He instinctively knew that memory and imagination share the same ghost quarters of the brain, that they are like impressions in loose sand, footfalls in snow. Memory normally weighed more, but not here, where the forest washed it away, smoothing out every contour of its vital meaning. Here, he would use imagination to stamp out a lasting foundation that refused the insidious erosions buffeting around him. He would dream his way back to life with impossible facts.
The Empire Never Ended presents The Urban Bar 176 Whitechapel Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1BJ + Medium Love / Property
Building intrigue around a band or an artist certainly has become an artform nowadays, with more and more meticulously planned attempts sought after to challenge tried and tested marketing campaigns and traditions. A highly effective method to increase ‘buzz’ around a band is to strive for as an anonymous presence as possible and let the music do the talking. What can make a difference is how far musicians are really willing to push that boundary. We can talk about groups like Sleep Token, and until recently Ghost, who have formed their identity with a grand narrative to accompany their music, and it kept us guessing who were the musicians behind the masks, while marvelling at the work laid before us. 00000000 might be taking it that extra step further.
The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity — a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.
Bark presents Amersham Arms 388 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TY + Uncanny Valley Girls / Junodef / Ead Wood
On this first day of a new century we humbly beg forgiveness and dedicate these last forests of our once beautiful nation to the hope that they will one day return and grace our foul earth. Until that day may God bless these gardens and the brave men who care for them.
The Empire Never Ended presents The Urban Bar 176 Whitechapel Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1BJ + Rat the Magnificent
The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.
The normal question, the first question is always, “Are these cannibals?” No, they are not cannibals. Cannibalism in the true sense of the word implies an intraspecies activity. These creatures cannot be considered human. They prey on humans. They do not prey on each other; that’s the difference. They attack and they feed only on warm human flesh. Intelligence? Seemingly little or no reasoning ability, but basic skills remain a more… remembered behaviours of ah, normal life. There are reports of these creatures using tools. But even these actions are the most primitive; the use of tools as bludgeons and so forth. I might point out that even animals will adopt the use of tools in this manner. These creatures are nothing but pure, motorized instinct. We must not be lulled by the concept that these are our family members or our friends. They are not. They will not respond to such emotions.
Ten Zero One presents 93 Feet East 150 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL
+ Arliston / Spirit Level / Guests
Science? Nonsense! In this situation mediocrity and genius are equally useless! I must tell you that we really have no desire to conquer any cosmos. We want to extend the Earth up to its borders. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. We don’t need other worlds. We need a mirror. We struggle to make contact, but we’ll never achieve it. We are in a ridiculous predicament of man pursuing a goal that he fears and that he really does not need.
The Dublin Castle
94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
+ Legal Freaks / Vertical Noise / Charmides
I can’t touch you, Susan. I can’t touch you as a man could. But I can show you things that I alone have seen. I can’t touch, but I can see. They’ve constructed eyes for me, to watch the show. And ears, so that I can listen in to the galactic dialogue.
North America’s getting soft, patrón, and the rest of the world is getting tough. Very, very tough. We’re entering savage new times, and we’re giong to have to be pure and direct and strong, if we’re going to survive them. Now, you and this cesspool you call a television station and your people who wallow around in it, your viewers who watch you do it, they’re rotting us away from the inside. We intend to stop that rot.
388 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY + The Hungry Ghosts / Gaygirl / Rental Wives
The final truth of all things is that there is no final Truth. Truth is what’s transitory. It’s human life that is real. I don’t want to frighten you, Emily, but what I’m trying to tell you is that moment of terror is a real and living horror, living and growing within me now, and the only thing that keeps it from devouring me is you.
What exactly is Genesis? Well, put simply, Genesis is life from lifelessness. It is a process whereby molecular structure is reorganised at the subatomic level into life-generating matter of equal mass. Stage One of our experiments was conducted in the laboratory. Stage Two of the series will be attempted in a lifeless underground. Stage Three will involve the process on a planetary scale.
Jack Rocks The George Tavern 373 Commercial Rd, London E1 0LA + Kandybar & The Hair Razors / Shockpowder / Time for 15
That spring, we were all watching the events of space and wondering what the final effect would be. Astronomers argued over theory while engineers got pretty excited about variables and magnetic fields. Mystics predicted earthquakes and the end of life as we knew it. When the effect came it was almost unnoticed because it happened to such a small and insignificant form of life.
Proud Camden The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH + YipiOK / Diesel Drums / Mollys Daggers / Dirt Royal
Polydichloric euthimal! Those stupid bastards are taking polydichloric euthimal! It’s an amphetamine. Strongest thing you ever saw. Makes you feel wonderful. Makes you do ten hours work in six hours, that kind of nonsense. Especially manual labor. It makes you work like a horse. The army tested it a few years ago. It made the men work alright… then it made them psychotic. It takes a while, ten maybe eleven months… and then it fries your brain.
New Cross Inn 323 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS + The Buddha Pests / Katalina Kicks / Ton of Feathers
This isn’t one of you text-book exercises, Mr. Jennings. This is an experiment in biological warfare, or hadn’t you noticed? That organism is potentially the greatest breakthrough in weapons research since man split the atom. What we do here will affect the balance of world power! Of course there are lives at stake – whole nations, in fact. And that’s far more important than a handful of people in this small town. And that is my cross to bear, Mr. Jennings. Now carry out your orders.
An embassy for an intelligence beyond ours. A shape of some kind for something that has no shape. Your children will be born in a world of two suns. They will never know a sky without them. You can tell them that you remember when there was a pitch black sky with no bright star, and people feared the night. You can tell them when we were alone, when we couldn’t point to the light and say to ourselves – ‘There is life out there.’
Ten Zero One presents
93 Feet East 150 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL + Hot Gothic / Daughters of God / Legpuppy / Marty Broke My Heart