Gigs

next gig / Monolith Cocktail & Plugged In Brighton / next gig

photo by Lewis McKale

The Hope & Ruin gig was superb – as were Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat and Lewis McKale.  A wonderful night, and thanks to everyone involved.

Two more upcoming local gigs:

Wed 20 Jun, The Prince Albert – electric band (Octopuses single launch) – wegottickets

Fri 22 Jun, The Brunswick – solo acoustic (Real Music Club)

What can I say – I’m a greedy bitch.  To soak up the folly, the gigs will be poles apart in sound, feel and setlist (very different venues too).  For the first, there’ll be electricity, bass and drums; the second, I’ll be alone up there…  After that, it’s oblivion for a little while.

Meanwhile, a track from the new EP’s featured on Monolith Cocktail’s Quarterly Playlist Revue, alongside Dr Octagon, Grimm Grimm and Crayola Lectern, to name a few – it’s an immersive, intelligently-structured listening experience; switch that phone off and strap in for a journey by tracklist.

An oldie, Lilith, features on the third edition of Plugged In Brighton’s Mixcloud in a rockier setting; Young Francis, Big Slammu et al bring the scuzz.

The two programmes are very reflective of the two nights – one’s adrenaline noise, the other’s a head trip.  Explore!


Metal likeness, 25mm

Badges… badges everywhere

A strange feeling, putting yr image into a 25mm metal circle.  How do bands cope with their gormless faces plastered all over T-shirts and other… “merch”?  Come to a gig and take these damn things away.

This is the next one…

…But there are several more to come, including a third go with Safehouse in the Wildcard Quartet, end of June.  Details here, as they become available.  Anyway, ask me for a badge and you can have one.


11 June gig, Hope & Ruin, PLUS: 69X TV and other stories

event link here

My next full-band gig’s on Mon 11 June at the Hope & Ruin, with Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat & Lewis McKale.  I’ll be onstage from 8:30, with a new drummer and new songs – truly, playing with the big boys…

Before that, there’s a return to Mr Wolf’s in Bristol (tomorrow!) and another go at Bar 42 in Worthing (electric this time).  I chase the phantom wherever it leads, till the oil runs out and the lights go off.

I love a blog entry studded with enticing blue links.  So – another track from the new EP can be heard on the second Mixcloud from Plugged In Brighton, and pretty soon I’ll be appearing on the third 69X Music TV show – news of that soon.  Here’s me playing live to camera in 30-degree heat:

 


new EP & gigs (April-June ’18)

preview/pre-order here

There’s a new EP due on 11 May in all its ugly glory… I got tired of introspective stuff and dialled up the noise/sarcasm/repetition.  It’s also, for the most part, very… direct.  Here’s advance word from xsnoize.com.

I’ve already recorded the follow-up, and that’s different again.  Meanwhile, think of this one as an outburst of protest – although the final track may be one of the prettiest things I’ve ever done.  A conundrum, for sure (but not too much of one… it’s getting playlisted a lot, which is very welcome).

Gigs are lining up – solo, as a guitar/drums duo, full electric band – and dates so far include:

Sun 22 April, Punkish Noisish all dayer @ Bar 42 (Worthing) from 3pm – w/The Cars that Ate Paris, Blister Pack, Kuroneko, mouthful ov worms, Perastroika, Cowboy Sex Shop – onstage 6.30pm

Another improv gig, as described previously, in the Wildcard Quartet:

Wed 25 April, Safehouse @ The Verdict (Brighton), 8pm – w/ Shatner’s Bassoon & Bolide, £6/5 (members)

Sun 6 May, Bark @ The Gladstone Arms (London SE1) – w/ Holly R Jones, Sami Fitz, Idle Hands & Corey Leiter

Mon 21 May, Short Steps presents @ Fortune of War (Brighton) – w/ Ja Sputnik, Noisferatu & Pete Wiseman

Mon 28 May, Mr Wolf’s (Bristol)

Fri 22 June, Real Music Club @ The Brunswick (Brighton) – w/ Andy Roberts & The Boy In The Cupboard

More tbc for June onwards.  Ugliness, ugliness everywhere (and I love it)… x

EDIT: you can hear a track from the EP on Indie Arena Radio’s Mixcloud here

 


never to be repeated: Safe House improv gig, 31 Jan

the venue (Verdict Jazz Club) in a quiet moment

So I’ve been going to Safe House here in Brighton for a while, and it’s helped keep me honest and open-minded musically (flexible, too).  It’s a, well, it’s… right, this is off their site:

…collective that hosts two separate nights that focus on improvised and experimental music: Safehouse, on the first Wednesday of every month, and On The Edge, on the last.

[…] There may or may not be any rhythm, tonal centre or structure to the pieces played.  The music is free in that sense.  No premeditated ideas or constrictions.  Any sound is valid.  It is a sonic conversation, in which players respond to each other as spontaneously as possible.

It can be brilliant, terrifying and beautiful or absolute shit, depending on the quiddities of the moment.  Some of the players are very advanced indeed, but I’ve managed to reach a point where I can hold my own onstage well enough as part of a free improv scratch ensemble – or at least not embarrass myself too often.  One aspect of the gig nights is the Wildcard Quartet: four names are selected at random to go on as first support and improvise for about twenty minutes, no quarter asked or given.  (They’re very clear about this… it’s not “jamming”, it’s improvisation.  Start spamming out riffs by rote and they take you out back and shoot you.  Horribly distorted electric guitars are permitted, however.)

Anyway, my name came up for the gig on 31 Jan.  It’s exciting stuff, and will be entirely unique, which is kind of the point.

Event link here  //  Tickets here (£6/5)

The program:

Graham Dunning, Colin Webster, Sam Underwood

In this trio Graham Dunning plays turntable, dubplates and dentristry tools, walkmans and amplified objects. Colin Webster plays saxophone and Sam Underwood the tuba.

In 2014 Graham and Colin released two albums of recordings on the Linear Obsessional and Raw Tonk labels. They also toured the UK and Switzerland – the video below is from their set in Zurich.

https://vimeo.com/96688424

The trio performed a memorable set at Supernormal festival in 2015 and released a CD called Bleed on ADAADAT label – a track from which is below.

https://soundcloud.com/mrunderwood/tarnlavadust#t=0:00

Fettucini Spicer

Fettucini Spicer attempt to provoke/shock each other into action by the application of a multitude of instruments and objects too numerous to mention!

Wildcard Quartet

 

…I have no idea what to expect, and trust me – neither do you.


last 2017 gig: Cargo LDN, 16 Dec, 10-hour homeless charity benefit

Facebook link here

Eventbrite tickets

A big title, but then it’s a big day.  Runs 12 – 10:00pm on Sat 16 Dec, promoted by 69X Music, features:

Amber Anderton/Elliot Falla/Danny Martin/Spidasense/LegPuppy/The Wax Lyrical Sound/Act of Love/40 Shillings On The Drum/LaFlamme/Lauren V/Nemesis…

Plus film crew, a “surprise guest” and me – kicking it off at noon.

Proceeds to homeless charities http://www.streetlink.org.uk/ | http://dotslondon.co.uk/ | https://www.mungos.org/

A good one to go out on for 2017, then.

Here’s a short fb vid: