20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Nebula Sunday 2023

Based in Bristol, UK, SCALPING are a four-piece band comprised of Isaac Jones on drums, James Rushforth on bass guitar, Nick Berthoud on guitar and Alex Hill on electronics. For the last five years, SCALPING have been writing, recording, and performing music together, trying to answer the question that guides their work: “How can a band bridge the gap between live guitar music and live electronic music?”

“Bristol legends, SCALPING” – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6Music

On the debut album ‘Void’, SCALPING are heavy metal in 4D; the sound is moody, distorted, and rhythmic, but the use of electronic techniques gives the finer details room to breathe. Their early lust for “all loudness, no nuance” has cooled too, making more space for experimentation. Tracks such as ‘Tether’, featuring Oakland rapper DÆMON, puts a modern, metal twist on Bristolian trip-hop; whereas album closer, ‘Remain In Statsis’, which features fast-rising artist Grove – a Bristol rapper and self-professed metalhead – whose commanding presence sets the track alight. These songs also mark an additional new chapter for the band with the addition of vocals for the first time.

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