The second Sloth Racket album is up for pre-order now, including streaming of one track. There are also t-shirts, all designed by Cath.
A couple of new videos have sneaked out recently, so I thought I’d stick them on here for you to watch.
First up is a video of my Article XI group in action at the Manchester Jazz Festival 2014. Dan Spicer mentioned in Jazzwise magazine this month that this group “demands to be heard”. So here it is:
And, on the back of a great review from Bird Is The Worm for our debut album ‘Triptych’ (“hyperactive…doesn’t sit still..whirlwind display of forms of expression…” buy it here folks!), here’s a video of our gig earlier in 2016 at The Vortex in London. And we’re playing a track that will eventually end up on the next album.
I’m sure there’s plenty more to report, but for now, hope you enjoy those.
September and October bring with them a whole load of gigs, almost all of which with Cath Roberts in some shape or form.
Looking forward to being out and about with Sloth Racket again, and playing Cath’s brand new music for ten piece band in Lancaster (which I’ve dubbed ‘DecaSloth’ and I’m hoping the name sticks…).
There’s also an Anton Hunter Trio gig, a couple of Ripsaw Catfish ones, Skamel and (if you’re quick), a Lifemask Trio at the end of August.
All the info on the gigs page as ever.
I’ve got around to uploading one of the tracks from 2014′s Article XI live recording at The Vortex in London. Which is nice timing as I can announce that we are (probably) playing a a gig in June. I’m very honoured to have been asked by Cath and Dee from Lume to bring the band together once again for their one day festival on 26th June at I’Klectik Art Lab in London (interestingly, that’s the day after the Efpi festival, also in London where I’ll be playing with Beats & Pieces Big Band)
There is, however, a catch. Lume are in the midst of a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for the festival, and it’s not going to happen unless they hit their target by 11th May. If you can donate, then please do, and even if you can’t, you’d be helping a lot if you can share the link with all your friends (especially that rich one who doesn’t know what to spend their money on…).
CLICK HERE NOW TO DONATE MONEY (please)
Sloth Racket have got a brand new album coming out on Monday 2nd May to coincide with it. We recorded it at Limefield Studios near Manchester with John Ellis, and mixed it with Alex Bonney in London, and I’m really happy with it. Don’t take my word for it though of course, The Quietus called it “an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grungy riffs and bluesy themes”, but if that doesn’t convince you, you can hear for yourself and pre-order the album from our Bandcamp page right now!
And the tour to go with it…
In a few weeks I’ll be off to play in Canada for the first time, with a brand new group featuring the legendary Julie Tippetts, alongside the equally legendary Martin Archer, Peter Fairclough, Laura Cole and Seth Bennett. For several years now, Martin and Julie have been collaborating on studio recordings that have resulted in four albums (and they’re alright too, buy from Discus if you like). They were approached by the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) to put a live band together and play the material for the first time ever in public, and I’m pleased to say they asked me!
Hopefully there will be some festival appearances in the UK and Europe before too long, but for now, maybe see you in Canada?
Morning all, a few things to update you on here. Firstly, I’m playing with Sloth Racket TONIGHT in London. If you happen to read this, go to The Oxford in Kentish Town from about 8:30. Details on my Gigs page, where you will also find info about a Vonnegut Collective performance and some big band gigs.
Next, Beats & Pieces Big Band have a brand new video out. Filmed live on stage at Ronnie Scott’s, with 15 GoPro cameras, all strapped to our heads. I didn’t really believe Ben when he said it was a good idea, but it does look pretty cool/motion-sickness-inducing. Check it out…
We’re also going to be on BBC Radio 3 tonight, with a live recording of that very same gig, so on your way home from the Sloth Racket gig, you can listen to Beats & Pieces on Jazz On 3. Aren’t I good, planning your evening like this?
I also just spent a very enjoyable weekend recording new music for Martin Archer’s Storytellers, a brand new band featuring Martin and myself (obviously) alongside Corey Mwamba, Kim Macari, Peter Fairclough and Michael Somerset. It was the first time I’d met Micheal, and the first time I’d played with Kim or Peter, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable process. Lots of freedom, some loose themes, some defined structures, some less so. I think the album is going to be a mix of our pieces recorded as-is, and some of Martin’s collage approach that he’s used to great effect before. Check out his Discus Records for a whole host of his releases (and Beck Hunters of course). Here’s a couple of photos I took, along with one of all of us.