The Basement Bar, 1 Wellington Street, Leicester
Thursday 29th March. 8:30pm, prompt start!
FULBORN TEVERSHAM are the mindblowing new group of Seb Rochford, the extraordinarily in-demand and prolific drummer/composer, leader of Mercury Music prize nominees Polar Bear, and winner of BBC Jazz award for Rising Star 2004.
Fulborn Teversham pursue a more eclectic, and less overtly jazz direction than Polar Bear, or indeed Rochford’s other acclaimed group, Acoustic Ladyland, incorporating elements of electronica, Bablicon/Henry Cow-style prog and post punk. With clever balancing of cosmic and acoustic sounds, Seb Rochford (drums), Nick Ramm (Nord synthesizer), Pete Wareham (saxophones), and Alice Grant (vocals), set up an intimate and thrilling improvisational post-punk post-jazz chamber music for the future.
"Alan Freeman used to play the most extraordinary music on BBC radio in the late 70's, once mixing the Slits with Henry Cow and classic rock cuts. He might have gone big on Fulborn Teversham, as they sound like a cross between these groups in places. Count Herbert II is fascinating and vital collection" [The Wire]
"Since his Mercury Music Prize nomination with Polar Bear in 2005, drummer and composer Seb Rochford has dragged jazz in ever-more diverse, inclusive directions. With his new band, Fulborn Teversham, Rochford sneaks like a cat burglar through generations and genres, stealing and fusing influences along the way. Versatile vocalist Alice Grant is spear-like and edgy one minute — "Off Song" sees her reveal, "There's just one thing that I would like to say / It starts with 'F' and ends in 'Off'" — then sensuous the next, as she entwines with the Pete Wareham's saxophone riffs on glowing laissez-faire masterpiece "Even If". Observing the pop-like discipline of length, "Beach Tune" screams a dishevelled anthem for hair-shaking late-night crazy cats, while the title track pit-fights mellow organ and grinding bass breaks. A punky debut of virtuoso performances, inspired by a madly engaging imagination"
Although Pete Warham's F-IRE affiliated jazz/grindcore oufit, Acoustic Ladyland, have got all the media attention, they're a seeminly contrived outfit next to the genuinely playful, unself-conscious prog-skonk of Fulborn Teversham. Their new album, 'Count Herbert II' is a collection of unquanifiable pices which mix jazz's joyous experimentation with alt-rock's love of noisescapes and the tangential noodling of prog. Countless rock bands have been trying to pull off this same trick - of constructing melody from cut-up disonace - for as long as Tom Wairs and Sonic Youth have been cool, but Fulborn actually have the chops to make it work" [Eddy Lawrence, Time Out]
Fulborn Teversham's debut album, 'Count Herbert II' is available now from Pickled Egg. Click here to purchase online.PIT ER PAT is Rob Doran (bass, vocals), Fay Davis-Jeffers (keyboards, vocals) and Butchy Fuego (drums, vocals). Originally calling themselves Blackbirds, the group began as a backing band for a singer/songwriter. After playing a handful of small shows in Chicago, the guitarist/singer abruptly decided to move to New York, leaving the threesome to quickly write a set for a show that was already booked.
The music of Leeds-based QUACK QUACK isn’t easy to categorize. Take a shared spirit of improvisation and a healthy disregard for well trodden musical paths, and you’re moving in the right direction. Like the great rhythm sections of James Brown, Africa 70, Can and Led Zeppelin, Quack Quack operate right next to your heartbeat and your footsteps. They understand the importance of rhythm and use it to get the good chemicals flowing. This is music for dancing and smiling. This three piece instrumental group was formed in Spring 2005 by drummer Neil Turpin (Bilge Pump, Polaris, and sometime HiM), keyboardist Richard Morrisand bassist Stuart Bannister.
DRAGON OR EMPEROR are the awesome two-piece lightning-bolt drum & bass assault of Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear, Songs of Norway) on drums/vocals, and Stewart Brackley (Black Carrot, Songs of Norway) on bass guitar/vocals. Somewhat akin to a geeky Lightning Bolt in charity shop suits loosening up and playing jazz-metal, with additional manic Pere Ubu-style vocalisations, Moore beats absolute hell out of his drumkit, whilst Brackley embarks on daring fretless excursions to the absolute edges of what constitutes a rhythm. An enormous sound that marries their intense mixture of fun and chaos. Moore and Brackley have been friends for over 20 years, and have previously played together (along with fellow Volcano the Bear member, Nick Mott) in the improv jazz trio, Songs of Norway (Beta Lactum Ring Records). However, it was when Moore heard Brackley sing for the first time - with Black Carrot – that he knew the right thing to do....... form a band with him, and explore his new found voice. With Aaron currently relocated to New York, due to some little matter of marriage, percussion duties are ably deputized by Euan Rogers. The debut self-titled Dragon or Emperor album is available now from Pickled Egg.
"DoE are a bass and drums punk/jazz/metal powerhouse, with a spontaneous feel that frequently threatens to spill over into hysteria. This is partly down to Brackley’s monstrous distended fuzz bass riffs, but has more to do with his wild evocation of what it might sound like if Yamataka Eye found himself trapped inside the body of David Thomas" [The Wire]
"A deluge of drum and bass chaos coming on like the bastard son of Pere Ubu, Lightning Bolt and (for some reason) Family, Dragon or Emperor turn everything up to eleven, fire up the distortion pedal and get down to some serious sonic destruction, the electricity literally crackling in the air" [The Ptolemaic Terrascope]
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