Hey, have you heard about…The OBGMs

Now before you die-hards get going with the lecture, we know – The OBGMs (a.k.a. The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores) aren’t fresh out the box. If you’re a Canada native, you’ve likely heard of these cats before.

Having originally formed a decade ago, THE OBGMs had their beginnings as a hip-hop outfit in Toronto’s thriving scene. Not long after forming, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Densil McFarlane decided to pick up a guitar and teach himself how to play, working with the other three members of the band (Colanthony Humphrey, Jemuel Roberts, Joe Brosnan ) to expand their sound and dive head first into a pool rich with punk, garage and new-wave influences.

Their latest single ‘Pill’ is a quirky, shape-shifting summer banger, riddled with dark undertones. No matter how hard you scrub, this is gonna get under your skin!

Pill follows on from their blistering debut single ‘Torpedo‘, released a month back. Both are taken from the band’s self-titled debut LP, due for release internationally this September through Black Box. We’re just getting to know this Canadian quartet but already we’re predicting big things!

Peep the new video below and be sure to catch them at this weekend’s AFROPUNK LDN if you’re in the area!

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Worriedaboutsatan kick off Season 3 of DUGA 3 with exclusive guest mix!

Mancunian duo worriedaboutsatan, pioneers of atmospheric Electronica since the heady days of 2006, have recently hooked up with mysterious Northern quartet DUGA 3 and produced the gnarliest of guest mixes. Keeping it Northern.

The 30 minute mix kicks off the brand new season from DUGA 3, with seven more episodes to follow, each with their own super-duper special guest attached!

The collaborative project between a group of Manchester creatives, DUGA 3 looks to bring a refreshed approach to modern radio broadcasts. The fortnightly online broadcasts consist of four individual shows, all bought together in one eclectic two hour format. Each quarter of the broadcast presents a different insight into the individual heads of each host. Remember that show ZZZAP!? It’s like that but without the visuals, ya dig?

DUGA 3 is now two seasons deep, with all eight original episodes streaming in full via Mixcloud. Season two introduced the guest mixes, with the collaboration amped up and the hive expanded, featuring guest mixes from the likes of Perfume Advert, Dan Wild-Beesley (ex-Cleft), Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and JONA SUL.

With the third season now in full swing, worriedaboutsatan provided some insight into their colloboration with DUGA 3:

“We got asked by DUGA 3 to do a mix for their up-coming series, and so being fans of weird stuff like Ukranian antenna towers, we decided to give it a go. We don’t do a massive amount of mixes, but always enjoy it when we do, so we thought we’d piece together some of our favourite current listening for the mix, which ranges from rumbling americana, abstract electronica and slo-mo bass music. We should have a 10” coming later in the year courtesy of Deathwaltz Originals, but details are a bit vague at the moment. Basically, just keep your eyes peeled. We’re also on tour in October, so it’d be nice to see lots of faces at those shows!

Listen to Episode one of Season 3 below and be sure to keep an eye out for Episode 2 on July 30th!

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EP Review: Wot Gorilla? – Angel Numbers

Review from Ben Forrester

Wot Gorilla? have been math-rock’s best kept secret for the best part of a decade. I’ve been absolutely chomping at the bit to hear a new full length since the Halifax based outfit dropped their superb debut back in 2011. But with a couple of line up changes and real life getting in the way, things have been a bit quiet on the Wot Gorilla? front as of late.

The last thing we heard was a double A single in 2016 which showed off the new three-piece version of the band, complete with new drummer. Although the tracks were their usual frantic brand of math-rock, they also showed a darker, heavier side of the band which we’d only seen glimpses of before. So, with this in mind, I am very excited to have a new EP in my mitts. It may not be that second record I was waiting for, but instead we get five brand new jams to sink our teeth into.

Kikuna‘ opens the record and is probably the most bat shit opening 20 seconds of a record ever! A super spiky guitar riff pierces your left ear immediately before bass and drums come to kick the fucking door down with the most brilliantly chaotic beat down you’ll hear this year. It is fucking crushing. It’s perhaps one of the most straight up heavy tracks I’ve heard from this band and it took me about 10 listens before I could move on to the rest of the record, it’s that monstrous!

11:11‘ sounds a bit more like the Wot Gorilla? of yore, packing in as many riffs as possible with a more melodic, post-hardcore tinged vibe. Although there is a breakdown about mid way which is pretty nasty, it goes pretty beautiful and epic for a moment, acoustic guitars and all, before descending into this almost prog-metal like section which is chunky, groovy and totally (head) banging. This band are annoyingly clever, each track has so many neat ideas; some act as neat segue ways into the next, others are totally out-there but add to the mad-scientist genius of some of these tunes.

At times, this record can be a little intense and almost a tad brain frying, but I think that is what makes it such an exhilarating listen. I mean, try getting through the first 40 seconds of ‘Watch Out For The Tentacles!‘ without breaking a sweat. What I do like though is that for every minute of madness, you’re always rewarded with a nice little hook or melody or something a little sweet to help soften the blow a bit. I’ve always loved front man Matt’s vocal, it’s kinda got a Glassjaw/Fall Of Troy vibe, which I’m all over. There’s some really soaring vocals on this thing, the melodies on ‘Soak‘ in particular are really quite beautiful, adding to the climactic nature of this unashamedly massive closer.

For the most part, ‘Angel Numbers‘ shows off Wot Gorilla? at their heaviest and boy does it suit them! Although it still has a whole planet’s worth of ideas stuffed into each tune, there is a bit more focus within the song structures which is something I felt was needed with some previous material. Having been a fan of this band from pretty much the start, it’s clear to see how far they have progressed and they seem like they have more of an identity with this new release.

Honestly, this is one of the best math records you will hear this year; totally thrilling, beefy as fuck and full of these awesome little clever bits that give me goosebumps! Wot Gorilla? are the most underrated band in UK math-rock, but with a record like Angel Numbers and the UK Math community being as strong as it is right now, it’s only a matter of time before everyone realises that Wot Gorilla? are one of our strongest assets.

Angel Numbers‘ is out Friday! Click to pre-order!

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a/s/l: Energy

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Every couple of weeks, an unsuspecting band will be subject to the same old questions about dead bodies, Hitler, crying and crushes.  

This week: Jason ‘Tank’ Tankerley, frontman of Boston punks ENERGY!

(Photo Credit: The Shortest Meg)

a/s/l?
32/M/Boston.

Have you ever seen a dead body?
Yes.

Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
Homer.

What T-Shirt are you wearing?
A mesh long sleeve, scoop-neck tall T.

What did your last text message say?
“Maybe a lot later”

What’s the last song you listened to?
I Do Not Want This‘ by Nine Inch Nails.

How did you meet the people in your band?
Nick asked Energy to play, then he asked me to make a music video for his band, then I asked him and his bass player Mike to join. Between the two of them, they assembled the rest of the lineup. This was all around October of 2016.

What’s the first record you bought?
The first vinyl record that I remember owning was Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’.

What was your favourite VHS growing up?
Either my Samhain box set VHS, or my Danzig VHS tapes.

When was the last time you cried?
Less than a week ago.

Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?
Absolutely.

Best Physical Feature?
My face.

Worst physical feature?
I guess my current physical state, but that only takes about a few weeks of dedicated working out and dieting for me to be happy with myself again.

Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?
I guess my butt. I’m told it’s cute, but I think I need to do more squats.

Do you have any pets?
I have a cat, a dog, and my roommate / future sister-in-law has a bearded dragon.

Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
I sprained my ankle multiple times, broke my knuckle by punching the stage, fell into the drumset, fell offstage multiple times, and I seem to collide with someone in my band to the point where I’m bleeding afterwards at least once a show it seems.

What did you do for your last birthday?
Energy left for a quick east coast tour on my actual birthday this year, so I had a good time.

Name something you CANNOT wait for?
People to hear the new Energy songs, the next time I get to smoke weed.

Do you have a crush on someone?
Nothing that I can foresee materializing anytime soon.

What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
Not making a sustainable living off of it by now.

If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
Just far back enough where I was high still.

How do you want to die?
With the entire world wanting more of me.

What’s your favourite thing about pizza?
I’m a very picky eater, but pizza is everywhere. That’s my favourite thing about it.

What are you craving right now?
Weed.

Have you ever been on a horse?
I have never been on a horse.

What did you dream about last night?
Nothing. I hardly ever dream.

If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
I mean, would I be thrown in prison and / or tortured and killed for this? I don’t know how to answer this question. I’ll just quote Spock and say “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”.

Do you like Chinese food?
No.

Have you ever been on TV?
Yes.

Ever meet someone famous?
Yes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A big rock & roll star, so no one fucks with me.

Energy return to the UK this summer as headliners, following their Spring 2017 Tour with Creeper. Joined by Miss Vincent on all dates, the tour kicks off July 29th in Manchester at Satans Hollow!

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5 Things to love about…AFROPUNK LONDON

Preview from Marcus Clarke

Attending a festival for the first time can be somewhat of a spiritual experience. We all remember our first festival right? Well my first Afropunk in London last year was nothing like Carling Weekend 2007 (ahem…), it was a complete eye opener and proved to be an overwhelmingly positive and emotional experience for me. It’s a fair assessment that British rock festivals have been predominantly white since before yer mam lost her shit to a certain black left-handed guitarist rocking an Isle of the opposite colour. I remember attending Sonisphere one year only to be heckled with “Rude boy!” by a gang of punters, repeatedly asked if I liked reggae and was selling weed at Parklife, and one time while watching Bloc Party at Leeds Fest (nee Carling Weekend) I had a rather bizarre IRL Stormzy/Lukaku moment, as an audience member turned round to ask if I was Kele Okereke… from Bloc Party… who we were both watching… right there on stage.

So when I stepped into Alexandra Palace last year for a festival that not only was full of punks of colour, but a hella load of women on stage, prompting the world’s best dressed punks to lose their proverbial shit like Jimi made ‘em do in 1970, it was like having the whole world of festivals as I’d known flipped upside down, and it was beautiful. This brown little snowflake (Bran Flake?) felt incredibly safe, empowered and inspired, so I’m super excited that this year Afropunk returns to London with a new venue (Printworks) and an outrageous line-up that’s waaaaaay too good to do a Top 5 list about…
(wait, what’s that? …oh we ARE doing a top 5 list? Ok, I suppose I can try and make that work…)

Umm, here are my Top 5 (definitely not definitive by any means) artists to check out at Afropunk London 2017!

Danny Brown

Through his iconoclastic assaults on rap, Detroit rapper Danny Brown has drawn from an arsenal of EDM, left-field Hip-Hop, post-punk and electronica to redefine what it means to be a rockstar. His unmistakable high pitched delivery can switch like a traumatised Pitbull, whipping up ferocious amounts of energy. But beneath all the leather, devil horns and his impressively long crotch twitching tongue, it’s his deep introspection and reflective subject matter that makes this icon human and relatable, a nature that was exhibited so clearly on his most recent and ground-breaking record ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, which came out on Warp Records last year. Everybody wants to party with Daniel because he knows how to turn personal pain into a powerful release. Sounds pretty punk to me.

Thundercat

Is there a musical equivalent to a poet laureate? Because if we needed one for all us freaks and weirdos I would nominate Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat. He is the Frank Zappa of our times, fingering pleasurable low-end vibrations at phenomenal speeds and crooning out falsetto cascades of remarkably insightful bilge, gradually unblocking your beer bloated brain with every listen. I guess what I’m basically trying to say is that Thundercat is a giant Berocca. From Kendrick Lamar to Flying Lotus, Michael McDonald and Suicidal Tendencies, he’s worked with the best and he’s bound to blow your mind!

Kojey Radical

(Photo Credit: dannymac)

Kojey Radical appeared to me from a puff of smoke, seemingly out of nowhere as a guest in the middle of Gaika’s set at Afropunk last year. I was pretty blown away seeing an emcee (or poet as 6music types like to identify him) with such a commanding and clear cut performance. He’s not your standard everyday rapper, his style spills out but never drowns his substantial lyrical skill. As the name suggests he is a radical turn in the road for rap. Get to know!

The Internet

Sometimes punk doesn’t have to be reduced to 3 chords or spitting in your face to get its point across, sometimes it can be slick, progressive and, dare I say it, sexy! The Internet came through with Tyler, the Creator’s Odd Future family back in the early 2010’s but since then have become their own worthy entity (with 3 of the members all releasing superb solo albums this year). Their 2015 breakthrough album ‘Ego Death’ is packed full of gorgeous bangers (just try not to shoulder bounce to ‘Get Away’, impossible!), and multi-talented lead vocalist Syd is her own unique mould of punk, unequivocally cool and powerful, she makes anyone of any gender swoon.

Saul Williams

I think if the word Afropunk was created for anyone in particular it was Saul Williams. I remember seeing him play in a small basement venue in Leeds in 2008, donned in bright colourful feathers and hanging from the ceiling. That night I witnessed a new avenue for performative exploration, unashamedly black and jumping head first into the future. Spoken word artist, rapper, actor, producer; he was Death Grips before Death Grips, Kanye before Kanye, Kanye before Kanye was Death Grips, he’s always been ahead of the curve! His latest album ‘MartyrLoserKing continues to confront and engage with the troubles of our times.

AFROPUNK LONDON kicks off on July 22nd and runs through to the 23rd! Tickets can still be purchased here!

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Exclusive: Listen to the latest offerings from Post-Punk trio Unwave

(Photo Credit: Kirsty Garland)

Regular readers of Birthday Cake For Breakfast will know we’re slightly infatuated with bands coming out of Leeds. At the heart of the local independent scene in Leeds is CHUNK – A DIY not for profit space that caters for… Just about everything! From live shows to rehearsal space for local artists, CHUNK thrives off community. Part of that community is Unwave – a rad trio from just up the road (who also happen to be card carrying members of CHUNK!)

To strengthen our bond with the West Yorkshire city and its musical inhabitants, were delighted to present TWO new tracks from Unwave!

What began as a token of friendship to assist with the showreel of Michael Osborne (he of Bearfoot Beware fame) soon turned into a 20 minute session the trio were more than happy to take slight advantage of. Guitarist Matt said of the session:

He was far too nice to say anything even when we passed the 13 minute mark in the second track ha ha (sorry Mike). The results were far better than a demo so we thought we’d put them out as soon as they were ready, hopefully as something in between our debut album last year and the recording of another album which we’re in the process of writing.”

Following on from their debut LP ‘Distracted/Suspended‘ released last year, Unwave have put together two new gnarly post-punk bangers – the brilliantly titled ‘Paul Nuttall vs. Wikipedia‘ and the huge ‘Cancelled Phase’, an ode to inevitability.

We’ve always been a fan of big contrasts (to the point where we couldn’t choose one album title for Distracted/Suspended our debut last year so just chose them both simultaneously) and I quite like how this has carried over to these two tracks.” Says Matt. “We just chose the newest material we had lying about but they’ve turned out to complement each other pretty nicely.”

Listen to the latest from Unwave below and be sure to catch them at Renegades of Chunk III on August 26th at Chunk, with the likes of Cowtown, Living Body, Cattle and heaps more!

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a/s/l: Chiyoda Ku

Remember the days of the old schoolyard? Remember when Myspace was a thing? Remember those time-wasting, laborious quizzes that everyone used to love so much? Birthday Cake For Breakfast is bringing them back! 

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This week: Charlie Barnes, guitarist in the phenomenal Chiyoda Ku!

(Photo Credit: Honzacolar.com)

a/s/l?
21, boy, too far south in England.

Have you ever seen a dead body?
Not a human one.

Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
I like Jub-Jub – Selmas pet iguana.

What T-Shirt are you wearing?
I’m wearing a shirt from a band called KLS from Spain. It’s got a young boy crying on it. I like it and them a lot.

What did your last text message say?
‘yeah man tell me about it! nah don’t think so x’ – that’s exciting isn’t it.

What’s the last song you listened to?
Deerhoof  Oh Bummer

How did you meet the people in your band?
We all met at the Academy of Music and Sound in Exeter, we all bonded over our common hatred of the Academy. We were all quite angry back then.

What’s the first record you bought?
I think It was Busted, loved them when I was a wee boy.

What was your favourite VHS growing up?
Not sure. I remember my dad buying me a Walking with Dinosaurs DVD from a gift shop somewhere. He said that one day we would be able to afford a DVD player and we would be able to watch it. I got to see it a few years later and it was great.

When was the last time you cried?
We’re living in Exeter at the moment so we all cry a lot.

Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?
Don’t think so.

Best Physical Feature?
Height.

Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?
Very slender arms.

Do you have any pets?
No pets for me.

Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
Not as of yet.

What did you do for your last birthday?
I worked behind the bar at the Stag and Hounds, can’t remember what gig was on. this year though we’ve got a show in the Netherlands on my birthday, so I’m very excited for that.

Name something you CANNOT wait for?
ARCTANGENT.

What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
Touring with Memory of Elephants.

If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
I’d go back to the Triassic period, as long as I can come back again after.

How do you want to die?
Don’t mind, I’m easy.

What’s your favourite thing about pizza?
Dominoes Dip.

What are you craving right now?
Apple crumble.

Have you ever been on a horse?
Nope.

If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
Nah, not one for killing. I’d have a word with his parents though.

Do you like Chinese food?
Ye boy chow main!

Have you ever been on TV?
Nope!

Ever meet someone famous?
One time I met the guitarist from Alright the Captain, omg I was well excited.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy.

Chiyoda Ku are on the vinegar strokes of finishing their debut album ‘How It Works’ – but they need your help! Learn all about their IndieGoGo campaign here!

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