While the rest of the UK alternative music scene seems to have bounced back after Lockdown parties etc, North Wales dragged its heels. Attendances have been as sparse and sporadic as the gigs themselves, with only Rhyl hanging on for dear life while everywhere else has been pretty dead. The avid among us sought sonic solace in Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. Hopefully a buck to that trend is about to begin. Conwy is a beautiful town halfway along the coast, situated within the walls of a majestic medieval castle. It is renowned for its real ale pubs and famous for the residents’ uproar that prevented Brexitspoons opening up and ruining the vibe. The Comrades Club was a regular (if unlikely) host of hardcore punk gigs (pre-Covid), until someone moved into a flat nearby, complained about the noise, and… yes, you get this all-too familiar story.More
Sludgier than sludge doom goths Warlockhunt have premiered a new video Sacred Skin.
Filmed (mainly) at the remote Llangelynin Church in the Welsh hills behind Conwy, they pay homage to the bass.
Sacred Skin is taken from the band’s ‘Call Of Sorrow EP’ – get it here on bandcamp.
A new cross-border project has emerged between Conwy’s Mark Watson-Jones and Lorraine Peaker from the Wirral. Under the moniker Warlockhunt (I’m still trying to figure the underlying message), they have released Sleep/Heal.
Those of you familiar with the barbaric tumult of Mark’s day job, Emissaries Of Syn will be taken aback by the minimalist approach. Two tracks, two bass guitars, a drum machine and Lorraine’s soft vocal make up the two songs. Definitely not Sonny & Cher; more like Chucky & Tiffany, Warlockhunt offer a slightly more optimistic approach than the doom and gloom of the music that makes up our preferred genres of late.
Available On CD and Bandcamp