2014 marks 20 years since the mainstream strangled the life out of the sludgy, Seattle underground and produced it’s final classic, Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’. Released in March 1994, a month before Kurt waved goodbye, Soundgarden were fittingly the first of the scene to sign to a major label and there when grunge’s mainstream chapter closed. So Massive Arms will be slicing through Sabbath, Pixies, Mudhoney, Temple of the Dog, all the way through to the crooner’s classic ‘Black Hole Sun’ with Hackney Attic as the back drop.
Bands on the night:
Skinny Girl Diet
“”This music is wonderful: brash, unafraid, reared and raised on my peers (Babes In Toyland, Heavens To Betsy, old school grunge). Female. Teenage. Reminds me of Skinned Teen a little, but it would. Riot Grrrl, like I always understood it … i.e. female empowering, and not scared to experiment with new musical forms, and not rooted. Exciting, because this music could go anywhere. Thereʼs a Tumblr blog full of cat pictures and vaguely menacing attitude. Of course there is. Thereʼs a great song on the MySpace called ʻEyes That Paralyzeʼ which mixes the spirit of the ʻlostʼ Slits Rough Trade/Y album with some Furious Pig-style harmonics and wickedly distorted guitars. Of course there is. The band are from London. Of course they … no wait, thatʼs one reason why they sound so refreshing. This music is often American. Miasmic repetition. Sure thereʼs miasmic repetition. There are a couple of free downloads on the Soundcloud page. Of course there are … and of course they arenʼt the best songs. Nathan from The Gossip would LOVE this – itʼs Gothic, grunge AND teen female.” EVERETT TRUE –
“Alternative style music seems to have lost it’s way in the mid 00s but Subterranean Popular are here to revitalise the scene with their perfect marriage of pop and grunge. Something old, something new (something borrowed, something blue) coming to indie club near you soon.”
The night will also feature a ‘grunge supergroup’ (Reuben Hurst/Fern Ford/Dave Salisbury/Adam Cole) – Alice Smells Like Garden Pumpkin Jam – playing some CLASSIC covers.
Plus as an added treat, at 8pm they’ll be playing Nirvana live at Reading ’92 on the big screen, so it’s probably a good idea to get there early.
DJAVE will be DJING all the classics but if you can wait until then, here’s a Spotify playlist to keep you going!
£5 entry and for more info head to their Facebook Page
P.s. before you ask, NO there’s not a discounts for Nickleback fans and you should probably keep that to yourself if that’s you!