Tomorrow sees me heading to Nottingham to catch Pitchshifter who have broken their hiatus briefly and come out of probable retirement to play six English shows in six days as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the www•pitchshifter.com release.
The Rock City show is somewhat a homecoming gig, even though the band members are spread far and wide now, and obviously the preceding five shows have just been a warm up for the Nottinghamshire spectacular.
In my ‘Shifter post from two years ago I mentioned rumours and cryptic posts regarding the two decade anniversary, and here we nearly are. It’s already been stated that the set will lean heavily towards the .com release and a few interviews I’ve read also mention a track or two from the seventh album that never arrived. If you want to check some of it out have a look on their Bandcamp page.
I recently dropped on a vinyl copy of their debut Industrial while they were using the Pitch Shifter name, two distinct word rather than the conjoined name that came with the much more drum ‘n’ bass era. It’s such a brooding and melancholic affair. I was intrigued to see what I can expect on Saturday from some of the sets earlier in the week and I took a peek. I’m glad Triad is getting an airing, but I’d liked to have seen something from Industrial and Submit or something else from Desenstitized.
The last time I saw them on stage was what was their penultimate show prior to Monday at Damnation festival in Leeds in 2008. I can’t recall if it was billed as a farewell show or not.
As this tour is to celebrate a specific album Genius is obviously taken from www•pitchshifter.com, their first release for a major label after their departure from Earache Records. As this run isn’t promoting anything and doesn’t have to make some suits a shed load of cash it’s one show that I’ve really been looking forward to since it’s announcement.