Lazarus Clamp/Former Utopia/Lower Slaughter/Chinwag/Russell and the Wolf Choir @Catch 22, July 6th
Doors 7pm & Damnably disco until 1am
£5/£6 advance via wegottickets
Shoreditch E2 London
14 years, 5 albums, 4 bassists, 3 weddings, 4 babies, 2 nervous breakdowns and one amazing Math Rock/Post Punk/Alt. Folk UK 5 piece playing a rare and very special live show showcasing their recent double album release ‘Death to technicians’/ ‘it ain’t what you do, it’s what it does to you’ just out now on Bearos
'Lazarus Clamp' formed in 1994, Post Punked, Math Rocked and Alt Folked with Giant Sand, Cat Power, Come, Chris Brokaw, Songs Ohio, Richard Buckner, The Mekons, The New Year and many more.
They played at SXSW - in 2000 (before it was fashionable). They released a recording of a 200-year-old English broadside ballad ('Some Rivals') as a single in 2003, successfully foreseeing (and missing) the whole Folk Britannia business by a good two-to-three years. They even pioneered UK Math Rock in the early 90’s, a genre only now deemed cool!
"Lazarus Clamp are one of the minor, undiscovered, rough-cut gems of British independent music." Drowned In Sound.
"Like a Lion Tamer at a cat sanctuary." Drowned In Sound.
"Rather wonderful." The Big Issue.
"Lazarus Clamp post-rock triumphantly." NME.
Possibly, the only indigenous cockney still remaining in East London. He is a genre hopping intellectual sombre songsmith, from furious post punk to quirky black humoured alt. folk. Former Utopia’s bad luck has known no bounds, from singers stepping out before a debut gig never to return, exploding drummers, failed album attempts, to more mortally sad, serious matters and recurring failed love affairs that make Darren Hayman’s love life look peachy creamy. Most recently he was mistakenly arrested and held on bail for 7 months for the suspected importation of 3 kilos of Cocaine from Caracas by SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency)-they lost his passport in the process. Even in the face of great adversity Former Utopia fearlessly dissects all in his path metamorphosising personal tragedy and trauma into beautiful redemptive honest music.
"Like (smog) on holiday in Shellac " DIS
Post Math Rock Essex Duo. Chinwag make complex and quirky math rock look effortless and even fun. Kings of DIY, Chinwag record, master and release their own EPs Mooch label and even build their own Baritone guitars! These 2 clean cut nice guys exceed the sum total of their math rock parts. www.myspace.com/chinwagband
Robert Wyatt meets The Swirlies in this arty intellectual LoFi London Post Punk/Alt. Folk new combo, featuring members of Huw Stephen’s Hellcore favourites Fantaplastic.
'Russell and the wolf choir'
Romford’s only Poet-lovelorn and lovely-sits in-between Geoff Farina, Jason Molina and Kevin Devine. Russell is playing his second only show, so for the sake of his delicate nerves he is doing a 3 song set.
Damnably presents is a non profit making anti ‘pay to play’ DIY promotion team that plays Peel shows between bands and was set up in 2006 as our friends could not get decent London shows.
Last year we put on Chris Brokaw/Thee More Shallows/Lone Lady/Spraydog/MJ Hibbett &the Validators/The Bobby McGee’s/Christy & Emily/Airport Girl etc. Damnably radio broadcasts a John Peel style show bi weekly in pod cast form with new Sessions, rarities and the best in new and old music.