Cactus&Cardigan // Band Of The Week // 07.01.13

Just as Cradle Of Filth effectively describes an English 6-Piece Extreme Metal band, Cactus&Cardigan employs the same effect for their brash, off the wall take on ‘Noise Rock’. What some may view as a random misnomer due to the band being made up of neither cacti nor frequently employing the use of cardigans as an unlikely dress code to their fun live shows; I view as a perfectly fitting title to their songs which tell stories sweeping from the Adult Entertainment Industry in ‘The Money Shot’ to informative methods of effective masturbation when your wife is out of town in their local hit ‘Wank Sock’.

It’s hard to lend justice to the clever song-writing in a short article, when really it must be heard first hand in an intimate setting from a stage or in their own home demos where they utilize a do-it-yourself mentality that, if you will, pluck all the right strings for a band such as this. Perhaps you would be forgiven for thinking there is an immaturity when browsing through a track listing of ‘Reggie Yates Is The Messiah’, ‘George Michael Cums Cobwebs’ or ‘Crab Sea Nesquik’, but a quick listen to either and all of the above in short, take you on a colourful journey which simultaneously makes you want to nod your head, punch your friend, snigger quietly, laugh loudly and then sometimes cry squeamishly. The important factor would be that you don’t disregard that although they are writing music about some unusual topics, the musicianship behind them really is fantastic and deserves to be taken seriously.

So a little bit more about the band? Well here are a few facts..

• There are three of them.
• They used to wear masks under the guise’s ‘Groin’, ‘Mouth’ & ‘Bubble’.
• They now answer to ‘Peter’, ‘Marc’ & ‘Jack’.
• They are based in Thurso, Highlands.
• They have self released a single; ‘Crab Sea Nesquik’ and have a flutter of other ideas on their Facebook which are set to become something more substantial this year.
• You should buy the above when it becomes available.

So there you have it my band of the week and hopefully yours. They are all things intense, fun, serious when they need to be and bursting at the seams with riffs. I revert to their own imagery to conclude…

Imagine a cold glass of ‘Crab Sea Nesquik’. Sure it sounds pretty disgusting and let’s be honest, it’s going to taste pretty bad; however it’s made of some smashing components (Crab and Nesquik, hello?!) and is intriguing enough for me to give it a try. Who knows, maybe, in fact, it could be the best thing you’ve ever had!

“5 Crab Sea Nesquiks please squire..”

Check them out now!! –

New Skin – Bear Arms

After Bear Arms performed as a special midnight guest for the KTSN12 I stumbled across them.

Serendipity I guess.

New Skin was just released on the 19th of June. So its still some new (loud) noise on the internets. Meaty riffs and post hardcore drops. I can only imagine King Tuts had some minor head banging. ‘Towers’ and ‘Where I Lay My Head’ are my stand outs at the moment.