LIVE / SCHOOL DISCO
Photo by Shannon Morris
23/05/18, The Old England, Bristol.
This was the latest instalment from emerging collective Pink Ink. Touring the ‘sour coast’ (to coin a phrase from Major Leagues Recs) from Falmouth and Plymouth and up to Brighton via Bristol and Bath, the young promoters have made fair mileage in recent weeks.
Lulled into a sense of sweet disposition from opening act Charlotte Lloyd-Butler, any aficionados of contemporary folk-pop were content. Think Lucy Rose and Daughter from an alumni of the Falmouth institution that we can thank for the likes of The Mantis Opera, Penelope Isles and Tinnedfruit.
Taking a drastically esoteric turn, CB Kinsella & The Broken Wings thrashed like mallards onto centre stage. The Bristol-based proponents of ‘Country Goth’ are half abstract comedy troupe and half post-punk poets, with influences ranging from Ted Chippington to Napoleon Dynamite. Although sporadically breaking out into nonsensical (yet hilarious) monologues, there’s an inescapable melancholia and some genuinely soulful moments reminiscent of contemporary eccentrics like Ariel Pink or Connan Mockasin. Having already bagged a slot at Dot To Dot and a support slot with Tree House this year, it’s clear that there’s more to CB Kinsella than just laughs alone.
Bristol exports Valita were the penultimate guests, paying homage to the past heroes of their home town with a distinct blend of Trip Hop (Masive Attack, Portishead) and Post-Punk (Pop Group, Glaxo Babies). Despite having yet to release their debut, the quartet have already garnered support from Saffron Records and bagged a slot with Lydia Lunch. With shoegaze ballads like Vines already a firm favourite in their live set, you can expect to see their name cropping up more and more in 2018 and beyond.
Space cowboys School Disco closed the night with their usual sonic blitzkrieg of what I can only call krautrockabilly. Cramps-esque hollering (vocals which deserve to be heard live with the prominence they get in the studio) gave way to extra-terrestrial garage in the vein of King Gizzard or Oh Sees. Any primary school booking these guys in an administrative error would soon find the school hall transformed into a terrifying cataclysm of post-punk clamour and bodily fluids. With latest single 'Kill The King' following up the critically received Look To The Sky EP, School Disco are set to establish their name as one of the hardest working and innovative bands on the South West / South Coast scene.