SUBALTERN#5: THE COURTESY GROUP | SHIRTLIFTER | CHRONOTOPOLAGUS | ANDREW PERRY
@ Power Lunches Arts Cafe, 446 Kingsland Road Dalston, London E8 4AE
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THE COURTESY GROUP
From Stewart Lee in the Sunday Times: "The performance poet Al Hutchins has been attempting to push the Courtesy Group’s mixture of fragmented Beefheart licks, Fall-inspired lyrical splurge and grinding low-end dirge beyond Birmingham’s No 11 bus route for a decade now. An album was scrapped and his brother, the guitarist Fyfe Dangerfield, disappeared briefly with the chart-topping art-rock sophisticates Guillemots. Now, finally, here’s Hutchins, the howling faggot- and pea-fuelled visionary, vindicated at last, and at his finest on The Oldest Barter, where precipitous and sluggardly guitars fabricate a kind of psychedelic drizzle, a dying sun glimpsed through an industrial smog."
"Mighty mangled tunes and riffage, great lyrics and attitude, a fine name, what more d'you want from a group?!" John Cooper Clarke
In recent years, the group have played gigs with PSYCHIC TV, BLURT, DAMO SUZUKI, CHARLES HAYWARD, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, GALLON DRUNK, NIGHTINGALES, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS, GUILLEMOTS, ACOUSTIC LADYLAND, ENABLERS, OXBOW.
Imagine one of those Bear ‘n Twink meet ‘n greet bug-chasing parties organised on Grindr, but the twink chickens out. Add to this cuddly image an unworkable devotion to a dual bass setup and an unhealthy obsession with Unsane and Shorty, and you've come close to the live experience of Shirtlifter.
Formerly Sloppy Seconds, Chronotopolagus are a pair of non-dimensional time rabbits who strive to disolve notions of time and space through a 'sonic smudge' of intense noise coupled with visceral performance rituals. Named 1.7 and 5.2, these two rabbits deal with ideas of serialisation, subjectivity, shamanism, and quantum ontology, with a focus on creating a conflict and resolution within individual audience members regarding everything they believe to be true. Individual appearences are always different in form, but this simple thread of destoying time and space is present in all of their performances. Actions to date have included the smashing of clocks, the folding of paper, the defacing of maps etc. etc.
The former Sunshine Republic noisemonger claims that he "has had no idea what he’s doing for a very long time". Third party observations, however, can attest to experiencing gut busting bass dirges, savage frequencies and sometimes blissful tones from a an unnervingly jaunty man.