Vibracathedral Orchestra are a wild, shamanic collective who recently reformed to continue their path of improvised psychedelic noise bursts. This limited white vinyl 10" captures them live at one of their favourite haunts, Wharf Chambers in Leeds and perfectly encapsulates the experience of their intense and raw live shows.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 September 2017
Finally, I can say what we’re all projected to say to our kin in the twilight of our years: I was there! Not at a Beatles gig, though; not even at the fake-last LCD Soundsystem show. Nah: I was at Total Inertia when these skronky psychedelic titans of Yorkshire played a show. Known for playing for upwards of ten million hours at a time, they were kind enough to just play one and a bit, enabling my sleepy Sunday to get a little more cantankerous and cowbell-adjacent.
This 10” shows off what fine free-form the ensemble were on at this festivity of encouraged nonsense -- building on a weekend of sonic swirl, the crew bent sax notes, drummed cymbals off the stage and got wacky with keyboards, the whole thing becoming a light endurance test of malady. This snapshot should give you some ideas of how they can build hypnosis from no real discernable starting point, merely clamouring together a collage of acoustics and electronics that replace rigid rhythm with psychedelic euphoria.
Recorded on one side by VCO themselves and on the other by Total Inertia organiser Keeby, you can get some different flourishes of their sound on either side -- the first side really hones in on the skronk while the second offers a lighter, more distant passage, the keys twinkling at the fore of your ear while the noise screeches about like a nice portrait painting. If you like listening to folks get ecstatic on the weekend, hit this one up -- I was dozing on the floor for the whole thing and I can vouch for the experience.
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