LIKE your guitars? Not as much as Ex Easter Island Head do.
For the last five years the ensemble have been, in the words of the New York Times, producing music that is all “Churning pulses, alternate tunings and dense harmonic worlds..all the strings being heard at once.".
And you can't let the opportunity of an Easter Sunday pass by without an ex Easter Island Head show and this weekend they return to The Kazimier to present a live performance of their piece "Large Electric Ensemble" for 12 prepared guitars and drums, with support from Richard Dawson, Trouble With Books and Lunar Modular.
The piece was commissioned for the inaugural World Event Young Artists festival (2012) and subsequently revised, recorded and released as an LP, the piece sees EEIH's trademark rhythmic minimalism expanded to a four movement, 30-minute maximalist wash of amplified strings, droning melodies and dexterous percussion, it says here.
In short is a muso's jackpot. What are you waiting for?
Ex Easter Island Head, The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, L1 4JJ, Sunday April 20, 8pm. Tickets £5.50 here
We The Undersigned
For heathens' sake
One time in Liverpool, Good Friday was about a piece of finnan haddock, a Biblical epic on the telly and absolutely no music all day or your mum would batter you.
But this Good Friday the only battering will be from the Batala samba collective. Times have moved on and Camp & Furnace are throwing a Neighbourhood BBQ Party.
Joining forces with Foodslam Fridays, Camp & Furnace goers will be serenaded with some of Liverpool’s "finest live music, mouth-watering food and talented DJs".
Gearing up for this exuberant occasion will also be We, The Undersigned; the 12-piece afro-beat, reggae and jazz collective. Accompanying them will be the The Soul Rays’ funk driven and floor filling groove.
Are you in? Too right.
*Neighbourhood BBQ Party, Camp & Furnace, Friday 18th April, 6pm – 2am, Free.
The misfits' misfits
The Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early 1980s as darlings of the "credible music scene" and were championed by John Peel.
Described in John Robb’s definitive book on ‘post punk’ (Death To Trad Rock) as “the misfits’ misfits” they comprised an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd.
The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums.
They split, they regrouped, like everyone else, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.
The group’s last album “No Love Lost” was described by Mojo as “Brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records in ages”.
Catch them in their dotage this Friday with support from Ted Chippington.
The Nightingales, East Village Arts Club, Seel Street, Friday April 18, 6.30pm. Tickets, £9.50, here.
Legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall is at The Shipping Forecast with a Rockabilly Riot this Sunday.
The event is being billed as an alternative all dayer featuring "spinning" (presumably records) in the afternoon followed by resident DJs and fine selectors Bernie Connor and Carl Combover till late.
The music will be blasting, the crowd will be dancing and the drinks will be flowing, they say. Oh chocolate, up yours.
*Rockabilly Riot, Shipping Forecast, Slater Street, Sunday April 20, 3pm – 3am, free entry, if the bouncers like the look of you.
Score some Charlie
And if you fail to pass sartorial muster at The Shipping Forecast, they will always have you at Mello Mello. Check out Silent Movie Night which celebrates 100 years of Charlie Chaplin films.
Charlie ChaplinChaplin was considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of American cinema, whose movies were and still are popular throughout the world, and have even gained notoriety as time progresses.
Three short films from 1914 with live music from Germanger, pianist Patrick Mercer and one man band Toby Parker & The Suitcase.
*Silent Movie Night, Charlie Chaplin Special, Mello Mello,40-42 Slater Street, Sunday, April 20, 7pm. Free.
Crazy drummer woman
This Saturday is Record Store day. Dig Vinyl in Bold Street have an event on, as do Mello Mello and Sound Food and Drink.
But over at FACT there is something a little different.
Patty Schemel made the druggy escapades of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love look like something out of an Enid Blyton book.
As the drummer in Love's band, Hole, she snared all the heroin that dealers could throw her way.
Hit So Hard is P. David Ebersole’s documentary, woven around the highs and considerable lows of Schemel.
The film uses archive footage to tell her story – the lowest point of which finds her stealing drugs from car parks – and candidly explains how she and her pals got into music and then into heroin. Various alumni from the take-no-prisoners school of rock (and even The Bangles and The Go-Go’s) also have they say and strut their musical stuff.
*Hit So Hard, Picture House at FACT, Wood Street, Saturday April 19, 2.30pm.
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