This free festival is fast approaching, just a week away on the 29th and 30th August. Plus it's celebrating it's 18th Birthday with 6 different stages and many new themes, it's looking to be the best festival yet, making for a spectacular weekend for all ages and tastes.
Centrifuge brings an exciting collection improvising musicians from across the
North, together in Manchester. The musicians, with a range of different musical practices, will combine in various small groupings to deliver a program of free improvisations in music. Centrifuge where creative forces meet. Un-expect the expected.
The next session is July 1st @ the Kro Bar 325 oxford Road manchester.
Centrifuge nos 5
Thursday 1st July 2010
Kro Bar Manchester M13 9PG
Excellent line-out for centrifuge #5 as follows
Charlie Collins, Drumset
Ian Simpson, Lapsteel Guitar, radio
John Jasnoch, Electric Guitar
Phil Lucking, Trumpets
Phil Morton, Accidents & Treatments
Simon Jones, Violin, electronics
Steve Lewis, Voice
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, Theremin, Vioin
Shaun blezard, laptop
Dave Tomkins, Double Bass
Richard Knight, Laptop, mixer
Venue : The Kro Bar
325 Oxford Road
Chorlton on Medlock
Manchester, M13 9PG,
Venue : 0161 274 3100
centrifuge homepage, FAQ’s and audio.
tel Phil Morton 07999518582
Here's a qik video of Plectrum the Band performance last night as part of Frakass. It was rumoured, the band who performed their first gig in the 70's flew in from New York yesterday just for this gig - it was also rumoured that they were particularly difficult, making extreme demands of the organisers and generally being obnoxious.
Performing in cardboard costumes Plectrum continued to keep their identity and only increase the mystery surronding them. That all said though, they did provide a bit of light hearted entertainment at the end of a Mega noise filled night. From the Cardboard coffin to the plectrum shaped plectrum user they rolled the tunes out and were much welcomed by the audience who witnessed a truly exclusive performanc. The 3 tracks they played were well worth it waiting till the end of the night.
If you have ever heard them before or have any photos that would reveal their identities then please do let us know. This may be the last time we hear from them but if we are lucky we will see them emerge in other forms.
FRAKASS is back. ... and this time it's personal! Yes the more jovial side of Frakture, liverpool based experimental music organsation is back and it's let it's hair down again and opened up the sweet shop of electronica to the youth.... well younger members anyway. That's right, they're back with more weird and wonderful music for all you loverly weird and wonderful music fans out there! Frakass = "A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior: affray, brawl, broil2, donnybrook, fray, free-for-all, melee, riot, row2, ruction, tumult. Slang rumble. "
They've got an extra special line up for our return show, with the LAST EVER performance by Plectrum the band, preposterous noise from Crucifix, and musical terrorism from Kinsheeva. Plus there's visuals courtesy of Noise Club, and DJ Tim Downey will be spinning the discs for us. http://nems-store.co.uk/plectrum
As I entered the lions den A.K.A. The Hilton Hotel A.K.A. this year’s host to the Sound City ‘front of shop’ proceedings, I was met with the overwhelming presence of main cheese Dave Pitchilingi on my left, TV pundit Rob Goldblade on my right and a whole host of assorted groupings of nice men with hair cuts spattered throughout. I broke into an uncomfortable sweat and claimed my press pass. A lady was repeatedly saying someone else’s name at me and, being that it was other than my own name, I was confused by this, to the point where I then agreed that it was indeed my name and took the pass hastily. I left to see the posh Sound City hire car creating a hullaballoo with yet more men with nice hair getting out.
Thursday night sees California based band the ENABLERS hitting our Liverpool shores.
With blistering interlocked guitar joy around brooding spoken word narratives, with added drum magician doug scharin (june of 44 -codeine-him) on drums - a new sound is emerging
Lone Lady is a solo performer from Manchester. For gigs she now works with a drummer but she creates and records the music by herself on a four track recorder. Cult Cargo caught up with her in Manchester. Listen to hear her music on her Myspace page and you can go to her label, www.filthyhomerecordings.co.uk for further information.
Can you tell us a bit about your songs, the driving emotions behind them?
Understanding who the Acid Mothers Temple are takes a little bit of research. They are not a band in the normal sense. They are a collective of musicians from Japan who form into different projects, such as Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno, Acid Mothers Gong and Acid Mothers SWR. They have released many records on almost as many different record labels around the world. Each collaboration plays it's own version of space rock cum ambient and each has the talents of AMT leader Kawabata Makoto within it. The incarnation on tour at present, Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. , played the Cult Cargo Launch Party very recently, and along with DJ Roger Hill From radio Merseyside I spoke to kawabata about all things Acid Mothers. Fortunately for us translator Minako Ueda was also there to help the interview along.
Mugstar have been of the most incendiary devices Liverpool has produced for a couple of years now and like a car bomb in Tuebrook there is no telling when they might explode. A devoted group of fans has recognised their frenetic, smouldering and sussed rock fury as the most exhilarating noise the city can make and with their live performances starting to get ecstatic responses and a John Peel session about to hit our brains a change in their profile seems to be coming sooner than they expected.
It seems quite appropriate that Bill Drummond has proposed a day of no music. He ceased his considerably active participation in music in the late 1990's to concentrate on less high profile and artistic projects. His management of Echo and the Bunnymen had helped them to become one of post-punk's more intriguing and atmospheric bands, and with KLF he helped spread revolutionary mayhem in the world of pop for a good few years. Always one for a provocative idea, Mr Drummond proposed the No music day, which he set for 21st of November. The concept came from his ever increasing discontent with how music works and is presented in our society. In 1994 he invented for himself a way of listening to music in a different way. He created a lottery system, which was basically putting the letters of the alphabet in a bag and picking one out for each year. In that year he would only be able to listen to musicians and bands beginning with the letter picked out. And once the year is over he can't consciously listen to anything beginning with that letter again until after he has gone through the whole of the alphabet. This year he is on the letter G. I spoke to Bill on the phone to find out what he was really trying get at.
Half Man Half Bicuit's Nigel has for twenty years filled in the gaps between the miserable romantics and the cocky wannabe scallies in North West's rich pop legacy. Presenting the band as a throwaway novelty act he has got away with some of the wittiest and sharpest documentations of British culture and lack of, that has been set to a beat. What we really want to know is how much of his unique vision is down to the band's background in Birkenhead, a very different cultural existence from the city close by as Nigel explains.
Neptune are a three piece band from Massachusetts U.S.A. They make their own instruments and electronics, very strange looking guitars, basses and percussive oddities that make the band a true sight to behold. Maybe what a post nuclear war band may look like. And the sounds that emit from the instruments are just as surprising. You sort of recognise them as conventional sounds, but ones that have decided to communicate with brothers and sisters in different dimensions. Cult cargo met up with founder member Jason to chat about his unique band.
I meet him in the Lago bar early on a Saturday afternoon, he chose here because ‘you get a cheap pint’. This is a fact not lost on the various drunken men already holding confused conversations around the bar, despite it being only 1.30.
With Liverpool’s musical landscape now colonised by drainpipe wearing fashionistas, Barton cuts a humble figure in his lived-in parka coat and blue jeans.
“Is it all finished for the band now? Yeah, pretty much. I wanted to do one last gig but none of the others wanted to do it,” says Matt.
There is a pretty good chance that you haven't heard of Tattie Toes. They don't have a record label at the moment and have done about a dozen gigs around the country so far. And, horror of horrors, they don't have a Myspace page. They are a four-piece based in Glasgow. Drummer Shane originates from the city, while vocalist Nerea is from the Basque country, bassist Howie is from Bolton and violinist Rafe is a Welsh lad. Their music is an awe inspiring mix of each members distinct musical sensibility and dexterity. Howie and Shane's rhythms swing, twang, rattle and shift in all manner of directions in an avant garde spirit, but they are essentially about hooking the listener. Rafe's violin is a mixture of melody and effects from different ethnic and folk tradtions, and Nerea brings Basque wildness, beauty and stiring dance and performance. Cult Cargo invited them to play at their Christmas party and so we hooked up with them for a chat.