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PREVIEW: Mold & POSA @ Fuel

What’s better than one DIY promoter? We’re about to tell you. This August sees the union of TWO like-minded event organisers Dentcha and Do Your Best presenting a UK tour to remember, with each date promising a concoction of aesthetically-moulded events in a gig-swap manner. Captioned “music to lose your wallet to”, the five-date tour will see the experimental Manchester-based outfit Mold and London-based POSA at the helm, with gigs and local supports across dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton before finishing at Liverpool’s notorious The Jacaranda Club.

POSA taken by Through The Eyes Of Ruby

Speaking of their promotional network, Dentcha founder Shane Dickinson has mentioned that they’re setting their sights high: “We want to open up a network of promoters that actually have a passion for it – rather than just money-grabbers.” With talks with Do Your Best now in fruition, there are further plans to spread their DIY ethos & movement across Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool (and pretty much anywhere else that will take them from there). We have every faith that – hopefully – their movement will catch on, and gone will be the days of “they don’t have the right image for this lineup/venue/festival” *delete as appropriate*.

Mold taken by Through The Eyes Of Ruby

For the Manchester leg of the tour Mold and POSA take to Withington’s Fuel Cafe Bar with comrades The Starlight Magic Hour, with more acts yet to be announced ahead of the date. One thing that has been important for both promoters is securing the right booking on their unique lineups – each act captures an air of something new about them; something unheard of, something unearthly.

Having been in attendance at one of Dentcha’s previous events, there’s a clear artistic influence as music seems to be just one component to the running of the night. Dentcha’s synonymous Chattering teeth and Bogzart‘s one-eyed creatures have been strewn across their (so far) three events. Take the modestly sized – yet feverishly keen – Fuel, and picture Mold’s slurring vocals with faces plastered in garish makeup. Then add POSA’s erratic, dysfunctional/functional punk-performance and top off with the unapologetically chaotic-lure of The Starlight Magic Hour, and you have the Saturday 4th August’s Northern installment of the Dentcha x Do Your Best collaboration. It’s going to be pretty nuts, and we’re quite sure you won’t have been to anything quite like it.

For a feast of the mind, get your tickets HERE


Review: Dentcha ft. Arrows of Love @ Aatma

You won’t have heard of Dentcha quite yet, but you soon will. The latest addition to our growing set of valuable promoters, Dentcha are the *new* new kids on the block. Drawing us in with the promise of evenings that will stimulate the senses through music and art, the creative outfit fits that space we have lurking between the highly defined “are-you-an-art-fan-or-a-music-fan?” which thrusts the idea forward that it’s either one or the other. Another incentive for their events are acts that compliment each other and have a similar theme running through, although still scraping the surface to take us out of our comfort zones. For the first installment of Dentcha events, a punk thrill was predicted through the choice of line-up and intriguing video clips splashed across social media of chattering teeth toys hurtling away against a Mold-enthused soundtrack.

Premiering the subject matter for tonight were Slowhandclap with their psychedelic grunge ensemble, were first to the stage and didn’t disappoint with their eager mechanics to grab the attention of the audience. Latest track ‘Vertigo’ feels like it’s been with us longer than it actually has – though not in a bad way – with heavy guitar strums and hedonistic murmurous lyrics that cast the mind to the likes of Weirds and The Jesus and Mary Chain. This young trio have a pace going and youth on their side which will only streamline further as their image continues to sharpen. Following up, but in no way cowering behind the opening act, Mold mysteriously lurked on to stage. Exaggerated face paint applied, their appearance already grabs you. You’re there and you’re caught. The lead singer you’ll recognise as one of The Starlight Magic Hour‘s battalion members, but the Mold artistic flair is different. Similar themes of political context within the lyrics are splayed out but the aesthetic and satire of this act represents a set of performance artists, passionate about what they do and set to spread further, as their namesake often does, over things that grow stale.

With a well-rehearsed flair, the historical – 9 years strong – expertly lead flair of Denim & Leather were next to entertain the opening night. The hardcore punk band present a furor of heavy riffs and pelting drumbeats alongside the lead singer hypnotically throwing himself about the stage with pure unadulterated vigor. Lastly, Arrows of Love present their live spectacle, which culminates in a diverse performance of hardened garage punk presented by this London-based act that’s so critically acclaimed that they recently won the PRSF Momentum Award, with the chance to have their second album mastered by Mikko Gordon. Dentcha‘s opening night was everything it claimed to be and more. Drawing each audience member closer and thrusting them out of the door with a new wonderment for music as an artistic art form.