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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 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



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.

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Artist images with permission of the owners:

Barringtone   Esther Rose Parkes   Wackrow   Falenizza Horsepower

For more information contact @asylumlive

Art or trash? Poster archives

In asylum, bands, havienda, jersey, music, pesos, posters on August 13, 2009 at 17:38

Stephan of BBC Jersey Introducing recently asked me for my opinions on flyposting and the mooted possibility of permanent sites in St. Helier for display of material by events promoters.

The issue of what place in the town promotional imagery is allowed isn’t only to do with the illegality of putting posters on private property without property owners’ consent. It is a fact that finance companies are invited to display staggeringly large adverts on the sides of public town buildings, the car park in Sand Street for example. Money doesn’t talk, it screams in six foot high lettering at people scurrying from office to sandwich bar. Is that more or less offensive than an A3 poster on a hoarding or bus shelter?

I hope the proposed poster sites are built and not just debated briefly then forgotten, and they’d better be large. If they are situated wisely they could become a focal point for the island’s music scene and a kind of improvised, constantly shifting exhibit. Various poster designers and promoters could use them to engage in a friendly, competitive battle in which visual impact and originality of style will be devices of success.

I am intrigued by opportunities to introduce political, social and poetic significations into the daily lives of town denizens. In my view, a good poster is one that doesn’t just tell you who, when, where, and how much, but also creates a frisson, or disturbance, in contrast to normative social activities. By doing this, ideas of what in culture ought, and ought not, to occur, can be challenged and explored.

Here are a few of my gig posters from the period 2001-’02. They were made with help from friends more skilled in image manipulation than I was at that time. A couple of them contain sexual images. Interestingly, the From Two Cities poster featuring stick figures engaging in an ambiguous act that might be fellatio was one that parish authorities complained about to the club’s manager while the poster for the Dubliminal show, which is much more explicit, was not remarked upon.







Six years later, with a surer grasp of digital image editing, I made the posters for the short run of Havienda events. Here’s a few I consider to be the best of that bunch.

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