Rise Kagona, founder and lead guitarist of the world famous Zimbabwean band The Bhundu Boys, is now resident in Edinburgh, and has been performing in the UK with percussionist Andy Cooke as Jit Jive Duo. Rise composes and performs his own music, and many of his songs were hits in Zimbabwe and became popular in the UK thanks to DJs John Peel and Andy Kershaw. His music doesn’t compromise – it is high quality hard-hitting African dance music guaranteed to make an audience smile and dance!
Formed in 2010 almost by accident on a sunny Spring afternoon in Surrey, the improvised song work of Fourth Page has drawn comparisons from Schubert to David Sylvian, Scott Walker, Talk Talk and John Martyn, but in truth they sound like no-one but themselves. Their latest album ‘The Forest from Above’ was released on Leo Records and the band recently headlined a gig at Cafe Oto held in celebration of the label’s 40th anniversary.
“I thought it was perhaps the sort of song cycle Schubert might have written if he’d been around today. The anguish of Winterreise with its chinks of light…” (Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3)
Singing songs at the piano, Anna Palmer of wonder-band Dorcha, is making a rare solo appearance at the Midlands Branch. We lucky!
Hard Time Soft Time DJs
DJ Kali Louise (‘Melody and Concrete’ on Brum Radio) and Hamish from The Nature Centre join us to play top notch tunes between the liveness.
Ubuntu Bakery & Foods
Purveyors of the most delicious nosh, Ubuntu Bakery & Foods will be with us once again, selling the very finest vetkoek, loved by near and far. Bring your cash!
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
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.
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
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.
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.