Pennyblackmusic.co.uk returns to the Half Moon Herne Hill on Saturday 3rd November with some special guests...would be good to see any DiS'ers down.
THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY (SOLO)
The last time The Willard Grant Conspiracy played a Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night, in November 2010, people were utterly transfixed by main man Robert Fisher's powerful, booming baritone, and Deep South and Gothic-influenced songs of despair, lust, drink and death. This will be Fisher's first and only London date in two years (he also played at the sadly now-closed Luminaire later on that tour). For this concert, Fisher will be playing solo. But with an all-powerful voice like his, who needs a band anyway?
Fronted by Robert Rotifer, who has released several albums in his native Austria, Rotifer are something of an indie super-group. Their debut British CD, 'The Hosting Couple', has been released on Edwyn Collins' AED label and is in part about Rotifer's experiences as a twelve-year old in the 80's on a hosting arrangement in Canvey Island, Essex. He currently lives in Canterbury.
Also in the band are the Television Personalities' Mike Stone who replaced Darren Hayman (ex-Hefner) on bass earlier this year, and former Death in Vegas guitarist Ian Button on drums. 'The Hosting Couple' was produced by one-time Stiff Records artist Wreckless Eric (he of the legendary 1977 punk song "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World").
Bromide is Essex-born, London-based Simon Berridge, plus assorted backing musicians of all ilk's. Over four albums, he's refined a singer-songwriter sensibility close to heroes Lloyd Cole, Teenage Fanclub, Robyn Hitchcock, and The Only Ones, and along the way has shared the stage with everyone from Vic Chesnutt and Mark Eitzel to the mighty Spinmaster Plantpot. Bromide also host their own semi-regular 'scratchstock' nights at the 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street. Their latest, 'Some Electric Sometime', having been released this year on Berridge's own Scratchy Records, was produced by one time Gay Dad member 'Nigel of Bermondsey', and features a guest appearance from rising London singer Katy Carr. Should you need their services, Bromide also sell specialist laboratory water testing services and integrated CRM software.
Since 1998, NOW have established themselves as one of London's premium cult lo-fi/post-punk/Krautrock/out-there outfits, who have released nine albums and EPs together on labels like Pickled Egg and Disco-r-Dance, and have been described as making "harmonious and disharmonious 21st century pop music." They have served as ex-Can member Damo Suzuki's backing band; had a residency at east London's much-missed Foundry venue; collaborated with Hackney's very own space resident the Man From Uranus; played the legendary Kosmiche club; and toured Japan and Norway. NOW are constantly changing, constantly mutating into something new.