Bad Timing/We Like Wildlife present
A night of essential and wayward lo-fi -- from the personal melted pop songs of New York's Gary War (ex-Haunted Graffiti) to the primitive and intense Slits-style DIY of Bristol's Corey Orbison, to 8-bit new wave disco from MFU and Jellica in Les Adventures Sous La Mer.
Gary War + Corey Orbison + Les Adventures Sous La Mer
Sunday 10th January, The Portland, Cambridge
Tickets: £5 adv/£6 door
Gary War makes a welcome return to Bad Timing after previously playing for us solo as support to Ariel Pink, and as part of Panda Bear's band and Haunted Graffiti.
‘It’s about as close as pop could possibly get to Noise without losing it’s pop-ness altogether. Imagine taking a slice of early 1980s psychedelic pop, say, Arthur Brown’s criminally underrated 1982 album ‘Requiem’, slapping it on the turntable and lowering the needle. Now apply a blowtorch to it, one of those little ones they use to crisp up creme brulees. When the grooves are getting gooey, just beginning to melt together and stick to the needle, but while there’s still traces of music there, just before the sound dissolves into a cacophonic blur - that’s Gary War’s album.
That’s not to say War - who’s currently based in New York, and plays all the instruments on the album - doesn’t have hooks and choruses. He has a super-abundance of them…Sometimes there are several choruses per song - on “Highspeed Drift”, at least two, on “Costumes” there are one, two, three, or four, depending how you look at it. War tears down the fences between verse, chorus, bridge and solo and lets the categories flood into each other. The more you listen, the weirder things get. There are songs that aren’t single songs but more like several melted together, and songs that never quite become whole, frozen in a perpetual becoming.’ The Wire, October 2009
'the corey orbison combine jittery no-wave noise with cut-up tunes and a nervous energy inherited from the stripped-down disco-thèque, avant-garde placard-makers, riot grrrl pansy twists and the teen punk hardcore sweethearts of the 1980s. impulsive, rhythmic/off-rhythmic and erratic, the three-piece group boasts members of headfall, lesbo pig and the awkward dancers.'
'Corey Orbison have sent us a lovingly packaged white vinyl 7" and ... it's ... rough and compelling, jerky and uncompromising. Truly DIY, if you dig the Slits & Raincoats & agit-punk then this screeing, wonky delightful dirge of spastic rhythms will surely grab you by the collar and spit in your face. Kids these days eh...... And there's about 5 tracks or summat! Buggered if I can tell where they begin or end!! Ace.'
Les Adventures Sous La Mer
MFU and Jellica play lo-fi new wave pop songs. Previously seen freaking out the Freaky Flicks audience in the Picturehouse bar. For fans of John Maus, Jacques Cousteau.
Experimental, noise, lofi, DIY, weird pop and randomness in Cambridge since 2001