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Giant Tank vs The Fringe 2007

Edinburgh’s premiere promoters of aktionist noise happenings commemorate a decade of cottage industry chunder with three bloody Sundays of non-Fringe-based hissy fits. Five reasons for their essentialness follow.

1 It’s not music. It’s just noise And there is nothing like it. The events feature Wire magazine-approved acts from Paris, Brighton and Leeds, including several you may or may not have ever heard of. Do Ashtray Navigations, Ocelocelot, Shareholder, Towering Breaker, Made Out Of Wool, Eye Shaking Kingdom, Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Muscletusk or Playground Meltdown ring any bells?

2 Its not big. Or clever But at various times it promises a stomach-churning, vomit-inducing, spiteful, ugly and puerile racket. All of which are to be encouraged.

3 It repeats itself Usurper play three times, though you won’t always hear them. The GT house band scritch, scratch, bubble and squeak as the quietest unplugged act ever.

4 It’s got the best merchandise stall on the planet An array of hand-crafted CDRs, cassettes, comix and T-shirts go global with means of production seizing limited edition LP collaboration between Blood Stereo and Belgian Fluxus freak Ludo Mich, who stole thunder and blew minds at Glasgow’s leftfield Instal festival.

5 Its cheap. And nasty Fiver a night. Twelve quid all three. Go on. Go deaf for a living.
Henry’s Cellar Bar, 228 9393, 12, 19 & 26 Aug, 7.30pm, £5 (£12 for all three shows).

The List, issue 582, 9 Aug 2007

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