Increasingly highly respected Bristol underground | DIY | noise label Howling Owl Records are kicking off the New Year in style this coming Saturday by taking over the city’s foremost art gallery, the world renowned Arnolfini, for what we’re pretty sure will be a night of extreme noise by the acts playing and even more extreme pleasure for those in attendance.

The night, headlined by The Naturals, will also give an indication of where the label’s headed this year by showcasing some of the artists it’ll be releasing music by during 2015. Attendance, it goes without saying, should be considered mandatory for anyone living in the city or within travelling distance (which I guess is pretty much all of you.) That, of course, is assuming you aren’t going to see Bronnt Industries Kapital playing their score to the film Turksib live at The Cube, in which instance we’ll let you off.

In the words of the guys themselves:

“New Year / New Noise 2 sees us kick off 2015 with an almighty bang, presenting a line up of reassuringly forward thinking and positively jolting music. The Naturals will be coming out of hibernation (for good) to remind and retune people into the fact that they make music like no one else can or will. ATP Recordings newest signing Vision Fortune will envelope you within their pulsing drone after Killing Sound’s brutal, minefield soundscapes have altered your heartbeat. Wenonoah and Salope complete a line up that is as stellar as it is diverse.”

“All of this, amongst art instillations and pop up performances, guarantees that NY/NN 2 is destined to forever reverberate around these walls, until next time at least.”

Closing the night are The Naturals, a band who we first wrote about in 2012 when they impressed us mightily both at the second inauguration of Simple Things and at Brighton’s The Great Escape where we were especially impressed by their closing number…

“…a massive dynamic trip that swells, fades to delicate near-ambience then comes back stronger with a wall of guitar distortion and drum frenzy. Needless to say it ends with guitars on the floor and pedals being manipulated by hand and cymbal haze and white noise.”

Then again we wrote about their spellbinding performance at the same festival a year later, this time commenting on their “…understated vocals and guitars that build from Foals-ish squiggles to crashing waves”.

It all went quiet from camp Naturals for a while after that, but last year they came out of hibernation to play a bowel clenchingly coruscating, hearts in mouths exciting set based around their trademark “…sonorous washes, crunching melodies, and artfully sculpted noise” at Howling Owl’s third birthday celebration – a four day jamboree of forward thinking guitar and electronic music which, frankly, The Naturals kind of owned along with their alter-ego Giant Swan (whose debut 12″ is out on vinyl on 12th Feb – also via Howling Owl.)

The full lineup of the night is:

  • The Naturals
  • Vision Fortune
  • Killing Sound
  • Wenonoah
  • Salope

For more details / to buy tickets either hie thee hither to Arnolfini’s website, OR hither to the Facebook even page OR avoid the queues by going straight to Howling Owl’s Music Glue page.

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for Howling Owl. The label’s managed by Joe and Adrian from Spectres whose debut album will be released via Sonic Cathedral at the end of February (more info here), plus there’s the aforementioned Giant Swan 12″ (see video here – its one for fans of warped experimental electronic wibbles mixed with crunching bass heavy drops, industrial hammering and hypnotic drone) and another debut album, this one by Velcro Hooks (who we interviewed just over a year ago – back when we were expecting the album to come out in 2014.)

So that’s about it – we leave you with a video of Its Teeth by The Naturals and the words “see you Saturday, folks.”

The Howling Owl website is here: howlingowlrecords.com. They’re also on Facebook and Tweet as @HowlingOwlNoise.

All words by Guy Manchester. More writing by Guy on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. He can also be found on twitter as @guid0man.

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