Its profound geographical isolation makes Australia an unlikely habitat for a missing link that could exist for millions of years without being documented by science, especially since no primates are indigenous to the continent. Nevertheless, the land down under claims its own version of Bigfoot, the Yowie. The creature's long history can be traced back to aborigine legends. An aborigine folk tale explains that when their people first migrated to Australia thousands of years ago, they encountered on the new continent a savage race of ape-men. The aborigines' ancestors went to war against the ape-men, and in the end the humans triumphed, thanks to their ability to make weapons. - Bigfoot Encounters
Three years in the making, Cryptooology, Yowie's debut album, is an album at war. Yowie, a dual-guitar and drums trio from St. Louis, have been stunning audiences with their incomparable barrage of sonic kung fu. They accelerate the progressive-rock rhythmic sensibilities of RUINS and MAGMA and mutate them with the shriekier side of BIG BLACK and SLAYER. The band incorporates many variations in time signature, tempo, and tuning, to create a virtual audio maze, but no matter how complex things get their compositions remain cohesive and compelling.
Earlier this year, with their debut album still being recorded, the strength of Yowie's live show alone garnered them a nomination in The Riverfront Times' 2004 St. Louis Music Awards, alongside local acts as diverse as Nelly and Chuck Berry to Jay Farrar and Chingy. The Yowie has yet to be found in Australia, but can be found touring the U.S. in support of Cyptooology this year and into 2005. The band has already forged a strong Midwest following based solely on their astounding live shows, performing with the likes of: CHEER-ACCIDENT, THE FROGS, WESLEY WILLIS, THE CHINESE STARS, THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS, and X27, to name a few.
» Poino (UK) (Alternative / Noise)
South London trio Poino first knocked notes in 2006. Since then they have been revealing ther musical abstractions in venues abuxt the English countryside. A term of indulgent subterranean recording in the early months of this year has succeeded in them bearing fruit to their self-realised debut album ‘Moan Loose’. Combining erudite proficiency with flailing ignorance they offer up a melee of caustic ambiguity from within the deepest hollows of a disenchanted consciousness. Whatever the hell that means.
Derived from the Greek/Latin term for pain, punishment and penalty, Poino have just released their new album ‘Moan Loose’ on Horse Arm Records . The band features Ross Blake from Buttonhead, Gaverick of the late great Giddy Motors and the flailing torse of the sonic Houdini that is John Greenhorn
For fans of: Chavez, Charlottefield, Shellac
» Djevara (UK) (Alternative / Punk / Metal)
Often described as furious, energetic, schizophrenic and passionate -Djevara play a unique and experimental blend of post-hardcore/punk rock and progressive, alternative metal that sees them as a determined force in the UK, European and international underground scenes. Fiercely independent and rooted in DIY, musically they chart ever more progressive territory; dense antagonistic melodies vying with pure, unfettered anger for attention to wrap around a viscerally personal urban poetry.
This is raw emotional music, but not for the faint of heart. The band are also active in a number of projects ranging from The Low Fidelity Disconnect arts project in North London to organising several DIY events and shows.