Damnably Presents Bellini (US) @ The Brixton Windmill
+ Lazarus Clamp
+ Head Of Programmes
+ Dead Days Beyond Help
...+ Former Utopia
+DJ Set (DJ Set)
Sun 24th Oct, 2010
at London Brixton Windmill..
Price: £4.50 via
22 Blenheim Gardens
London SW2 5BZ
020 8671 0700
over 18s only
Damnably Presents Bellini (US) + Lazarus Clamp, Slowgun, Dead days beyond help + Former Utopia + DJ Set (DJ SET) + DJ Sab
Bellini is a rhythmic, tight, beautifully aggressive quartet consisting of Agostino Tilotta, his wife Giovanna Cacciola (both also of Italy's famed Uzeda), bassist Matthew Taylor (the Romulans) and drummer Alexis Fleisig (Girls Against Boys). Though retaining some of the basic elements of their former selves, Bellini are more focused, more structured and more rhythmic than ever before. They embody the true spirit of perseverance and punk rock, making uncompromising, honest music strictly for the brutal love of it.
The Precious Prize of Gravity
It’s been exactly four years since we last heard from Bellini. Four years is a long time, but when you’re husband-and-wife punk rock power couple Giovanna Cacciola and Agostino Tilotta, it can seem like a long holiday in the face of their nearly 25-year career of collaboration. Coming back from holiday, the two reunite with bassist Matthew Taylor and drummer Alexis Fleisig (also of Girls Against Boys) to unleash their third and most thunderous album, The Precious Prize of Gravity.
Recorded as always with long-time collaborator Steve Albini, Precious Prize is Bellini’s most accomplished production yet. Tilotta wraps a hundred notes per minute around the towering, sturdy rhythm section while Cacciola’s poetic lyrics and smoky melodies alternately recall Grace Slick and PJ Harvey.
With no less than four songs centering around the deaths of loved ones (including the heart-wrenching “The Thin Line,” featuring the surviving members of Silkworm), Precious Prize is lyrically Bellini’s darkest album yet. Never wanting to repeat themselves, the songs are more complex and progressive than the comparatively stark Small Stones, with a driving, X-inspired cowpunk vibe throughout.
No doubt the spirits of fallen friends and loved ones informs Precious Prize, but it‘s Bellini’s restless creativity and determination to pay tribute to the past by dragging it into the present that is the real honor here.
16 years and released 5 albums to date. They have been described in a Drowned in Sound review as one of the "undiscovered, roughcut gems of British independent music." They have played at SXSW, at Summer Sundae and have toured/played with Giant Sand, Chris Brokaw, David Grubbs, Julie Doiron, Songs:Ohia, Laura Cantrell, Herman Dune,Thee More Shallows and The New Year.
"9/10-Vastly underrated, wonk-pop gold, the midlands answer to Modest Mouse?" - Subbaculture
"4/5-It's always a pleasure to stumble upon what you think is a new band, only to discover that they've been quietly plugging away for years to modest acclaim. Bleak, beautiful and burning with a slow sadness." - R2/Rock and Reel
“articulate and considerd lyrics...unexpectedly experimental textures and deconstructed skinny guitar licks...”Stewart Lee, Sunday Times
6 Music favourites and an upbeat London based distorto pop quartet to get excited about!
"Indie-pop perfection"- Drowned in Sound
"fledgling perfect pop"- Noisestar
" Sunny punk songs and precious lullabies that flash by in 60 seconds yet never leave your head." The Windmill
Head Of Programmes
Head Of Programmes is essentially the alias of James MacGregor, a Plymouth based troubadour. He writes simple songs that wander the same paths of love, joy and failure profered by Smog, Sun Kill Moon or Bonnie Prince Billy, producing a beautiful and sometimes painfully intimate alt-country meets indie rock sound.
"Magnificent...a timeless melancholy masterpiece" - The Fly
"inspired by the darker side of the street, the one Will Oldham lives on, and where Nick Cave wrote The Boatman's Call" - Americana UK
"It's better than Bon Iver" -- Tasty Fanzine
Dead Days Beyond Help
Odd, Technical London Guitar and Drum proggy post punk/metal riff-mongering duo that just won't fit comfortably in any sub genre.
Formed in early 2007 and released their debut album "Access Denied!" on Copepod in October 2009.
Their gigs mix intricate and aggressive instrumental compositions with improvisation, songs (originals and covers) and any other questionable notions that occur in the heat of performance.
"formidably knotty, complex music which avoids the dry geekiness of US math rock while beating it hands down in terms of intensity and fluidity..." - The Wire.
George plays Guitar and Rama drums. Rama is from East Seoul, Korea and played in Slowcore bands for years and supported Steve Malkmus. George is from East London, played bass in Lazarus Clamp from 99’-2003.
Former Utopia began in 2003 and gigged with Shonen Knife, Moon Mama (Afrirampo), Chris Brokaw, Thalia Zedek Band, Julie Dorion, Thee More Shallows and David Grubbs. Ltd edition 7' available now via Damnably.
"Like (smog) on holiday in Shellac" - Drowned in Sound
"A gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee." - The Line of Best Fit
"fantastic!" Naoko-Shonen Knife
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