Newcastle based three piece Beauty Pageant, featuring Helen Papaioannou, Daniel Dixon and Marie Thompson, have really grabbed our attention with their latest release, a furious, intense EP packed with squalls of bastard noise. The EP is due for release November 23rd, but we’ve got a sneak preview of one of the tracks for you – so get yer scrolling on to check it out.
Regular readers will know we have a soft spot for bands whose vocalists terrorise with wild, banshee like piercing screams sat atop great skronking mad wails of noise created by instruments that sound like they’re being throttled to within an inch of their lives. Check out our recent rave 9.5 / 10 review of album of the year contender Melt-Banana’s fetch for instance, or the top 20 spot we gave Divorce’s positively eviscerating eponymous album last year for proof thereof. So when we got a press release recently that not only name checked those bands, but also went on to boldly state:
They (Beauty Pageant) make a big, loud, raucous, circus like clatter comprising of pounding drums, detuned guitar, gnarly baritone sax and sticky banshee vocals. Sometimes playful, sometimes minimal, always noisy! Beauty Pageant’s searing new EP drives home the bands’ desire to offer you something out of the ordinary. Trouncing waves of distortion are delivered over a bed of vigorous clunk and interwoven with sporadic invasions of erratic baritone sax.
…we didn’t even need to check out the band’s sound before we were on the emails asking to premiere a track by them.
That the press release also went on to cite the band’s reputation as a phenomenal live band comes as no surprise, so news that they’re in the throes of putting together a tour is exciting, especially so as hoped for news of a Melt-Banana tour is proving elusive.
Many records these days cite an influence of No Wave and by doing so prove beyond any question of doubt that the person making the claim has no idea what No Wave was. Take it from me though that when supporters of Beauty Pageant do the same they’re not bullshitting – this is a perfect marriage of James Chance’s (Contortions) sax and Lydia Lunch’s (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks) screams and I can guarantee you that if that era of New York’s underground excites you then you’ll like this release too.
The album will be coming out as a limited edition 10″ vinyl release on Nov Sat 23rd Nov on Box Records / Leave Me Here. They will be celebrating with a special release show that on that same date in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Facebook event page should you wish to let them know you’re going is here.