DISTORTED FESTIVAL announced another artist who will perform this year at the festival – BLOOD SPORT.
DISTORTED FESTIVAL – September 26th @Pogłos (WARSAW)
They have created a new genre in aggro-beat and are splitting heads wide open on stage with their semi-improvised performances – as they release their second album, Blood Sport is one of those groups for which genre almost seems to be an active enemy, something to be dismantled and ridiculed, shattered into reductive fragments. I wrote a not too dissimilar opening line when recently writing an article about This Heat. It was coincidence that led to writing about these two groups within such close proximity but a continued lineage of label-evading, rhythm-wrestling sonic experimentation is something that connects the two on a much deeper level. If groups like This Heat created the template for template-destroying music some 40 years ago, then Blood Sport are their contemporary spawn, continuing such annihilation with gleeful abandon and head-spinning flair – creating their own sound, and space, to operate within.
The Sheffield trio of Nick Potter, Alex Keegan and Sam Parkin have been around a few years now, self-releasing their debut album Life In Units in 2013 through their label come party-throwing, gig-promoting vehicle Hybrid Vigour. Fortunate enough to live in the same city as them, they are a band who I have watched more times than I can count in recent years and are, without question, one of the most consistently rousing, innovative and lip-bitingly ferocious live bands on the planet – genuine loss-for-speech, adrenaline-gushing, feel like you’ve had your head split in two, kicked about a bit and reassembled performances.
“If groups like This Heat created the template for template-destroying music some 40 years ago, then Blood Sport are their contemporary spawn, continuing such annihilation with gleeful abandon and head-spinning flair – creating their own sound, and space, to operate within.” The Quietus
“Like Golden Teacher jamming with Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force and 23 Skidoo, the trio skilfully navigate disparate, worldly influences to forge a blistering and deeply infectious sound driven by pounding drums, chipping guitars and yelping, urgent vox for a very direct, Northern English sort of chop up.” Boomkat
“A three piece who fuse the immediate attack of punk with the endless rhythmic possibilities of Afrobeat and high life.” – Clash
“A glorious fusion of opposing forces: charging, African-ensconsed rythms that lock into endless, melody-imbued grooves wrangle with seething, disputatious antagonism that come via contorted, electrical fault vocals, guitars that switch from kraut to disco in the twitch of a tom” – Loud & Quiet