The last G.U. Medicine show as we know it

Without question, Barnsley rockers G.U. Medicine ought to have become one of the UK‘s most successful rock bands. Their brand of dangerous metallized sleaze rock has won them a cult following who undoubtedly go rabid for their songs whenever they perform live. They released three cracking albums including the phenomenal ‘Lords of Oblivion‘, unquestionably one of the greatest releases of 2010 and certainly one of the most overlooked too. Unfortunately, success has eluded them, not least because of our country’s horrible music taste and limited label backing at best. Perhaps their best recent publicity came when, following the departure of their long time vocalist/guitarist Lee Storrar, they recorded a song with Rocky ‘The Rockhopper’ – that penguin, on vocals.
It’s with a tinge of sadness I hereby report on the upcoming G.U. Medicine show taking place at The Parish, Huddersfield, this Friday evening (23rd March). The gig is billed as ‘the last G.U. Medicine show as we know it!’ – at least, according to the poster. The reality is that G.U. Medicine appear to be calling it quits good and proper. Support is from Girlfixer and Black Hart Idols.
If anything is guaranteed about this final G.U. show, it’s that its bound to be everything you can expect from a G.U. show – booze, sweat, headbanging and a damn good time. One last time. Get yourself down there and do far too many again.
Peter Clegg

Shameless Plug – Wort supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse!

It’s been a while since I did one of these, owing largely to becoming a father and secondly to getting a new job, both of which have prevented me from returning to my band Poison Dwarf. That hasn’t stopped the remaining members getting the opening slot at an all-dayer taking place this coming Saturday (10th March) at The Parish, Huddersfield, instead now performing as new band Wort when Italian symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse come to town, headlining the event with their main tour support acts Dyscarnate and Bloodshot Dawn in tow!

How is this possible, you may ask? Simples. It seems the Poison Dwarf guys started jamming with Sanhedrin’s drummer Sam during my time away, and bagged themselves this date! Poison Dwarf will now be on a longer hiatus but we will be back one day!

As for the gig itself, its been put together by those smashing guys at Terrorizer Grindhouse, who have managed to secure a date for this fantastic tour to come ‘oop North, and includes additional support from Ethereal, Kataleptic, Grieve, Nekrodrako, Trifixion and Sanhedrin. Tickets are £11 adv and doors on the day are at 2:00pm, the event itself running til late with good times to be had well into the early hours. Poison Dwarf are first on so get down there early! You won’t see me though – I’m working that day.

For those of you who don’t live anywhere near Huddersfield, you can be reassured that Fleshgod Apocalypse hit the UK from today, starting at the White Rabbit in Plymouth. Get on down.

Peter Clegg

Tickets available here

Sunn 0))) UK/EU tour announced

The walls will shake, bowels will quake, and vomit may well be the order of the day from the unearthly rumble that will ensue on this tour.

Monday 11th June – The Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 12th June – Koko, London (w/ Nurse With Wound)
Thursday 14th June – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Friday 15th June – Fort 8, Hoboken, Belgium (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Saturday 16th June – Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France (w/ Aluk Todolo)
Sunday 17th June – Hellfest, Clisson, France

Peter Clegg

Wiht are calling it quits

It’s been over a week since this was announced but it’s worth bringing to the attention of anyone who hasn’t heard. The excellent Leeds sludge/psych/doom instrumental trio Wiht are calling it a day after three years. The band gave their reasons in an excerpt from a statement posted on their Facebook page on Sunday January 22nd:

‘It is with sadness and a great sense of pride, that we have decided to call it a day. This is a completely amicable decision and has been made in the best interests of the band. It has come to a point where we are no longer able to progress and take the band further, we feel this band deserves more respect than just to fade away. This simply is an issue of lack of time and funds; two of the three of us now have families and time has become a lot more precious. To progress as a band we need to dedicate a certain ammount of time to write and record, let alone gigging and touring. This is why we have decided to call it a day at a point where we feel this is something to be proud of.’

I didn’t really know the guys personally, but I did review their latest album ‘The Harrowing of the North‘ here – an excellent work – and me and the Poison Dwarf guys did play a couple of shows with them in 2010. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their live performances and their records and I’m gutted to hear this news. I understand their reasons though, especially being a father myself and about to juggle the responsibilities of being a parent and being in a band.

That said, you still have a couple of opportunities to catch Wiht live before they disbanded – firstly, on Saturday 18th February at the Royal Park Cellars, Leeds, alongside Wizard’s Beard at the Beard’s album release show with Undersmile and Diascorium, and finally on Friday 30th March at the same venue, with Khuda, Wizard’s Beard and Tree of Sores. The full statement can be read here.

On behalf of We Must Obey, we wish the members of Wiht all the very best in their future endeavours. You will be missed, but thank you for the great music.

Peter Clegg

Massive Zico Chain UK Tour announced!

British rockers The Zico Chain have been hard at work on their new album and now they’ve gone and announced a huge UK tour this coming March! Labelled ‘The Devil In Your Heart’ Live UK Tour, it will see the trio embarking on a fourteen-date trek around the UK – dates as follows, and supports named up to press also listed:
Wednesday 29th February – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Thursday 1stMarch – The Watershed, Newport Pagnell
Friday 2ndMarch – Fibbers Bar, York (w/ Silvertone, Iheart + Beretta Suicide)
Saturday 3rdMarch – The Parish, Huddersfield (w/ Beretta Suicide + Planet Janet)
Monday 5thMarch – The Hydrant, Brighton
Wednesday 7thMarch – The Dry Bar, Manchester
Thursday 8thMarch – Harlow Square
Friday 9thMarch – Finn’s Rock Pub, Weymouth
Saturday 10th March – Rock City, Nottingham
Sunday 11stMarch – Nambucca, London
Tuesday 13thMarch – The Flapper, Birmingham
Wednesday 14thMarch – The Well, Leeds
Thursday 15thMarch – The Vic Inn, Derby
Friday 16thMarch – The Kasbah, Coventry
Saturday 17thMarch – TBC
Get on down!
Peter Clegg

New Ginger Wildheart tour documentary on its way!

If you don’t know who Ginger Wildheart is by now, we suggest you give yourself a sound palm to the face. The living legend of Wildhearts fame as well as many other side projects and solo acts completed an acoustic UK tour with his band in December 2011, and recently we were greeted with the excellent news that a DVD of said is on its way! Excellently titled ‘It Stinks of Eyes Around Here’, its set to feature live footage of songs performed of the tour, interviews with Ginger and his band, and general jiggery-pokery that goes on tour.
Its been filmed by Ash Pears of AshTV, who I’d just like to put a bit of spotlight on too. Those around the local scene here in West Yorkshire may well know Ash as the drummer for the excellent Huddersfield rock trio The Pretty Machine, but he’s also a music video director extraordinaire for hire, having shot music videos for the Eureka Machines, The Rotted, Sorry & The Sinatras, Trigger The Bloodshed, The Scaramanga Six and many more in the past over the last few years. This is set to be one of his best works yet and without a doubt, he’s one of the most creative minds around right now. Head over to his site to check out his work.
Check out the trailer for ‘It Stinks of Eyes Around Here’ after the jump. It’s currently in post-production and a release date should be confirmed soon!
Peter Clegg