Heavy Pop presents:
AK/DK + Vienna Ditto + Tiger Mendoza
Entry Requirements: 18+
Heavy Pop presents...
“A joyful storm of synth loops, beats and beeps - AK/DK play with passion, inventiveness and smiles plastered over their faces” Drowned In Sound
“…think Battles or Errors with the intensity turned right up” CLASH
AK/DK’s new album ‘Patterns/Harmonics’ takes us deeper into their ever-changing, kaleidoscopic world of wild synths and drums. A joyful barrage of distorted drums and rhythms interweaves with simmering electronics. Known for their high energy and structural abandon as a live act, the duo now reveal a glimpse of their production and compositional nuance with their second, full-length album. Alongside their relentless disco-punk drums and Carpenter-esque arpeggios, a more developed sound is now on offer.
The new recordings reveal the band evolving their musical style and structures; songs such as the title track ‘Patterns / Harmonics’ and the new single ‘Morphology’ display the raw energy and almost no-wave punk aesthetic of the group. Compare this to the dense, electronic composition of others such as ‘Bright Isles of Lights’ and the conjoined atmospheres of ‘Modulahhh’ and ‘Modulaargh’. When interspersed between the Devo like driving riffs of dance-floor-bangers like ‘Lagom’ and ‘Modulate to Accumulate’ you can begin to hear how the band deftly blends their various styles and influences. This album takes us on a journey from the dreamy melodies of Kraftwerk, via the deep electronica of Delia Derbyshire and James Holden, to the searing noise of bands such as Hookworms and Battles.
AK/DK are a band most at home on stage and their stream of largely improvised layers of fizzing arpeggios and crushing motorik drums has earned them places at many of the stages and festivals all around the UK and Europe, including Latitude, End of The Road, ArcTanGent and Green Man. They will be touring around the UK this autumn.
Some praise for their previous album ‘Synths + Drums + Noise + Space’:
“They carry over the improvised disco workouts of their frenetic live show with pinpoint percussion and crackling electronics; 8/10 – NME
“A triumph!” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“One of the most exciting releases of the year; 8/10” - The Line of Best Fit
- Support from VIENNA DITTO & TIGER MENDOZA
Welcome to the wonderful world of AK/DK, where musical structure has been joyfully shattered, and the pieces recombined into a unique, prysmic, ever changing barrage of high-energy sound and melody.
AK/DK’s maiden LP, entitled Synths + Drums + Noise + Space, follows a trio of cult releases on Little Miss Echo Recordings, including last year’s ridiculously infectious cassette single Battersea. This new offering represents a slight departure from the more bit-crushed pop-joy of their previous recordings: recorded live and largely improvised, its fizzing layers of arpeggios and raging double drums will appeal to fans of Factory Floor, Dan Deacon, Raymond Scott, Can, Boredoms and Battles. Studio edits were kept to a minimum in favour of a more honest and raw recording, going some way to recreate the raucous spontaneity of their live shows.
Live, AK/DK are an in-demand, high-energy spectacle. As well as opening for a dizzying range of artists like Dan Deacon, Damo Suzuki, Tricky, Fujiya & Miyagi, Anamanaguchi and Civil Civic, they have played art-oriented events such as the ICA's Psychedelica Gala, the Cage-inspired "A Nod To John Cage" event at the De La Warr Pavillion, and a Tate/Shunt curated art and music event at Latitude Festival. They were also hand picked to open for The Dandy Warhols on their entire European tour (as seen in the Battersea video), including a London show at the HMV Forum.
“Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack” Huw Stephens, Radio 1
Released in June last year, Vienna Ditto's debut album Circle received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and BBC6 Music- earning a coveted spot on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. Nightshift called it “One of the best Oxford albums of recent times” and Frank Skinner said it was “Smashing”, which is nice. Their next 7-track EP Ticks is due for release late April.
“Sexy pop noir” The Daily Sport
Hatty and Nigel first met when he taught her guitar at the age of 11, and although they lost touch in the intervening years the duo were reunited following a chance encounter in the street 8 years later. Originally intended as a bit of fun singing old gospel songs over wobbly synths, Vienna Ditto were prematurely catapulted into the limelight when their first song Long Way Down somehow ended up being played on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show, leading to an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival. The band have since been given a Maida Vale session for BBC6, received glowing reviews in Q Magazine and Artrocker and appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show.
2016 saw the band touring the album around the UK and Northern Europe, bolstered- if not financially, then surely in spirit- by the use of their music in several advertising campaigns (most notably for Saks Fifth Avenue and The Polish National Health Fund) and the film Sacred Heart by award-winning Australian director Kosta Nikas.
“With Smoky-voiced femme fatale Hatty Taylor on vocals, London-based three piece Vienna Ditto mix wild-eyed rockabilly riffs with sparse, atmospheric electronica.” Q Magazine