Aleister X – Free Download of ‘Santa Claus Is Comin (LGH)’ for Christmas!

On this incredibly busy time of year for you, I humbly beseech you enjoy this uplifting, monumental 2014 holiday offering. If you find yourself so moved to review and post the track link to your wonderful blog, so be it my friend.

You are a charmer, Mr. X.

Just for you lovely folk this Christmas 2014, Aleister X has released a free track. For those who are sick to the teeth of Let It Go or All I Want For Christmas… Needless to say, it is a masterpiece of bewildering festive confusion and debauchery.

Think of that shopping centre Santa you once saw smoking a joint around the back of Poundland.

Now think of the one you saw being sick during that one horrible Christmas night out in Doncaster.

Now imagine happy slapping them a few times.

Now listen to this song.

Merry Christmas!

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Whitby Goth Weekend – Saturday 1st November, 2014

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By Jordan Mooney.

Images by Zhaos Photography.

It was Saturday. I woke up with a headache and the remains of Nutella pizza clouding my memory. Then a seagull screamed past the window, and I swiftly remembered I was in Whitby. Then a steam engine on the NYMR whistled just to make sure.

Like the railway saddo that I am, I spent a good half hour watching out of our conveniently placed apartment window at the ‘run around’ of the train before I donned the top hat and tailcoat for another day’s roaming Whitby.

Unfortunately, Whitby was full.

And I mean ‘full’.

It was a positive nightmare trying to get around the town today – and it wasn’t Goths that were the problem...

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Whitby Goth Weekend – Friday 31st October, 2014

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It’s taken a long time but we’re finally ready to talk about WGW Halloween 2014 – and it wasn’t an easy one. This night is a mixed bag, folks. It might even prove a touch..controversial. Remember these opinions are those of one man. Should you disagree? So be it..! We shan’t claim to be right all the time, ladies and gents, but we hope that you, at the very least, believe us to be fair.

By Jordan Mooney.

Photographs by Zhaos Photography.

When do we stop calling this a music event and start calling it a genuine phenomenon?

That was the question I asked my friends on both the 31st of October and 1st of November as it took us over fifteen minutes to amble across the 75ft Victorian swing bridge that acts as a sole central connection between Whitby’s famous cliffs.

I asked a similar question ...

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‘The Fallen Word’ – A Review

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Oliver Harrison is a man that Cat on the Wall has known for a fair amount of time as an experimental man specialising in kinetic typography. In Jordan’s travels throughout animation history this modern day renaissance man has appeared as a weaver of tales more than once, and, with a musical history including the hardy cult group Satan’s Rats, it’s of little surprise that we’d end up with a particular interest in a true auteur.

His work has a quality that carries the unusual themes and fantastical elements that reminds one irresistibly of Kubrick. Tales and ideas rooted in studies of the human psyche, the human language – the more complex and beautiful aspects of life and record. Often complicated subjects that remain translated into a language any man or woman can understand.

Like Kubrick,...

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Please help Cat On The Wall stay ad free!

Hello friends!

Cat On The Wall co-founder Jo Whitby here! First of all I’d like to say a massive thank you to our esteemed editor Jordan Mooney for taking over the reigns back in 2013. His reviews and articles are always passion fueled and, as I’m sure you’ll agree, a delight to read too.

We decided from the outset that COTW would be advert free. We wanted to make sure we had control over what content we displayed on our pages and anyway, google ads are ugly, right? This means that Jordan, myself and all the contributors do not get paid. We take from our own pockets to keep the webspace and domain ticking over – something we don’t mind doing but occasionally we need to reach out to folks like you, our lovely readers, to lend the zine a helping hand.

How can you help? We’re not asking for m...

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Blues, Politics and War – And We Should Die of That Roar.

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By Jordan Mooney.
Header image basis, first article photograph and posters courtesy of Igor Gruda, Grafotopia

That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it. If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.

So goes that famous quote from Mary Ann Evan‘s era-defining novel, Middlemarch. The quote deals with the idea of people having no attention for common, everyday suffering – how we maintain a self-imposed ignorance as a defence mechan...

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Quiet Marauder’s new single – SOS – feat. Jemma Roper

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Bloody hell, this lot again?!

That’s right, our favourite anti-folk Cardiff-Crazies are back - Quiet Marauder have stormed our office for the god-knowsieth time, smashing windows, leaving bits of Bono everywhere, a chewed up rubiks cube and a little betamax tape all ready and waiting, tied with ribbon – holding their latest music video – this time, it’s track 26 on volume 4 of their 111-track debut - SOS.

Telling the all-too-familiar-tale of a day’s office drudgery, the story soon takes a dark and increasingly bizarre turn in typical Marauder fashion – and once again features the fine values of On-Par productions, who once again turn a relatively low-fi video into a stunning piece of cinematography.

Quiet Marauder, in our opinion, remain one of the...

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Jordan Reyne – ‘Mother’ – the second in a matriarchal series

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By Jordan Mooney.

It’s always a great event when an independent musician releases a new album or EP.

Forget a multi-million record artist releasing their 60th cash-in, forget an album of B-sides that weren’t good enough for release the first time ’round. Forget your limited editions, your special editions and your alternative cases…

No, no. The true pleasure is when people pour their heart and soul into a release and make something great. Ten times more graft, no labels peering over every minute to make sure there’s no room for upset – oh no. Typically it’s a musician sitting on a train with a notebook. A musician at home with an acoustic guitar on a Friday night. It’s music by people – people you can meet in a pub, people you can shake hands with, hug, share a drink with.

It makes music m...

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Spin-O-Rama – A Primitives Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.

I’m too young to remember a lot of what made music great.

It’s sad, really, isn’t it? That such a phrase can be uttered in a time when, realistically, charting music should be bigger, more vibrant and, above all else, more fun and exciting than ever.

Just over twenty five years ago, the vibrant age of brightly-coloured upstarts on music television – take, for example, late 80s to early 90s Top of the Pops, was in full steam. But the age of fun party bands on television seems to have disappeared – and no, I don’t mean drivel like One Direction...

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Being ‘Little Freddie’ – Freddie Mack on being the Godson of history’s greatest frontman

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photos courtesy of The Mack family.

Of all the people we’ve interviewed on ‘The Wall’, one of my favourites has to be Freddie Mack. Or Freddie Meat. Or Freddie from Liquid Meat. You get the idea!

Liquid Meat are one of those bands you don’t come across very often. A true rock group with metal lineage – with a real family heritage behind it.

When I first spoke to Freddie Mack, It didn’t take very long to piece together who he is. The son of the legendary record producer, Reinhold Mack, and, thus, as legend dictates…the godson of Freddie Mercury - perhaps the, scrub that, certainly the most legendary frontman in history.

Freddie Mercury doesn’t need introduction. From 1973, up until his death in 1991, he was quite literally one of the biggest rock gods of the music industr...

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