Tired of all the nostalgia-drenched 90’s R&B nights in Dalston? What happens when you just need something out-of-control loud, freaky and weird as hell? Collectives SLUGBAIT (a noise-rap and industrial music-obsessed duo) and SORT (makers of all things severe–from fashion and photo zines to concrete objects) are coming together this Friday night for what promises to be one of the most anxiety-provoking, ear-pounding nights of your life: Very Friendly. Promising “all the music you want to hear in a club, but are too afraid to ask”, it’s just the ticket for those of you that prefer hiding in dark corners shuffling your feet, or staring at the DJ in a death-grip-trance. Music-wise, think Mykki Blanco, think Throbbing Gristle, Puce Mary, Young Thug, Depeche Mode… need we go on? We grabbed 60-seconds with SLUGBAIT and SORT and got an exclusive look inside SORT’s photo zine ahead of the official launch at Very Friendly on Friday night.
What inspired you to set up this night?
SLUGBAIT: I blame society.
What should we expect from it?
SORT: *loud noises*
SLUGBAIT: Noise and destruction. There’s a lot of music that people want to hear in clubs that doesn’t ever get played in them. Also, DJing has become increasingly streamlined and commodified in the UK: it’s not about playing bold, defiant music, it’s about dehydrating the audience for bar gains with soulless, middle of the road background techno.
What kind of music will you be playing?
SORT: Dark music to dance to.
SLUGBAIT: Post-punk, noise rap and everything in-between – anything a bit aggy, visceral and pounding. Punk agitators and industrial terrorisers.
Why The Victoria?
SLUGBAIT: It’s a dusty old boozer that puts on really decent, adventurous music nights. It’s rumoured that Eastenders’ Queen Vic was based on it, too. Instead of Peggy Mitchell screaming in your face, you can listen to Genesis P-Orridge chant about Ian Brady.
What do you expect/want the crowd to be like?
SLUGBAIT: We don’t care who comes, as long as they have fun.
How should we get ready for the night?
SORT: Head to your local sex shop for PVC and poppers.
SLUGBAIT: Piss all over your clothes.
Creative Direction: Joseph Delaney & Matt King
Photography: Emma Gibney
Hair: Jonathan De Francesco
Concrete Design: Julie Dybro
Flyer artwork by SORT. Very Friendly: 10pm-2am, The Victoria E8. FREE ENTRY.