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Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Fri 2 Nov. Sometimes you crave something dark, distorted and experimental. Tunes that confuse and excite with their innovative rhythms and hard, pulsating sounds. Music you can lose your identity to. What you need then is Test, one of the few purveyors of real techno and experimental electronica currently operative in the Central Belt.

As Test reaches its fifth birthday, those out there harbouring this strange addiction to techno are slowly making themselves known. As a source close to the club explains: ‘Nobody else was playing that style of music, particularly five years ago. We try to do it differently, there are no promoters or managers. We build on quality not names and the punters have learnt to trust our taste.’ Our informant continues, ‘this music is huge abroad but still very small over here. More solid, more experimental, more sophisticated, it’s anything but clichéd techno.’

And for techno lovers the birthday bash will be a real treat. Neil Landstrumm’s joining the resident DJs, Shandy and Dave Tarrida, with a full live set, providing an early opportunity to catch tracks from his latest long player She Took A Bullet Meant For

Me. Sure to be packed with hard ass funked-out breakbeat, twisted electro and kicking mechanical beats, our source explains this element of the show saying: ‘Neil is trying to pioneer new sounds. Despite the fact he’s a resident, it’s taken us five years to get

him to do a live set.’

Entertainment on the night also includes the wonderfully monikered exponents of all things freaked out, The Tokyo Bitches (aka DJ duo Robbie Famous and Virgin Surgeon), who’ll be playing the ‘Wheelchair Lounge’. Their mind-warping sonic selection will be wrapped around a live performance from Sand, playing a strange and unique sound that even the band’s electronics expert, Tim Wright, has trouble categorising. ‘When we played in Austria we were described as electro metal voodoo jazz, which I think

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sounds as good a description as any. Each member brings their own angle, my element is electronic dance music and experimental jazz, the trombonist and guitarist come from a punk background and the bass player from academic electro acoustic music’. Their performance is being funded by the Performing Right Society Foundation who provide grants to increase awareness of new music projects. And with good reason. ‘We played the Vienna Opera House recently and it went down amazingly well,’ explains Wright. ‘We also provided music for a ballet in Tokyo. No-one clapped but we got rave reviews and went on to win all sorts of awards.’

Add to this Test’s abstract take on decor and lighting and, in the words of Shaun Ryder, your melons are gonna be well and truly twisted. (Henry Northmore)

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