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The Future Shock and Asylum Co-promotion at Live Lounge, Sunday 30 September

In asylum, bands, brighton, guernsey, jersey, live lounge, music on August 16, 2012 at 19:11

The Future Shock is a live music collective based in Guernsey, organising promotions, tour bookings and events in the UK and Channel Islands with a stylistically eclectic approach and forward-looking philosophy embracing rock, metal, punk and indie. For September 2012 The Future Shock has scheduled a tour across the country that culminates in Guernsey and Jersey. The Jersey show is the final date in this ambitious programme, and Asylum is helping to stage the show at Live Lounge, St. Helier.

The event takes place on Sunday 30 September 2012 from 7.30pm until about midnight. Entry is £5. Five excellent bands are lined up: Nightworkers, Last Of The Light Brigade, Of Empires, Harlequin Knights and Beau Fiasco.


Nightworkers (Brighton)

Jack Moullin – vocals
Jamey Exton – guitar
Rowan Reddington – guitar and vocals
Joe Haberfield – synth and vocals
Alex Roberts – bass
Jonny Ross – drums


“Nightworkers have emerged from the insomnia of a town that never sleeps. Taking influence from rock ‘n’ roll’s finest craftsmen including Primal Scream, Rolling Stones and Brian Jonestown Massacre, their unique blend of electronically pulsing, guitar driven hypnotic rock creates a stampede of sonic ecstasy. They have kept close to them the identity and beliefs of great guitar bands that modern music has lost along the way. Nightworkers not only demonstrate a brave, solid sound but visually seduce you through the intensity of their performance and the strength and belief behind their songs.” ~ Sarah Wade, Disorder magazine


Last Of The Light Brigade (Guernsey)

Tyler Edmonds
Ben Queripel
Stu Carre


“Last of the Light Brigade formed in 2010 and following the amicable departure of guitarist Joshua Moore settled on the more angry three-piece set up for which they are best known. Having recorded the album The Ones You Left Behind at the analogue Gizzard Studios in London, their own distinctive brand of British rock has seen them carve out a niche in Guernsey’s music scene and earn acclaim from Radio 2’s Janice Long and local luminaries The Risk. In 2010 they supported Paul Weller at the Jersey Live festival, and last year shared the stage with Ocean Colour Scene at the inaugural Guernsey Festival of Performing Arts.” ~ Dominic Laine


Of Empires (Guernsey)

George Le Page
Matthew Berry
Jack Fletcher
Liam Bewey


“Born as a result of the all-inspiring state that is intoxication, like the spawn of an accident that happened one fateful night but one that you’ll never regret. Of Empires have only just entered the world and their declaration: To embark on a stripped down, no bullshit rock ‘n’ roll. Reminiscent in places of the hard rock sounds of the 1970s, a genuine and authentic sound driving the pure fundamentals of that rock ‘n’ roll tradition which we all believe in.” ~ Of Empires

“With their new take on the hard rock sounds of the 1970s, debut single I Am The Night certainly hints this is a band worth watching.”Tommy Girard


Harlequin Knights (Jersey)

Marcus Harley – vocals and keyboards
James Dolan – guitar and vocals
Gary Law – bass
Leon Bouhaire – drums

Marcus is well known as a vocalist in the stylish and successful big band Inside Job. James is a maverick singer-songwriter who blazed a trail of magnetically indecorous indie rock in The Author and The Tracys. Gary’s supercooled bass grooves made unforgettable impressions in the performances of Velofax, Methylated Spiritualists and Bubblebrain. Leon is a powerhouse drummer who has worked with BlackStats and The Audio. Together they are experimenting with an unconventional new sound uniting rhythm ‘n’ blues and progressive rock.


Beau Fiasco (Jersey)

Hannah Campbell – vocals
Steve Catterson – keyboards
Sam Robinson – drums
Matt Munro – bass
Rhodri Hart – guitar

Beau Fiasco – A Beautiful Storm

Beau Fiasco have been playing on and off since January 2012 working on dreamy indie pop, and band members have previously played in The Mulburys, Honey Bun and Hip Hoperation.


Asylum Poll Winners’ Show at Live Lounge, Friday 15th June 2012

In all ages, asylum, bands, brighton, hove, jersey, live lounge on May 17, 2012 at 12:13

It’s been almost two years since Asylum produced a live event for the Live Lounge, Jersey. Friday 15th June sees the auspicious return, by public demand, of Asylum’s unique brand of eclectic live promotions. Following an overwhelmingly well subscribed recent poll to find the most requested live bands in Jersey, the top five acts chosen by fans are performing at the first of a series of shows that will run throughout summer 2012. It’s good to be back!

The Valentines
Stan Smith
Parker and The Flowing Wow
Gavin Tate of The Gaa Gaas

There are two shows on this date: Firstly, Asylum renews its commitment to Jersey’s vibrant youth music scene with the All Ages show from 6pm to 9.30pm. Scruffians, Stan Smith, and two UK acts The Valentines and Parker and The Flowing Wow will be performing at this show. There is a no alcohol policy at the early show, but in all other respects this show is the real deal – a concert rich in talent and excitement. Other forthcoming all ages shows will feature many more young bands of the Channel Islands, but this time we are presenting a near-mirror of the late show’s line-up. Entry for the all ages show is £2 on the door.

The late show starts at 10pm on the same night. Parker and The Flowing Wow, The Valentines, Stan Smith and Gavin Tate of The Gaa Gaas are the amazing acts, with support from the legendary DJ duo of Mr. Livingstone and Carlo Zen. In anticipation of a busy night, we’ll be opening the top floor bar as a chill area with some great DJing and sophisticated atmosphere to complement the frenzy of the live room on the middle floor. Entry for the late show is £7 on the door.

The Valentines, from Brighton, are renowned for their melodic brilliance, urbane attitude, and audacious splicing of doo-wop, garage rock and classic pop. Expect glamour and authentically stellar stage presence!


Stan Smith are Jersey’s undisputed masters of metal and notorious for the sheer power of their performances. Their live set is a technical tour-de-force and very heavy. They are signed to the crucial Rising Records label and are preparing to release an album in 2012.


Gavin Tate, a key figure of Bomp! the hugely influential St. Helier art pop collective, is based in Brighton where he directs his band The Gaa Gaas to ever-greater heights of phantasmagorical glamour. He recently performed at Gibus in Paris with a densely layered set of artful electronic noise, and will be treating the Asylum audience to a performance for drum machine, synthesizer, guitar and vocals.


Parker and The Flowing Wow are a band from Hove with great songs exhibiting a reverence for the classic signifiers of British indie rock: Psychedelia, keen melodic gifts and beautiful weirdness. Their sound condenses folk, pop and the enigma of surreal poetry. This band, liked by everyone that hears them, are currently finishing an album and it will be a marvellous thing!


Scruffians are the band that for Asylum’s comeback show represent the under-18s scene with poise and ambition. There is an alluring inventiveness about their songs which are melodically distinguished with clever interlocking guitar parts and a buoyant beat group swing to the rhythm section.


Asylum ran regular shows from 2008 to 2010, featuring the best alternative acts from the Channel Islands and UK, finally drawing the series to a close at its peak in October 2010. The reputation of Live Lounge as the premier venue in Jersey for live music is assured, and Asylum is proud to be back working with Flavio and his team to celebrate the diverse musical talents of the Channel Islands and invite special guest artists from the UK. For future events we’re planning to stage a team-up with the best bands from Guernsey, continue to support the youth scene, and welcome more great acts from across the seas.

Facebook event here

Poster designed by Luc Pallot

All band images © the respective artists.

Halloween Asylum at Live Lounge – Fear in A♭

In asylum, bands, guernsey, jersey, live lounge, liverpool, music on October 23, 2010 at 12:27

It’s just a week to go before the Halloween show at Live Lounge, an Asylum-produced fright-night special with five of the best bands you will ever see.

Pirate Video Company
Turquoise Days
Falenizza Horsepower

The show starts at ten o’clock next Saturday 30th October at Live Lounge. The incomparable Wilson Nash of Cowshed Acoustics is boss of sound and stage for the night. I’ve already posted some videos, links and opinion about the contributing bands at Avantstonerkrautloop! When that was written Pirate Video Company’s involvement wasn’t quite in the bag so they were a bit under-represented in the article. So who, why, what and how the hell are they?

Complex yet accessible, groovy and hard-rocking, the edgy, melodic post-punk pop of Pirate Video Company is one of the finest achievements of the Jersey alternative music scene. They have been diligently getting on with the job of crafting a set of unstoppable future classics, and by peerless performances at events by Jersey Live, Club K, and Asylum, have developed a reputation that persuasively precedes them. As it says on their MySpace, ‘Enjoy / Detest / Criticise / Listen’. They don’t demand respect, they’re too cool for that.

Here’s a recent video of the band in rehearsal piecing together a brand new song. The camera is focused steadfastly on Nick Wells, the drummer. “omg nickwellz so phit” says a fan in the video comments. In the film the band runs through a work-in-progress with a gritty punkoid sound that is reminiscent of Can with a motorik beat and drone-based harmonic sparseness. Never before in this island has a band joined minimalism and rock attack together in this way. Next Saturday is a fantastic opportunity to see them live. They’re the first band on stage.

Also performing at our Halloween party are … (click on images for more information)


Turquoise Days


Falenizza Horsepower

Facebook event here: Asylum Halloween Gig

Jersey Evening Post, October 23rd 2010

In asylum, bands, guernsey, jersey, live lounge, music, press on October 23, 2010 at 01:48

Intermission: The Audio rock the granny out of it

In bands, club kamikaze, jersey, live lounge, music on October 17, 2010 at 20:56

In August 2010 I went to what was billed as a secret, debut live set by a band called The Audio. I already knew about the band because I had previously helped to promote events featuring three quarters of its membership.

Leon Bouhaire is formerly the drummer in Black Stats who were Jersey’s dark knights of gothic rock. Leon is truly a gentleman drummer, gracious, friendly and easy to get along with, and in any band he is a powerful, focused musical presence.

Matt Romeril had been in the first band that I worked with as a promoter, The Exchange, and later with one of the finest melodic pop acts to have come out of Jersey – now based in Brighton – The Mulburys.

Keith Saxman is a synthesizer and sax player. He plays saxophone at Philosophy of House events, is known for his work with Sax Maniacs, and was full-time pianist during La Cala’s opening year.

Jim Dolan, singer and guitarist, front man, represents a figure of yer actual glamour and sexual otherness. He is charismatic, great company, and intensely committed to songwriting and performance. I recall how Jim, in the days of his previous band The Author, could also be irrepressibly naughty and a relentless talker of unbelievable bullshit. He was asked to leave that band by co-writer and singer Christian Silver and others who briefly retained the name but swiftly dropped all links to the Jim-period lineup. For the record, Household Appliance was an excellent piece of work – the song, the single release on iTunes, the video, the promotional tour – but those were the last actions of a band that was coming apart fast. After a short period of artistic exile Jim seems to have found a crew that emotionally nourishes in a way that The Author apparently could not.

The Audio chose a St. Helier pub, The Victoria, in Minden Place, not known for live music. It’s a cosy, charmingly old school drinking den in the middle of town, and it has a first floor room that is ideal for the kind of low-key musical adventure that was undertaken on this night, with a small, adequate bar and a long, plant-strewn outdoor area for smoking and chilling in the warm summer air. The only deficiency was an unsuitable sound system; the Bose speakers on stalks that served as a PA for the event just didn’t shape their sound the way it needed. Anyway it was a good night, and the band, though probably feeling the oddness of having their rehearsal space suddenly full of curious people, did a fine job of presenting their new set with certainty and efficiency. Leon’s drumming technique was a bit in need of space, being as it was based on the super fast hi-hat work that electro bands feature so often. A little relaxing of the rhythms would allow for more development of disco grooves which are there to be won in these arrangements. The feeling is already there in Matt’s sinuous, unhurried bass playing. The crowd was appreciative, mostly made up of friends and supporters, and so it was an easy enough audience to please. That allowed The Audio to approach their performance with a lightness of touch, and Matt’s and Jim’s bass and lead guitar interplay was especially effective for not being too tightly orchestrated.

A couple of months later, last Friday in fact, they played again this time at the prestigious 1st Birthday Bash of Club Kamikaze. Helmed by The Midnight Expresso, Club Kamikaze has over the last twelve months featured sets by The Wizard and The Frog, DJ Men In Masks, Capitol K, Wackro, Bones, Brave Yesterday, The Candy Apples, DJ Emba Djemba, Schillaci, Pirate Video Company, The Hats, DJ Ladd, Stevie Dream, Dinosaur Collective, The Flowing Wow, The Centeniers, Scally Dandan, The Bloody Battle, Brobots! … and lots more. There is a certain ethos to be found in all the multi-hued, creative insanity. It seems it is the aim to reproduce the kinds of excesses and fashion-centric art and music culture of Hoxton. I’m not sure if that is actually possible in the very different cultural environment of Jersey, or if my speculation is anywhere near the mark, but it made for some interesting style clashes. I went to a few of the nights and enjoyed the mixed-up, random atmosphere and the joyful silliness that seemed to result from The Midnight Expresso’s own flamboyant editorial style.

In spite of, or perhaps because of not having had a sound check, they hit the ground running with a very loud and completely assured joyride through their material. Jim was in fantastic vocal form, sounding not at all unlike Ziggy-era Bowie at times all swooping melodies and imperious chanting. It’s hard to say what the lyrics are about, only fragments emerge from the booming, synthetic orchestration and that could be because they are poetically fractured intentionally. There is a rich mood, for sure, of science fiction and seedy ’70s glamour, in the onrush of titanic riffs and dazzling chord changes.

The Audio this time were a united team. The drumming was less striving for correctness, and more primal. The importance of Keith’s keyboard playing was obvious with its exquisite chordal amplifications of quite stark rock and blues forms elevating the material to a level of proggy sophistication. There were moments when the way in which the band approached audacious changes and deftly accomplished melodic union palpably excited the audience. A director of Jersey Live was in that audience, and I’d be very surprised if he didn’t think this is a band whose natural place is on the main stage.

Avantstonerkrautloop! Asylum presents Halloween at Live Lounge, Saturday 30th October 2010

In asylum, bands, guernsey, jersey, live lounge, liverpool, music on October 3, 2010 at 17:09

Teaspoonriverneck and friends on the frightening night

Falenizza Horsepower, Hoonose, and Turquoise Days are joining Teaspoonriverneck for a night of pagan beer-spilling at Live Lounge in Jersey, on Saturday 30th October 2010. As if that isn’t enough, DJs Carlo Zen and Stevie Dream will be commanding the floor and, in a kindly gesture of inter-island cultural diplomacy, the Bailiff has granted us an extension to 3 am!

Update: Pirate Video Company have joined the lineup of this specially extended event.

Poster by Lynchy and Dave


The fascinating series of records made by Teaspoonriverneck since 2006 would captivate any fan of rock ‘n’ roll that seethes and crackles with blues, gospel, soul, sin, redemption, post-apocalyptic godlessness and twisted love. Teaspoonriverneck (2006), Craft Of Lisia (2008), Sunset’s Trip (March 2009) and IV (March 2010), four CDs made in as many years, reach heights of power in songs about love, life, sex and death played with darkly romantic literary style and lots of louche swaggering attitude.

The band gave me a copy of Sunset’s Trip when I worked with them on a show in 2009. The record’s evocative, fragmentary lyrics, furiously tight playing, and tense, heavy rock production make for an extraordinary stew of psychedelic metal, stoner folk, dirt-rock and classic r ‘n’ b, set in a zone of timeless, paradoxical perversions that will be familiar to fans of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and other eloquent, gothic rockers.

You can hear two of their best dark-hearted songs in excellent audio quality at the online home of a collective of Channel Islands-affiliated performers and promoters, Scuro Disco.

So how, you might ask, can their records be obtained? You could contact the band directly. They’d like that at Teaspoonriverneck Facebook fan page.


In Liverpool there lives an artist known as Hoonose who has been using self-taught studio techniques to record a series of classic albums that began around 2002 with The Filware Way. A little before that he made a few EPs and other limited releases, and before that, in the early and mid-’90s, he had connections in Jersey and collaborated regularly with musicians there.

He often busks around the country with a guitar, an amp, and a voice trained by the most improving of musical activities. Perhaps he never gave up busking because it is the perfect musical situation for him: Common and public spaces and unpredictable flows of human activity in which the performer sets himself unannounced. Some might be delighted or inspired by what they witness. Audience in that context is a dynamic, changing mass and the artist is just another part of it, real and separate, unreal and together, all at once. Hoonose is at home on the streets where we live.

After the first album by Hoonose his recording work hit a confident stride and now we can appreciate a decade-long project of studio experimentation with terrific song writing and arranging. Themes recur as facets of one overarching theme, that of love and dedication to fairness and equality in society; in frank reminders of our responsibilities, bitter critiques of misguided government, the hypocrisies of celebrity, and the dangers of political disenfranchisement. He sings of power gone out of control, of dwindling energy resources and the marginalised optimism of alternative thinkers. Optimism is the key to the work of Hoonose. It is a hard won hope bravely defended in an age of encroaching paranoia and chaos.

This is a powerful sequence of records by an artist who has never stood still or sold out. Click on the album art image above to read reviews and buy the records.

Falenizza Horsepower

Falenizza Horsepower on the bus

Quite a bit has been written about Falenizza Horsepower on these pages since the band played the first Asylum show in November 2008. The dream team of Dave Spars (s-r0, Whitechapel Murders) and Steve Hutchins (Lebatol) is the nearest thing to perfection the Channel Islands’ music scene ever had. Formidably hard-working, artistically uncompromising, capable of performances so harrowing, so rust-edged and shredded, and so brutally honest that once you’ve seen them the memory never fades. The maturity of their work does not mellow or make safer its visceral qualities but rather focuses them to a point of uniqueness. A good example is Spatchcock Recordings from August 2008 that has not yet seen a physical release but has been made available to stream from Falenizza Horsepower at MySpace. The tapes were sent to the band in May 2010 and they must have been thrilled to find such a well recorded and powerful set. Frankly, the world needs to know, and here’s hoping that Spatchcock Recordings gets its rumored release soon.

A bounty of eleven songs is available free to download from Falenizza Horsepower at They are mp3s at 128kbps, previews really, and yet this is the mother lode: An album’s worth of tracks from one of the very greatest art punk bands in the UK.

Before the Asylum Halloween show, on 14th October 2010, Falenizza Horsepower will be performing at the Unicorn, Camden Road, London, alongside One Man Team Dance and Shield Your Eyes in a show hosted by Function Records. That’s the poster art above, obviously yeah.

Turquoise Days

Turquoise Days is a band inspired by the influential ’80s fashion for future nostalgia and utopian dreams of post-war enlightenment and industrial progress. They were among artists of the late ’70s and early ’80s who were producing what came to be known as minimal wave, and which was first called synthpop, including Joy Division / New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and The Human League. The cast of original artists who responded interestingly to the opportunities of independent creativity in the post-punk period while emulating the emotionally burned-out stance and synthesis obsessions of Bowie in Berlin, the cyborg cult of disco – in particular the science fiction fusion of soul and machine that is I Feel Love by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer – and the haunted metronomic hymns to modernity invented by Kraftwerk, is well worth investigating.

The New York label Minimal Wave has released the album Alternative Strategies by Turquoise Days in an edition of 999 hand numbered copies on white 180-gram vinyl. Click on the album art below to go to the site’s page for the release and send order requests to

From the record company’s press info: Minimal Wave presents a full length album by synthpop band Turquoise Days. Hailing from Jersey, Channel Islands, Turquoise Days was formed in 1981 by Luciano Brambilla and David Le Breton. Throughout the 1980s, they self-released many cassettes, as well as the renowned masterpiece Grey Skies / Blurred 7”. They were selected for the Radio Luxembourg song contest in 1985 and received press for their releases and appearance there. Their music can be described as melodic, emotive new wave.

Here is a link to a video with an introduction to this enduring genre by DJ, musician, and founder of the record label Minimal Wave, Veronica Vasicka. Her enthusiasm for this rediscovered music is great. Before her archival efforts it mostly existed only as traces on super-rare audio tapes and VHS. She talks about how fascinating it is that so many bands are now making this kind of music using the original analogue methods.

The song Blurred by Turquoise Days has also featured on a compilation The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume 1 released by Stones Throw.

Joe Driscoll at Live Lounge, Saturday May 22nd

In asylum, bands, guernsey, jersey, jmct, live lounge, music, music scene, new york on May 18, 2010 at 18:18

For the second time this fine, hot, dusty month of May, JMCT, Music Scene and Asylum together present a musical event of world-class quality.

Joe Driscoll is the man described by Speech of Arrested Development as “the true essence of hip hop music”. He is a guitar playing, beatbox-looping, consciousness-sharing one-man revolution of peaceful protest in song. Joe’s website is a fine place to start for those who require more of an introduction; it is overflowing with critical praise, accolades from superstar peers, video clips of performances and TV appearances, and a whole lot more. The collected lyrics are well worth investigating – here is a mind questing, testing, and defiantly not resting as it weaves together tales of personal growth and universal experience.

Joe Driscoll, maverick manipulator of live loops, plainly loves connecting with his audience and making friends all around the world. He is also commendably not afraid to speak out with political observations like his recently published blog in which he explores with maturity and wisdom the paradoxical issue of the war that President Obama has chosen to continue to wage in the name of peace: The Roots Of Violence

A performance by Joe Driscoll in an intimate back street club like the Live Lounge is a rare treat that is, frankly, unmissable so don’t miss it. Supporting acts are Jamie-Lee Fallaize from Guernsey and DJs Carlo and Livingstone. Tickets are available from Music Scene and White Label Records. A Facebook event has been set up here: JOE DRISCOLL (LIVE!)

The brilliant poster art for this and last week’s campaign was designed by Mark Evans. Go to his website and if you want your business or brand to be touched by genius, contact him.

Sound Of Rum at Live Lounge, Saturday May 15th

In asylum, bands, jersey, jmct, live lounge, london, music, music scene on May 11, 2010 at 20:14

Sound Of Rum are playing in Jersey this Saturday, May 15th 2010. The Live Lounge, the island’s seriously cool venue for live music, will host what will be a very special night for lovers of jazz, beats and hip hop.

Sound Of Rum are rapper Kate Tempest, guitarist Archie Marsh, and drummer Ferry Lawrenson. Ensembles like this do not visit Jersey any way near enough. So, if you are up for catching what just might be the best show at the Live Lounge yet in 2010, where can you find out more about this event and the band that Rob Da Bank hailed as a band to follow? I’m glad you asked …

It’s the informative, welcoming, and official Sound Of Rum website where you can find content from the band’s gloriously random diary-esque Twitter photostream, their Twitter account – say hi to @soundofrum, their MySpace page, and other good things currently including a notice of their imminent Jersey show! Click on the picture below to go to the site.

The show is being organised by Jamie Evans of Jersey Musicians Charitable Trust, who is also bassist with Jersey-based dub warriors Benny The Moth, alongside Asylum and St. Helier independent vinyl vendors Music Scene. Here is what Jamie says about the show:

Having signed a recording deal with Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best label only months ago they have been getting widespread Radio 1 airplay and critical acclaim from fans and press alike with their uniquely balanced crossover of spoken word poetry, hip-hop and jazz. Fronted by young spoken word artist Kate Excentral Tempest who has performed at slam poetry events in New York and London and recently featured on Griff Rhys Jones’ BBC 2 TV show ‘Why Poetry Matters’ they spent last year releasing 2 EPs and playing Reading and Leeds Festivals, Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude and Secret Garden before signing a deal which is set to see their soon to be released debut album draw them massive exposure from a wider audience. Completing the sound are the perfect jazz beats of drummer Ferry and the complex arrangements of guitar and bass loop station maestro Archie. Their debut appearance on Channel Island shores is set to be a massive coup for musically discerning Islanders and a night surely not to be missed. Support on the night comes from Jersey’s own Jackson Lee and Oneofakind who has already opened from Quantic and DJ Yoda this year. Tickets are strictly limited £7 and available from Music Scene in Bath Street and White Label Records in Colomberie.

Right, signed in to Facebook? Of course you are. Attend!

Jersey Evening Post, December 24th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, press on December 24, 2009 at 01:42

Jersey Evening Post, December 19th 2009

In asylum, bands, bristol, jersey, live lounge, music, press, york on December 19, 2009 at 01:39

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