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There's many a band out there who grab your attention with a name, the trick then is keeping that attention.

Luckily, Desertfest's latest addition, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell have a sound even more distinct and distinguished than their name. Rough and ready, low-fi proto-stoner rock is one way to describe them, but there's a million ways you could sum up the band, and no description captures everything. On one hand there's a healthy dose of 70s worship on display, but any callbacks have been filtered through the grim reality of the 21st century to make something a little sleazier and greasier. To be honest, we just highly recommend you stick on 2012s Don't Hear It... Fear It! and let The Shovell speak for themselves.

The band themselves personally encouraged us to ask all in attendance at their Desertfest set to dress as their favourite vegetable; we reckon the only turnips at Desertfest will be those who don't catch Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell when they open The Electric Ballroom on Saturday 5th May.

Words: Tom Geddes


Stoner rock is punk played slowly so they say, as such we obviously have a healthy respect for the proudly raucous genre; with that said, we're pleased to be adding Made of Teeth to this year's Desertfest lineup at this late stage.

Made not only of teeth, but also of ex and current members of some of Wales' finest bands in the form of Taint, The Witches Drum, Spider Kitten, Oblong and Lacertilia, the band are as heavy as you'd expect and about twice as guttural. Their debut, self-titled release, issued last August via Red Sun Recordings, is an irascibly, ill-tempered affair; twenty-five minutes of chugging, confrontational noise, though not without its more intricate and delicate moments, as seen in the intro of 'Hook, Tooth and Claw'.

Make sure you don't miss one of the best new bands in the UK when Made of Teeth play The Black Heart on Saturday 5th May at 16:15.

Words: Tom Geddes