Blanck Mass played 24 Kitchen Street for Liverpool Music Week and Getintothis’ Sinead Nunes had an unconventionally electronic Hallowe-evening.
If you’ve made it this far, it means you managed to survive the hordes over “Halloweek”.
No longer is Halloween reserved to just one night of the year; no, “Halloweek” is the order of the day, with gurning zombies and cast offs from Stranger Things inhabiting every nook and cranny of Liverpool’s club scene.
24 Kitchen Street tonight, then, provided a haven for those keen on synths, not scares.
Blanck Mass (Benjamin John Power, one half of droneband Fuck Buttons) stole the show with a set that truly captured the imaginations of everyone involved. Pairing visuals Rorschach-inspired visuals with an all-consuming sound offensive, the experimental electronic artist sated his audience with an inarguably vibrant set of sonic bliss.
This solo project, sitting somewhere between post-rock, experimental and drone feels like an electronic sub-genre of metal; Power’s screamo vocals, belted over the crowd as he hung from the stage’s rig punctuated the set, which also featured choral samples and chants, bringing raw energy to the already buzzing life of the gig.
Opening the show, solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Dialect (aka Liverpool-based musician and Outfit frontman Andrew PM Hunt) presented his original score of found sounds, field recordings, and fractured instrumentation.
Tranquil and immersive, Dialect’s synth-infused shifting sonic soundscapes, pair simple electronic piano and guitar riffs with complex layers of digitised sound.
Presented in dialogue with a screen of montaged videos gleaned from social media, the overall effect managed to juggle a sense of humour with the darkly addictive world of the internet.
Bridging the gap between Dialect and the headline act, Liverpool’s own noise rockers Bonnacons of Doom took over the stage at Kitchen Street, flooding the room with no less than 13 cape-clad band members.
The cult drone noisemakers provided appropriately haunting support for this Halloween night jaunt, with ghoulish vocals and a heavy, thumping cacophony of sound.
Images by Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan