Tuesday 20th February, 19:30, £2
New performances // New collaborations// Undefined territories
Casual Nexus is the first public event of an ongoing project linking artists utilising performance, music, movement, spoken word & written word in their art making.
Relinquishing their individual ideas and agency by producing scores & instructions for each other to work from, all artists are opening up their practice to new possibilities & presenting new work.
Aniela Piasecka// Colin Herd
Ashanti Harris// Anthony Autumn
Danny Katinsky// Stephanie Black-Daniels
Edwin Stevens// Jessica Higgins
Food People (Lila Matsumoto/ Matthew Hamblin/ Greg Thomas)
Joe Evans//Liv Fontaine
Rail Cables presents BAHNHOF+
Saturday 24th March 8pm
ADAM BETTS, CASSIE, KEPIER WIDOW
Tickets £7 or £9 On the door
Adam Betts, the amazing drummer from the band 3 Trapped Tigers coming to play a solo electronics / drums set! Supporting comes from Cassie who supported Paddy Steer here last year nd Kepier Widow for some joyous electronic drone. He used to go under the name Joseph Curwen.
HIT THE NORTH – U.K. Premiere + Q&A with novelist/actor Rob Doyle & director Daniel Sayer.
Wednesday 28th February & Thursday 1st March
Free Entry, Start and end times: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Rabblewise Films presents the U.K premiere of HIT THE NORTH, the latest independent feature film by writer/director Daniel Sayer. Starring award winning Irish novelist Rob Doyle in the lead role as ‘Hitcher’.
HIT THE NORTH, a lyrical and poetic road movie, follows a Hitcher up the A1 motorway in search of his father during the U.K. Miner’s strike of the 1980s. Characters from the road’s past haunt the Hitcher’s journey. He encounters a philosopher, an ex-soldier, a mystical monk, a lover; with whom he discusses feminism, war and the vagaries of religion. Past, present and future meld. The Hitcher is seen as child and man, defined by the road, as he wanders in search of a past, of lost possibilities, of love, as young witnesses look on in defiance of time.
Rob Doyle’s first novel, “Here Are the Young Men”, is published by Bloomsbury, and was chosen as a book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, and Independent. It was one of Hot Press magazine’s ’20 Greatest Irish Novels since 1916′, and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year. Doyle’s second book, “This Is the Ritual”, was published in January 2016 (Bloomsbury / Lilliput), and was a book of the year in the New Statesman, Sunday Times and Irish Times.
The young Irish writer stars alongside two exceptional European screen talents, Bill Fellows and Adélaïde Leroux. Bill Fellows, seen most recently in William Oldroyd’s multi-award winning film ‘Lady Macbeth’ (2017) staring Florence Pugh, also features notably in Scott Man’s ‘The Tournament’ (2009), Brian Welsh’s ‘In Our Name’ (2010), James Strong’s ‘United’ (2011), and Steve Stone’s ‘Extremis’ (2016). He has numerous television credits in dramas such as ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Vera’, ‘
The haunting, minimalist electronic score for HIT THE NORTH was written & performed by composer Jonny Pilcher. He has scored award winning documentaries and feature films including Anthony Baxter’s ‘You’ve Been Trumped’(2011) Andrew Thompson’s BAFTA and Oscar nominated documentary ‘Mugabe and the White African’ (2009). He has also written music for award winning plays, commercials and television programs, produced, remixed and arranged for many bands, including Super Furry Animals, Soak, Shura, Athlete, and is currently the musical director for Lana Del Rey.
Daniel Sayer is an artist filmmaker who has been working in documentary, printmaking and experimental music for over twenty years. He began filmmaking with a political documentary, ’21st Century Testimonies -The Life and Death of Democracy’ (2001) about globalisation and the World Social Forum. This film and his other documentaries have been shown at film festivals in the U.K. and Europe. His first short film, ‘Madrigal’ (2010) was a non-narrative art film, featuring the work of the celebrated avant-garde group, Cindytalk. He is currently producing what will become his first published book of wood cut prints and also writing a trilogy of feature length films exploring love and loss.
Any enquiries feel free to get in touch via the website www.hitthenorthfilm.
Start and end times: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Spinning Coin, Order of the Toad, Heir of the Cursed
Sunday 4th March, 8pm
Tickets £7 on the door or £6 advance. Buy tickets here
Order of the Toad.
Gemma Fleet from The Wharves joins Robert Sotelo and their talented flatmate Christopher Taylor in a quasi-medieval communion, exploring the perfect aural intersection between early REM, Laurel Canyon hippiedom and baroque musicality.
Heir of The Cursed is a caulbearer born of an apparition, a primordial memory, a penny drop. She makes songs influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.
Over the space of three years, two singles and countless gigs, including tour supports with Teenage Fanclub and Real Estate, Spinning Coin have determinedly made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration and escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour. Their first album, Permo, recorded with Edwyn Collins at his AED Studios, and at Glasgows Green Door with Stu Evans, captures this balance perfectly. Its an album both of bold steps and of simple gestures, coming from a group who have found, seemingly effortlessly, a confident, unpretentious way of working together.
Its partly down to their history. Starting out in 2014 as a four-piece Sean Armstrong (guitar, vocals), Jack Mellin (guitar, vocals), Cal Donnelly (bass) and Chris White (drums) the members of Spinning Coin have all been involved in collective, DIY music-making. They may have formed out of Armstrongs project, the Sean Armstrong Experience, but their unique sound coalesced quickly, with Armstrong and Mellin both bringing songs to the group. Sometimes, their material is sculpted from jamming in their practice room: its an egalitarian way of working, a politic reflected in much of the members other music too, whether Whites involvement with the Winning Sperm Party collective, Donnellys membership of Breakfast Muff, or Mellins time with Smack Wizards.
Spinning Coin released a few cassettes in 2015, but made their first forays into wider consciousness with two seven-inch singles, 2016s Albany / Sides and this years Raining On Hope Street / Tin, both released on The Pastels Domino imprint, Geographic Music. Taken together, they sketched out some parameters for the groups songwriters Armstrong more melancholic, Mellins songs full of nervous energy with Donnelly and White framing the melodies with deft touches. But initial appearances can be deceiving, and one of the revelations of Permo is its breadth, the way both Armstrong and Mellin are happy to experiment, to take a risk on the next melody, and to see it take flight in unexpected ways.
The fourteen songs on Permo trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate thats closing down possibilities for difference and community. It opens with the gorgeous Raining On Hope Street, an Armstrong song that dates back a number of years theres an undercurrent to the song, too, as Armstrong reflects that he wanted to write something slightly spooky, ambiguous and open to interpretation. Tin follows, one of many Mellin songs that looks to the outside world and finds things wanting.
Tin is trying to look at the two extremes of privilege and under-privilege, he says. Its a theme that Mellin returns to, with variation, over the course of the album from the deceptively spry Money Is A Drug, whose flecks of country-soul charm conceals lyrics calling out class war and stupid rules, through to Powerful, where Mellin takes on the possibilities of self-empowerment: Im talking about people that do have the ability to maybe quit their shit job and do something a bit better for a while. I know not everyone can do that. What gives Spinning Coins songs nuance, though, is their self-awareness. Im really singing to myself, to be honest, Mellin reflects, and theres nothing didactic about these songs. Spinning Coin write from lived experience, grounding their songs in an understanding that were all finding our way through the world, trying to figure out what the hell is going on out there.
Armstrong takes on similar themes with Starry Eyes, and its blunt lines about how its not the right time to celebrate, when people in the world are dying at the hands of the government, but he also writes some of the albums more peaceable songs, like the sleepwalking reverie of Metronome River, or the driftwork of Floating With You. His songs pour out as stream-of-consciousness: from there, Armstrong continues, Im usually trying to say something positive. I think theres value in being critical, but I dont think Im very good at it. Its an important counterpoint to Spinning Coins more political moments.
Theyve also just welcomed new member Rachel Taylor, who appears on the album, offering, amongst other things, ghostly backing vocals on Running With The World. Thats a typically Spinning Coin development: a group fiercely engaged with community, welcoming new experience into their orbit, and looking for ways to move forwards with a warmth for humanity. Its writ large across Permo finding better ways to live, and to be together in the world, against the odds.
God is My Co-Pilot, VIDIV, Comfort
Friday 9th March, 8pm
Buy tickets here
|God is My Co-Pilot is a band from New York City that consists of Craig Flanagin and Sharon Topper along with a vast multitude of other musicians.
Describing the music of the band God Is My Co-Pilot isn’t always easy, becasue it does not readily fit into the more common genres people tend to relate to. However, various people on the net have said this about the music of Godco:
Those at The Knitting Factory, where Godco is a regular, say:
Queer Music Explosion says:
The ‘zine Stay Free says:
Howard Beal’s KFJC new album review (November 1, 1995) states:
Acid Cannibals E.P Launch
Friday 16th of March
Acid Cannibals are a full on riot of hope and good vibes in a sea of squelch. This is their good times and you are invited! Featuring members of space rock fiends The Cosmic Dead and the power violence party of Droves, so you know this is red hot.