“Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.“
20th December 2013
The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, London SW9 OTP
featuring Romvelope, Bing Selfish, Sam Joseph, Mad Family Band, DJ Chris Cornetto & Rucksack Cinema
Entry £5/£3 concessions
Bjørn Hatleskog’s work as Romvelope is located somewhere between electroacoustic music and sound sculptural bricolage. It explores the nature of feedback loops, noise, interference, and in turn their relationship with music. These ideas are examined through the construction of modular devices which are combined to form semi-autonomous musical instrument-cum-sound installations. These installations are in turn used as the basis for musical compositions. Through this examination of noise and its relationship with music, he is conducting a scientific study through psychoacoustics and timbre (tone colour), and interference as manifested in electronic communication systems – in the form of electromagnetic interference. He explores feedback, its application sonically, as well as its mechanical application, as the basis for self-regulating mechanisms like automata. An additional subtext to his practice is an interest in musical equipment and paraphernalia, its fetishisation and organisation, particularly colour coding, its use in electronics as a means of visualizing complicated systems, and the way it serves as a bridge between the decorative and the technical. Bjørn Hatleskog lives and works in London, and has been managing Adaadat since 2002.
Mad Family Band
Mary Currie (Voice, Shruti Box, Percussion), Mick Hobbs (Percussionsims) and Howard Jacques (Voice and Guitar) in a new group configuration.
The three friends began irregular singing and playing sessions after the passing of their dear friend, Gareth Williams, with whom Mary had collaborated on the Flaming Tunes project back in the mid Eighties.
After a few wake parties and memorials for Gareth, including various other musicians and friends, the trio formed this new small band with an interest in performing group arrangements of selected popular and traditional English Folk tunes that Mary had been learning in numerous vocal and small group sessions and performances.
For this Club Integral evening they have put together a custom set of popular and traditional English Folk songs and an original composition for top entertainment.
Bing Selfish! – the Crown Prince of Avant-Garde Pop, the dapper crooning Dean Martin of the disaffected and disenfranchised…. a South London via Barcelona myth, whose songs of intrigue/betrayal/lust/science and imagination span the 20th century and beyond… holding out a hand in a lyrical gesture of hope to all those living under the yoke of the Fab Me generation.
“Essential for anyone who thinks that rock, politics and humour can’t occupy the same mental and aesthetic space” – The Wire magazine
“All Bing’s songs operate exactly on an impossibly narrow line between conviction and spoof. There is an exact refusal of certainty, the tone of an unprecedented fusion of Douanier and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Bing Selfish recordings are the only oeuvre that truly warrants the term ‘loungecore’.” – Harry Gilonis
“I imagine his character as a self pitying drunk, a self-loathing homosexual, a bitter poli-sci professor, or all of the above.“
- Options USA
Rucksack Cinema a.k.a. Jaime Rory Lucy has been supplying delirious, innovative live video imagery for Club Integral and other events since 2007. His astonishing and almost preternatural ability to mix imagery with what is happening on stage as well as creating strange and wonderful atmospheres throughout a room has made him an intrinsic part of any Club Integral event. Jaime had a long history working in the music industry as a tour manager for many groups of notoriety throughout the eighties and nineties, before retiring from the road to become an East End flaneur art fag par excellence. He has worked in venues as various as Whitechapel Gallery, Hackney Empire and Cafe Oto with artists as diverse as Fred Frith, Spaceheads, Graham Massey and Eugene Chadbourne. He has recorded videos for many artists, most recently for Orchestre Murphy for their nomination in 2010 for the Art Foundation Music Awards. In his spare time he has also been known to add his bass profundo to a punk choir active on the east London bohemian scene.