POSSESSION RECORDS Presents
Thursday 2nd May
SOFT RIOT / PARADOX SEQUENZ / MARTA RAYA / POLIS
with NULL/VOID on the decks
“synth • minimal wave • coldwave • electronic • postpunk • ebm• newwave”
7:30 PM | £7.00 on the door / £6.60 inc fees with See Tickets
Tickets for this event available HERE
Soft Riot is JJD, a former Vancouverite now residing in the Glasgow who has clocked in around twenty years of musical output in various bands and projects. Moving from Vancouver to the UK in the late 2000s, Soft Riot came into full being, having released a couple of acclaimed albums and EPs and staging numerous tours around Europe.
Using an arsenal of synthesizers and effects, Soft Riot’s sound is an amalgamation of JJD’s personal experience with music, containing elements of synthesiser-based film soundtracks, romantic italo-style flourishes, throbbing arpeggiations and angular, psychedelic synth-pop all tied together with an underlying tension. It is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour. Listen
Hard hitting minimal wave by Berlin resident Basti Wagner, and one current underground synth artists on Germany’s Young & Cold Records label. Inspired by the sounds of early 80s and early 90s synthesiser music, Paradox Sequenz provides his own direct and precise take on the genre. Listen
Formerly one half of the popular Berlin-based dark wave duo Monowelt, Marta has stepped out on her own, composing music that is her “journey to the inner self”. A journey from sensual, heartwarming & dreamy soundscapes through melancholic, triste and gloomy sounds, at the same time keeping a raw and underground spirit. Marta’s debut album “Hidden Emotions” was released last year on the Berlin-based Sick Suck label. Listen
With their teeth cut on various flips of the Glasgow synthpop, noise, and avant-garde coins, blast onto the collective consciousness outta nowhere like a cosmic prime mover, combining punishing psychedelic Yamaha synth sequences and fragile Lechitic r&b vocals. They sing lyrics about religion, immigration, butts, abstract art, romance and nonsense. POLIS sound like the ringing in your ears after you’ve tripped up on Byres road, you’re lying on the ground, brain shite gushing out your skull… and there’s a car passing by playing Katy Perry. Listen
And joining the show on the decks is Dave Graham from Glasgow’s premiere EBM/Techno night (and probably one of the most popular club nights on a Sunday in Glasgow) playing a wide variety of tunes.
Sunday Night Dinner – Music, Performance, Short Films
Sunday 28th April, 7pm, £6
Rosaceae Productions invites you to an alternative Sunday Night Dinner at The Old Hairdressers! Welcome to a relaxed evening of music, performance and short films.
This three course performance menu consists of new and exiting work of Glasgow based artists.
7.15pm The Starter
Music and performance
8pm The Main Course
Pihlaja – a performance combining music, projection and dance
9pm The Dessert
More Information about the event and the courses on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/417912405643571/
Glands of External Secretion, Twig Harper, Human Heads, Malcy Duff and the “Block of Milk”
Wednesday 1st May, 7.30pm
We are very excited for this evening of weird noises and burst musical performance. Hot from the best festival the UK has to offer… the Colour Out of Space festival in Brighton organised by Chocolate Monks; Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance.
Glands of External Secretion began when Seymour Glass, inspired by J.D. Salinger’s short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”, starts publishing the legendary Bananafish Zine in 1987, which for eighteen issues and up until 2004, constitutes a huge and ambitious attempt of presenting underground culture in its every form. Completely unknown experimental branchings, with a preference for the lo-fi, collage aesthetics, Glass’s paranoid and absurd manner of writing and the whole structuring of the noise scene, with San Francisco as a starting point and every “tweaked” corner of the globe as a destination, found their home in Bananafish and their main representative in Seymour Glass. Glands of External Secretion began as Glass wanted to testify further via weird monuments of experimental and far-out studio improv, using a surreal collage of songs, sounds, Barbara Manning’s vocals, voice samples, loops, out-of-context rhythms, field recordings, electronics, cut-up manipulated noises and anything else which is not considered music. The result is a twisted riot of sound bordering on audacity which the term “extremely psychedelic” fails to completely encapsulate. BANDCAMP
James Twig Harper Johnston is a performer, electronic sound artist, underground researcher, folk technologist and one half of Baltimore’s seminal noise(s) outfit Nautical Almanac. Harper was raised in Michigan, where he started out by playing DIY punk-style shows with the likes of Scheme and Mini-Systems, helping to ignite the Hanson / Wolf Eyes / Andrew W.K total music movement of the 90s.
Moving to Baltimore, Nautical Alamanc became a duo with Carly Ptak, initiating a period of sound exploration, circuit bent DIY electronica and higher consciousness exploration, that saw numerous releases, US / European tours, and the formation of the influential Tarantula Hill venue-compound in what was originally an abandoned building they found while out walking.
Harper’s music and performances are characterized by an incredible sense of trickery, playfulness and sonic dexterity. BANDCAMP
Human Heads: Facing the future, if the future is a crude drawing of a figure whispering into a clam shell phone. ‘They brush a demure fringe to one side and look you straight in the face…worship me like you worship the distant buttery sunlight of youth, it seems to say!’ Joe Murray, Radio Free Midwich
BANDCAMP and Tumbler
Macly Duff and the “BLOCK of MILK” Malcy is one half Usurper, two halfs comic artist, 3 halves sonic pratfall in slow motion whilst licking the spoon of ennui. Big dollop of ennui BTW. Look HERE
Help Me I’m Melting
Saturday April the 20th at 2pm
The Two Monarchs!
Tony Bevan (Saxophones, Flutes, Harmonicas) with Richard Youngs (Guitar, Keyboards, Voice, other stuff)
The magnificent “Two Monarchs” return for another bout of heartfelt self-delusion.
“This is no way to spend a Saturday afternoon” (Anon).
Pumice, Thistle Group, Youngs/Fowler Duo
Friday 19th April, 8pm
£10 on the door
Pumice is New Zealand artist Stefan Neville. A long time music maker and publisher of wonky sounds. Releases in his Stabbies label layer intimate songwriting with lo-fi noise and psychedelia. You could listen to THIS or Stefan’s label HERE.
“Everything Pumice owns is broken. Uninitiated audience members might think he is fucking up ’till half-way through when it becomes clear they are witnessing a perfect solo ballet of mini-cassettes, modified guitar, foot-pedal drum-kit & short-circuiting spring reverb croon.
Deep into a genius career, Pumice still surprises with his subtle mastery of broke-down sounds, slowed-down Magic Band rhythms, crumbling chord organ hymns & tragic ballads that reach deep into the very soul of Flying Nun/Xpressway/Root Don Lonie For Cash anti-pop pop music.” AFM
“The subtle, textural manipulation of sound which characterises Claire Mahoney’s (Olympus, It Hurts) solo project, Thistle Group, is at once striking and fragile; unforgettable while always in the midst of fading.” AFM
Youngs Fowler Duo
Local artists Richard Youngs and Luke Fowler are planning a new improvised performance. They have be recently working together on the disco band AMOR. But for tonight’s performance, expect something a little more exploratory and experimental.
Escape-ism featuring Ian Svenonius
Friday, May 3, 7.30pm
Saramago takes a trip to The Old Hairdressers…
Escape-ism – nom de guerre of mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius (performer, author, filmmaker, etc.) – returns to Glasgow for a special 2019 soiree at The Old Hairdressers – with Normal Service.
Get tickets HERE
Press for Escape-ism – The Lost Record.
Only ten months after he provided us with an Introduction to Escape-ism, mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius is back as Escape-ism with The Lost Record, a classic destined to bewitch the minds, hearts, and dancing shoes of any rock ’n’ roll fan who happens to discover it, for as long as such creatures exist.
Without the high-octane hype machine of the mind-control minstrels who hypnotize the hapless through the mass media, The Lost Record is bound for inevitable obscurity, but—with its timeless tunes, poignant message, and innovative sound—rediscovery and immortal status is equally assured!
The Lost Record, being what it is, has enormous selling potential. Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to be the ones clever and kind enough to have rescued this platter from oblivion.
Recorded in four different studios—Gaucho in Los Angeles, Flat Black in Iowa, Tonal Park in Takoma Park, MD, and at Club Blasé in DC—the record is the culmination of humanity’s attempt at something poignant, perverse, and poetically imperfect.
Normal Service – Normal Service make mega rad wonky music with squabbling guitars and righteous bass.
Featuring ex members of Lungleg, Yummy Fur and Gag/The Keatons.
Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal
Monday 6th May
SOMETHING WICKED: A HORROR MUSICAL COMEDY
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May, 7:30pm
Tickets are £5 and are available HERE
Book & Lyrics by Joseph Traynor
Music by Luke Barratt
Amanda is a very strange and, some would say twisted girl. She’s lived what one might call a “colourful” life. But now she’s gone and got herself kidnapped in the middle of the night by a demented, but slightly inept serial killer. This promises to be a night neither of them will ever forget
SOMETHING WICKED is a new horror comedy musical inspired by classic horror slasher movies such as HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH and SCREAM. It promises to make you jump, laugh and gasp in horror at its surprising twist ending…Which isn’t the least bit surprising but…Buy a ticket, come along and you’ll know what I mean
Friday 10th May, 7pm
£6 ADV Buy tickets
Pozi release their debut LP via PRAH Recordings on the 5th of April. Underachievers Club are very excited to have them join us at the Old Hairdressers in the excellent company of Callum Easter – an Underachievers Club #1 highlight – and Snout, lo-fi guitar pop goodness with plenty of wonk,
We are extremely happy to welcome Pozi to Glasgow for their first show here. They are a striking proposition, with the arresting ‘KTCMO’ – an immediate musical response to the manmade horrors of Grenfell – an extraordinary calling card. It’s angry, of course; but that rage is packaged beautifully; hear the mournful ‘may the residents rest in peace’ chorus, with Rosa Brooks’ melancholy violin carrying it, and feel it right in your heart. This is the socially conscious music we need. Watch
Otherworldly singer of rhythm and blues, Callum Easter is a magnetic performer; armed with a drum machine, some samples and an accordion he blew the roof off the Glad Cafe when we had him play the maiden Underachievers Club show back in January. Music is a language and Callum is one of it’s great communications, evoking a childlike sense of wonder and comprehension in his songs. Debut album due very soon through our good friends at Lost Map, needless to say it’s exceptional and he’s about to make a lot of new fans. Watch
When we first heard Unearthed, the collection of recordings released by Snout back in January, we immediately had to sort a live show. Have you heard this? Stop what you’re doing and buy it. Kieran Thomas and Adam Halcrow have made a DIY masterpiece; 22 tracks influenced by – in their own words – R. Stevie Moore and Simon and Garfunkel. We hear some Guided by Voices and Deerhunter. Ultimately, Snout shouldn’t be pigeonholed; if you like well crafted pop-tunes and lo-fi recordings you will love it. Can’t wait to see them live. Listen
Calum McIlroy, Chloë Bryce & Justyna Krzyżanowska
Sunday 12th May, 8pm, £10
Daniel O’Sullivan, The Silver Field, Richard Youngs
Friday 17th May, 8pm
Tickets £6 Advance or £8 on the door
A night of O Genesis Recordings artists.
O Genesis Recordings is an eclectic label run by Tim Burgess and, as well as tonights acts, has released records for Keel Her, R Stevie Moore, The Vaccines and Martin Duffy.
Daniel O’Sullivan is a London based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Member of Grumbling Fur, This Is Not This Heat, Ulver, Sunn O))), Guapo. O’Sullivan collages a wide range of musical disciplines from free-form improvisation to hallucinatory dreampop to extended drone and electric chamber music. LISTEN
The Silver Field is a sound world of Coral Rose & friends.Voice, tapes, bass, strings, reeds, drums, small sounds, big sounds, sunlight, moonlight, a lot of water. Listen to the fantastic new record HERE
Richard Youngs has been involved with music for most of his life. He discovered the power of the art form by thumping the family piano as an angry 5 year old. In the intervening 45 years he has attempted to harness the same experimental, naive, playful power in his live performances and in all of his 140 releases. This creative openness has led him to explore different musical genres. LISTEN
King Champion Sounds, Gymnastic Band, Spread Eagle
Sunday 19th May, 7:30pm
King Champion Sounds
King Champion Sounds are an Anglo/Dutch band and the brainchild of Ajay Saggar (Dandelion Adventure, Donkey, The Bent Moustache).
Vocals and lyrics are taken care of by G.W. Sok (The Ex).
The eight piece line-up’s instrumentation is expansive, encompassing tenor and alto saxophone, trombone, dulcimer and trumpet – to name a few – resulting in “a mix of The Fall, Can, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Public Image Ltd, King Tubby. I love this band”, said Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
With support from
The Gymnastic Band
The Frank Burkitt Band with Backa Wolfe
Friday 24th May, 7.30pm
“I was awestruck by the command of blues, jazz, Americana, folk and swing… breadth, depth and talent.”
Rock Society Magazine, Feb 2019
“The band’s vocal harmonies are tight, spot on and a delight. Soulful music that confounds to the end.” ****
Marc Higgins, Northern Sky Magazine (UK), Dec 2018
All the way from New Zealand (via Scotland) The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be performing at The Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow as part of their debut UK Tour in May and June 2019.
Following on from 4 months of shows in the antipodes, where they were announced as winners of the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019, the band will be travelling the UK for 6 weeks to as far north as Inverness and as far south as Falmouth.
A set with the band can be described as American roots music infused with folk, blues, country and a sprinkling of swing. Unique and profound songwriting, arranged with precision and creativity. A true genre spanning performance awaits. Add to that Frank’s rambling anecdotes and you are in for a special night that will both move and entertain.
They will be joined on their travels by the enchanting Becka Wolfe who will be adding fiddle and vocal harmony to the band’s songs as well as singing her own songs in Arabic, French and English.
Ana da Silva & Phew
Closet Organ w/ Ex Wives and special guests.
Beth Malcolm with Dorian Cloudsley
Sunday 9th June 8pm
Get tickets HERE
Singer/songwriter Beth Malcolm and guitarist Dorian Cloudsley finish off their run of UK dates in The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow.
Beth Malcolm is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Scotland, currently based in Glasgow. Following several years developing her songwriting, keyboard playing and performing in the UK and Germany, and at festivals such as Celtic Connections and the Country2Country festival in London, Beth released her debut EP ‘Better By Noon’ in 2015. The EP is a self-penned eclectic mix of soft jazz and contemporary folk that has become Beth’s distinctive sound.
Beth met Fat-Suit guitarist Dorian Cloudsley while they were both performing at the DK Open Stage at Celtic Connections in 2017, and they have been writing and performing together ever since. Supporting the likes of Blue Rose Code among others across Scotland, the pair are set to release their first EP together during their June 2019 tour.
Trappist Afterland / Moongazing Hare / Bell Lungs
Saturday 15th June. 7.30pm
Trappist Afterland make folk music using vocals, various acoustic stringed instruments; tabla, percussion, harmonium and tanpura drones. They explore psychedelia and chanting amidst folk songs. Although the influence of folk music from various sectors around the world can be heard in Trappist Afterland’s music (The British folk revival, 70’s acid folk, Gamelan music, Middle Eastern music, Indian raga) they still maintain a unique and almost otherworldly quality, that sounds unlike anyone else. With lyrical explorations delving into Gnosticism, Christian mysticism and other esoteric themes, Trappist still manage to keep their music firmly grounded in the present while maintaining a timeless quality.
Hailing from Malmö, Sweden, Moongazing Hare make mystical sounds sculpted out of the tranquil world, evoking drone folk landscapes.
Dream drones, radiant harmonics, and singular field recordings are just some of the elements that sonic investigator, Bell Lungs, blends together in performances both elemental and celestial in their nature. A relentless disassembler and collaborator, her journeys into kaleidoscopic post-folk dimensions have seen her work with poets, scientists, kinetic sculptures, artists, dancers, film and theatre-makers across Europe and North America. Layers of electrical chords, avian swoops, and warped strings are all anticipated.