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Nirvana UK Live at The Watersplash Jersey

Nirvana UK is a touring Nirvana tribute band based in the West Midlands, formed by die-hard Nirvana fans who love nothing more than recreating Nirvana’s live music and look for other fans. The band strives to be as close to the real deal as possible, including the same clothes, instruments, effect boxes, drums and preamps that the band used, to ensure they recreate the distinctive Nirvana sound.

Jez – Kurt Cobain
Dan – Krist Novoselic
Jon – Dave Grohl

On December 1, 2018, Nirvana UK played the Channel Island of Jersey for the first time at the enduring landmark venue known by islanders simply as the Splash. To say Nirvana UK made a strong impression is to put it mildly. Requests from music fans for Bubblebrain Records to invite them back to Jersey haven’t let up since. It was electrifying to witness such a deep, faithful interpretation of Nirvana’s music, and evident that the trio had a blast performing at this show.

Such an amazing night guys! Just recovered now! Do you have some dates when Nirvana UK will be back again? Maybe I’ll have to book a few days off to recover! So good! Best night at Splash since the old school nights! 🤙 🕺🏽 👽 — Mish Matthews

Playlist of four songs from Nirvana UK at Watersplash Jersey

Massive thanks to everyone who came out to our SOLD OUT show last night at Watersplash Jersey. That felt like a proper old school Nirvana club gig, moshing and casualties start to finish. AMAZING!!! — Nirvana UK

Thanks to Watersplash Jersey for the venue, Raw Audio for the stage and sound, Flavio Martins for the lights, DJ Pip for hip tunes, David Bailey for stills photography, Gary Law for audio recording, Chris Almond for video, and James Dolan the event manager. Supporting acts on the night were Howl and Vagus. Ticket sales powered by Book It.


Howl played a set of their brand of heavy rock, loaded with creamy distortion and high-powered rhythms. In this video they perform From the Ashes to the eager Splash audience.

Vagus, known for proggy, krautrock-influenced epics, presents a mutated sound further towards incisive, fiery pop rock. We Salute You is one of two new songs the band delivered in their set.

Big thanks to David Bailey for these photos of the show. David has brilliantly captured the atmosphere and action of the night. Thanks to the bands who made it a night to remember!


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Vagus – Black Plant EP

Songs from the band’s 2016 summer festivals set featuring material inspired by the street poetry of Damo Suzuki, the nonconformity of Sonic Youth, and the liquid nature of Neu!

Recorded at Gary Law’s home studio on Jersey.

Alice Gee organ and backing vocals
Jonny Hill edrums
Gary Law bass and production
James Dolan guitar and lead vocals

The paintings used for the cover design were specially commissioned from Jersey/London artist Danny Romeril.

Cover layouts and CD label design by Chris Almond and Gary Law.
CD duplication and packaging by Band CDs
 

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Vagus performed on the main stage at Groove de Lecq 2016. Black Plant, the latest EP from Vagus has studio versions of songs from that festival season when Gary, Alice, James, and Jonny were writing under musical influences of Stereolab, Can, and Neu! amongst others.
 

 

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Outrage Against the Machine and Summer Sizzler with Jenca Music School

James Dolan was interviewed recently by Thomas Ogg, feature writer for Jersey Evening Post. Here is the interview in which James talks about the forthcoming Summer Sizzler event on June 23 and a show by Outrage Against the Machine with support from Any Given Sunday and Vagus later that night at Watersplash Jersey.

Thomas Ogg: What can islanders expect from Outrage Against the Machine?

James Dolan: They can expect an epic show. These guys really put on a performance. Their sound is spot-on and pretty much the closest thing to Rage Against the Machine. Not only do they sound the same they also really play the part well. Check out the YouTube video to see exactly what I mean.
 

 
TO: When did you first develop an interest in music? Who were the first bands/artists you got into?

JD: I first got really into the wonderful world of rock in my early teens. I was given a mix tape with the Pixies, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop and all these mind-blowing bands. I was hooked and when I first saw Rage Against the Machine on a late night arts show on BBC Two in the ’90s I made sure I was there show as soon as they came to London.

TO: When and how did you first form Bubblebrain Records? What were your ambitions for the company?

JD: Bubblebrain Records came into existence a little over two years ago now. Since starting we’ve been overwhelmed from the support and interest from all over the world and have worked with some amazing and inspiring artists.

TO: How would you describe the music of Vagus?

JD: The music of Vagus is a wonderful mix of psychedelic tones, driving beats and basslines, haunting vocals and sinister synth sounds heavily influenced by the krautrock movement of the early ’70s.

TO: If you had to pick a single Vagus track to introduce a newcomer to your music, which would it be, and why?

JD: I’d have to say Tokyo, it’s pretty bonkers and definitely a great introduction to our weird and wonderful world of Vagus.
 

 
TO: What do you think makes Rage Against the Machine such an iconic American band?

JD: What makes them such an iconic band is the mix of hip hop and metal. Their live performances are truly unforgettable. The energy and perfectly crafted lyrics make them easily one of the greatest bands of all time.

TO: What – if push comes to shove – is your all-time favourite Rage Against the Machine track, and why?

JD: My favourite would have to be a track called Wake Up from their first album. They sample Kashmir by Led Zeppelin and it just blows my mind.

TO: What has been your most memorable experience while performing over the years?

JD: There are so many great memories but I’d have to say our most recent tour of Sri Lanka. We played some amazing shows out there. Some of the venues were breathtaking. We had to pinch ourselves playing in 36° heat just a few feet from the Indian Ocean. The standout moment for me was when we headlined the Sion Surf festival. It was amazing to see all these people singing along and I had the honour of the town’s most legendary Rasta joining me on stage for the final number. I felt truly blessed.

TO: What do you think makes the Watersplash such a good venue for these sort of events?

JD: The Splash is such an iconic venue set in one of the most beautiful spots on the island. It’s definitely held some of the greatest events Jersey has ever seen and is sure to continue. Its epic sound system and beautiful views makes it such an ideal venue for both day and night events. Summer Sizzler will be an outstanding day and Outrage are gonna blow the roof off.

TO: Finally, what other Bubblebrain Records events can Islanders look forward to this year?

JD: Bubblebrain Records have a busy summer ahead as well as working with Jenca Music School on Summer Sizzler we also have some events planned bringing live acts back to the Havana Club. We’ve also got some pretty big releases coming up like the first Vagus album and Craig Smith’s project. Plus DJing at Club X nights every Saturday at Chili Bar and hopping back and forth from London and Brighton checking out the best unsigned acts. We are busy little bees.

Plans are also underway for an event at a secret location at the end of the summer. The event won’t be announced on social media, it’ll be totally word of mouth, even the bands won’t know the venue until a few days before. So keep your ears to the ground and watch out for the signs!
 

 
Mozaics are the headline act at Summer Sizzler on Saturday 23 June. They are celebrating recent top 10 success on MTV and over 100,000 views in two weeks of their new single Before We Grow Old. Click on the picture above to watch the music video.
 

 
Serkedian wowed the crowd recently at Peas & Glove’s Permanent Olly Day 4 2018. With fans eagerly awaiting the release of The Balance produced by Wilson Nash, they’ll be joining the Summer Sizzler lineup and plenty of other talent-studded events this summer. Click on the picture above to enjoy a performance of forthcoming single Fire by Serkeidian.
 

 
Other acts performing during the day at Summer Sizzler

Sick Boy – 4-piece punk rock band doing covers of Sex Pistols, GBH, The Stranglers etc.

BENNY THE MOTH – The band formerly known as Benny the Moth and The Erogenous Zones. Original reggae-funk-rock fusion.

The Howling Soul Brothers – 5-piece rhythm ‘n’ blues covers band: Rob Page, Paul Sharkey, Chris Mousdale, Aaron Brown and James Bell.

The L Is M Band Classic Oldskool Sounds – Jersey’s premier soul and funk band, voted best tribute band for their age and price range, featuring Jenca Music School’s own bass tutor, ‘Mr. Funk’ himself Dougie Joseph.

NIGHT@NICK’S – This very new band brings together Mark Anders and Jerry Robins after 45 years when they played together professionally in the Decca Records-signed The Parlour Band.

Mark Anders went on to play in A Band Called O and subsequently moved to the business side of the music industry working in various record and publishing companies. He returned to Jersey in 2013 to retire but currently consults for a European publishing house. He is also the chair of Youth Arts Jersey.

They are joined by Colin Le Masurier (who has performed with Jerry in The Watsons for a number of years and has played in various local outfits, notably Sgt. Pipon’s and Red Tape) and Mark’s brother Clive Anders who is well known for not only his involvement with his brothers in The Intruders, Existence, Chameleon etc. but is also remembered for running a respected record shop in Les Quennevais precinct in the heyday of vinyl.

Hayley Smith & William Hunter – Acoustic duo available for weddings, corporate events, private functions, pubs, hotels, and any other occasion.

Nic Dinnie – Hot Plastic/Alex & Her/Desmond and the Tutus

Omar God – An enthusiastic and dynamic duo that create catchy rock tunes, Omar God perform a vibrant, unique and passionate show with evocative music and a raw live act.

Acoustic Shock featuring J.A.C.K. – Acoustic instrumental guitar duo formed in 2015 consisting of the dual talents of Martyn Cast and David Ashurst, both guitar tutors at Jenca Music School. The repertoire of Acoustic Shock is styled on covers in a varied array of musical styles.

Jenca Students Mashup – Jenca Music School is the first, original, and leading rock music school on Jersey established in 2001 offering Rock School popular/contemporary music tuition in drums, vocals, keyboard, piano, bass guitar, music production, recording, songwriting, and music theory.

Jenca Music School accepts students of all ages and levels of ability and offers a fun and dynamic style of tuition.
 

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Vagus with The Counts – Sri Lanka Tour 2018

Vagus, neo-krautrock band based on Jersey, UK, embark on a tour of Sri Lanka in February 2018. The band formed in 2015 and played recently at Jersey Opera House, Weekender Festival, Groove de Lecq, Havre Des Pas Festival, Rock the Rock Alderney, the Troubadour, and Blue Note Bar.

Vagus’ album Welcome to Wizardland has been recorded at Orbital Studio and is being mixed by the band’s bassist Gary Law.

The two-week tour of Sri Lanka comprises seven shows, music, and creative and spiritual workshops. The tour is being promoted in Sri Lanka by Sion Surf Camp.

 

Surf and yoga camp in South Sri Lanka
Vagus – James Dolan, Jonny Hill, Gary Law, and Steve Le Long
Tour Director – Lee De Louche

February 2 – The Manchester, Colombo

February 3 – Sunbeach Hotel, Hikkaduwa

February 4 – The Doctor’s House, Madhia

February 6 – Surf View, Mirissa

February 8 – Mauvies Bar, Ahangama

February 9 – Sion Surf BBQ, Ahangama

February 11 – Sion Surf Competition & Festival, Ahangama

Sion Surf Camp is a cosy holiday home for solo travelers, families and groups of friends that want to experience Sri Lanka in a healthy and sustainable manner. With surfing and yoga as the main activities, visitors will also be able to get a taste of the local culture and food.

 

Lee De Louche is a Jerseyman whose creative achievements as an event promoter, multimedia artist and painter on Jersey are well known, and who has settled his family and a successful business in Ahangama, Sri Lanka, maintaining close connections with many friends from Jersey who visit regularly to surf and relax. Lee has a particularly special relationship with the Sri Lankan locals with whom he survived the tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and went on to assist with raising money and helping to rebuild the village where his surf camp is situated.

Vagus will be one of very few UK bands ever to tour Sri Lanka, a rare privilege for a band from Jersey, an island that prides itself on its international reputation. This tour is made by a collective proudly representing Jersey’s creative community. With this project come further opportunities to develop a warm and effective relationship between not only Vagus but a wider Jersey music scene and the fine people who manage Sion Surf Camp and all the other great venues on the tour.

 

With coordinated initiative, Vagus aims to build on the successes of Electro Looks and AK-47, made in 2016 with Birthday Gurl and Tom Hughes respectively, and Chris Almond’s dispatch from the band’s inception around a kitchen table in Pier Road, Gutsty (2015). The promotional impact of those videos has helped to grow a fanbase and with release of the self-funded Condensed Tin cassette expanded an international network of fans leading to high profile bookings.

Supporting Vagus on the tour are The Counts, a bunch of old cunts who have random drunken jams at Sion Surf Camp with special guest Mel who has a lovely voice and once did open mic with Lee in Arugam Bay. Expect punk and all sorts. Half the band were playing as the In Outs some time ago at the Watersplash, Jersey.

Tour poster designed by Gary Law
Lee De Louche photo by Chris Almond
Vagus at Jersey Opera House photo by Simon Ropert

 

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Vagus – Live at the Green Rooster EP

Vagus on form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are a new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. The music on this live EP comes from the full-length concert film we published in March 2017, with a heavy sound wrung from the tapes by producer Gary Law.

 

 

In my opinion, this is the best sounding recording of Vagus out there to date. The show itself had a good atmosphere. The first act of the evening, Semu Cà, delivered a meticulously detailed set and was greatly enjoyed. Vagus’ set was focused and febrile. The small venue was full of friends. With this audio recording, the band’s bassist Gary has fashioned a slab of heavy rock out of their angular post-punk pop – a fascinating genre mutation. ― Chris Almond

 

Let’s recap some major moments in the recording history of Vagus. Gutsty was a prototype punkoid classic, and then the first commercial release Electro Looks a pop song with electronic rhythms made while technically still a duo. AK-47 was next, with Gary Law overseeing construction of a techno armature for prog-inspired darkness. Jersey Live 2015 with Par 4 stage, mixed by Sam Falle, was rock ‘n’ roll spectacle and an explosive live debut. A recording done at the Mechanics venue captures a ferocious version of Tokyo, often a set climax.

Soon the band will record and a classic album will be born. We will wait and listen for the droning, for that will be the beginning, and figure and ground will coalesce as eyes and ears find their perspective in a musical framework that expands the potential for European art-jazz approach to improvised sections within quintessentially British pop compositions.

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Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster (Video)

Alice Gee and James Dolan of Vagus

 

Vagus on fine form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are the new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. This is a great set from them, for reasons: They included three songs we hadn’t captured on film before (Leisure, Gravity, and We Were Falling in Love). The audio quality surpasses live recordings we’ve done to date thanks to Gary and his new recording kit. Let’s hear it for #therealvagus and enjoy the show!

 

 

Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster, St Helier – 25 Feb 2017

 

00:00 Autobahn
04:51 Gravity
10:40 Gutsty
16:09 Leisure
21:01 We Were Falling in Love
26:42 Tokyo

Audio recorded and mastered by Gary Law
Video filmed and edited by Chris Almond
 

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Condensed Tin

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The Condensed Tin cassette is now available to purchase. There is only a limited run of 100 priced at £5 + shipping. This includes unlimited streaming, high-quality download, and artwork PDF.
 

condensed-vagus-gaa-gaas-tin-cassette-234-square A musicassette limited to one hundred copies. Vagus contribute the abrasive and ear-mangling AK-47, a journey more than a song. The Gaa Gaas contribute two tracks, one being an alternative version of recently released Indian Giver and the other is a distinct instrumental version. This first physical release from Bubblebrain Records is destined to be a collector’s item.

 

 

 

 

SIDE A
Vagus – AK-47

Written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law

SIDE B
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (split version)
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (instrumental)

Written by The Gaa Gaas
Produced by Ali Gavan
Mastered by Robert Harder

Cover art by Lemmi-James Eaton

Audio tape duplicated by Fairview Duplication
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Worldwide digital distribution by AMAdea Music
 

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Vagus – AK-47

On Sunday August 23 2015 the band members Gary Law. James Dolan, Jonny Hill and Steve Le Long, a two-man camera crew (Chris Almond and Lee De Louche) and friends Reinhard Gleisner, Katja Maibauer and Helen Rose got together for filming of session footage and some fooling around in the grounds of a studio. The resulting material was edited and synced to audio before being sent to Laura Grace Robles (Electro Looks) and Tom Hughes (AK-47). Both videos were kindly funded by Jersey Arts Trust.

The new music video created by director Tom Hughes is a witty, freaky action comic featuring a zombie band, interstellar travel by garden shed, and dance routines filmed in Gilbert O’Sullivan’s rehearsal room. The song is over eight minutes long and more like a progressive rock suite than a traditional pop song. Tom Hughes rose splendidly to the challenge by constructing a narrative of the real Vagus versus a band of undead doppelgängers converging in a goofy chase involving the aforementioned shed with an apparent nod to the Infinite Improbability Drive in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The poignant appearance of a deceased starman hurtling into deep space signals the synchronicity of Tom Hughes’ editing work with the news of David Bowie’s death on January 10 2016. There are many other clever details throughout the film to generously reward repeated viewings.

 

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The audio production by Gary Law is a heftier development of the psychedelic electro of the previous single, charged with elements of glam rock and the kind of whip-lashing electronic indie sound popularised by DFA Records. AK-47 will be included on the split release by Vagus and The Gaa Gaas available as a download and limited edition cassette release on May 28 2016.

 

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AK-47 lyrics

Thinking for the whole day
When you are alive
What is it you will say
When we are alive
Casualties in our own way
We’re casualties in our own way

Winter is on the way
Nothing put aside
Winter is on the way
Morally disguised
As casualties in our own way
Casualties in our own way

Thinking for the whole day
When you are alive
What is it you will say
When we are alive

Check out all the exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you now
As my soul perplexes
Hands are bound
A shroud in doubt
For you now
Misplaced in your garden
A garden made of stone cold gold
I refuse to hold

I check out
You check in
I can feel you crawling upon my skin
I can sense you feel for thoughts inside
I feel you steal all of their minds

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

I was running on low
I was running on low
Violence coming in an empty vessel as I saw her caressing my soul
AK-47 at my side
Shot a man in cold blood down tonight
To practice my aim
One shot one kill
To practice my aim
One shot one kill
To practice my aim

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

Six six six
Seven

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

Song written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law
 

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Can work

Before Steve Le Long and Jonny Hill were recruited, Vagus was a duo. On April 12 2015 Chris Almond assisted Gary Law and James Dolan with photographing the can. The can is an art object devised to stand for the ineffable mystery of a krautrock-inspired brand. Here’s a small selection of the photos taken on the day including a reduced-size copy of the final image. The photo was cropped square and used for the Electro Looks digital single release. A one-off high quality print was exhibited as part of a group show called RampARTS. The design concept has been developed further by Chris and Gary for a digital collage using an image of La Corbière Lighthouse and by graphic artist Lemmi-James Eaton assisted by Gavin Tate for the forthcoming split cassette by Vagus and The Gaa Gaas.
 

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Vagus Can

Vagus Lighthouse
 

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Vagus – Electro Looks

When trans-European goes transatlantic: Electro Looks, a neo-psychedelic single by Vagus. Digital download available from all good online stores.
 

 

Philosophically influenced by the seminal krautrock scene of the early seventies and specifically pioneers Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk, songwriters James Dolan and Gary Law have set about sculpting this neo-psychedelic sound and embellishing it with an electronic production manicured for the digital natives. This Germanic pre-punk art music has not yet had its full renaissance, it’s like the missing piece of a jigsaw, a piece now in the hands of the real Vagus, musical disciples who learnt their craft before the switch to information overload, a time when you couldn’t find out what your favourite guitarist had for breakfast at the swipe of a screen. Indulging in a shock of surrealist art, wantonly carving their way through a mountain of veneered “roast beef” that is the modern pop video, they have collaborated with Texas artist Laura Grace Robles aka Birthday Gurl.

 


 

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Birthday Gurl emerged in the underground San Antonio music scene with film installation and projections in collaboration with Grammy winner Marcel Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta at a
musical performance by Eureka the Butcher. She also performed video work to a disc jockey experience by Gordon Raphael the producer of The Strokes. Laura is a member of musical collective iLL Prospekt. She completed a body of short fake mockumentaries titled after FOXY. Other various junk films include Jesus Practice, EL GATO and Rap Scar exploring dysfunction, compulsion and obsession. Laura with Fabrizio Federico is a founder of the Straight Jacket Guerilla Film Festival.

About Birthday Gurl

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Vagus full set at Jersey Live Festival 2015 (video)
Vagus – Gutsty (video)

 

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“Judging by their logo, these chaps are massively into Krautster innovators Neu! and the minimal drum machine intro more than backs up that theory here on their debut single backed up with an ultra funk post-punk bass line that would have PIL’s Jah Wobble pissing out poptarts until the cows come home! The line ‘My enemy, my friend, at the same time’ surfaces, a mix mash of scatty Can-esque guitars and progressive improv. Straight outta Jersey, Vagus are set to revive the Krautrock movement and set in stone the art conception of music.”
Gavin Tate reviewing Gutsty

“Vagus have once again delivered a fine piece of spiced-up funkadelic cake. Bordering on Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and something off of Kraftwerk’s Tour De France, they have certainly upped their game here with their single thus proving there is set to be a long player on the horizon! There’s a Daft Punk feel to both their sound as well as their video here, so be sure to hunt for it. The concept Vagus tin has a Warhol touch to it on the cover, giving insight that they’re not only about the music. Anyone for beans?”
Gavin Tate reviewing Electro Looks

 

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Electro Looks lyrics

Restart from the end
There’s ghost in the machine
Keeping tabs on friends
And everyone you meet
Them when they send
A message you can’t read
Dialects or trends
On this it all depends

So hungover
No one home
Arms are frozen
Can you come

What’s it like when you’re so hungover
What’s it like when there’s no one home
Can you feel if your arms are frozen
Can you come x3

Ghost in the machine
If science wipes your mind clean
Your minds clean

Reflect in the mist
If science wipes your mind clean
With a fist
In the air of godlike genius
Reboot remind persist it’s on your list
No resistance to exist

Ghost in the machine x4

What’s it like when you’re so hungover
What’s it like when there’s no one home
Can you feel when your arms are frozen
Can you come
(Repeat to end)

Song written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law
 

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