Ryan reels off his five bands to watch at Tech Fest 2015
Back for its fourth manifestation, UK Tech Fest looms on the horizon and I’m not afraid to admit that perhaps I’m a little excited. For those of you who don’t know, Tech Fest is a festival dedicated solely to tech, prog and everything in between, and returns to the same place that housed it last year. Newark-On-Trent has become somewhat a spiritual home for this fledgling festival, which is nice to see as it had become a wandering sideshow all through its infancy.
Featuring the likes of Monuments, Hacktivist, Heart Of A Coward, and of course Decapitated, this year promises the same amount of meat as previous years – but what about those bands which are under the radar? As well as those aforementioned bands, there a few who people will most certainly know the name of once all is said and done.
The Dali Thundering Concept
Playing: Sunday – 1:30pm, Main Stage
Probably one of the best tech bands nobody has ever heard of, Paris natives The Dali Thundering Concept made the small handfull of people who had heard of them jump up and down in glee upon their announcement (just me? I can live with that). Last year’s Eyes Wide Opium was one of tech’s best kept secrets, and one that every tech fan needs in and around their lives.
We all know the ‘dj*nt’ word (I don’t want to mention it for fear of being lynched), and it’s very, very rare you have a band who do it right, but let’s face it: the French have this tech game down. Uneven Structure? I rest my case.
Back to the festival, I hope you bring a spare pair of pants with you when they hit the main stage on Sunday, things will get messy – but in a good way.
FFO: Uneven Structure, Monuments, The Contortionist
Playing: Saturday – 4:00pm, Main Stage
Truth be told, I had never heard of Kardashev before their announcement. Fast forward to now, I can’t get enough!
If you’re into your Fallujahs, your Obscuras and what have you, then these guys will be right up your street. So far in fact, they’ve entered your home, eaten all your cake and now you’re thinking of excuse to get rid of them because sleep is a must.
If you’re partial to staring into the endless void of space, all the while being crushed in between two planets, then you almost have an understanding of how they sound. Seriously, Kardashev are the real deal. It was only a matter of time before their sheer gravitas made its way to our side of the pond; my question is “what took you boys so long?”!
FFO: Fallujah, The Faceless, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
The Room Colored Charlatan
Playing: Friday – 4:00pm, Main Stage
Another band making the long voyage across the Atlantic, The Room Colored Charlatan - named for a lyric in a Mars Volta song – should be a lot bigger than they are. 2014′s Primitives was another massive surprise of the year; one of those albums where you have to gather the millions of pieces of blown mind to feel at least semi normal. Imagine that scene from Scanners; this is tech’s equivalent. Messy right?
Bands like Born Of Osiris and After The Burial have flown the flag for American tech for a very long while, I consider RCC amonst such heights. Difference is, they have a lot more depth, scope and feel than those bands mentioned; certainly a lot more lemon face. These will possibly be the biggest surprise of the weekend, mark my words.
FFO: After The Burial, Born Of Osiris, Northlane
Playing: Sunday – 3:30pm, Main Stage
I literally only just discovered this guys within a few days of writing this, best thing to happen in the past few days, believe you me! Two words instantly spring to mind everytime I hear them; Utter Filth, most riffs are dirtier than a tramps balls, and deliver the same power as Goku’s Kamehameha. If you’re unfamilier with that reference, and Dragonball Z in general, lets just say they’re stupidly heavy.
There’s another side to Shokran, apart from being monstrous, there’s a gentler, more traditional face to this complex tech death shape, a face that reminds you of the bands roots in the Russian motherland. It’s an unpresidented touch that grabs you by the balls when you’re not looking, but in the back of your mind, you know full well that you kind of enjoy it. If Supreme Truth is anything to go by, their debut UK appearance will more than turn a few heads.
FFO: Modern Day Babylon, Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain
The Colour Line
Playing: Friday – 1:30pm, Main Stage
Clocking in with Tech Fest appearance number three, The Colour Line made for a welcome addition to an already colossal line up. Having just signed to Basick Records, the ball is definitely rolling for The Dillinger Escape Plan non-unionised, Hull equivalent. If you’re unaware of their work, expect intensity; megatons of intensity.
The music itself is like taking an hour’s worth of riffs and condensing them into the best 3 or 4 minutes of your life. Health warning: The Colour Line are not afraid to go toe to toe with the audience, and viewer discretion is advised. Seriously though, you do not want to miss them, especially if your idea of a perfect day is have a million and one riffs shoved into your ear at once. Delightful.
FFO:The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Chariot, Norma Jean
Check back tomorrow for William’s picks!