A Sleazy Hogmanay! Tickets on sale NOW! 19th November, 2015

Alright Alright Alright, Glasgow’s premier Ska party band ESPERANZA roll in to blow minds and vibrate spines for our Hogmanay Party this year. We have a whole bunch of staff going down so if you’d like to check out our listings page to keep up to date on the news. Even better is that the first wad of tickets we have available are £8 only, once they’re gone the price shall go up, MAKE IT HAPPEN. Yes. Positive vibes.


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Interview: Our Love Will Destroy the World 16th November, 2015

The man behind Our Love Will Destroy the World and Birchville Cat Motel, Campbell Kneale, talks about writing unselfconsciously, working solo, his introduction to noise music and his visual art.
Who are you and where are you from? 
My name is Campbell Kneale and I hail from a tiny country town in New Zealand called featherston.
Are you visiting Nice’n’Sleazy as part of a tour?  How’s it going?
Yeah yeah I’m on a five week tour at the moment through the UK and Europe. Tours are major enterprises and massive adventures and I have been looking forward to this one for quite some time. No complaints so far, I’m having the time of my life.
How is Our Love Will Destroy the World different to Birchville Cat Motel and why did you decide to “retire” Birchville Cat Motel to begin Our Love will Destroy the World? 
Well, the first obvious difference is that one of these entities is dead and has been for about 8 years… These things make a difference y’know. Ha. Birchville Cat Motel was a truly wonderful band but it eventually became clear that it was ONLY a band and that my aspirations for music ran well beyond what could be accomplished within the realms of band-hood. I have always considered what is popularly known as music to be a ‘force’ in the sense it is possessed of a power that is greater than the sum of any given wielder. Birchville, from my perspective as the maker, uncovered and clarified a lot of the techniques that could be useful for handling this force but ultimately, it’s very success meant I was not able to step outside it to the degree that I could use that force unselfconsciously. So I put it to death… Or at least relegated it to its rightful place as an ‘apprenticeship’ of sorts. Our Love Will Destroy The World on the other hand is a much fuller appreciation of these magical techniques for wrecking control, manipulating reality, and some kinda personal transformation. Dynamiting real-life personal and social expectations and conventions not by being in a whacky band, but by using volume and noise as a ritualistic tool to funnel energy from one place to another in the slim hope that music will be made as a result. That seems infinitely more interesting to me than trying to play music in the slim hope that magic might happen.
Both Our Love Will Destroy the World and your previous decade long-running act Birchville Cat Motel have been solo projects, what draws you to work solo?
Quite honestly, it is nessesity. Firstly because I live quite isolated from ‘where it’s at’ in terms of music scene but more importantly it’s been my experience that most musicians want to be cool, interesting, or well thought of on some level and I just want to be happy and kind.
What got you interested in drone/experimental music?
Napalm Death! I was into the ‘extreme’ end of metal and when I heard Napalm death for the first time it reminded me of ambient music in its blurry indecipherability… And within no more than a week I came across Mick Harris’s Lull and it occurred to me that the continuum from ‘soft’ music to ‘heavy’ music was not a straight line from A to B, but a circle that revolved back around on itself… So I gradually entered the circle from my teenage extreme metal perspective.
Do you have a favourite performance you’ve done?  What was it?
The next one… Always the next one!
I’ve stumbled across some of your paintings here.  How long have you been producing visual art? 
Do you see the inspiration for your visual art as stemming from the same place and sharing a connection with your music, or it is a discipline/process for you?
Yes, that’s me. I have been painting ‘with intent’ (as opposed to a hobby) for about 20 years now… To almost no acclaim whatsoever. My total lack of recognition as a painter has actually informed my attitudes towards life and music greatly. I only ever wanted to be an ‘artist’ as a child (and that for me meant a painter) but Art, very much like music, has a sad, trashy mainstream as well as a vibrant but often impoverished outer fringe. Although I despise the idea of being ‘fringey’ that is where I sit in the sense that I  utterly unwilling to bow to contemporary faddishness and will probably suffer for it. Though my paintings worship at the altar of many who have gone before me, I consider them distinctly my own. They are magical entities and they seek similar ‘beyond the surface’ goals of thwarting the evils of expectation and control while giving rise to real-life personal transformation. And besides, the act of painting is some of the most pointless enjoyment I have had the pleasure of… It’s a riot and a joy!
Who or what should we check out next? 
Brilliant Swords.
Check out Our Love Will Destroy the World/Campbell Kneale’s music on bandcamp and catch them live at Nice’n’Sleazy on 22nd November with Opaque and The Cloud of Unknowing.  Facebook event here

Interview: Klaus Kinski 11th November, 2015


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Ahead of their gig at Nice’n’Sleazy on the 14th of November Klaus Kinski talk their namesake, horses and why they paint themselves red..

Who are you and where are you from?

We’re from north wales originally, Llanfairfechan, Penmaenmawr, Dwgi & Colwyn Bay. We were born with individual names but in 2010 we deed polled all our names to Jake McKenna. In 2011, Jake McKenna (6th) joined (local lad from Burnley) and so now we have 12 legs in total, which is great for walking over mountains and relocating to Manchester which is what we did.

You share a name with Klaus Kinski, the German actor famous for his roles in Werner Herzog films including Nosferatu the Vampyre, who has had lead a fairly strange life. How much of an influence was he on your name or band?

The name Klaus Kinski comes from when Jake 1 and Jake 2 watched Nosferatu, and were so aroused by his performance they decided to write a musical based on his life, all the songs encapturing his intensity, however due to lack of funding and interest from the local performing arts community just decided to form a band and named this child Klaus Kinski as homage to the German God of Germany.

Your facebook page makes it pretty clear that your sound is influenced by horses  (in addition to The Stooges, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave..). How did you Klaus Kinski get together and was there primary moment of horse-spiration that started it all?

Horses are just funny. They are graceful machines of nature and we admire their strength and beauty. They also have big ole’ d****


Both the art for your Untitled EP and your bandcamp photo features people covered in red paint and symbols hanging out on hillsides. What’s all that about?

The photos were taken by our buddy pal m8 Alex Gould. The red a visual metaphor for the blood spilled in the name of religion and the hardworking people devoured by the corporate machine of the illuminati. Not really, we’re just idiots who thought it would be funny.

The festive time of Halloween is just behind us. What did Klaus Kinski get up too? (The band and/or the deceased actor)

Klaus Kinski was still dead at Halloween. The band were probably either doing something incredibly satanic or just watching Netflix and chill. Jake 1 actually owns a purple hearse and would probably have been pelting it down the backroads of Wales looking for adventure in the seedy underbelly of Eglwys Bach.

Finally, who or what should we check out next?

As a collective we make up a tonne of other bands/solo projects and are involved in many fingers of which are put into many pies; Sex Hands, Queer’d Science, Irma Vep, Dave of Mutilation, Desmadrados Soldados de Venturas, Damir Bojanic, Salford Media City, Dylans solo project David Liversidge (there’s many more) but also shout out to welshies Ectogram and Datblygu!


Klaus Kinski will be up to their antics downstairs at Nice’n’Sleazy with Antique Pony and Sick of Talk on the 14th of November.  Event information here and facebook event here.

Interview: Dogfeet 11th November, 2015

Dogfeet from London talk about how they got together, the fusion of art, music and writing and what’s hot in London + Berlin right now…

Who are you, where are you from?

We’re Dogfeet, formed and based in London, although only one of us is living in London right now. Drums – Richard Ruston is in London, Vocals – Rob Banham is in Brighton, Guitar – Jesse Tadini Rybolt is in Berlin and Bass – Kane Martindale, is in LA.

It’s all a bit ridiculous right now. We’re still making stuff though, I can’t see us stopping.

How did Dogfeet come together?

We’re all friends.

Three of the original members were in another band together since 2007 (Stavin’ Chains). We met Rob through another band he was in – “The Murder Act” who Dogfeet has played with a number of times. Rusty had seen us at a gig or something and when our old drummer left, offered his services.

We’ve always been really careful about who joins, we’ve had a load of different people in for short periods, but we’re after such a specific sound and have such an unwavering sense of the place that music and art has in the world, that when people don’t get it, they just don’t get it.


You launched your album last month, how was the launch?

We’ve always viewed Dogfeet as more than just a band or a musical project, we’re all involved in different things: writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, film and video etc. Because of our greatly intertwined artistic, political and world views, all the different work we produce ties in together cohesively. As such, the intention for the album was always that it would be sonically disparate, tying together many different influences, production techniques and the use of instruments we never use on stage.

We also wanted the artwork to reflect this, we ended up printing an A4 book that reflected the work in the album, containing lyrics to the songs as well as additional poetry, photographs, painting, collage and drawinsg produced by the band. While the book is in many ways an accompaniment to the album it was also made as a work of art in itself.

We’ve not actually answered the question yet have we…? The album launch was great. We had it at The Old Fire Station in Stoke Newington. It was half exhibition, half gig, we put up prints from the book as well as original paintings, sculptures and installations, it was fucking loud.

You’re donating the profits made from your new album to a charity, what do they do?

Addaction is a substance abuse charity that was helping our dearest friend who was Dogfeet’s singer before he died.

What or who should we watch out for next?

Us and only us. We’re gonna be releasing a new EP as soon as possible, we need to give our ears time to stop ringing though.

No, we know a bunch of people down in London doing some really good stuff, Prom are really good, not had a chance to play with them yet, but sure we will at some point. Our friends’ club night: DIM always has great people playing. In Berlin, a band we’ve played with a few times in London and will hopefully tour with next year: BATALJ are fucking incredible.


Check out Dogfeet’s new album here and come and see them downstairs at Nice’n’Sleazy on the 13th of November with Apostille and Kasper Hauser – more information here and facebook event.

Interview: Nitehawks 10th November, 2015

Italian trad. heavy metal band Nitehawks talk touring, vendettas and their favourite metal bands..


Who are you and where are you from?

We are a bunch of unruly guys, who are into playing and enjoying real Metal. We are from Italy, Ravenna, but it now seems we are lost nowhere in Europe.

You’re currently touring Europe, how is it all going?  
It’s all going awesome! Better than expected. It’s the first one, but we’re pretty sure there will be a lot more coming. Hopefully with more promotion.
I can hear elements of the early 80s Heavy Metal sound in your songs, who are your biggest inspirations? 
We are all into different approaches. But when we’re in the van we just enjoy listening to the greatest Heavy Metal bands such as Raven, Vicious Rumors, Crimson Glory. Even some early Death Metal.
Your debut album, released just over two months ago, is called “Vendetta”.  What inspired you to write the songs?
Well, it’s all a mixture of our lifes. Everyone came up with some lyrics and something he wanted to talk about. It came out like a story we’re all involved in, in a personal way. But the main thing is Vendetta, a real revenge against what we are fighting for everyday, even when we’re not playing.

Do Nitehawks have any Vendettas?
Everyone has! Don’t take it in a negative way. Everyone should understand that there’s always evil and injustice in what we do. The best thing to do against all odds is to carry on doing what you love more. That’s the real meaning for our “Vendetta”. So stop listening to the others, they “won’t pay the price of your soul”, just keep on following your way.
How are you enjoying working with Skol records?
Skol Records is a really good record company. It ain’t easy to find people that want to invest their money into something unknown. We believe we are lucky.
And finally, who or what should we look out for next?
Look out for our brand new video which is in the making! It will probably be out at the end of November. And we’re just working on new songs so 2016 it’s gonna be full of great things for the people that love us!
Come check out Nitehawks and their vendettas in person on the 17th of November.  More information here and event page here.


Interview: PROSTITUTES / James Donadio 7th November, 2015

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PROSTITUTES (aka James Donadio) performed a set of his rhythmic minimal electro earlier this month at Nice’n’Sleazy for a Night School Records event and made the mistake of telling us how much he liked Glasgow, so here’s what we asked him about it..


Where are you from?

You want the philosophical answer or the more common one?
Let’s go common…
I’m from Ohio but specifically have been in Cleveland for the last 3 decades & continue to be to the bewilderment of everyone I meet.

How many times have you been to Glasgow?

Twice.  Both this year and both for an extended period of time.

Favourite things in Glasgow? 

I can’t count this as a “thing” but first and foremost it’s my friend Michael Kasparis (Night School Records CEO & Apostille/The Lowest Form).  I met him in Switzerland a few years ago and since then have counted him among my closest and dearest  friends.
I have always been fascinated with Glaswegian labels and artists… everything from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band & Simple Minds to Orange Juice and Ganger.  Not to mention Glasgow Underground & Optimo.  I honestly love everything about the city.  The people are kind and have a quick, sharp wit as well as being extremely sincere and belligerent at the same time.
I also love haggis pakora, Mono, Monorail, Rubadub, Stravaigin, Fyne Ales Chip 71 and the M&S in Glasgow Central.

Glasgow or Cleveland, OH?

Now that is a hard one to answer.
Cleveland, for better or worse is home to me so I have to go with that but it’s extremely hard to leave Glasgow every time I visit.  I can’t say that about any other city.

Best thing you seen on your EU/UK tour so far? 

To tie the all things Glasgow theme together, seeing Golden Teacher in Madrid was definitely a high point. They were absolutely phenomenal!
Besides that, Graz really blew me away.  An utterly beautiful city.

Come back soon!!

I plan on it!

Interview: LoveyDove 2nd November, 2015

Wonderful oddball indie couple LoveyDove talk honing a perfect pop sound, the US presidential elections and starting a band with your spouse..
LoveyDove are a real life couple, Azalia Snail and Dan West.  When did you decide to start making music together, or have you always done, and when did LoveyDove come about?
Azalia:  It was a very natural thing. We are mutual admirers of each other’s music. Dan has a catalog just as big as mine. He’s played in some incredible bands in Los Angeles starting when he was a mere 12 years old.  I was doing my thing on the East Coast and he was doing his on the West Coast.
When we got together nearly five years ago, he started accompanying me on my solo stuff. I was just finishing my last solo album Celestial Respect, and asked him to play bass on a couple tracks. Lastly I wrote the song “LoveyDove” about him. I was absolutely enthralled with him as a human being and a musician. And he softened my tough NYC girl in such a good way.
Dan:  It was a very natural, gradual coming together musically. Azalia and I were studying each other’s catalogues and in a mutual admiration frame of mind from the start. We wrote songs for each other, one of which became our band name, the other “Azalia’s in Bloom” ended up on my second solo record. Our collaboration flows easily as we share many of the same influences and respect what eachother are doing.
Azalia you’ve release 12 solo albums over your career, which have been incredibly varied in genre, but none sound so positively and sweetly poppy as LoveyDove’s album.  How did you and Dan arrive at the LoveyDove sound? 
Azalia:  It’s true that I’ve hinted at my absolute love of pop music, always putting a really nice twist to it, and making it my own sound. But I’ve always wanted to make records like I used to hear as a kid, pure pop for now people, as Nick Lowe might say.  Dan is such an incredible composer, arranger,and producer. We’ll come up with some ideas and then he’ll shape it into something truly above and beyond what I am capable of.
Dan:  Azalia and I both love pop music. Whether it’s the bubblegum side or the more ruminative psychedelic side, we are big fans of lilting melodies and surprising chord changes.  So we meet in the center of those elements and create from that place in our hearts.
You’ve released a Bernie Sanders (US Democrat presidential candidate) support song, what made you decide to do it?
Azalia:  We have loved Bernie Sanders long before he decided to run for president. Dan is very political and deeply thoughtful,thanks to his very aware and brilliant father and mother. It was a no-brainer to do a Bernie Sanders song. We believe in his ideas and his integrity. It’s probably the only way the USA could rise above, having him as our next President.

Dan:  Bernie has always been honest. He has never pulled any punches in his career as a senator whether calling out Wall Street greed or currently, the climate change cover up of Exxon.  His popularity, we believe, stems from two qualities rarely seen in an American political figure: consistency and authenticity.

What should we expect from your live shows?  Who plays what?
Azalia:  Our live shows are very upbeat,as you can imagine. Dan plays a Fender VI, an instrument that you hear on countless recordings. I will let Dan elaborate on that.
I play when I’ve been playing for the last 15 years, a tiny synthesized keyboard, although I may start playing guitar live again,too.
Dan:  I play a Fender Bass VI, the Wrecking Crew’s secret weapon in the 60s and 70s.  Whether its a Glen Campbell track like “Wichita Lineman”or a scene cue from a Brady Bunch episode, the Bass VI permeates that era which we love. From the practical standpoint of our live set, I can play both bass parts and some guitar parts. Earlier in our live career I would have to switch back and forth a lot!
Who or what should we be checking out next?
Azalia:  Dan and I have a really cool side project,an avant  free jazz combo called Snail Meets West. That record will come out later this year on Union Pole, now based in Japan.
Dan:  We have a third LoveyDove album in the works which is a bit of a departure from this last album. In particular, it features Azalia’s return to the guitar and has a very stripped down, lo-fi punk feel.
LoveyDove will be bringing their sounds and sunshine to the Nice’n’Sleazy basement on 5th November with Chrissy Barnacle and Youngstrr Joey.  Links to event information and the facebook page.

Photos: A Sleazy Samhain – Acid Mothers Temple, Muyassar Kurdi + KRK – 30th October 2nd November, 2015

With thanks to Gregor Thomas Photography for the photos.

Interview: Muyassar Kurdi 28th October, 2015

Muyassur Kurdi discusses travelling, her introduction to experimental music and her latest explorations of sound..

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Muyassar Kurdi. I am an inter-disciplinary musician and performance artist living in Chicago, USA but traveling solo very often.
You’re currently midway through a UK/EU tour, how’s it going so far? 
I am more than half-way finished with my UK/EU tour. It is a dream and I don’t want to leave. I suppose I can say I don’t want to wake up from this dream, but I have been more and more awake, and living in the present. It has been a very pure and existential time as if I am on the brink of a new discovery. This is why traveling is so good for the soul! Every performance has been excellent in terms of attendance and overall energy. I have had the opportunity to play several art galleries and a chapel, which is my preferred type of space as it is often what encourages quietness and stillness. It seems more appropriate for my performance than a bar although I can do either, of course. I have been treated very well, and making new connections with beautiful people that I hope to see again.
How did you discover experimental music or what were you first experiences with it? 
I grew up in Chicago, and at first I was going to the communes in my early teens to listen to foot-stomping folk music during pot-luck dinners. There were many radicals, travelers, and anarchists in that community so I was turned-on to an alternative lifestyle early on in life. I definitely was rebelling against my religious parents and Arab father. I was always curious about sexuality and spirituality. I read many new books at the time, which gave me perspective on what it meant to be an artist and thinker/non-thinker: Alan Watts and Allen Ginsberg to name a couple…
The scene in Chicago would always change much like any scene..spaces would appear and disappear. I started attending many dirty basement shows where there was a lot of art rock performances and noise music. Eventually as I got older I started attending many free-jazz/experimental shows to see some of my favorite percussionists and ensembles. Although a lot of that scene can feel like a boy’s club at times, I enjoyed being present with my femininity to counter-act that energy, which was not welcoming. It wasn’t all of the scene though, only a portion, and I’d learn of my favorite players. The performance aspect of my art grew as I was friends with many dancers, painters, and poets.
I was inspired to incorporate many disciplines into my sound and overall performance. I am a dancer, visual artist, actress, and multi-instrumentalist. It wasn’t very immediate that I thought of myself in this was as if I tapped into myself and into my soul. I learned that this is what made me live fully as an organism in my environment. So I make abstract sound now. I love how open it is to interpretation, and at the same time, it is very thoughtful. I learned that the avant-garde and abstract resonated with me completely.

Your 2012 release “Majesty of the Majestic” sounds very different to your 2015 release “White Noise”?  Have you been aware of the changing direction of your music or has it been a subconscious one? 
I am very aware of the change of directions in my artistic path. Sometimes it feels easy to deny that that was ever me, but it was and it is a part of me! I was merely a seed then, but now a flower that is perpetually growing. In recent times, I had the great honor to attend workshops with my favorite musicians and dancers. Meredith Monk, in particular, has really influenced and transformed me. She has a healing approach to music, which helped me gain perspective on what a performance can do and what it’s all for: connection. I realized I needed to tend to my trauma so that I can transcend by means of many modes: film, movement, theatre, and music. More recently, I have been studying Butoh, which is a Japanese dance that came out of the war. It incorporates a lot of theatre and slow, grotesque movements and gestures. I realized I didn’t want to be hiding behind my instrument; I wanted to present a transformative experience that transcended; I wanted a cinematic experience. I knew there was so much more to it, and I didn’t want to hide from myself or others. I want to expose my soul; I want to take off my many masks. We all have them, and I am not ashamed. I am here to be present, to play with silence and breath. ‘White Noise’ is more song-y and since then I released ‘Winter Improvisations’ and I have a forthcoming record of abstract, wordless, and structured ‘songs’ called ‘Ascending’. There are two short films I made that correspond to that record as well: Ascending and Chaos. It has been a very painful process to get to where I am now, but I have never felt so alive before.
Who or what should we check out next?
‘Ascending’ is my next release. There are also some compilations I am taking part in. I will focus more on movement in January 2016 when I go to Berlin to study Butoh. Before or after, I plan to work on another film- possibly 16mm. I also have been playing more piano, and am thinking to release improvised piano pieces. Europe should be seeing much more of me from here on. I feel very welcome here.

Muyassar Kurdi will be performing her unique work at Nice’n’Sleazy along with Acid Mothers Temple for the Sleazy Samhain on 30th October.  Links here for the event listing and facebook event


LoveyDove bringing the oddball goodtime vibes from California on Nov 5th! 21st October, 2015

We are totally psyched to announce that on November 5th the new project of lofi underground pop sensations Azalia Snail and Dan West shall be playing Nice n Sleazy on Nov 5th. The band is LOVEYDOVE and what they do is ceaselessly endearing outsider pop music. You need to check it out :

Opening the show will be Nice n Sleazy favourites Chrissy Barnacle and Youngstrr Joey :


get yr tickets here!