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Here are the final times for Brainwash Festival VI STARTING THIS FRIDAY, plan your weekend wisely…

Here are the final times for Brainwash Festival VI STARTING THIS FRIDAY, plan your weekend wisely…

False Flags Favourites
Interview by Natalie Kaye
Charlie from False Flags gives us a few of his favourite things… just like Julie Andrews would. In case you didn’t already know, False Flags are a brutal hardcore band formed from bits of other good brutal Leeds bands (Red Stars Parade, RIP). They’ve not been going all that long but what they lack in back catalogue they make up for in elephantine, sweating beasts of riffs.
What, in your opinion, is the best False Flag from modern history?
The burning of the Reichstag building is probably one of the most significant in terms of how it swayed public opinion, although I don’t know if that makes it the best. To be fair to the Nazis, no-one actually knows whether they did actually do it themselves but for the sake of this question let’s just say they did.
Your favourite bar in Leeds to drink in, and the drink you drink in there until collapse?
North Bar, although budgetary concerns don’t usually allow it these days. The cherry beer in there is beyond awesome. Otherwise, Nation of Shopkeepers.
You are all very inked. What is your best tattoo shop?
The artists in Black Crown on Great George Street are probably the best. I’d better mention Red as well though coz Jenko works there. Just don’t ask him to do you some stickmen.
Which Venue do you like best?
The Brudenell of course! It’s easily the best venue in Leeds. The Packhorse is a close second.
Favourite track to play live?
It’s a new one that doesn’t have a name yet. We might open our set with it at Brainwash. It’s like the song Breather Resist never wrote.
Track of other Leeds DIY hardcore/metal band?
Um… I really like ‘Tied To The Tracks’ by The Plight, I’m a sucker for those Thin Lizzy-style harmonies. It also reminds me of Load-era Metallica but I dunno if they’d appreciate me pointing that out.
Which band will you be looking forward to most at Brainwash?
In all honesty, I don’t actually know that many bands playing it this year so I’ll fall back on Humanfly just coz they have habit of making whoever plays straight after them look fundamentally weak and I enjoy that. For the record, I don’t know who’s playing after them.
Which gig do you remember the most fondly?
Once I saw Neurosis, Voivod, and Today Is The Day at the Highbury Garage and it was just the heaviest, trippiest thing I’ve ever seen. This was back when Today Is The Day had half of Mastodon in the band before Mastodon were about. That probably makes me sound old. But seriously, Today Is The Day verged on terrifying, they were that heavy.
Who is your favourite member of Take That?
Hands down Barlow. But perhaps controversially, Robbie’s my next favourite.
What’s the best excuse for being off sick?
Best excuse I heard was from a friend of mine who told his work that he couldn’t come in because he had swine flu and then rang in 2 weeks later with the same excuse, even though you can only have it once. Worked though.
And finally, your favourite line from the oeuvre of Arnold Schwarzenegger?
I just like it in Commando when he shouts ‘JENNY!’ (or as it actually sounds - ‘CHENNY!’).

False Flags Favourites

Interview by Natalie Kaye

Charlie from False Flags gives us a few of his favourite things… just like Julie Andrews would. In case you didn’t already know, False Flags are a brutal hardcore band formed from bits of other good brutal Leeds bands (Red Stars Parade, RIP). They’ve not been going all that long but what they lack in back catalogue they make up for in elephantine, sweating beasts of riffs.

What, in your opinion, is the best False Flag from modern history?

The burning of the Reichstag building is probably one of the most significant in terms of how it swayed public opinion, although I don’t know if that makes it the best. To be fair to the Nazis, no-one actually knows whether they did actually do it themselves but for the sake of this question let’s just say they did.

Your favourite bar in Leeds to drink in, and the drink you drink in there until collapse?

North Bar, although budgetary concerns don’t usually allow it these days. The cherry beer in there is beyond awesome. Otherwise, Nation of Shopkeepers.

You are all very inked. What is your best tattoo shop?

The artists in Black Crown on Great George Street are probably the best. I’d better mention Red as well though coz Jenko works there. Just don’t ask him to do you some stickmen.

Which Venue do you like best?

The Brudenell of course! It’s easily the best venue in Leeds. The Packhorse is a close second.

Favourite track to play live?

It’s a new one that doesn’t have a name yet. We might open our set with it at Brainwash. It’s like the song Breather Resist never wrote.

Track of other Leeds DIY hardcore/metal band?

Um… I really like ‘Tied To The Tracks’ by The Plight, I’m a sucker for those Thin Lizzy-style harmonies. It also reminds me of Load-era Metallica but I dunno if they’d appreciate me pointing that out.

Which band will you be looking forward to most at Brainwash?

In all honesty, I don’t actually know that many bands playing it this year so I’ll fall back on Humanfly just coz they have habit of making whoever plays straight after them look fundamentally weak and I enjoy that. For the record, I don’t know who’s playing after them.

Which gig do you remember the most fondly?

Once I saw Neurosis, Voivod, and Today Is The Day at the Highbury Garage and it was just the heaviest, trippiest thing I’ve ever seen. This was back when Today Is The Day had half of Mastodon in the band before Mastodon were about. That probably makes me sound old. But seriously, Today Is The Day verged on terrifying, they were that heavy.

Who is your favourite member of Take That?

Hands down Barlow. But perhaps controversially, Robbie’s my next favourite.

What’s the best excuse for being off sick?

Best excuse I heard was from a friend of mine who told his work that he couldn’t come in because he had swine flu and then rang in 2 weeks later with the same excuse, even though you can only have it once. Worked though.

And finally, your favourite line from the oeuvre of Arnold Schwarzenegger?

I just like it in Commando when he shouts ‘JENNY!’ (or as it actually sounds - ‘CHENNY!’).

We have a new Howard James Kenny song over at: http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com
Howard encases his fragile song writing in soundscapes and textures that have seen him being compared to the likes of Sigur Ros and Stars of the Lid. He’ll play on Saturday on our quieter second stage in the Brudenell Social Club…
"…now we’ve had time and space to consider and listen a few more times, to really let it all breathe and let the beauty of it all earworm in, this is indeed rather fine. Beautifully detailed, lush, glowing…" 
- Organ Art
 ”…using pedals and loops to accent crystal clear vocals, he lays out meticulously constructed, and frequently astonishing compositions.”
- Kerrang! (live review from Sheffield University)
 ”You really have to try and hear this. At least five times in a row.”
- All Gigs, 5/5
 ”This feels like a magical, intense, coastal romance - beautiful.”
- Artrocker, 4/5
 ”He may be shy, but as he picks a guitar line, loops it on a sequencer and begins layering another over the top and adding effects, the captivated audience sense they’re in the presence of something special”
- Kerrang!

We have a new Howard James Kenny song over at: http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com

Howard encases his fragile song writing in soundscapes and textures that have seen him being compared to the likes of Sigur Ros and Stars of the Lid. He’ll play on Saturday on our quieter second stage in the Brudenell Social Club…

"…now we’ve had time and space to consider and listen a few more times, to really let it all breathe and let the beauty of it all earworm in, this is indeed rather fine. Beautifully detailed, lush, glowing…" 

- Organ Art

 ”…using pedals and loops to accent crystal clear vocals, he lays out meticulously constructed, and frequently astonishing compositions.”

- Kerrang! (live review from Sheffield University)

 ”You really have to try and hear this. At least five times in a row.”

- All Gigs, 5/5

 ”This feels like a magical, intense, coastal romance - beautiful.”

- Artrocker, 4/5

 ”He may be shy, but as he picks a guitar line, loops it on a sequencer and begins layering another over the top and adding effects, the captivated audience sense they’re in the presence of something special”

- Kerrang!

Understanding Blacklisters Jokes with Billy Mason-Wood
Questions/Words by Natalie Kaye
If you’ve ever been to a Blacklisters gig, odds are that you will have heard one or more references to Eddie Vedder. Being one of the 6 or 7 people Blacklisters actually know I have been privy to the inception of such bare jokes. However I feel that as Blacklisters get famous (or at least more universally disliked) most people will be at a disadvantage. And so here present to you a comprehensive A-Z of all the jokes that Blacklisters frontman Billy Mason Wood have invented, to date.
A foreword by Billy Mason Wood: “To be fair most of these “jokes” do not represent Blacklisters. Most are endless annoying and relentless musings which I shove down people’s throats until they find them funny or at least pretend to.”
 BLKLSTRS. (n, proper.)
Useage: ‘Gd, Rth, I bldy hp ths cnts frm BLCKLSTRS dnt cm dwn, lst tm thy nrly rnd yr whl nght.’)
BMW: It looked better written down without all the vowels and the C. It also serves our massive South African following quite well as they don’t use vowels below the equator.
 Internet. (n, common.)
Usage: Shout ‘INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET!’ along to the tune of ‘Witness the Fitness’ by Roots Manuva.
BWM: I like talking about the Internet as a place which people live in and also a finite resource like oil and Brian Adams that can be used up or run out. This is due to of lazy people using it to talk about what they are eating or how depressed they are. When the Internet is runs out, everyone will be looking for someone to blame, well now you know, you can blame the morons.
Milk. (n, common.)
Usage: ‘Milky milky shame spiral,’ at the bottom of a-.
BMW: Milk! Or ‘Milky Drink’ to give it its full name is one of the great shame inducers. Really it is just what we and our friends call ‘White Russians’ but we drink a lot of them and then sing ‘all the woahs’ to Pennywise at Santiago’s in town before going to Hawkeyes’ house and listening to Paul Simon.
The Offspring. (n, proper.)
BWM: This is not a joke, I dont understand? The Offspring are the single most important band of the 20th century, they redefined Ska, punk and shorts. They have all the woahs and none of the no’s. Their seminal album  Ixnay on the Hombre stands up amongst the all time great albums such as Nevermind and The White Album. Watching The Offspring with my mate Bellhouse at Leeds festival this year was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Really funny.
Pearl Jam. (n, proper.)
BMW: All of their songs are brilliant and there is nothing funny what so ever in doing impressions of Eddie Vedder in his emo youth singing about his shit relationship with his dad as if you were Elton John or Vic Reeves doing a club singer, NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT IT AT ALL.
Shame: (n, abstract.)
Usage: ‘That belt party was surely the best one yet. Literal rivers of-’
BMW: Shame is more of a way of “being” than anything else. Shame is a state of mind achieved in hindsight. When you wake up and realise that your previous night’s/week’s behaviour under the influence was so much more extreme than anyone else’s and induces, simultaneously, the feelings of both pride and self loathing in equal measure. Beware this can lead to a “shame spiral” of one emotion feeding the other, last time this happened to me I had to leave town. You can also realise you are in the midst of the shame, this a very euphoric sensation.
Gavin De Graw. (n, proper.)
BMW: I genuinely think that “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin De Graw is a great tune. The chorus in particular is amazing and the words are just so empty meaningless and generic it does nothing but make you feel worthwhile and full of hope. 
Clubfoot by Kasabian. (n, proper.)
BMW: We had this song and I wanted to call it Club Foot and that was fine and we started playing it and that was fine. Then my friend The Hero Of China said “oh cool, like the Kasabian song?” and i was gutted so I started explaining to people at gigs that it was indeed called Club Foot and should not be confused with Club Foot by Kasabian and then I thought it was funny to call it Club Foot By Kasabian and to not confuse it with Club Foot by Kasabian. When we released it though everyone thought it was a cover. The humour was obviously a little high brow for the national press.
 Afterword: “New jokes about The KLF, The Shaman and my new band with Chino Moreno called Terminator, are currently in circulation and are just as stupid and pointless as all the other ones.”

Understanding Blacklisters Jokes with Billy Mason-Wood

Questions/Words by Natalie Kaye

If you’ve ever been to a Blacklisters gig, odds are that you will have heard one or more references to Eddie Vedder. Being one of the 6 or 7 people Blacklisters actually know I have been privy to the inception of such bare jokes. However I feel that as Blacklisters get famous (or at least more universally disliked) most people will be at a disadvantage. And so here present to you a comprehensive A-Z of all the jokes that Blacklisters frontman Billy Mason Wood have invented, to date.

A foreword by Billy Mason Wood: “To be fair most of these “jokes” do not represent Blacklisters. Most are endless annoying and relentless musings which I shove down people’s throats until they find them funny or at least pretend to.”

 BLKLSTRS. (n, proper.)

Useage: ‘Gd, Rth, I bldy hp ths cnts frm BLCKLSTRS dnt cm dwn, lst tm thy nrly rnd yr whl nght.’)

BMW: It looked better written down without all the vowels and the C. It also serves our massive South African following quite well as they don’t use vowels below the equator.

 Internet. (n, common.)

Usage: Shout ‘INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET, INTERNET!’ along to the tune of ‘Witness the Fitness’ by Roots Manuva.

BWM: I like talking about the Internet as a place which people live in and also a finite resource like oil and Brian Adams that can be used up or run out. This is due to of lazy people using it to talk about what they are eating or how depressed they are. When the Internet is runs out, everyone will be looking for someone to blame, well now you know, you can blame the morons.

Milk. (n, common.)

Usage: ‘Milky milky shame spiral,’ at the bottom of a-.

BMW: Milk! Or ‘Milky Drink’ to give it its full name is one of the great shame inducers. Really it is just what we and our friends call ‘White Russians’ but we drink a lot of them and then sing ‘all the woahs’ to Pennywise at Santiago’s in town before going to Hawkeyes’ house and listening to Paul Simon.

The Offspring. (n, proper.)

BWM: This is not a joke, I dont understand? The Offspring are the single most important band of the 20th century, they redefined Ska, punk and shorts. They have all the woahs and none of the no’s. Their seminal album  Ixnay on the Hombre stands up amongst the all time great albums such as Nevermind and The White Album. Watching The Offspring with my mate Bellhouse at Leeds festival this year was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Really funny.

Pearl Jam. (n, proper.)

BMW: All of their songs are brilliant and there is nothing funny what so ever in doing impressions of Eddie Vedder in his emo youth singing about his shit relationship with his dad as if you were Elton John or Vic Reeves doing a club singer, NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT IT AT ALL.

Shame: (n, abstract.)

Usage: ‘That belt party was surely the best one yet. Literal rivers of-’

BMW: Shame is more of a way of “being” than anything else. Shame is a state of mind achieved in hindsight. When you wake up and realise that your previous night’s/week’s behaviour under the influence was so much more extreme than anyone else’s and induces, simultaneously, the feelings of both pride and self loathing in equal measure. Beware this can lead to a “shame spiral” of one emotion feeding the other, last time this happened to me I had to leave town. You can also realise you are in the midst of the shame, this a very euphoric sensation.

Gavin De Graw. (n, proper.)

BMW: I genuinely think that “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin De Graw is a great tune. The chorus in particular is amazing and the words are just so empty meaningless and generic it does nothing but make you feel worthwhile and full of hope.

Clubfoot by Kasabian. (n, proper.)

BMW: We had this song and I wanted to call it Club Foot and that was fine and we started playing it and that was fine. Then my friend The Hero Of China said “oh cool, like the Kasabian song?” and i was gutted so I started explaining to people at gigs that it was indeed called Club Foot and should not be confused with Club Foot by Kasabian and then I thought it was funny to call it Club Foot By Kasabian and to not confuse it with Club Foot by Kasabian. When we released it though everyone thought it was a cover. The humour was obviously a little high brow for the national press.

 Afterword: “New jokes about The KLF, The Shaman and my new band with Chino Moreno called Terminator, are currently in circulation and are just as stupid and pointless as all the other ones.”

More music for you, this time in the shape of ‘Deep Fish Tank’ by Mojo Fury:
http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com
A band who are loved within the boundaries of a country often ignored – on various levels – by their larger neighbours both south and east, Mojo Fury have finally broken out of the shackles placed upon Northern Ireland by an often London-centric UK music industry. The work of their friends in Two Door Cinema Club and And So I Watch You From Afar has undoubtedly brought a spotlight to the area, but this would be irrelevant if Mojo Fury had nothing to offer. That they do is no secret to those in their hometown; the packed room that sang along to every song at Belfast’s Spring & Airbrake for their album launch in May will testify to that.
It’s been quite a journey for a band whose debut album “Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus” has elements of songs first crafted 7 years ago in the bands teenage years. Frontman Mike Mormecha once emptied his lungs from behind the drum kit alongside James Lyttle (guitar/ vocals/ keys) and Ciaran McGreevy (bass), but the addition of drummer Gerry Morgan has allowed Mormecha to develop the dynamic that the band seemingly needed to enter the eyes and ears over the Irish sea and beyond. Touring with Oceansize and ASIWYFA, and stand out performances at festivals like Live At Leeds, In The City and Brainwash, has enhanced their rapidly growing reputation as one of the UK’s most intriguing and exciting bands.

More music for you, this time in the shape of ‘Deep Fish Tank’ by Mojo Fury:

http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com

A band who are loved within the boundaries of a country often ignored – on various levels – by their larger neighbours both south and east, Mojo Fury have finally broken out of the shackles placed upon Northern Ireland by an often London-centric UK music industry. The work of their friends in Two Door Cinema Club and And So I Watch You From Afar has undoubtedly brought a spotlight to the area, but this would be irrelevant if Mojo Fury had nothing to offer. That they do is no secret to those in their hometown; the packed room that sang along to every song at Belfast’s Spring & Airbrake for their album launch in May will testify to that.

It’s been quite a journey for a band whose debut album “Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus” has elements of songs first crafted 7 years ago in the bands teenage years. Frontman Mike Mormecha once emptied his lungs from behind the drum kit alongside James Lyttle (guitar/ vocals/ keys) and Ciaran McGreevy (bass), but the addition of drummer Gerry Morgan has allowed Mormecha to develop the dynamic that the band seemingly needed to enter the eyes and ears over the Irish sea and beyond. Touring with Oceansize and ASIWYFA, and stand out performances at festivals like Live At Leeds, In The City and Brainwash, has enhanced their rapidly growing reputation as one of the UK’s most intriguing and exciting bands.

Let us introduce you to Antlered Man - this southern lot make music that might be described by words like “unholy”, “filthy”, “discordant” and “racket”. If you like your music attached to those words, go over to http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com and get your ears around their super-fucking-good song ‘Platoono of Uno’. As we’re kind, we’ve also put up Steve West from Pavement’s delightful Marble Valley - their song ‘Art Pistol’ has a seriously good swagger about it. The sad news is that Dananananaykroyd will be splitting up :-( but the good news is they’ll be playing all their October/ November dates which means that our Friday night will be the last time to see them in Leeds. We have limited day tickets for that then it’s the weekenders, it’s going to get very sweaty indeed…

Let us introduce you to Antlered Man - this southern lot make music that might be described by words like “unholy”, “filthy”, “discordant” and “racket”. If you like your music attached to those words, go over to http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com and get your ears around their super-fucking-good song ‘Platoono of Uno’. As we’re kind, we’ve also put up Steve West from Pavement’s delightful Marble Valley - their song ‘Art Pistol’ has a seriously good swagger about it. The sad news is that Dananananaykroyd will be splitting up :-( but the good news is they’ll be playing all their October/ November dates which means that our Friday night will be the last time to see them in Leeds. We have limited day tickets for that then it’s the weekenders, it’s going to get very sweaty indeed…

The final line up is now announced! Paul Thomas Saunders will be co-headlining Sunday night… you can get all your tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/f/2825 and Friday night tickets from http://www.seetickets.com/Event/DANANANANAYKROYD/The-Library-Pub/585120

The final line up is now announced! Paul Thomas Saunders will be co-headlining Sunday night… you can get all your tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/f/2825 and Friday night tickets from http://www.seetickets.com/Event/DANANANANAYKROYD/The-Library-Pub/585120


Very good news: THE PHANTOM BAND are going to close the festival as our headliners for Sunday!
http://www.phantomband.co.uk

Very good news: THE PHANTOM BAND are going to close the festival as our headliners for Sunday!

http://www.phantomband.co.uk

The four fine young men in the photo are none other than HUMANFLY, playing the Sunday of Brainwash combining their own set with an exclusive collaboration with experimental jazz outfit Trio VD. Humanfly possess the biggest riffs in Leeds, in fact quite probably the north of England; if someone argues this point, they better have a good argument. The band have called Leeds home for a long time, and their home-within-a-home these days is local label Brew Records - presenting you with some of the biggest riffs in Leeds, in fact quite probably… you get the picture. If you like such things, head over to http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com because we’ve kindly uploaded a song by Humanfly as well as their label mates and fellow Brainwash VI performers BLACKLISTERS, KONG and CASTROVALVA…

The four fine young men in the photo are none other than HUMANFLY, playing the Sunday of Brainwash combining their own set with an exclusive collaboration with experimental jazz outfit Trio VD. Humanfly possess the biggest riffs in Leeds, in fact quite probably the north of England; if someone argues this point, they better have a good argument. The band have called Leeds home for a long time, and their home-within-a-home these days is local label Brew Records - presenting you with some of the biggest riffs in Leeds, in fact quite probably… you get the picture. If you like such things, head over to http://brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com because we’ve kindly uploaded a song by Humanfly as well as their label mates and fellow Brainwash VI performers BLACKLISTERS, KONG and CASTROVALVA