So, not long to go before the next SLI evening at Wharf Chambers is upon us, just under two weeks!
Mirfield's finest power-duo: Neil Campbell (Astral Social Club) and Paul Walsh (Foldhead). Combined, primed, wined and dined; now it's time for them to get busy with a joint sonic assault. I'm predicting an amalgamation of pints, table-top electro-trickery, strobe lights and tightly co-ordinated dance routines. Both Neil and Paul pulled off cracking sets at the first event and it seemed like a no brainer to ask them to perform together.
There isn't an Early Hominids web presence, but you can catch up with their individual exploits online.
Daniel & David Thomas (no relation); two men with a variety of noise making devices, effects pedals and lots of wires. As Lord Hayler of Midwich once wrote; "Hagman present a hard-won equilibrium teetering between power line hum and the rhythmic clatter of early 80s electro-industrial. As sinuously alien as a millipede clambering over tree bark, yet as warm as a cat asleep on your chest."
Next up is Hobo Sonn, a project of Ian Murphy (Gryn Brvs), but performing this evening as a duo with Kieron Piercy (Spoils and Relics) and; two chaps who weave together a tapestry of sound. Expect an alluring and considered blend of manipulated field recordings, doctored electronics and a variety other intriguing sounds.
Remember the millennium? Calendars everywhere ditched their 19 and went all 20 on us. Around this time a friendship was burgeoning between two of Leeds' Termite Club comrades in arms; Rob Hayler (one-time head honcho of Fencing Flatworm and full-time Midwich) and Michael "Cloughy" Clough (one-time Rancid Poultry, PRP Group and Klunk member, now a full-time Kleeklonking, Atem Tanzing, 1971 Nacht-action fetishist). Deep analogue rumblings and shimmering drones of collaboration filled the air and the duo soon found themselves trio; joined, as they were, by Phil Todd (full-time Astray Navigations and too many part-time variations to even begin listing) who had recently relocated from Stoke to the tropical climes of West Yorkshire. After a few gigs and an album on Fencing Flatworm (http://radiofreemidwich.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/01-that-fight-you-lost.mp3) the fire of this "no audience super group" was extinguished. Gone.
In a half-remembered haze, legends were constructed, talk of rock'n'roll excess and in-fighting lingered, unverified audio tapes of Troggs-like arguments circled the underground (allegedly from a source "close to the band" who was present at the recording sessions for the fabled second album). Truant remained quiet. Until now! Well, actually until Spring 2011, when almost a decade had passed by and Clough, Hayler & Todd dusted off the master tapes and went about splicing together 'The Truant Accord' (released on Memoirs of a Flatworm - a collaborative concoction of Memoirs of an Aesthete and Fencing Flatworm). The Truant Accord came and went; seemingly, that was that for Truant. However, a throwaway comment that a Truant reformation would be good - based on my enjoyment of what seems to be a deliciously fruitful period for all three truants - planted a seed which has germinated in to this performance and there's even chit-chat being exchanged about "Truant III" in the works.
The duo of Darren Wyngarde (Filthy Turd) and Andrew Jarvis ("the quite man of the Stoke-on-Trent experimentalism" - Idwal Fisher) shall be bringing their own, unique brand of fuzzy muck, dictaphone field recordings, silver mixers and sound-witchery to Wharf Chambers. Delicious.
Doors 7pm, £4
Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect.
PS... Prior to this event, a free event will be taking place outside the Corn Exchange, featuring Vile Plumage, Half an Abortion and Bongoleeros!