Saturday, June 23 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (Downstairs)
Doors: 9:00pm MDT
Whether you're a lifelong fan of brutalist noise rock or just someone interested in indie rock's lesser told history, Cherubs will be a must-see for you at Sled Island this year. Lasting only a few turbulent years in the early '90s (when they were signed to Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey's label), Cherubs laid crucial groundwork for the noise rock scene to follow. 20 years after their dissolution, they released the album 2 Ynfynyty, proving they're neither stuck in the past nor interested in jumping on any current bandwagon.
Kandekt are an abrasive industrial act inspired by the influences that informed the originators of the genre. On what is sadly their final album, History As It Is Happening, vocalist Nicholas Liang takes on his father’s experiences of oppression in Mao’s China. All the while, his cohorts use drill-like guitar, shattered percussion and overwrought synth to summon a horrific sonosphere worthy of the subject matter.
With a mouth full of rusted machine parts, DRI HIEV spit in your face with industrial force. Mixing aggressive, angular noise with fat, groovy bass lines, the band creates an otherworldly sonic experience. Topping it all off, vocalist Carter Crough is a gripping stage presence, often putting his body in extreme situations to honour the ferocity of the band’s music.
Sean Warkentine (An Ant And An Atom) and Adrian Sutherland (Advertisement, Unbroken Circle) team up against the world as Touching God. Combining electronic programming and guitar to create chest-rattling noise, Touching God remain barely anchored to the earth. Their sonics are like a hurricane passing over, with Sutherland’s shrieks sounding like a lone survivor in a storm shelter.