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Prog rock project My Pet Junkie to play again in 2013!!

Stuart O'Connor

Yes that’s right folks. For anybody who has been following my musical activities as far back as 1998. This is a real rare chance to catch prog rock mother project in action.

My Pet Junkie
My Pet Junkie (L to R) – Leon, Julia, Stuart.

Musikal Sin Presents:

My Pet Junkie – Long-time favourites of Herts’ gig goers, proggy alt-rockers MPJ grace Club 85 for a rare live performance. With frontman Stuart O’Connor touring the world solo, and drummer Leon Camfield involved in many other projects (including comedy duo Spandex Ballet), appearances have become a rarity – catch them while you can!

My Pet Junkie /Billy Skins 5th /Alone With Wolves /Sunsets The Day , Fri 25th Oct, Club 85

74 Whinbush Rd  Hitchin SG5 1PZ
01462 434801



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Atmospheric, slow-burning, intense music

Sometimes, it’s not about producing the most full-on, relentless sound, with countless riffs and non-stop heaviness. There are times when it feels right to start off slowly, build up an atmosphere, build up the layers and then head into an eventual cavalcade of riffs and heaviness. There are other times when an overload isn’t even required; an alternate intensity can be found in a steady grind, an almost hypnotic groove and pulse or a gothic sense of darkness.

Here are just the examples that spring to mind for a suitable playlist.

Sikth – Tupelo

Their cover of the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classic – taking that sense of impending doom up a few notches. Check out the original here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSl4KX7zBTQ

Slipknot – Gently (Iowa version)

The version found on second album ‘Iowa’, a reworking of the track originally found on their underground debut, released before signing to Roadrunner Records.

Swans – Like A Drug

I was addicted to this at one point. A dark, heavy grind with a hypnotic feel.

Steak Number Eight – Falling Out Of A Dream

Awesome build-up intro. Sludgy, grungy.

Tool – Eulogy

A slow, steady build from the masters of dyamnic. Hypnotic.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – *#..

Instrumental – sounds like it’d make a great intro, but is actually track 4 on their first full-length album.

Panic DHH – Simplex

A calmer, more restrained moment from this band; fragility in noise. Frontman Robbie Furze went on to form The Big Pink.

Gary Numan – RIP

Steady build-up into a wall of sound chorus from a pioneer of dark music.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

The goth classic; essential listening for every Halloween.

Triptykon – Shatter

The current band from metal legend Thomas Gabriel Fischer. Only recently got round to listening after a suggestion from a friend.

Wardruna – Kauna

Gaahl’s dark folk project.

Sons of Guns – ‘Bad Blood’ EP

Dance beats with a punk rock history.

Sons Of Guns August 2012

1. Bad Blood
2. I Slept In The Car
3. Refugee (Grey Matter remix)
4. War Harps
5. Bad Blood (Zero Call remix)
6. Butcher – covered by ASHCAT2DANS

Mark Smith – keyboards/vocals
Rosie Allen – bass/vocals
Tom Flinders – drums

If you fancy a bit of electro-rock, then have a listen to the new EP from Hitchin-based rockers Sons of Guns. Featuring members with an extensive background in Herts’ punk rock scene, SOG are a catchy trio who are also responsible for putting on some well-received ‘Deadbeats’ clubnights in the area. Besides the title track, the EP also features two previously unreleased tracks, two remixes and a cover of their song ‘Butcher’ by ASHCAT2DANS.

Mixing bouncy beats, dashes of dub and catchy lyrics, the title track and the accompanying studio tracks are infectious and will stay with you, especially ‘I Slept In The Car’, the calmer of the three – some might recall that this track already has its own art video on YouTube. The track ‘I Was A Refugee’ (from the first SOG album, downloadable from their Bandcamp page) appears here in a remixed form; whilst it was originally the most chilled track on the album, here it’s been given a BPM boost and turned into a potential dancefloor filler. Zero Call’s remix of ‘Bad Blood’ strips away some of the vocals in favour of a robotic-like techno feel, and ASHCAT2DANS’ version of ‘Butcher’ gives the track a more raw, chaotic feel; imagine Mike Patton fronting a cyberpunk band for an idea of what to expect. You can download the entire EP for free, or for just £4 you can purchase a limited edition CD in handmade packaging, whilst stock lasts.

Sons of Guns Bad Blood EP

The video for Bad Blood (clown alert!):

The ‘Bad Blood’ EP is available from http://sonsofgunsmusic.bandcamp.com/ as a free download, or £4 for a limited edition CD.

For fans of: Hadouken, Enter Shikari, Chvrches