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Friday August 28th – Updates

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on August 25, 2009 at 15:58
Brobots poster version 2 designed by Brobot 2

Brobots poster version 2 designed by Brobot 2

Ahead of an eagerly anticipated four-band concert at Live Lounge this Friday, here is some news about the promotion and the latest activities of the bands taking part.

Brobot 2 has created the poster and flyer campaign for the night. As well as two variants of the full colour poster, the second of which is at the top of this post, he has adapted the designs to make two monochrome flyers which will be handed out to humans by the Brobots themselves in King Street, St. Helier, on the afternoon of Friday 28th August. If you’re in town around lunchtime, and you want to find out what it’s like to meet actual Brobots, then keep a look out for them, have a picture taken for posterity, and your life may never be quite the same again.

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Brobots will also be playing at The Camden Head in London on Saturday September 5th, alongside Black Daniel and The Boicotts. Information for Facebook people here: Hotaru Gig 7

Amazing dance-punk superheroes Marvel have recently given their MySpace a spruce-up. It is now possible to download their classic EP Marvel At This Fiasco for free by following a link on their page, and to hear some samples from their latest studio sessions in the form of clips from two songs: Get Scared? and Carry On Reaper. First impressions indicate their talents for lusciously melodic, sonically adventurous pop music continue to develop, while the sheen and punch of these new productions is very impressive. Check them out here: Marvel at MySpace

Crowne continue to demonstrate a seemingly boundless industriousness. Barely three months since the release of their masterful debut EP, Nothing Can Stop Us Now, they have announced that they’re back in the studio working on its follow-up, a new set with the title The Walls Are Coming Down. Visit Crowne at MySpace where photos from their recording sessions can be viewed and a commercial tie-in with Dr. Pepper is suspected such is the proliferation of cans seen littering the studio.

crowne-the-walls-are-coming-down

Progressive, electronic rock band Banquet recently played at Rock In The Park, an outdoor event at Howard Davis Park in St. Helier, and a photographer from the Jersey Evening Post took an amazing photo of Scott and Brett from the band which was published in yesterday’s edition. I hope the band gains rights to the image and then I’ll hopefully be able to reproduce it here.

See you on Friday. The show starts at ten. As we’ve got four bands on the bill the live entertainment starts early so please get down there on time to avoid disappointment.

Jersey Evening Post, August 22nd 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, press on August 22, 2009 at 01:28

Asylum at Live Lounge, August 28th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on July 29, 2009 at 16:43
Brobots poster version 1 designed by Brobot 2

Brobots poster version 1 designed by Brobot 2

Visit the MySpace profile of Marvel and you’ll find the emphatic statement SOLD OUT just underneath the cover art of Marvel At This Fiasco EP. There is a good reason for this. The songs of their EP, produced in 2008 with Jersey-based sound designer Sam Falle at the controls, make for a riveting set of post-punk pomp pop complete with indelible vocal hooks, scratchy funk guitars, breakbeats and booming synthesizers. In their MySpace blog there is a strong sense of their determination to make the best pop music ever heard and to have extraordinary amounts of fun while doing it.

Marvel

Marvel

Marvel are Nicholas Baxter, Samuel Falle, Todd MacDonald and Dominic Quaeck. Recently they’ve been touring the UK, recording with Jason Wilcock of Stakeout Studios in Hampton, doing more recordings with John Hall in Leeds and London, and in their choice words experiencing a ‘creative ejaculation’ in which they have generated a lot of material that will be pieced together to form a set of apocalyptic anthems for the next decade. ‘Everything is ridiculous,’ they say, and they have a point.

3d-brobots

3D Brobots

The origins of Brobots are shrouded in mystery, mainly due to the limitations of human thought and language. A translated, fragmentary myth, in which an alien deity called the Spacemaster Bass directs them to Earth with a flashing blue beam before disappearing, followed by his many naked women, smoking cigarettes, seems only to further obscure the lineage of this most enigmatic of all acts to have worked with Asylum.

Brobots is a duo, Brobot 1 and Brobot 2. They are known to be part of a collective that includes DJ Suc Mei Kock and king Kills. They play instruments that cease to function on this planet so they have modified Earth instruments such as keyboards and guitar to create equivalent sounds. While what is produced may be disorienting to human ears it allows an understanding of the music of their alien culture. This is similar to what happened when African Americans took the instruments of the Western orchestra, with its hierarchical structural traditions and the supremacy of the score, and made something non-hierarchical and distinctly free with them, only with space-travelling robots high on helium.

Banquet - Photo by Jonny The Large

Banquet - Photo by Jonny The Large

Banquet, who are Brett Muldoon (vocals and guitar), Chris Mousdale (guitar, synths, loops and vocals), Paul Holt (drums, percussion and vocals), and Scott Kean (bass), have been writing and arranging at a furious pace these last few months. With the file sharing technology of SoundCloud they have been previewing fascinatingly raw works-in-progress from recent sessions. I don’t know how they feel about such experimental material being made public, but it is certainly an interesting insight into the practices of one of the most adept synthesists of computer audio and live performance ever to be heard in the Channel Islands, so here, have a voyeuristic listen: soundcloud.com/banquet

Chris of Banquet has a musical alter ego, Electrolite, with which he deftly explores abstract electronica, random shattered beats and instrumental, minimalist gospel and blues. Electrolite’s sublime music is worth hearing to understand the electronic impulses at Banquet’s heart stripped to the pristine bone.

Banquet are one of several Asylum-affiliated bands who have keenly embraced the networking possibilities of Twitter. The band’s activities on that site are a mix of music tech notes, rehearsal diary and links for interesting new releases by some great artists. Follow them: twitter.com/banquetmusic

Crowne

Crowne

Crowne are Rory Thun (vocals and guitar), Mirek Lenart (bass), Marcin Lach (drums), James Underwood (guitar and organ), and Christian Dellacher (strings and keyboards). To experience Crowne live on stage is to witness a masterclass in musical grace. Their performance at Live Lounge a few months ago, supporting The Light Streams, was one of the decisive peaks of the Asylum series to date. They’ve just released a CD, Nothing Can Stop Us Now, which contains five songs of immaculate, emotionally epic quality. It will be the first record from an ever-growing stack of discs on my desk that I’ll be reviewing in detail for this blog in the coming weeks.

James of Crowne has also produced some fine recordings as Mystery James. His solo works make up a body of cracked, murky, furtive research into instrumental hip hop and song with the voice inscrutably woven in and out of strange textural surroundings; at times delicately pretty and at others obsessively incomplete and unstable. It’s an absorbing set and a great way to examine one fifth of Crowne’s eclectic, yet profoundly complete, musical identity.

Asylum at Live Lounge, March 20th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on March 20, 2009 at 04:23
A feast for the ears

A feast for the ears - Poster designed by Chris Mousdale

Banquet are Brett Muldoon (vocals, guitar and dancing), Chris Mousdale (guitar, synths, loops and vocals), Paul Holt (drums, percussion and vocals), and Scott Kean (bass and aahs).

Banquet made a huge impression last year with a series of shows that showcased a highly original sound, with strong songwriting and singing, and audacious live use of computers and synths with guitars, bass and drums. They are currently rehearsing and recording with newly recruited bassist Scott, and putting works-in-progress on their MySpace page as appetisers for this Asylum show which will be their first one of the year, and a comeback that is very keenly anticipated by their fans.

BlackStats are Nick Caunce (guitar and vocals), Paul Vibert (guitar and vocals), Aaron Brown (bass), and Leon Bouhaire (drums).

A band with a very high profile in the Channel Islands, and further afield, BlackStats have been very busy lately. They recorded a set of new songs late last year. After performing at an Asylum event at Live Lounge in November they were the subject of a very positive review in Jersey’s newest, and best, free newspaper, The Isle. Their music was featured on the website of Zvex.com as an endorsement of the company’s ‘Fuzz Factory’ guitar pedal. They have been invited to officially endorse the amps of one of the coolest amp manufacturers in the world, 65 Amps, and most recently they beat a host of local bands to the prize of supporting The Bootleg Beatles at the tribute masters’ Jersey show on 25th April.

The Empty Seven are Rhodri (guitar), Shane (guitar), Dan (bass and guitar) and Stewart (drums) and Kerry (vocals).

An important part of the Asylum project is to present new bands to a growing audience that is pleasingly up for being challenged and experiencing fresh musical ideas. The excellently named Empty Seven have been working together since summer 2008. Their songs seem to hark back to the psychedelic folk heyday of Arthur Lee’s Love, with pop and funk influences in the mix too. They are taking part in the Battle of the Bands events this year, and are welcomed with open arms into the Asylum fold.

Jersey Evening Post, March 4th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, press on March 4, 2009 at 01:04