transcendentally intense droning free-rock around at the moment.  For this one off performance they are joined by Matthew Bower and John Godbert from mighty UK heavy/drone/psych free-noise behemoths Skullfower, Sunroof! and Total.

 
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