Bad Timing presents
Gay Against You
(Chicks on Speed, V/Vm, Tigerbeat6)
Weds 19th March
The Portland, Cambridge
5 adv/concs, 6 door
Advance price: send email with name(s) to
reservation address at www.bad-timing.co.uk
GAY AGAINST YOU
Gay Against You are Joe Howe (aka Germlin) and Lachlann Rattray (aka Yoko Oh No!). They are enthusiastic, messy and a very, very friendly duo who inhabit the middle ground between Cyndi Lauper and The Locust. In the two years since they formed, they have toured extensively in the UK, performing with acts such as Lightning Bolt, DJ Scotch Egg and Shitdisco amongst others.
Together they perform live with keytars in homemade costumes and audience-made sets creating lo-fi power-pop/noise anthems dealing with themes such as lactose intolerance, animal rights, body building and the Aztecs. Previous events have involved colour-in animal masks, totem poles and chair mountains and a stageset of a giant sleeping triangular cardboard lion made on the afternoon of the gig ... and that's just the ones in Cambridge. Expect noise and audience participation and Holy Roar-style positivity.
"Gay Against You are part of a fine mentalist tradition that spans Atari Teenage Riot, Denim and Diamonds, Les Savy Fav, Devo and, er, Dweeb and are a breath of fresh air in the often po-faced pretentious Glasgow noise/improv scene." Diskant
"Two subterranean creatures dressed in primary school P.E. kits, complete with charcoal-stained eyes and badly-concealed erections, howl unintelligibly over spazz-core electronics." Fused Magazine
KEVIN BLECHDOM / BARNWAVE
Since rejecting pure laptop music and performance to form the (now-defunct) Blectum from Blechdom, Kevin Blechdom (Kristin Erickson) has been making music which toys fearlessly with cartoon effects, fingerpicking banjo and power balladery in deliberately accomplished "bad" songs.
Known for her eccentricity and sense of fun (as anyone who's seen her rendition of Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' complete with poledancing-style chair, helium and ever-more precarious key changes will testify) Kristin has released 2 albums on Chicks on Speed, whilst racking up a host of other releases on various labels including Tigerbeat 6 and V/Vm. She returns to the UK with her new project Barnwave. Previous Cambridge appearances in Cambridge have been with DAT Politics and Planningtorock.
"impossibly addictive and bizarre; every time you get close to packing it all away and understanding exactly what it is, there's another explosion of ideas and you are left doubting everything you felt so sure about a minute ago. Terrifying post-modern neurotic/ emotional realism! Album of the year 9/10" Drowned in Sound
"a compulsive, repulsive, inspired glimpse of the void within, and possibly the most psychedelic record of the year so far" Frances May Morgan, Plan B
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