Saturday 17 March 2018, 7.30pm
Very excited to welcome cult New York band God Is My Co-Pilot to OTO for their first London show in years!
Variously described over their history as: Raincoats meets Black Flag; Crass vs the B52s; Kleenex and Naked City’s love child; Gang of Four but a kindergarten class; and one they’re especially pleased with: a band that would fit on Ron Johnson, Kill Rock Stars and FMP: all of their favorite labels!
In early 2000s, the band dispersed to the round earth’s imagined corners (Sweden, Scotland, Massachusetts, Switzerland, Brooklyn, etc) and reconvened only to tour Francophonia (France/Belgium/Suisse) occasionally, and who can blame them. However last year, on the instigation of drummer Kevin Shea, they started playing again in NY. One thing led to another, and here they are in the UK, March 2018. Doing songs old and new.
God Is my Co-Pilot is : Normandy Sherwood, vocals & wee synthesizer - Craig Flanagin, guitar and sort of singing - Jer Reid, Guitar - Jason Blackkat, bass - Fredrik Haake, the drums
London-based Canadian artist / composer / drummer / singer Jenny Moore (Charismatic Megafauna, F*Choir) and her rabble rousing vocal ensemble present a testament to the intimacy and intensity of communal singing, on a choral-punk album of epic scope. With raucous maelstroms, droning incantations, sweet solos and meditative murmurs, Mystic Business encompasses the macro and the micro, the political and personal, the ancient and modern: from philosophy to Mini Cheddars, ‘who’s God?’ to clickbait, the apocalyptic to the small human drama.
The debut self-titled album, out now on The Audacious Art Experiment holds gang yells, rounds, stamp-claps and hot breaths shift to exhilarating choral arrangements that are complex but compulsively sing-along-able and catchy as hell. These are fortifying mantras to fall back on in uncertain moments: ‘We quit!’, ‘We want our bodies back!’, ‘I don’t want to choose you/I don’t want to choose anything!’, or ‘We are terrified… We are angry… We are hopeful… We are on the internet’.
Hailing from the prairies of Canada, Moore grew up with a strange brew of american hardcore and gospel music before moving to London to study art. For the last 10 years, she's straddled the DIY art and music scenes in London, making live performances in fields, warehouse, and art museums alike, and playing in bands like the dance-punk band Charismatic Megafauna, and the pop punk trio Bas Jan (whose debut album just released on Lost Map Records). Jenny runs the Hackney-based feminist F*Choir and is the first artist in residence at Borealis Festival for Experimental music in Bergen, Norway.