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Jersey Evening Post, July 18th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, oxjam, press on July 18, 2009 at 01:19

Oxjam Jersey news, video and photos

In asylum, bands, fundraising, jersey, live lounge, manchester, music, oxjam on July 17, 2009 at 03:30

A bridge has been built between the Oxjam fund raising project and the live bands community of Jersey. On Saturday July 25th, musicians of Jersey and their fans applaud the work of Oxfam.

There is a large number of acts between two floors and no one need miss their favourite artist. A timetable of the night’s acts will be available from Sara in the ticket booth. Here’s a taste of some of what to expect on the night.

A brand new video from Hedley Le Maistre is scheduled to be shown on the main stage screen at Jersey Live this year. Parts of it will be filmed at this Oxjam event and the audience at Live Lounge will be a prominent part of the video’s storyline. Hedley is a good ol’ bean and we’re very happy to be able to help him out. I’ve asked the barman to get in a bottle of broccoli liqueur especially for the occasion.

BlackStats’ filmmaker dazvibes has recently posted a new video for the band’s song Burning Sons, with a promise of more uploads to come soon. The film is a document of recent studio and stage work by the band. The off-the-wall style of editing suits an evolving sound with increasing compositional complexity. BlackStats performances now feature psychedelic soundscape interludes, buzzing wonky textures, and singing of authentic grandeur. As ever, the mood is one of not too tightly wrapped sexual paranoia and poetic recklessness.

osakadenture has a video of Falenizza Horsepower from a couple of years ago. It’s a photo montage edited to a great song. In hot plasma of electric distortion, cross rhythmic interplay of drums and bass coalesces and dissolves as the music conjures intimations of cosmic catastrophe on the scale of galaxies tipping inexorably together at the turbulent edge of a murky dew-drop we call the universe.

Also working with us at Oxjam are

kevin-2

Kevin Pallot

The Speedways

The Speedways

DJ Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb

Stephan Metcalfe

Stephan Metcalfe

Dave Findlay, sound engineer

Dave Findlay, sound engineer

Brave Yesterday and DJs Carlo and Livingstone are also performing on the middle floor. Entertainment on the newly refitted top floor is provided by amancalledhorse, Andy Manson, Dança da Liberdade, Gotlyrich, Jackson Lee, and Phantom Limb. We expect to exceed expectations of what great dance music can be at the turn of a decade of mashup and genre deconstruction.

Oxjam Music Festival, Jersey, July 25th 2009

In asylum, bands, fundraising, jersey, live lounge, manchester, music, oxjam on July 4, 2009 at 06:53

Oxfam needs your support

Tickets for Oxjam Music Festival are on sale, £5, from the following vendors:

White Label Records, 4 La Colomberie, St. Helier, JE2 4QB
SDS, 13 La Colomberie, St. Helier, Jersey, JE2 4QB

Raffle tickets are available and there are lots of great prizes. I’ll update this blog with a list of the raffle prizes shortly.

Oxfam GB is working to end poverty worldwide. Go to the Oxfam website to learn about their initiatives to support the basic needs of people caught up in the escalating humanitarian crisis in Pakistan, to help millions affected by Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh, to deliver aid to civilians displaced by war in Sri Lanka, to demand action on climate change from governments, and many other vital programmes.

Louise Williams and Chris Almond are promoting the island’s first Oxjam Music Festival. Oxjam is about raising money for Oxfam to tackle poverty all over the world. Holding an Oxjam fundraising event means that we can help people to earn a living, get an education, gain better access to health care and fresh water, and to grow more food. Every pound raised counts.

Oxjam Jersey is a little out-of-step with the national Oxjam calendar which tends to get busy around October. Jersey is happiest in summer and so we’re holding our show in July. What is hoped to be an annual event is inaugurated with a lineup of bands, solo artists, dancers and DJs that is second-to-none.

For the first time since the Asylum nights at Live Lounge began, we’ll be opening the top floor up as well as the middle floor bands area. The recently refurbished top floor, with sumptuous new decor, will be the place to hear some of the best DJs in the island as well as see a fantastic dance performance and lots more surprises.

TOP FLOOR

Jackson Lee

Mesmerising beatbox, loops and samples showcase from the island’s undisputed master of hip hop vocals.

Dança da Liberdade

Capoeira demonstration: A Brazilian fusion of fight and dance techniques encompassing acrobatics, music and song. Makulele demonstration: Once a fight with machetes this Afro-Brazilian dance depicts the life of the slaves on the plantations cutting the sugar cane and lamenting their homeland.

Andy Manson

Andy is the creator of the brilliant Insole nights at Pure where such amazing talents as Cut La Roc, M. I. Loki, and Loop De Ville have joined him in recent months. Andy says “I’m really pleased to be involved with Oxjam this year. I’m looking forward to playing a whole heap of familiar tunes, remixed by some of the hottest jacking, dubstep and wobble producers of the moment!”

amancalledhorse

Breaks, rave and mashup in a futuristic sonic gumbo.

DJ Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb plays other people’s records, scratched charity shop rejects and the type of music that makes grans sit down at weddings.

Gotlyrich

A complete mash-down of old and new designed for the funky generation.

MIDDLE FLOOR

BlackStats

They’ve recently recorded a new set of swaggering, evil glam future classics that reach ever greater heights of rock ‘n’ roll inspiration. BlackStats MySpace

Brave Yesterday

Another band with a huge reputation, and a seemingly unstoppable well of songwriting creativity. Their latest songs are jubilant celebrations of the pop song as art form delivering emotional impact and technical wonder. Brave Yesterday MySpace

FalenizzaHorsepower

Masters of the post post-punk universe, and such indispensable friends of Asylum that almost certainly none of it would happen without them, FalenizzaHorsepower return to the Live Lounge, following their wonderful trio incarnation at Ecuador Challenge, this time as a bass, drums, loops and vocals duo. Get some tuneless wheezing in your life.

Kevin Pallot and The Pinnacles

Ambitious, deep, group-arranged soul pop from one of the island’s best songwriters and a band of talented musicians. Jazz, blues, folk and rock have rarely been blended so fine. Kevin Pallot MySpace

The Speedways

Hear the half-rapped, half-sung vocal of The Speedways’ Lose Yourself, with its disco punk beat and protean guitar riffs that take ska as their starting point and quickly divert to somewhere weird, primitive and lovely, and understand here is another of the island’s innumerable pop pioneers at work. The Speedways MySpace

Stephan Metcalfe

Stephan is a songwriter of unique quality. His songs are literate and wondrously imaginative, and the recordings he has produced are constructed with a consciously punk attitude to objective chance and textural experimentation. Stephan Metcalfe MySpace He is also another blogger at wordpress.com, hello Stephan!

A large banner, 300 cm by 50 cm, has been designed as part of this promotion. Working on such a large document nearly brought my poor, overworked laptop to the brink of meltdown. It features group photography by Roy Yates, amongst others. Two of these banners will be displayed in prominent locations in St. Helier. Thanks to Clare Sullivan and Jane Denney at Prestige Properties for allowing use of their office and curious wooden effigies.

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Asylum at Live Lounge, May 1st 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on May 1, 2009 at 08:35
White strips

White strips

A night of compulsive, catchy, dance-influenced acid-candy pop from The Speedways whose lineup comprises Tim (guitar, synth and vocals), Louis (vocals, guitar and synth), Warren (drums) and Dan (bass).

The Centeniers are Jon (bass), Steve (guitar and vocals), Swanny (lead guitar) and Johnny (drums). They are one of the best new bands around, with a tantalising punk-pop aesthetic, a manic literary style,  and a taste for funk and fun.

BlackStats had to cancel their appearance at this event. The terrific rock ‘n’ roll band Salem’s Lot have stepped up at short notice to complete the lineup.

Jersey Evening Post, April 25th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music, press on April 25, 2009 at 01:11

Asylum at Live Lounge, February 6th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, live lounge, music on February 6, 2009 at 03:27
Heroes not zeroes

Heroes not zeroes

Brave Yesterday are Alex Pitt (bass and vocals), Chris Nutter (vocals, guitar and percussion), Craig Farrell (guitar and vocals) and Shaun Jacob (drums and percussion). Brave Yesterday rocked the Asylum launch night and they’re back again. They write and perform original songs with anthemic choruses and gorgeously melodic arrangements, exhibiting very sophisticated musicianship.

The Speedways are Tim (guitar, synth and vocals), Louis (vocals, guitar and synth), Warren (drums) and Dan (bass). The Speedways were a busy band in 2008. They supported Simian Mobile Disco and Evil Nine at the Watersplash, and played at the Blue Note among other venues. Their brand of angularly funky guitars-and-synth pop is a triumph of intelligent music coupled with emotional power. With arrangements melding influences of minimal no wave punk funk, anthemic power pop and Britpop social commentary, it is with skillful economy that they craft their catchy songs.

Jaded Things are Chris Herbert (bass guitar), Neil Pickles (guitar), Josh Gillard (drums) and Nick Styran (vocals and guitar). Something of a local super-band made up of musicians from other well known and successful rock bands Bothered Face, Moog and Repeater. Jaded Things have had this lineup for about a year, and were drawn together by a need to make melodic noise. Their first gig was in a tiny bar in Callac, Northern France towards the end of 2008. Second gig was at the Townhouse with The Speedways which was a good show with an enthusiastic audience. They’re looking forward to playing a lot more in 2009 and writing some more original material with a view to recording in the spring.

Jersey Evening Post, January 24th 2009

In asylum, bands, jersey, jmct, live lounge, music, press on January 24, 2009 at 00:59