Last time I saw SUNNO))) was back when they played Temples Festival. That’s become something of a legendary show in the last few years, what with tales of a destroyed PA, structural building damage, random nosebleeds in the audience, and pigeons falling dead from the rafters. It was not so much a musical event as a an exercize in endurance, brutality and oppressive ambience.
Quite what SUNNO))) has in mind for this show at the Barbican is anyone’s guess, but after the release of their last album Kannon which was relatively concise and accessible by SUNNO))) standards at least, it’s possible that London’s pigeon population can rest easy for the time being. Still, expect plenty of smoke, volume and the weird feeling you get when air is being pushed from your lungs by an invisible hand (which happens all the time, those invisible hands are everywhere).
Support at the show comes from trained Icelandic singer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir and it’s a part of the Convergence Festival.
Tickets can be found here from December 2nd.