Terry & The Homosexuals & Russell Walker - Live In London!
Upset The Rhythm presents
Tuesday 18th September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | 9 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/445421
TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, Primo, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam punk and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Terry also make us a bit queasy at times, singing about police beatings and nationalism and all that. But theyre not out to hurt you. Theyre like the kindly bearer of bad news. Theres some awful stuff going on around the world. Terry puts it in terms that speak to all. Its a tragicomedy. Im pretty certain Terry isnt perverse, theyre just the harbinger of the encroaching perverse world. Im pretty certain Terry wants to be my friend, and your friend. Our friend, Terry. Im Terry, the bands third album in three years, is out this summer through Upset The Rhythm.
THE HOMOSEXUALS are the inspired focus of Bruno Wizard! Bruno Wizard is an underground music luminary, an iconoclast, an evangelist for DIY practice, who formed The Homosexuals out of the ashes of The Rejects in 1976. The Homosexuals were a strange prospect. Seemingly, their music should fit into a similar spot as that of angry young men like Wire and Magazine who carried their penchants for art-school angst in the midst of proto-thug posturing, like badges of authentic alienation. And of course, in many ways, these bands were alienated at least from what had been passing for British rock prior to 1976. However, L'Voag (aka Jim, Amos, and now, Xentos), Anton (aka George Harassment) and Bruno were also part of a different scene, where more "progressive" notions of artistic protest were at stake: This Heat, Family Fodder and Chris Cutler's bands Henry Cow and the Art Bears were some of the names going at it in these circles. Their music was a sprawling bag of angular power-pop, quasi-dub, garage-punk and other stuff I'd liken to Faust or some such lunatic mob. Releasing a few 7s, a tape and a posthumous LP by 1984, the band then called it a day. Bruno continues though, having reformed the band since 2003 with a variety of new lineups. 2016 saw The Homosexuals release their Important If True record collecting new and unreleased recordings from the band committed to tape in NYC. Bruno also starred in The Heart Of Bruno Wizard documentary about his creative life that premiered at Cannes in 2014.
RUSSELL WALKER, known as the uncanny lyricist/vocalist for The Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets etc, treats us to an exceedingly rare solo live appearance. Walker released his solo album proper in 2016 through Vitrine, contributed to a recent compilation on Kye and has a spoken album due out on Chocolate Monk soon called Half Time 1916. Walker also published his latest book When New Towns Act Tough in 2016, well worth tracking down on Larching Books!
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