Club Integral Midlands Branch, Kushikatsu Records and Riot Season Records present the renowned ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. at The Edge, home of Friction Arts in Birmingham.
Acid Mothers Temple Official
Join the renowned masters of otherworldly improvisation psych as we move through space, time and other dimensions.
The sprawling universe of that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, the collective has always had at its core a dedication to improvised music. Now with a history of over two decades, and a discography of over one hundred releases, which is not to mention the numerous solo and side-project releases which encompass everything from drone, acid-folk, acapella, to minimalist composition, the group show no signs of relenting in the pace of their creative energy.
“Each pulsating, echo-drenched disco-rock groove excels the one before, ending in a collective instrumental howl: AMT are hot, sweaty cool sonic wizards” – The Guardian (5 stars)
Kamura Obscura Electro
One of Tokyo’s most emotive and inventive singers, part of the women’s liberation movement, giving birth to the first Japanese feminist punk band, Mizutama Shobodan (Polkadot Fire Brigade), Japanese agit-prop feminist pioneers. They toured Japan and released two albums, the second of which, Manten ni Akai Hanabira (Red Petals Full in the Sky) was produced by Fred Frith. Kamura Obscura explores vocal experimentation, composition and improvisation incorporating enka, chanson and Japanese punk into original electronic and acoustic soundworlds. For this gig, Andrea Rocca, a human oscillator from sound wonderland of Baby Microbe Recording Studio, joins.
“Synthesised melodies shift the atmosphere from B movie horror, past new age ambient and on to playful children’s song. Her second last composition is a Macedonian Lullaby, the melody of which is fused with lyrics from Japanese cradle song. As if to emphasise the music’s playfulness, the Iklectik house cat Toni wanders into the venue and walks around stage as Kamura performs” – The Wire, 2018
Andrea Rocca Music
Heavy Metal Brummie power trio “supercharged on Haribo”. Featuring Millie aged 9 on vocals. Zac aged 11 on drums and Dave aged well over 18 on bass.
DJ sseeaann rrooee
Photographer and musician who Lives in Stroud from whence he runs his record store Sound Records Stroud – specialising in unusual and rare items. For tonight’s event expect a selection of Japanese and experimental sounds.
The finest eats from Albert at Ubuntu Foods and refreshments will also be available.
Advance tickets £12.50 + booking fee
and remember remember the thirteenths!
This will be a special evening at Club Integral Midlands Branch, with three live acts reuniting / reforming / returning to play for us at The Edge in Birmingham.
£5 tickets available now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/468428
Kenny Process Team
Kenny Process Team are long-time favourites of CIMB, whose music has been described as a ‘joyful mélange, influenced by everything from ragtime to Beefheart to Congolese soukous’.
After the sudden passing of guitarist and composer Simon King last year, member of Kenny Process Team and founder of Club Integral, Vacilando ’68 recordings are honouring him by releasing a remastered vinyl version of the classic cassette-only release, ‘Trav’lin’ Light With… Kenny Process Team’. To promote the release KPT are embarking on a tour of UK at select venues, starting with Birmingham. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear them live.
Twenty five years is an unusually long time between albums, but nothing is ever straightforward with Kenny Process Team. Their magnificent 1994 debut, “Surfin’ With…” was recorded as a three-piece, with guitarist Kev Plummer, bassist Matt Armstrong and drummer Dave Ross occupying the three corners of a perpetually skewed triangle. Shortly after its release they were joined on guitar by Simon King, who brought with him a rhythmic energy, a new palette of tonal colours and a dominating stage presence. Their wonderful performances oscillated between thunderous urgency and intricate delicacy; this mono cassette recording of a 1996 show captures that incarnation of the band at their very best.
“Bundle”, the album opener, establishes the blueprint. Ross and Armstrong, the most imaginative of rhythm sections, build Escher-like structures for the band to play on, ever-shifting and indefinable. Plummer’s arresting and evocative themes are chased backwards and forwards by King, occasionally becoming caught in his grasp before triumphantly wriggling free.
This joyful mélange, influenced by everything from ragtime to Beefheart to Congolese soukous, has great immediacy while remaining curiously enigmatic. “Fantastic Four” sounds like the catchiest tune imaginable, but can you hum it? The unexpected semitonal shifts of “Tug” add an eerie element to an otherwise tranquil lullaby. “The Romans” and “Open Sesame”, reprised from the debut album, are delivered with an effortless flourish, while the baffling twists of “The Song We Don’t Like” see the band trapped in a maze of their own construction.
The concert ends with “Tantrum”, where King cuts loose with the most improbable and yet somehow perfect lead guitar lines, while his bandmates offer their support with an insistent, one-legged rhythm. And then it’s all over. A great many concerts are recorded on the off-chance; very few stand up to repeated listening. This, however, is a true masterpiece.
What do you call an orange in the snow? Risen from the depths like a dazzling seed loaf, the founding fledglings of Inclementine (the gone-but-not-forgotten reprobates of non-pop) reunite at Club Integral Midlands to show us what they’ve learned in their years apart. Expect old and new from their post-sorrowful milieu… a tribute to beautifully wasted afternoons in the Capetonian Sun and stoic strolls thru fox-addled neighbourhoods. Expect strings, piano, bass, musical bows and three-part harmony.
The Happy Couple
who first met on the bus replacement service from Mile End Tube station to Leyton 21 years ago, express their love for the Norfolk idyll they’ve made their home. Expect peaceful duets for lap steel guitar and overtone instruments as they bring sounds of a rural Broadland to our industrial Midlands lounge.
Ubuntu Bakery and Foods
And the delicious Ubuntu Bakery & Foods will be with us once again, feeding us the very finest vetkoek, loved by near and far.
Poster design by Naomi Oppenheim at http://n-oppenheim.co.uk
Please note, The Edge is a cash-only venue.
With live music from the highlands, the middle-lands and the overseas-lands… we return home to The Edge, with our hosts Friction Arts, for the first Club Integral Midlands Branch of 2019! Tickets are a fiver in advance, available to buy now, or six on the door. Delicious South African nosh will be on sale from Ubuntu Bakery & Foods.
Looking forward to avantgarde lo-fi experimental art pop poetry from Raiments, a Berlin-based avant garde musical collective, brainchild of lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mano Camatsos. Mano’s unorthodox electric guitar style is inspired by hip hop, ethnological recordings and contemporary classical music. His abstract lyrics meet an ever rotating procession of strings, woodwinds, brass and electronics with a pleasing groove.
Also joining us is the wonderful psychedelic noise dream pop drone songstress bell lungs. An experimental vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Scotland, she responds to and reflects the fractured world we live in. Her performances incorporate mellotron swirls, shrieks and whoops, layered harmonies, baroque pop feels, drone, field recordings and noisebox mayhem. Bell Lungs creates meditative journeys through sound, centred around a voice David Keenan deemed “elemental” in The Wire.
Very excited to welcome back The Nature Centre, who sit somewhere between punk, folk, prog, and The Bull Ring. The band plays three-minute pop songs, stuffed with ideas like a suitcase packed too late. The members are Beth, Bird, Hamish and Oli, and between them they play guitar, clarinet, banjo, drums, saxophone and coffee cup.
And for the first time at CIMB we welcome DJ Rome, co-organiser of Moseley Record Fair and DJ at Moseley Folk Festival who will be digging into his box of leftfield tunes to keep toes tapping and heads bobbing.