Secret Knowledge presents
The Chap + Grosvenor + Funsize Lions
Thursday 4th June Doors: 8pm
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King’s Cross / Angel
Advance: £7 from We Got Tickets/Door: £9
The Chap warm up for a series of European festivals with a one-off London show!!
The Chap are a modern pop group based in North London and feature five nationalities in four band members. They are named after a wonderful little magazine on how to be the perfect modern gentleman.
The Chap record and produce their own records at home and their music is influenced by film structure, Dadaism, computer magazines, free improv and the entire pop canon. They make pop-improv-disco-rock and they're actually pretty ok musicians. Some of them have had real training...
Numerous gigs and tours through the UK and Europe have commanded bafflement and ecstasy in equal measure. Kids at gigs have frequently said the Chap "are amazing", "are really out there" and "look like teachers". The Chap are and always have been about the psychological unease of despising and loving things at the same time. Those things, in particular, may be pop culture, the media world and their interactions; yet the Chap wish to convey a more general, deliciously terrifying sense of destabilisation, surprise and wonder.
Grovesnor formed when Rob Smoughton left the Hot Chip drum stool and ventured out solo. With a love for bloue eyed soul, bubbling analogue synths and latin guitar he took his one-man-electro-soul revue to the road. His first single "Nitemoves" an ode to the witching hours and unrequited lust, was a favourite with Rob Da Bank and the follow up "Drive Your Car" cemented his place in London's underground pop-electro scene with a Radio 2 single of the week on Maconie & Radcliffe's "Pick n Mix". Around this time, the live band expanded to a trio and now into 2009, the live band has expanded once more with the addition of drums, piano and sax. Grovesnor's live shows are currently showcases new material for his hotly anticipated album "Soft Return" which blends elements of west coast soft rock, scandinavian electro-pop and Philly-soul.
Funsize Lions formed after various chance meetings in disused hotels and rundown gallery spaces of alte-Liverpool and London. They perform crystalline keening electropop sounds, songs that yelp and yammer over the downdraft, songs for dark mornings and airport terminals everywhere... for ever. The band features the naughty China Carolina who often smokes cigarettes; sometimes Anna Schulte, who right now is playing in The Slits; Ed Tidy, resident wrestler and wrangler of electronische super-sirenen sounds on the Moog; and Stephen A Wood, who likes to play the electric sitar, and does illustrations for record sleeves and other shiny things.