New Artist of the Day: Shitwife

A week or so back I was present for the annual British Wildlife Festival held at the Brudenell Social, Leeds – I glanced at the event timetable, not surprisingly the moniker Shitwife caught my eye and I was told the band are a side project of Ladyscraper, the performing name of break-core artist Wayne Adams who in 2006 released a 12″ EP entitled ‘Cunt Kicker’ (Wrong Music) – I was advised that Shitwife are as subtle as Adams choice of guises and titles…

It being International Women’s Day and my familiarity with the aims of the campaigns founder Gloria Steinem:

The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”

I was intrigued to discover what delights a band with a name so counter to this could offer…

My advisor was correct; Shitwife are brutal; it’s akin to being hit by a 16-wheel arctic … repeatedly, before the driver then reverses over you, just to make sure! A dark visceral sound that gathers together the rage of Atari Teenage Riot, and the ferocity of Motorhead all fed through a laptop stuck on the ‘Gabba’ setting.

 

Formed in early 2013, Brighton based Henri Grimes (drummer ex-Shield Your Eyes) and Wayne Adams (Ladyscraper) decided to start a project smashing together Henri’s frenetic drumming with Wayne’s break core skills. After one successful practice Shitwife was born…at British Wildlife Shitwife positioned themselves in the centre of the performance area, there being no stage, the crowd encircled them peering into the darkness, a simple array of flickering white Christmas lights hung on a back wall offering the only illumination.

Grimes was stripped to the waist, his kit butt up to and facing Adams, himself hunched over a laptop, keyboard and an array of electronics, the crowd edge forward, barely able to hear Adams whisper “ready” and then the gates of Hades are opened, a behemoth of frantic break beats as Shitwife carve out a sound that pulls from Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, Lighting Bolt and Slayer, a relentless pummelling of monstrous, blast-beating rhythms, crashing cymbals, walls of feedback crescendo, and manipulated guitar samples

With their eardrum-defeating gigs Shitwife are already building up a reputation as a killer live act in the 12 months they have existed; to quote them “they bring the rave to the DIY and the DIY to the rave”

Subterranean bass collides with skull ripping squalls of distortion, the sound hammering into you, it’s genuinely breath taking, I was transfixed, excited to be witnessing such mayhem; pure grinding, terrifyingly loud digital noise bolted onto stupidly fast propulsive beats. It’s not often that you experience a band capable of truly invigorating you – Shitwife are one such band.

Nothing has been released yet, they have just started to record material at Adam’s Bear Bites Horse Studio based in East London, and hopefully will be releasing material later this year.

Shitwife next appear at a rather special gig supporting GNAW at The Victoria, Hackney 1st May 2014 – Event Details as the New York noise artist promote their recent ‘Horrible Chamber’ album.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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