Doors 8:00 pm – entry £7/£5
The Nature Centre
Birmingham-based pranksters Nature Centre make effervescent absurdist punk pop underpinned by irresistible psychedelic tunes. They are Beth, Bird, Hamish and Oli. It has been described as “the kind of fololoppy pop that Syd Barrett might make if he headed up a harmony girl group under the influence” Unorthodox Paradox.
Robert Storey’s World Of Song
Lifelong failure breaks cover!
A fruitless 40 year effort to train ravens to fly underwater is explained through the medium of popular song. What the critics say – “this man couldn’t organise an imbibing session in a fermentation establishment”.
Robert Storey has been making music since the late seventies largely with his loose Murphy collective – Murphy Federation, Orchestre Murphy, Murphy No Geisha, Laboratoires Murphy, and other side projects. This millenium he has been working with a series of collaborators – Atsuko Kamura, Rachael Gardner, Kathy Hulme, Davis Perlis, Florence Renaud, & Natalie Mason. Recently his relationship with US label ER Records has led to some of his work being reissued alongside new releases, and now ER are about to release a Murphy Greatest Hits LP, as well as a Robert Storey box set of his entire oeuvre, fifteen albums and an EP. To reflect the resurgent interest in his work Storey has reluctantly agreed to perform his own work live for the first time in several years. He is accompanied on this outing by musical all-rounder & Club Integral Midlands Branch organiser Natalie Mason.
Swordfish are a queer fish, making as they do “danceable improv”. Made up of members whose work covers free music, jazz, rock, folk, electronics and other esoteric and unnamed forms, they have plenty of places to go, and go there they do. They are Simon King – guitar & effects, Tom Clarke – drums, Peter Marsh – bass, and Chris Cornetto – trumpet. Ntchuks Bonga, saxophonist is otherwise engaged, and the band will play as a quartet.