afro-beat with noise = aggro beat!
afro-beat with noise = aggro beat!

new band of the day : Blood Sport : Sheffield band who fuse afro beat with noise

Blood Sport indulging in some aggro-beat

afro-beat with noise = aggro beat!


There had been an afro-beat thing bubbling around for while. Fela Kuti’s infectious grooves have been permeating the underground for some time. It wasn’t going to be long before it started to affect bands making music.

The best example so far are Sheffield’s Blood Sport who take the hypnotic ruffing of the form and cross it with noise guitars and have come up with something really amazing.

With a new release out on the Sheffield label Tye Die Tapes, the band who are from Commonside, Sheffield play a warped mixture of afro-beat, noise rock, post-punk and secousse. There are two guitars, one of them a baritone, a drum kit and a voice which is put through an effects pedal. The music is noisy, but heavily rhythm based.

They say, ‘if you’re into bad puns, we came up with the lame term ‘Aggro-beat’. When we play live, we don’t stop in-between songs, letting the drums drive the audience through the set.’

The band met at university and quickly developed a taste for African music, first Fela Kuti, then everything else they could find, from Choc-Stars through to Konono and Francis Bebey. Other influences include Lightning Bolt, The Fall, Battles, Zs, Talking Heads, Death Grips, Daughters, Juke and Shangaan Electro.

‘We’ve only been going 2 years, but have already played around the country, and seem to have gained a good following in Sheffield especially. We’ve played with bands and acts such as Japanther, Alt-J, Django Django, Run, Walk!, Fear of Men & Ghost Poet. In October 2011, the Sheffield label The Audacious Art Experiment put out our first EP on cassette. Fruits: The Tye Die Tapes Recordings is our second ‘proper’ release, recorded over a painfully cold weekend in December, while working on a new set.’

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