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Sparrow & The Workshop @ The Fly

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Deep in the bowels of The Fly there is something special taking place. Ridiculously early on a Friday evening three figures are on stage, laughing and joking, tinkering before launching into a swirling song that builds and swoops, seeping out from the stage into the crowd, unfurling along the cracks of The Fly’s low basement ceiling. The crowd start to nod in appreciation as the music takes hold, and then Jill O’Sullivan starts to sing.

Sparrow and the workshop

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Throwback : Cluster & Chromehoof

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Entering Rich Mix to see German electro-psychsters Cluster is an adventure in itself. The event is held on the fourth floor so we are ushered into lifts and emerge into a darkened, throbbing room that ebbs and flows with pulsing electro and scattershot blastbeats. This is Throwback and tonight we are in for a treat. The unique series of gigs is designed to show the original grandmasters live and then their sonic offspring by bringing together those from the cutting edge of a scene and those charged with starting it. Which is how we end up hidden on the fourth floor of Rich Mix looking forward to a rare live set from seminal German minimalists Cluster and the arch avant London orchestra Chrome Hoof.  Let’s get it on.
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Written by Jonathan

April 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

My Toys Like Me

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Another month has flown by and it’s time to head north of Hoxton Square again to The Macbeth for the mighty Twisted Licks monthly residency. This months edition featuring the helium sluiced stylings of My Toys Like Me.

It’s a strange week in London’s music world as many movers and shakers have hot footed it over to that Texas in order to swap buzz bands and 50oz steaks with the great and good at SXSW. As such the crowd is a little Spartan on arrival compared to normal, but by the time My Toys Like Me take to the stage it’s getting hard to swing anything let alone disgruntled felines.
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Written by Jonathan

April 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Shield Your Eyes, Pneu, Silent Front

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“Alllllllllllllllleeeeeeeezzz!”

The top floor of The Old Blue Last is creaking. A circle has formed, a natural amphitheatre amongst the crowd. In the middle of the baying masses stand two Frenchmen, sodden with sweat and screaming at each other, howling, guttural and primal. Neither is backing down, arms primed, sinews strained to the point of failure… The crowd joins in, howling to the moon in appreciation, there is a seconds pause, a stop motion freeze frame, and then they lunge forward grabbing the throng and dragging us down, down into the heart of their world. This is Pneu…and this is all that matters.
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Written by Jonathan

April 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm