After a mad Christmas and New Year season, and with many people trying to engage in various ‘detox’ activities throughout January, it should come as no surprise that the live music and club scene in Manchester is rather quiet this weekend. How about some mid-afternoon heavy post-rock then, to blow out the cobwebs? This Saturday, Kraak is hosting a pan-European presentation of heavy post-hardcore and post-rock music, featuring live sets from Kaddish, Crash of Rhinos and Raein, three artists that rarely play Manchester. Crash of Rhinos offer an intense and energetic brand of post-rock music that takes the sensibilities of the likes of Spokes, 65daysofstatic and I LIKE TRAINS, and throws in a whole load of loud, metal-influenced energy. A sound that has been copied by many, their music should be well suited to Kraak. Italy’s Raein (pictured) is another one to watch: with members coming from screamo, post-hardcore and post-rock backgrounds, their music is a blend of these disciplines, mixing fierce, potent sounds with more melodic and progressive-sounding rhythms more closely associated with post-rock. After a long hiatus, Raein reformed in 2009 and their latest LP, 2011’s self-released vinyl-only Sulla Linea D’Orizzonte Tra Questa Mia Vita E Quella Di Tutti, was a cult hit internationally.

Sat 5 Jan, Kraak, 11 Stevenson Square, M1 1DB, 2pm – 5pm, £7 adv, £9 on the door,

Sat 5 Jan
Simon Webbon
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Thu 3 Jan 2013