Ana da Silva & Phew
Handle with Normal Service
Thursday 7th March, 8pm
Tickets £6 advance HERE
or £8 on the door
The terrific HANDLE produce some of the best contemporary post punk in the UK. An off shoot from the popular Manchester group DUDS. You can here their music HERE
Normal Service; instrumental angular instrumental articulated pop. They sound like a school orchestra from a lost continent, exporting back to mainland Europe their interpretation of an undiscovered early-’80s Cherry Red outtake. Top tunes like ‘Raljex’ and ‘Mud’ bubble along in a spiked jaunty fashion, alerting listeners’ ears to draw parallels with icons of post punk. One minute they sound like a studiously xeroxed version of Scritti Politti’s Skank Bloc Bologna, whilst strains of The Fall’s back catalogue are never too far from earshot either. Now formed for just over a year, they have evolved into an enthusiastic, tightly woven quartet, bursting with a plethora of ideas and possibilities. Not really surprising, as they are whipped up from the cream of Glasgow’s illustrious art-punk gushing of the 90s. You can expect an explosion of angularity, melody and wobbly pop music as this tag-team of two boys and two girls whack you a-wonk from your head down to your toes!
Featuring members of Lung Leg, The Yummy Fur, The Keatons, Gag, The Spores, We Are The Men, Otterly, Manxish Boys, BCS Entertainment… Have a listen here.
David Toop, Rashad Becker, Bell Lungs
Thursday 28th March 7pm
Advance tickets £8 available HERE
£10 on the door
David Toop will be in conversation, talking about his writing.
The talk will be followed by performances from Rashad Becker, Bell Lungs and David Toop.
David Toop has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016) and Flutter Echo, a memoir first published in Japan (2017). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
Rashad Becker is a composer and musician residing in Berlin.
His compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender. Often there’s a tragic-comical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much a fertility dance from another dimension).
Recent works include the cycle Traditional Music Of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and a multi-part work called Based On A True Story that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of ‘sonic staging’. In this context, he is currently commissioned by New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound and Berlin string ensemble Kaleidoskop.
Rashad is mainly active as a solo artist but finds himself in a series of permanent collaborations alongside Eli Keszler, Moritz von Oswald and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli. LISTEN
‘Becker’s deft manipulation of the oddball sounds he creates allows him to elevate what could have been hazy sketches into the realm of high art’ — The Quietus
Vacant // Occupied
Monday 25th February, 7pm – 10pm, free entry
Exhibiton of works by 7 artists studying Painting and Printmaking Y2 @ The Glasgow School of Art
landscapes: technological, ubiquitous, experiential, narrative, familiar; overlooked.
Different landscapes bordering between the inhabited and the imagined. An exploration of what it means to experience environments.
(p.s. it’s not about toilets… but it could be.)
Ella Wright, Emily Knight, Eve Mcshannon, Joanna Holisz, Julia Johnstone, Rhona Sword, Rory O’Neill
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
Attic Lights LP Launch
Friday 22nd February
Steve Grozier & The Wildcats + support
Saturday 9th March, 7.30pm
RUBIX + Live Jam
Tuesday 26th February
Tickets on the door £8 or £6 students (bring your student ID)
Doors at 7pm, Jam session starts roughly 8:45pm
RUBIX are a 9-piece jazz ensemble featuring a cohort of talented Glasgow based musicians. The band will be performing a set of original music fusing jazz with the sounds of funk, Scottish trad, house and more! Come to The Old Hairdressers and check out the set, and bring your own instrument to join in on an open jam afterwards.
Ross Findlay – Keys/Compositions
Aidan Lochrin – Bass/Compositions
David Millar – Drums
Stephen Watson – Alto Sax
Anna Wood – Trumpet
Aimée Laws – Violin
Amanda Currie – Violin
Michael Strachan – Cello
Katie Holton – Clarinet
Bleach HCP x Terra Nova
Thursday 11th April
£5 on the door
Lewis McLaughlin & Friends + Support
Round Table: An Exhibiton
Sunday 24th February, 5pm – late
A series of roundtable events, alongside an exhibition
Not Looking Like That + guests
Saturday 16th March
Closet Organ w/ Ex Wives and special guests.
Cremation Lily, Knifedoutofexistence, Natural Orthodoxy, Otherworld, Ananke
Monday 11th March, 7.30pm
Get tickets HERE
Ambient electronics and noise from England. With dozens of releases on many notable labels (Alter, Opal Tapes, Strange Rules, Monorail Trespassing, Total Black), Cremation Lily is a truly dedicated underground project that has been carving its niche for nearly a decade now. Last year’s well-received LP on Alter records (‘In England Now, Underwater’) was a characteristically beautiful yet sorrowful collage of field recordings, spoken word, abstract textures, synths, and beats.
Solo noise project from Brighton. Knifedoutofexistence always brings exactly the kind of noise that I love to see live: a cacophony of distortion and feedback with a cathartic dose of screaming.
Harsh noise/power electronics from Manchester. I’ve been itching to see this project live since discovering that it had relocated to Glasgow recently. Heavy noise gigs are few and far between these days, so don’t miss the chance to see some proper fist-in-the-face harsh noise/power electronics.
Ambient electronics/post-industrial from Helena Celle/Anxiety member. A purveyor of hypnotic lo-fi melodies, squelches, bleeps, and drones. Total trip.
Solo project of minimal electronics and haunting vocals from member of The Downs/Kaspar Hauser. I was lucky enough to catch the debut Ananke show late last year and it was mesmerising in the way that only the most minimal and sincere music can be.
Saturday 2nd March, 9pm
Tickets available here
After a gap of over 30 years Thomas Leer played live to appreciative audience at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock during October 2018. The live performance was the highlight of a month long retrospective exhibition “From the Port to the Bridge” which celebrated the work of Port Glasgow born Thomas and friend and fellow music pioneer Robert Rental.
Thomas and Robert’s ground-breaking music helped create the template for an explosion of independent post-punk releases and the synth-pop boom of the early 1980s.
Slinky Kinky in conjunction with The Old Hairdressers are extremely proud to be hosting Thomas’ first live performance in Glasgow.
The live set from The Beacon Arts Centre can be viewed here
Inside the creative mind
Sunday 3rd March 7pm
Tickets available HERE
Join us for a truly memorable experience. Combining music and art to create a unique experience.
This night is dedicated to the creative process and interpretation. A live music show and art exhibit together, showcasing work from artists and musicians from around Glasgow.
There will be 4 new original pieces of art, from different mediums, created specifically for this event. Each piece will take it’s inspiration from original songs written by musicians performing on the night.
The artwork and music showcased together along with talks from the musicians and artists to show different interpretations and give an insight into the creative proccess.
Follow the development of this project online HERE
DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON
Friday 29th March
Tickets £8 adv / £10 otd
DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON
David Thomas Broughton is one of a kind. His live outings and recorded material defy easy classification. His shows are an exhilarating mix of musical improvisation and performance art, underlined with raw unpredictability. His recorded material is dark but beautiful, marrying traditional folk with surrealist experimentation
Over the past few years, David Thomas Broughton has been making waves with his unique and distinct approach to music. When Broughton performs it’s a story of incompletion and insecurity. As his songs ponder the difficulties of relationships, the awkwardness of emotion, he plays the same games with the audience. A pause mid-song to brush off his knee, or to rearrange his belongings on the floor: Layers of melody are slowly built, soar, whistle then fizzle as does a kettle on a stove.
Sealionwoman was formed by way of a fortuitous, chance meeting of Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern. The stripped-down duo line-up of Sealionwoman coalesced around Whitelaw’s rich and beguiling vocal and McGivern’s atmospherically inventive approach to his instrument. A defiantly uncategorisable sound was born, equally informed by melancholic soundscapes, torch-song transgressions and rapturous drama. McGivern offers Bad Seeds-style atmospherics influenced by noir-jazz degenerates Morphine and a Colin Stetson-esque approach to minimalism. This is masterfully fused with Whitelaw’s theatrical inspired vocals, taking inspiration from iconoclastic vocal stylists like Beth Gibbons,Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, and Sarah Vaughan. ‘Siren’ is a work capable of luring any adventurous soul onto the rocks.