Filed under: ARCHIVE - UN-CONVENTION 2008
The Tuesday night of Un-convention will see showcase performances from:
Look up ‘Cats In Paris’ on t’internet and you’ll be greeted by some freak’s feline friends superimposed onto famous landmarks. Even that’s not as weird as this lot, though; Cats In Paris are a crooked bunch of sonically hyperactive eccentrics, making the kind of gloriously experimental racket that used to make John Peel tingle with delight. The Fly
The Ironweed Project is the brainchild of renowned writer, producer and vocalist, Aniff Akinola, founding member of cult manc hip-hop outfit ‘Chapter and the Verse’, co-writer of a Guy Called Gerald’s classic house anthem ‘Voodoo Ray’, co-writer of Kirsty MacColl’s hit ‘Walking Down Madison’ and general co-conspirator of such 90’s electronic luminaries as The Orb, Steve Hillage and The Beloved. Seeking inspiration for his latest venture, Aniff appears to have taken the same trip to the Mississippi crossroads as legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, but rather than sell his soul to Satan, he merely passed him a bottle of Bourbon and the pair bonded over a love of George Clinton, The KLF and the Delta Blues. Just as Johnson returned from the crossroads as the greatest bluesman in the Delta, Aniff returns home (his soul still intact) a transformed man – an electro-bluesman for the 21st century: ‘Ironweed.’
Silverclub (aka This Year’s Model) fuse the talents of underground electronica / techno producers Duncan Jones (vocals, guitar, synths), Marc Ashken (synths, vocals), and Tommy Walker III (bass) in music that is as fresh and credible as it is commercial.
The band was formed when Duncan put together some demos on equipment borrowed from Manchester’s own Jim Noir who, a big fan of Duncan’s writing, had told him to ‘go and record those songs!’ in rather stronger words! The dry tracks were then re-worked through the twisted house sensibilities of Marc Ashken’s production and anchored with Tommy Walker’s cold funking bass.
Within the space of a few months the band has gone from being an idea between a group of friends to selection for the official IN THE CITY: UNSIGNED list; playing the Glastonbury Festival; a sell-out show at London’s Dingwalls alongside the likes of Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell and acclaimed Manchester shows which have led to the band being asked to support The Whip at their forthcoming hometown gig at the Academy 2 on Friday, November 21st, 2008.
Few bands cause this much excitement this quickly and with the imminent release of their debut single ‘Crash This Car’ on super-hip techno/house imprint ‘Leftroom Records’ backed up by a superbly twisted electro-funk remix from New York based former Warp artist Jimmy Edgar, in the words of live favourite ‘Street’ – “if you can’t get on this, then it’s you missing out”.
TOOLSHED is a long running music project based in Manchester. TOOLSHED was instigated by Graham Massey (808 State, Biting Tongues, Massonix) TOOLSHED was a club night @ NightandDay in MCRs Northern Quarter in the late 90s. TOOLSHED allstars were the house band at the toolshed club. TOOLSHED was host to lots of other artists (see website) TOOLSHED moved to The Band On The Wall in 99. TOOLSHED did more more concerts as a Big Band, 28 was the largest. TOOLSHED made some records for Twisted Nerve Records. TOOLSHED changes shape, it has a pool of musicians.
Tickets are available for Tuesday nights Showcases priced at £7
Alternatively, Full Event Tickets which allow entry for all panel, networking, acoustic, and evening showcases from Sunday through to Tuesday are available for the advance price of £25