The Keyboard Choir + Champion Kickboxer + Hong Kong In The 60s + The Leaf Library - Feb 22 Feb, Buff
Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
The Keyboard Choir + Champion Kickboxer + Hong Kong In The 60s + The Leaf Library
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk, 60s psych and northern soul
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
THE KEYBOARD CHOIR
The six-strong Keyboard Choir formed in Oxford during winter 2004 in an attempt to create live music with the turbulence and dynamics of 'traditional' ensemble performance using purely electronic sound sources - keys, synths, drum machines, samplers, fx boxes, laptops. Taking their cue from a myriad of influence including, but not limited to, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The BBC Radiophonics Workshop, Slowdive, Vangelis and The Chemical Brothers, The Keyboard Choir are a unique proposition even before you factor in the robots made from tin foil and cardboard boxes that accompany their live shows. Gigs to date have included a Coldcut Support and a slot at Truck festival, while they recently released their debut album on Brainlove records.
“Live, Keyboard Choir are a real spectacle. Cues are introduced by way of a conductor, samples drift in and out of the ether, and then there are those robots who lazily dance around like Castrol GTX was like some kind of cyborg Ketamine… ” (MusicOMH)
From Sheffield, Champion Kickboxer are signed to the ultra-hip Thee SPC label who first brought us The Long Blondes not so long ago. Jerky art-rock rhythms combine with classic English songwriting to create something akin to a Robyn Hitchcock-fronted Wire or Blur with a Beefheartian maverick edge. They’ve recently released a new EP called “Candlepower”.
"Champion Kickboxer sound like no band you ever heard. Eccentric, English, full of character,as beautifully unique as Pulp or Cardiacs or XTC in their very own way." (Organ)
HONG KONG IN THE 60s
Taking their cue from old Oriental pop, classic AM radio and the baroque melancholy of groups like Blonde Redhead and Broadcast. The band play hypnotic lullabies through a filter of cheap keyboards and guitars.
"A lovely understated and quite beautiful sound” ?(Sean O'Hagan - High Llamas)
THE LEAF LIBRARY
The Leaf Library is Matt Ashton (guitar and vocals), Kate Gibson (vocals and keyboards), Jona (bass), Ben Smith (guitar and button-pushing), plus a brand new drummer. Matt used to play guitar in Saloon who released three albums and a whole heap of 7"s before they split in 2004. Think Yo La Tengo, Appliance, Electrelane, Broadcast, Lali Puna and Stereolab, or a big long low leafy drone that's got some nice clever words sung over the top of it. Come along and welcome them back.