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Delaney Davidson at The Green Rooster, Jersey, 29-30 May 2014

In asylum, green rooster, jersey, music, new zealand, rogue stage on May 14, 2014 at 11:53

The Green Rooster, Minden Place, St. Helier, Jersey, JE2 4WQ.

Thursday 29th May 20:00 to 23:00.

Friday 30th May 20:00 to 23:00.

Tickets available £15 in advance. Visit the bar or call +44 (0)7700 707171.

 

Delaney Davidson Green Rooster poster

For two nights only in May 2014, the prolific, brilliant singer-songwriter and master of weird country and phantasmal blues, Delaney Davidson of New Zealand is performing at The Green Rooster in St Helier.

Tickets are available now from the Green Rooster’s bar, priced £15 for each night.

Both shows start at 8:00 pm, and take place in the atmospheric, intimate setting of the Green Rooster’s upstairs live stage room. It is advisable to arrive by 7:00 to get your drinks and a place for yourself ready for an evening of enthralling, unforgettable live entertainment.

Jersey audiences have a long-established passion for blues, country and folk music, and especially for artists who mix and bend those traditions in new ways. From the Jersey Folk & Blues Club of the early ’90s for which Asylum founder Chris Almond was Master of Ceremonies, to more recent times with the celebrated Robert Tilling Series, this has proved to be true.

These shows this month could not happen without the support and friendship of The Rogue Stage, founded by Karin and Barry Vincent formerly of Jersey as some of our friends will know. The Rogue Stage runs live events of alt-country, folk, world, dub and jazz in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The Green Rooster in partnership with Asylum has selected different local musicians for each of the two nights to support Delaney Davidson. Here are the line-ups for each of the evenings with links to their Facebook pages.

Thursday 29th May:
Delaney Davidson
Esther Rose Parkes
Tadhg Daly

 

Friday 30th May:
Delaney Davidson
Joe Young & The Bandits

 

Delaney Davidson

Delaney Davidson

Delaney Davidson is winner of the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards, along with Marlon Williams for their album Sad But True, The Secret History of Country Music Songwriting Volume 1. He is also winner of the APRA New Zealand Country Music Song Of The Year two years in a row. His website delaneydavidson.com has a detailed biography, information about forthcoming shows, and idiosyncratic blogging. There he explains with characteristic thoughtfulness the musical quintessence to which he aspires:

 

One rotten apple ruins the whole barrel, but then I think we all need a few rotten apples, and sometimes that’s where the flavour comes from, ripe vs. rotten, where does one cross over into the other ..? Necessity is the mother of invention, and a low budget will lead to all sorts of beautiful stand-in potential. Whistling instead of violins … I love to see things take a step, and I think people like to see the triumph of a good idea over a slick production, I think it gives them hope and inspiration. Ultimately the result of hi gloss is alienation and a removed and depressed let-down feeling of not being good enough. I say let it all go!

 

As well as Delaney’s several collaborations with Marlon Williams, he released four solo albums between 2007 and 2011: Rough Diamond (Stink Magnetic, 2007); Ghost Songs (Casbah Records, 2008); Self Decapitation (Voodoo Rhythm, 2010); Bad Luck Man (Voodoo Rhythm, 2011).

Now, in 2014, after two successful albums on legendary label Voodoo Rhythm, Delaney Davidson is back with his fifth solo album, ten new amazing gems of gothic folk-noir with a lo-fi rock sensibility. The album, Swim Down Low, is released on Outside Inside Records and distributed by Rough Trade.

Buy the limited edition CD + booklet of tour impressions from Outside Inside Records or Plastic Head Online Store
Buy the limited edtion vinyl LP + booklet + digital download from Outside Inside Records or Plastic Head Online Store

 

Press cuttings for Swim Down Low

 

As you dive in you are treated to heartsick howlers, fishing tales, backwater dramas, and all manner of rancid little ditties. And it all still exists within in that same realm of country he mined for the award-winning Sad But True series. The difference is that the twang has been left out in the sun too long and it has grown sour. […] Swim Down Low is an album that is sincere and vicious in equal measure. 9/10

Read more: undertheradar.co.nz

 

Recorded in one week, on to tape at Outside Inside’s now notorious studio, this is an album that harks back to 1970s alt-rock legends like Lou Reed and Tom Waits at the same time as calling to mind the New Orleans swamp blues of the ‘50s and ‘60s. 8/10

Read more: louderthanwar.com

 

Put to tape over a week with Matt Bordin and Davide Zolli from Mojomatics, Swim Down Low displays plenty of Davidson’s self deprecating humour and augments his gothic folk-noir with more of a cinematic widescreen vista than we’ve heard before on his records, with some notable trumpet work that finds a cosy middle ground between Calexico and vintage Italian cinema. […] If you don’t have the chance to catch him live (where he really shines), then Swim Down Low is an eminently suitable alternative.

Read more: active-listener.blogspot.com

 

Music videos

 

The videos for Delaney Davidson’s songs, a selection of which are linked-to below, are not the usual man-on-a-stage miming kind of affairs. With songs that are miniature fables of fateful love, fatal loss, loneliness, corruption and madness, these beautifully produced short films reflect the music’s bad trip atmosphere and reveal Davidson’s talent as an engaging physical actor.

Delaney Davidson music videos YouTube playlist

 

Supporting artists

 

Esther Rose Parkes

Esther Rose Parkes

With a European background which takes in Germany, Sweden, France, the UK and the Channel Islands, Esther Rose Parkes draws on a complex tapestry. The Channel Islands were her second home from the very beginning and Esther now lives in Jersey. She studied social anthropology at Sussex University out of the desire to explore collective cultural imagination and otherness.

After a Scandinavian tour with Maria McKee, Esther spent three years in Sweden resulting in the making of the album The Other Country produced by blues musician Brian Kramer.

The album was launched at the Green Rooster, Jersey, in 2013. In 2014, so far, Esther has returned to Stockholm to perform songs from her album reunited with members of its original musical cast, and assembled a new band in Jersey with Chris Herbert (bass), Dan MacFarlane (guitar, keys), Sam Willcocks (drums) and Naomi West (backing vocals). The first live appearance of this line-up was at Hotel de Normandie for Asylum’s show with Barringtone. Their performance on that night was a sequence of cool soul and folk fusion, subtly arranged, haunting and edgily modern. With her latest collaborators Esther has found a style that is strikingly different from the Stockholm sound of her album and the live shows that followed its release. The key to understanding her art is that it moves with mystery.

Esther Rose Parkes – Mud River (YouTube video)

 

Tadhg Daly

Tadhg Daly

Tadhg Daly is a young Jerseyman whose songs are romantic and dramatic as the Celtic folk ballads that are a clear influence on his work. With a band of superb musicians at his side, and in Stoked Music a management team that has guided the celebrated Lloyd Yates along a path to acclaim, Tadhg has a promising future in store.

Performing in Tadhg’s band are Matt Romeril (bass), James Aitchison (electric guitar), Jack Townsend (drums) and Zach Pygott (electric guitar). Tadhg and the band recorded their single Learn To Live at The Bunker studio with producer JP Le Blond.

Guernsey’s eminent music critic Tom Girard, in his review of Tadhg Daly’s performance at the recent Triplestoked 2014 Week 3 show at the Fermain Tavern, considered Tadhg’s performance to be the highlight of the event and praised “… a sound that should have a broad appeal in the best of ways. With a modest confidence on stage, Tadhg led the band through the set and engaged with the enthusiastic audience and set closer Learn To Live encompassed every facet of their sound into one bundle that got the room jumping.”

Tadhg Daly – Learn To Live (YouTube video)

 

Joe Young & The Bandits

Joe Young & The Bandits

A revolutionary gang of four, Joe Young & The Bandits play tight and vigorous garage blues evoking the ’70s southern rock genre with a nod to its latter-day interpreters like The Black Crowes and Drive-By Truckers. There is an experimental urge at work too; as the band says, “We aim to expand and develop our sound to encompass our wide array of influences as well as our personal growth as musicians and people.” Martin O’Neill is a vitalising force as front man and singer, backed by Eddie Laffoley (bass), Greg Alliban (guitar) and Chris Skelhorn (drums).

Joe Young & The Bandits – Pleasure & The Pain (Facebook video)

 

See Facebook event here. For more information contact @asylumlive

Barringtone with Falenizza Horsepower, Esther Rose Parkes, wacʞkrow and DJs Livingstone and Carlo Zen

In asylum, bands, hotel de normandie, jersey, london, music, posters on March 24, 2014 at 14:27

Hotel de Normandie, Havre des Pas, Jersey. 19 April 20:00 to 02:00. Tickets available. Visit White Label Records at Colomberie, St. Helier or call +44 (0)1534 730265.

 

Asylum 19 April 2014

Jersey’s occasional alternative live music venture Asylum, in partnership with Hotel de Normandie, proudly presents

Barringtone

 

Barringtone are Barry Dobbin (Clor), Connan Cooledge (Stout Yoeman of Rock!) and Boomer Opperman (Plugs)

Compelled by forces beyond their control they channel “progressive, expansionist marching music” while inhabiting a musical space which they describe as being simultaneously “out there” and “right here”.

They had their first single out in 2008, Snake In The Grass, and are about to release a couple more singles over the next few months with Onomatopoeia Records.

Barringtone have supported Friendly Fires, Ladyhawke, Bobby Conn, The Chap, Supergrass, and The Young Knives on a national tour. The single had considerable airplay on BBC Radio 6 and XFM, and was played on BBC Radio 1.

“Unhinged but accessible, deranged but irresistible experimental pop with a sensibility informed by a love of Eno, Moroder, Devo and, yes, Todd Rundgren … darting, careening slither of melodic madness … A sonic miasma of bizarre urge-driven splendour.” ~ The Guardian

Esther Rose Parkes

 

The early influences of Esther’s life have been political, literary and musical. With a European background which takes in Germany, Sweden, France, the UK and the Channel Islands, she draws on a complex tapestry. Her work is not easy to pigeonhole, influenced as it is by the complex geography of her life and the tributaries that feed into her voice and the sense that it carries of these shadow countries.

“Esther’s songs connect blues and folk music to create haunting, intimate narratives of psychogeography, peopled by characters both of this world and somewhere other. Her current album, The Other Country, is an exquisitely produced treasure box of beautiful singing and burnished, timeless country blues virtuosity.” ~ Asylum

Falenizza Horsepower

 

Falenizza Horsepower are a two-piece (and for a brief period three-piece) band based in Jersey C.I. They’ve been going for years, since 2005 to be exact. They visit the UK a fair bit, and they released a highly collectable CD & DVD a year ago titled What a pair of balls.

“In hot plasma of electric distortion, cross rhythmic interplay of drums and bass dissolves as the music conjures intimations of cosmic catastrophe on the scale of galaxies tipping inexorably together at the edge of a murky dew-drop we call the universe.” ~ Asylum

“spluttering, kicking and spitting” ~ Function Records

wacʞkrow

 

Jersey born Christopher Wackrow returns to the island for a lengthy pit stop after racing around cities for 9 years. Having not performed on stage as a singer/guitarist since 2008 supporting The Oscillation as Velofax at that year’s Branchage Film Festival, he decided to get a band together and keep his hand in. The band consists of Wackrow with former band members Gary Law, bassist, and drummer James Bell.

Expect no old material, just a bunch of new songs written since his return, musically inspired by acts from Five Star through to Cavern Of Anti-Matter, accompanied by solipsistic lyrics, sweat-covered guitar and all round determination. Enticed ..?

DJs Livingstone and Carlo Zen

 

Long-standing friends of Asylum promotions, the hippest disc spinning duo in Jersey dive into the field of experimental audioravishment.

Click here for large poster image

Artist images with permission of the owners:

Barringtone   Esther Rose Parkes   Wackrow   Falenizza Horsepower

For more information contact @asylumlive

Jonny Lives! with Of Empires, Semu Cà and Harlequin Knights

In asylum, bands, guernsey, jersey, la cala, music, new york on July 21, 2013 at 16:47

La Cala with Asylum and The Future Shock presents

Jonny Lives! ~ Of Empires ~ Harlequin Knights ~ Semu Cà

23 August at 20:00

La Cala, 22 Beresford Street, St Helier, Jersey, UK

Tickets in advance from White Label Records and OTD £5

Facebook event page

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.

 

Channel Islands live music poll for Asylum

In all ages, asylum, guernsey, jersey, music on April 5, 2012 at 20:11

We recently carried out an unscientific private poll to find which live music acts a few friends would like to see chosen from the set of musicians and bands either connected with or situated on a Channel Island. Here we’re asking anyone who wants to offer recommendations or opinions.

Acts can be groups or solo performers. Artists needn’t be based in C.I. but should be currently or at least theoretically contactable, able and willing to play gigs in Jersey at reasonably short notice – think about a month.

The Gaa Gaas (44)
Parker and The Flowing Wow (42)
Scruffians (36)
Stan Smith (22)
The Valentines (21)
Brave Yesterday (15)
FlashMob (15)
Pirate Video Company (15)
The Pirate Party Brigade (9)
Salem’s Lot (7)
Jaded Things (6)
Soulless Kings (6)
Teaspoonriverneck (5)
Bulletproof (4)
Top Buzzer (4)
Whitechapel Murders (4)
Any Given Sunday (3)
Chaos Theory (3)
Falenizza Horsepower (3)
Gum (3)
Nocturnum (3)
The Morves (3)
Beef (2)
Blackgrass (2)
Brobots! (2)
Dead wing (2)
Demise of Sanity (2)
Electric Brick (2)
Experience (2)
Heave (2)
Lifejacket (2)
Morning Face (2)
Oi Division (2)
The Cryptics (2)
The Meatballs (2)
The Wizz (2)
China Aster (1)
Echodeck (1)
Erebos (1)
Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces (1)
Gorey Inbreds (1)
Masticated (1)
Robert J. Hunter (1)
The Centeniers (1)
The JC Band (1)
The Phantom Cosmonaut (1)
The Seagulls (1)
Thee Jenerators (1)
Timmy and The Pelicans (1)

The numbers above represent popularity of bands in mentions or votes. Asylum is inviting bands that top the poll to work with us on a show in Jersey.

UPDATE 16:29 30/04/2012: On Saturday 5 May 2012 the poll will be closed and the top five bands in our chart that are available will be invited to perform at the show. We hope to announce the final line-up for the show on Ryan Morrison’s BBC Introducing in Jersey radio show on Saturday 5 May 2012.

Some commenters have said they are concerned about a few people’s multiple votes for the same band. To tackle this problem, we will be removing any votes of this kind that come from the same IP address. See reply by likeallstars, 30 April 2012 3pm, in the comments thread below for a more detailed response to this issue.

We are counting mentions in comments on this blog post, also on the Asylum Live Facebook page and suggestions that we receive in tweets to @asylumlive

UPDATE 21:18 30/04/2012: We have recounted the votes, removing 57 duplicate votes for bands sent from the same IP addresses. A database of all IPs is maintained for this poll, and any similar ‘spam’ votes will not be counted from now on. We keep available the option to post here anonymously, because we believe it is the right of every web user to be anonymous if they want to be.

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
Hoonose
Teaspoonriverneck
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)

Teaspoonriverneck

Turquoise Days

Hoonose

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

Teaspoonriverneck

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.

Hoonose

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 last.fm. 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 info@minimalwave.org

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 joedriscoll.net 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 markhevans.co.uk and if you want your business or brand to be touched by genius, contact him.

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