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Hardboiled Wonderland – As Small As A World (album review)

Hardboiled Wonderland is the very special duo of Martin Birke of GenrePeak and Percy Howard of Meridiem.

Each one of these two artists needs a short introduction that will help the listener understand why the album “As Small As A World” sounds like a musical box that opens up merging slightly jazziifed melodies with mesmerizing electrified atmospheres.

Percy Howard is the generator and impetus behind the Meridiem Project which has included cooperations with bassist, producer and record label owner Bill Laswell, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith, the founder and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Living Colour, Vernon Reid, virtuoso guitarist and multi instrumentalist Buckethead, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Jarboe, Charles Hayward who played with This Heat, Gong, did sessions with Lora Logic, The Raincoats and Everything But the Girl and on one occasion played with the anarcho punk band Crass to finish here with Trey Gunn who played with King Crimson from 1994 to 2003…and the list goes on and on…

Three albums have been released under the Meridiem banner since 1998: “Meridiem”, “Incidental Seductions” and “A Pleasant Fiction”.

Prior to the creation of Meridiem, Percy was the singer of the band Nus which released two recordings through Sub Rosa, both produced by Bill Laswell.

He also contributed vocals to GenrePeak and this is where we find Martin Birke now…

Martin is the Drummer/Songwriter in Genre Peak & Hardboiled Wonderland.

He also toured & recorded with Sandbox Trio/CasualtyPark/ The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre /Complexions/Frank-Mark-Arts/Cyberdelia Records/Alpha Matter Soundworks…etc

Tou can read here an interview we had with Martin a long time ago (soon we’ll have a new one with him).

The 10 tracks of the album have a wonderful string orchestration and  Percy Howard finds the chance to exhibit what a great singerr he is while the music is write, composed and performed by Martin Birke.

A mixture of electronic trip-hop soundscapes and slightly distorted sounds strategically put here and there that would be very interesting to the fans of Barry Adamson and Massive Attack.

The album was released by Gonzo MultiMedia UK (formerly Voiceprint) on June 20 2011 and you can order it from here or amazon or CD Baby

 

Click here for the official Hardboiled Wonderland site.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Music

 

SciFi Mafia cd launch..

I’m attending the launch of the NEW Scifi Mafia cd tonight and hope to get some excellent shots from this gig!!
Here is a sample taste of things to come!!

Jez

 

NightPorter – Alarming but Charming (Album review)

I first encountered NightPorter when they covered the Pixies song, “Where is my Mind”.  It was an interesting cover not featured on the band’s debut album, “Alarming but Charming”, but you can check it out on YouTube.  I agree with the band’s decision to not have the cover song on the album as these four lads from Newcastle have 10 great compositions of their own and they need no covers here. 

To be honest, It is quite difficult to pigeonhole their sound.  It’s a mixture of dark atmospheres, busy bass lines, new wave guitars, and alarming but charming vocals…

Some tracks feature sound material from speeches or stints, such as George Carlin’s, “The American Dream”.  This particular bit can be found in the chorus on the track, “Golden Chains”, when their singer, Raven Porter, sings, “…when you dance with the devil, he calls the tune…”.

The lyrics deal with political issues, troubled psyches, nightmares, and everything that would haunt your soul.  For example, NightPorter lifts the listener to a higher plateau with songs like, “The Greatest Evil”, and then they create a dreamy atmosphere with “The Fool”.  For those who want to get an overall feel of this album, I would suggest you start with these songs:  “Victoria”, “The Sickness”, “Trust Us”, and then…go deeper…

NightPorter’s “Alarming but Charming” album release party will take place at the Slimelight in London this Saturday, the 20th of August, and will feature live performances by the following bands:

 – NightPorter
 – XII (Featuring former “Fields of the Nephilim” and “Killing Miranda” )
 – Sidefields

You’ll also be able to grab your own copy of NightPorter’s “Alarming but Charming” starting this Saturday through http://nightporter.net/.  In the meantime, be sure to visit their site where you can listen to a preview of what’s to come!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Goth, etc., Music, New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Rebellion Festival

You can check the full Rebellion Festival program HERE

Thursday 11am – 2am
Friday 12 midday – 2am
Saturday 12 midday – 2am
Sunday 12 midday – 12 midnight

With this opportunity I am posting this documentary titled: “UK/DK 1979: A Film About Punks and Skinheads