In the old days, bands had singers; singers had the most fan mail and nobody could ever remember the bass player's name....

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London Shepherd's Bush Empire

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London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

In the old days, bands had singers; singers had the most fan mail and nobody could ever remember the bass player’s name. Seattle’s [a]Hovercraft[/a] obviously aren’t big fans of tradition.

Together since 1993 and known merely as Campbell 2000, Sadie 7 and Dash 11, they don’t even bother with the usual album structure. Though allegedly divided into seven tracks, ‘Experiment Below’ is one long web of noise without hesitation or break until the album’s sudden end. There are no vocals, certainly no choruses, and it’s not entirely pretty.

Guitars sound like combs being dragged down a blackboard and the pounding rhythm backbone often resembles a washing machine’s spin cycle gone mad. Yet when the volume drops, the bass falls to a murmur and only the barest haunting squeal of a guitar is left. Sometimes, you can barely hear anything at all; 20 seconds later, [a]Hovercraft[/a] explode into deafening, messy chaos again. Hard on the head, perhaps, but surprisingly hypnotic all the same.