The Chris Robinson Brotherhood live UK debut with Shindig! Deejays

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood visit England for the first time (although the band members have been here on many occasions, notably Chris with his old band The Black Crowes).

The CRB (as they are affectionately known by fans) made an immediate impact upon their boldly unconventional debut in early 2011 after Chris came together with guitarist Neal Casal, drummer George Sluppick, bassist Mark Dutton, and keyboard player Adam McDougall. The Brotherhood embarked on close to 50 shows over nine weeks in California before ever leaving the Golden State. In fact, they’d wait until 2012 to truly introduce themselves nationally with the release of two sprawling studio albums: Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door, which showcase a freewheeling improvisational chemistry. Phosphorescent Harvest, their latest album, was released in April 2014.

Shindig! interviewed Chris for issue #49 and an instant friendship was struck.

On the back of this clash of fine tastes Chris has asked Shindig! to deejay in-between sets. Expect some pastoral, cosmic and wide-eyed sounds from the team.

Tickets can be bought here and both the band and magazine would love to see you all at the show.

 

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Dungen, Rough Trade East

Dungen
London Rough Trade East
03/11/15


 

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Stockholm’s Dungen have quietly been making some of the best psych-influenced albums of modern times (no word of a lie). Despite a recent and well-received US tour, it’s somewhat shocking to see that their only UK date in almost five years is an in-store promotion event for their latest opus Allas Sak.  Appearing on stage they spend a little time setting up, joking with the audience “meanwhile you can shop for records in the dark” before launching into ‘Åkt Dit’. The remarkable elements of their recordings are preserved here: the wonderful harmonies, lolloping bassline and groovesome drumming giving everything a hazy sheen.

It’s clear from the off that although lead vocalist and all-round instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes has been the driving force in the past, the band now sound more solid and their individual influences intermingle effectively.  Long-term Bassist Mattias Gustavsson and drummer Johan Holmegard are, to coin a phrase, tight but loose but tight. Also, did I mention that guitarist Reine Fiske is probably one of the greatest lead guitarists on the circuit right now?  If you want to hear the power and inventiveness of Hendrix crossed with the precision and virtuosity of Jeff Beck, or you just want to hear a guitarist with great tone and the chops to match – Fiske’s yer man.

The almost acoustic ‘Sister Festen’ is followed up by the serene ‘Sista Gästen’, each one seemingly formulated to put a smile on the face of even the most cynical of punters.  Ejstes switches flawlessly between keyboard, acoustic guitar and a variety of flute and woodwind instruments.  Even an abandoned cover of an Aphex Twin tune can’t lessen the sense of musical euphoria Dungen produce; nor are they afraid to keep things merely instrumental as an airing of ‘Franks Kaktus’ lush soundscape proves – check out the hilarious video for this one online!

The finale of the short set includes a sublime reading of ‘Sova’, before hurtling headlong into a fiery ‘Gör Det Nu’, dispelling the notion that they’re only masters of the mellow.  However, just as the house lights go on, they huddle together and decide to finish with a stunning rendition of ‘Du E För Fin För Mig’ from their majestic third LP Ta Det Lugnt.  Fiske’s guitar work on the outro is even reminiscent of fellow psychedelic Stockholmers’ Baby Grandmothers at their most ferocious. It’s a wonderfully crunchy end to the proceedings and leaves the crowd with baited breath for the next visit to these shores.  Hopefully it won’t be another five years wait!

Marc Le Breton

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Two Knocks For A Yes, Hove

Two Knocks For Yes
St Andrew’s Church, Hove
October 23rd 2015

Spooky goings on…


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We gather and take our pews at St. Andrew’s church, tucked away in Waterloo St just off the seafront in Hove, on a Friday night to experience Two Knocks For Yes, an event promising “an exploration of the paranormal… featuring recordings, stories and sounds from British cases including the famous Enfield haunting”.

A solemn Curtis James, brother of Simon (one half of both Black Channels and The Simonsound), addresses the audience with a brief history of the nearly 200 year old church and its hidden burial catacombs below. Warning that we take our safety in our own hands as there is no knowing what spirits could be conjured up during the proceedings he then introduces James Burt who talks about how death, spirits and the superstitions of fisherman are intrinsically linked to the sea in Brighton. Slides are shown and ghost stories told before the main event – a solo Black Channels performance, minus singer Becky tonight, of last year’s Halloween mix, ‘Two Knocks For Yes’.

Sitting with his back to the audience while his brother pours a salt circle around him to ward off spirits, Simon busies himself between his Buchla System 3 synth, Roland Space Echo and MiniMoog Voyager to pull otherworldly sounds from their circuits. Running in tandem with a specially created film collage of VHS clips, spook documentaries and found footage that perfectly visualises the score he soon has us hooked into his creepy electroacoustic soundtrack.

For anyone who hasn’t heard ‘Two Knocks…’ (and it’s freely available online) I can tell you that it is genuinely scary in places, akin to parts of Barry Bermange and Delia Derbyshire’s ‘The Dreams’. The first time I listened to it happened to be late at night in headphones and I had to turn it off midway as it was starting to freak me out in the quiet house. Hearing it in a darkened church by candlelight with accompanying visuals and surround sound was equally unsettling, did someone turn the heating off at one point or did the atmosphere genuinely get colder all of a sudden? The Two Knocks of the title reveals itself towards the end of the piece and whether you believe in ghosts or demonic forces you’ll never quite hear that bump in the night the same way again.

All too soon it’s over and with more than an hour to go until closing time we stumble out over the road to the pub to assess the performance, knowing we’ll at least have an early night. As settings went it would be hard to beat the reverb-laden acoustics of the Charles Barry-designed church which only added to the experience but another act as part of the bill could have filled out the concept and satisfied those hungry for more. As a first live performance of the piece it worked in both sound and setting as proof of concept but could be fleshed out even further I feel, perhaps as part of the Black Channels live show in the future once the debut album is released.

You can hear ‘Two Knocks For Yes’ on the Black Channels Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/blackchannelsband/two-knocks-for-yes. The Castles in Space label have also produced a very limited run cassette which features exclusive B-side instrumentals http://www.castlesinspace.com/?p=183  or you can buy a digital copy from their Bandcamp page https://blackchannels-cis.bandcamp.com/album/two-knocks-for-yes

Kevin Foakes

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Giuda New Album And Single!

Everyone’s favourite Italian retro glam/bovver combo Giuda unleash their third album, Speaks Evil, through Burning Heart Records on 4th December.


12049105_993243584059051_2752083021007169877_nThe 10-tracker finds the boys galvanising the poppier elements of their previous two outings whilst maintaining that all-important stomping twin-guitar attack.

A limited edition seven-inch edition of ‘Roll The Balls’ is already out (and probably gone) and the boys visit the UK for a one-off gig at The Lexington in London on Saturday 5th December. Get yer tickets quick!

In the meantime, here’s the video for ‘Roll The Balls’.


 

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Goblin to perform Dawn Of The Dead

CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN TO PERFORM DAWN OF THE DEAD LIVE

29TH OCTOBER 2015, 7:30PM

BOXXED, 104 – 108 FLOODGATE ST, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, B5 5SR

£20.00 + B/FEE

‘When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth…’ 

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Lunar Festival and The Electric Cinema are teaming up on Thursday 29th October to present a very special cinematic event, as Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin arrive in Birmingham to perform a live soundtrack alongside a screening of George Romero’s original 1978 horror masterpiece Dawn Of The Dead. Read more Goblin to perform Dawn Of The Dead

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