It is Birthday time!
Damnably is now a bit over 2 years old (in London anyway) and we have put on over 40 bands including legends Chris Brokaw, PW Long and Thee More Shallows. We upheld our DIY anti 'pay to play' ethos and managed to pay bands fairly and even bought a drum kit when one band couldn't afford a van to transport their own down from Manchester.
We frequently got gig of the week in Time Out and were even voted Club of the week in The Guardian!
We held the really crazy 'world international' (Smog)/The Fall/John Peel and Sonic Youth Days and Podcasted over a years worth of BiWeekly John Peel style radio shows @ www. damnably. com with live sessions!.
Best of all we met John Peel's daughter Flossie and gained her seal of approval!
To celebrate our 2nd Birthday we have 2 super shows on Saturday December 6th.
Firstly @ the Rota (Notting Hill) from 4pm until 8pm we have Calvin Party, Lazarus Clamp & Former Utopia Plus Special guests tbc and hopefully Special Guest DJ's too!
Secondly we have from 8pm until 12.
MJ Hibbett &
on Saturday December 6th @THE WILMINGTON ARMS.
69 Roseberry Avenue,Clerkenwell,London,EC1R 4RL.
020 7837 1384
Calvin Party www. myspace. com/calvinparty
One of John Peel's favourite bands who began to forge their very own idiosyncratic intellectual arty Post Punk back in the late 80's Lancashire.
Calvin Party recorded a total of 8 Peel sessions and have just released their forth LP 'Godard's Girlfriend' on the legendary Probe Plus label (home to 'Half Man Half Biscuit').
"the greatest undiscovered band" John Peel ... no less!
"joyous art noise" NME
"a cross between The Fall and Syd Barrett" NME
Lazarus Clamp www. myspace. com/lazarusclamp
have been at it since 93' and played sxsw in 2001, gigged with Giant sand, The New Year, Richard Buckner, Chris Brokaw and just released their 4th LP on Bearos.
"Lazarus Clamp are one of the minor, undiscovered, rough-cut gems of British independent music." Drowned In Sound.
"Rather wonderful." The Big Issue.
"Lazarus Clamp post-rock triumphantly." NME.
"Delicate and subtle dynamics." The Guardian.
Perhaps the most loveable character in ROCK! and a favourite of Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 6 and XFM!
MJ Hibbett had over 3 Million downloads of his internet hit (16k) and now does over 60 gigs a year worldwide.
He has released 4 albums and as many mini albums and eps on his very own 'artists against success' label and is a true DIY spirit!
Mark Hibbett does optimistic Pop and sounds like the well adjusted lovechild of Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present and Harry Hill. He also does a daily blog that is really funny and has thousands of readers.
www. myspace. com/mjhibbett
Former Utopia-Possibly, the only indigenous cockney still remaining in East London is a genre hopping intellectual sombre song smith as down to earth and utopian as Billy Bragg, as haunted as Bill Callahan and on occasion as furious as Shellac. He has the manic obsessive inventiveness of an atheist Daniel Johnston but balanced with the insight and height of George Orwell. He has gigged with Swell, Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, PW Long and Mick Turner from the Dirty Three.
www. myspace. com/formerutopia
"like (smog) on holiday in shellac" Drowned in Sound
www. myspace. com/damnablypresents
www. damnably. com