Wakizashi is a new two day festival at the Old Malthouse, Bristol on October 22nd and 23rd. Promoters Probo Titans and Harry Furniss are aiming to bring together an incredible showcase of progressive, exciting music. Bristol’s alt-jazz all stars Get the Blessing headline on Saturday 22nd, with progressively poppy super-group Knifeworld at the top of the bill on Sunday 23rd.

GIGsoup caught up with four of the acts ahead of the action. First up are Iyabe– this experimental Bristol five piece are due to release their debut EP, ‘Biology. Biography. Culture.’ on November 4th. Iyabe use found sound and borrow from many genres to form their complex, hard to pin down tones.

How does it feel to be playing at Wakizashi?

Iyabe are vey excited to play this festival. As well as sharing the stage with some amazing bands, we also love supporting the local music scene.

It’s an exciting line up isn’t it? What is the one act you will not miss at Wakizashi?

I have several acts I do not want to miss at this festival, these include Get the Blessing, Hysterical Injury and Knifeworld.

A Wakizashi is one of the two swords used by a Samurai warrior- the Katana is the other one. What’s your weapon of choice?

I would like to say my weapon of choice would be my brain, but I did hear a teenager saved themselves from a mugging by shoving a bag of hot chips in the attackers face.

Could you please describe your sound in two words?

I would use minimal and cathartic to describes iyabes sound.

How’s 2016 treated you- been up to much?

2016 has been a great year for iyabe as we release our first record on the 4th of November, its been four years in the making.

What plans do you have for the year ahead? 

After releasing our first record we plan to hide away and write new material for our next release.

Finally- if you could wake up and play any (new) instrument in the world, what would it be and why?

I would want to play the santoor (Persian dulcimer) just because a friend gave it to me and I can’t play it yet.Wakizashi Festival - 4 acts not to miss : Iyabe

 

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