Live Music Roundup for July

Britain's best kept secret, Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies, play Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh on July 12

Article by Jay Shukla | 15 Jul 2006

Britain's best kept secret, Youthmovie Soundtrack strategies, kick things off at Cabaret Voltaire on July 12. Dazzlingly complex and impossibly tight, YMSS move between post-Mogwai soundscapes, Sonic Youth-esque tangles of melody and gritty, buzz-saw punk – usually in the space of one song. It's mostly instrumental, but it's all excellent. These guys have enough ideas and talent to fuel a dozen bands. Don't miss them.

Aotearoa's number one reggae band, Katchafire, bring the good vibes to the Liquid Room on July 18th. This politically aware eight-piece have played with luminaries such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, and their gigs are similarly joyous and inspiring spectacles. With a foundation firmly in roots-reggae, these folk know how to work a crowd, so get along and experience their musical celebration.

Order your earplugs now, because High On Fire will be trying their best to relieve you of your hearing when they crash into Cab Vol on July 21. This is barbaric, pounding metal in its most base form. Ex-sleep man Matt Pike pounds his instrument like it was satan's own cock, and before the night is out you'll be drowning in his devilish discharge. Rock.


Wildhearts frontman and bona fide UK rock legend Ginger Walls will play a rare acoustic gig at the Bastille Tavern on July 5. In his turbulent career he's scaled many heights and survived many more lows, but he's come through it all smiling, positive and with his genius for melody gloriously intact. This will be a rare chance to get up close and personal with a real visionary. Don't you dare miss it.

The wondrous and mercurial Animal Collective are bound to make you prick up your ears when they spray their scent all over King Tuts on July 10. Their sound is a blissful kaleidoscope of playful, frolicsome folk, restless melodies and near-religious zeal. This is a band that crackles with almost limitless potential, so make sure they don't pass you by.

Rock and roll behemoths Winnebago Deal will shake seven shades of shit out of the Barfly on July 18th. Originally a quartet, the Deal now operate as a devlish duo, preaching the power of the riff to their mosh-happy disciples. This will be a no-nonsense, bludgeoning sonic assault. Need proof? They're bessie mates with Nick Oliveri. Enough said.