This weekend sees DesertFest return to London for a fifth year. DesertFest has consistently brought the best in Doom, Sludge, Stoner and Desert rock to a selection of venus in Camden each year. This will be my fifth London DesertFest and my sixth in total (having visited the new DesertFest Belgium in Antwerp last year as well). Here are my recommendations on who to see this year.
Abrasive German post-rock outfit from Hamburg. Described on their Bandcamp page as ‘Unlrelenting, violent and primal rage from Germany’s most ferocious duo! Melting the most sinister elements of styles like Black Metal, Doom and Punk!’. For fans of EyeHateGod and Corrections House.
Swedish desert rock stalwarts and DesertFest regulars Truckfighters certainly know how to bang out some awesome, fuzzy, beefy grooves. Proper Desert rock.
You can also watch the Truckfighters documentary movie here.
Psychedelic doom blues from Dallas, Texas. Hard, heavy, riffy desert rock from ten-year veterans of the genre.
Corrosion of Conformity
North Carolina’s finest, back in classic lineup form with Pepper Keenan on lead vocal duties and Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin dishing out some meaty, hard rock ‘n’ roll.
Three piece heavy psych-rock storytellers from Boston, Massachusets. They’ll be demolishing Koko on Sunday.
The insatiably prolific Justin Broadrick appears this year in two guises, in arguably his best known band ‘Godflesh’ headlining The Electric Ballroom on Sunday and also with lesser known project ‘JK Flesh’ headlining in the impenetrably small upstairs room at The Black Heart on Friday.
Ten Foot Wizard
Good old-fashioned stoner blues-rock from Manchester here in the UK but you could be forgiven for thinking that they could be from Alabama or Georgia. Heavy, groovy and southern-fried. Catch tem playing the Devonshire Arms, even if you haven’t got a DF wristband, on Saturday.
Crushingly heavy, listening to Slomatics is like having a sonic enema. They’ll be coming all the way from Belfast to brutalise The Undeworld on Sunday evening.
Described as space-rock, krautrock or stoner depending on who you ask, this instrumental psych band from the Netherlands are set to wig out the Electric Ballroom when they open the stage on Saturday.
Monolithic, sludgy, mega-doom three-piece from Gothenburg in Sweden. Opening the Koko stage on Sunday.