12 London Road
The always “out there” local promoters Club Zygotic bring the mysterious Housewives to Brighton as part of a fundraiser for local radio station Brighton and Hove Community Radio (home to Brighton Noise favourite Sonic Shuffle). A Brighton connection is that Housewives released their debut EP at the tail end of last year on ultra-cool local record label Faux Discs, run by Dan Reeves of Cold Pumas and The Soft Walls.
Housewives are somewhat typical of Faux Discs’ recent output: post-punky in aesthetic, their debut EP contains decidedly lo-fi excursions in occasionally melodic noise, not dissimilar to This Heat or a really obtuse Liars around the time of their 2004 misunderstood masterpiece They Were Wrong So We Drowned. They are deliberately difficult; monotone vocals, virtually zero internet presence, tough to google and their debut EP was released on cassette – though it did come with a download code. For those up to date with Faux Disc’s recent output, fellow London drone-rockers Vision Fortune, who released the excellent Mas Fiestas con el grupo Vision Fortune last year, are a good comparison point and it was no surprise to discover that band’s Alex Peru handled production duties on Housewives.
Their self-titled debut EP is a really promising affair. Opener ‘Poppy’ is anything but; it’s industrial opening giving way to some Pop Group-esque weirdly memorable post-punk. ‘In Camera’ sounds like Women’s ‘Lawncare’ performed by This Heat. The first three tracks rattle past in little over nine mind-expanding and ever so head scratching minutes. The final two tracks on the EP see their jagged, menacing sound expanded into longer songs, ‘Almost Anything’ slows things down – with the rhythm the same pace as the disembodied, monotone vocals – it sounds like a slow moving train, not dissimilar to The Jesus Lizard. Closer ‘62426’ is the highlight of the record; an almighty bass throb providing the backbone to guitar work out of the playbook of Sightings or The Dead C. They seem like a band that will excel live but bring some ear-plugs. Given the record’s focus on harsh sonics it’ll probably be a loud one.
Club Zygotic is the promotions arm of the Zygote Collective Musicians Co-operative based in Brighton……..we put on events encompassing extreme noise, free jazz, “out-core” electronica, and experimental/improv….. through punk, post punk and avant-folk ……to poetry, spoken word and performance art….. a no pretensions DIY ethic with a love for what we do…… always interested in new stuff email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.