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Month: March, 2011

STOP PRESS! SATURDAY 12th March: War Against Sleep album launch featuring Gravenhurst & Bronnt + More


Saturday, March 12 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

£6/£5 with a clock
War Against Sleep celebrates the launch of its 5th album “Versus Time”, soon to be out on Silent Age Records. (Full details coming soon!)

Four acts (Bucky, Hacksaw, Gravenhurst, Bronnt Industries Kapital) will perform short sets including cover versions with a ‘time’ theme… Followed by a solo set from War Against Sleep aka. Duncan Fleming featuring lots of songs from the new album plus some old favourites.

…Please bring along a clock to the event (any kind of clock will do except those on mobile phones, which are disgraceful). We will encourage people to set them to various incorrect times so we can all enjoy a white room full of lovely music and declare time abolished for a short while.

What is the War Against Sleep?

“The Casio-psychosis of a moral dyslexic squeezing out songs like glue to hold himself together. The act of picking cigarette ends off the floor because you like the taste of cheap lipstick. Love crafted from a night in with Teletext and Benylin. A suit, stained with the amphetamine sweat-beads of your worst porno nightmare. A stolen suit, a borrowed suit, a dead man’s suit, a dead-skin mask. Dance with me, you syphilitic tramp. I love you. A silk cravat, a painted rope. Hysterical, literate, blackened by the sun. Pop svengalis pissing blood into bronze buckets. The very idea of a Masterpiece. Ancient orders, first religions, Old Gods. Tascam Porta-7. Sex for small change. Thrillingly lo-fi, absurdly ambitious. Man as blind abacus. Man as performer; touched by the hand of Thoth. Man versus the world; woman as insect. An enormous insect that you want to be eaten by. Eat me: keep me warm. Keep dancing. Did I tell you to stop dancing? Locked in the cellar: We have always been here. Bontempi nights: the moon is in control. Pulling to the sea pulling violently like a green disease from within, ever-living, divine but violated, blind, more to come tonight. In the War Against Sleep winning is not even the issue. It’s the cheating that counts. Now dance, damn you. Dance until you are on fire.” Derek Ultraskull

“Sexy psychedelia” NME

“Gloriously ridiculous stuff” The Wire

“Classic songwriting” Record Collector

“He performs complete wonders” The Big Issue

“War Against Sleep are the audio version of the programmes that used to scare me witless as a child” Rough Trade

I hope those of you who wish to come are able to in spite of the last minute nature of this notification. I have been ensconced in Toybox studios working on some tracks for the new Gravenhurst album. Distracted, I failed to notice that this gig was looming on saturday and had still not done my part in publicising it at the Gravenhurst end. Apologies. The new War Against Sleep album ‘Versus Time’ will shortly be available on CD from Silent Age Records and for download via Bandcamp. Full details to follow.