Monday, 31 March 2014

RIP British Wildlife

It is with great regret to inform you that after 8 long and amazing years British Wildlife is no more. We won't be holding a funeral but there will be a wake and last ever British Wildlife show to be held on Wednesday 9th April. It would be great to see you there. There will be performances from British Wildlife favourites Don Vito, Jealousy Mountain Duo and Magnapinna. After this show the British Wildlife website will be taken down and all the books will be pulped. I very much look forward to continuing my career in graphic design and playing in bands.

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This was an extremely difficult decision to make as many of you know how close to my heart British Wildlife was but there are other things in life that must take priority.

It would be absolutely amazing to see some familiar faces! This will be a celebration of British Wildlife, No formal attire required. Please help spread the word!


British Wildlife Presents
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Don Vito
Jealousy Mountain
The Packhorse, Leeds | 8pm | £4 suggested donation

Don Vito
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DON VITO sounds like getting a beating from a ball lightning, or, as someone said: "They play like children in a sandbox, with a sound like a Minuteman landing on an aircraft carrier platform, and the musical understatement of a Chicago jazz band."

Don Vito are a Leipzig three-piece that bash out playful and naive yet shrill and abrasive noise rock.
It sounds like the soundtrack to a cartoon children's disco in a steel factory. The band’s description of their music “hyper kinetic instrumental noise tohubohu” couldn’t be any more accurate. The moment Don Vito let a bit of chaos out of the sack all appendages within hearing distance begin to fidget hysterically. It is like being hit with the spray from a machine gun. Welcome the apocalypse of rock smiling at you from three lunatics who appear to thrash at their instruments more than to play them. But somehow they never loose continuity in this chaos of interwoven high speed-grooves. Don Vito does not need to follow the rules; the rules have learned to follow Don Vito.

Remarkably, they are free from genre and categorisation. They have delightfully blended post puberty carelessness with just a touch of self-irony. From now on, you will no longer have to think of that brainless wanker from Jackass when you hear the name Don Vito, but rather of that kick-ass
band from the bowels of Germany. - Barry Lennon

Jealousy Mountain Duo
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The guitar's looping looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones.

Jealousy Mountain Duo takes a deconstructivist approach to its experimental blend of postmodern jazz and mathy indie rock, its guitars looping looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones.

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Three men of non-doing. First choice for second choice'
Spacious, sparse, dissonant, groove-ridden. Guitar/bass/drums trio. In other words one of my real favourites in the Leeds Music scene, Slint-like tones and grooves.

Monday, 10 March 2014

British Wildlife Festival: A Very Big Thank You!


So we had an amazing British Wildlife Festival weekend, 

A Big thank you to all the bands that played Shatner's Bassoon, Housewives, P For Persia, Cattle, Electric Electric, Ice, Sea, Dead People, Bloody Mammals, Two Trick Horse, Aeroplane Flies High, Screenwives, Female Smell, Trans/Human, Castrovalva, USA Nails, Shitwife, Ladyscraper, Matt Bourne, Evil Blizzard, Bad Guys, Blood Sport, Gum Takes Tooth, Sweet Williams, I'm Being Good, Mayors of Miyazaki, Tokyo Doorbells, Carer, Alpha Male Tea Party, Henry Blacker, Vodun, Ghold, The Witch Hunt, Cowtown and Dark Bells.

And also a massive thanks to Andy, Rose and Yvonne from Bare Plume for the amazing food, Gem for the lovely Cakes, Trev, Tom and Stuart for doing the sound, Nathan and all the staff at the Brudenell Social Club and of course all the people who came down and supported us!

Get well soon Lyam and Lianne.

There are tons of photos to be posted shortly, if you have any snaps I'd love to see them.

Fell Foot Sound 18-20 July is set to be a blinder, get it in your diary and tickets will be on sale from Friday (last year was a sell out!) We have more shows to be announced soon, you can keep up to date on our Facebook Page and Twitter.


Photo credit Dominic Brunt / Ty Austin

Friday, 7 March 2014

Saturday at British Wildlife Festival: The Audacious Art Experiment

The Audacious Art Experiment is a Sheffield based art & music womb that has been growing for 10 years, beginning in Grimsby, and then eventually settling in its current climes. It’s a venue, record label, practice space, distro and more, and we’re very proud of it. We’ve put out some fantastic records by countless DIY bands, such as Cowtown, Blood Sport, Nope, Trans/Human, Za!, Wooderson, Elk, Che Ga Zebra, Amorous Dialogues and Championlover. We’ve also continually collected and swapped records with touring bands over the years, and have built up a formidable distro of music that excites and challenges. We’ll be bringing that, and our own records, with us on Saturday.