Sunday 24 April 2016, 8pm
Unmissable, mind-frying, fuzzed out psychedelics from three masters of the medium, with Neil Campbell (Vibracathedral Orchestra), Noel Meek (End of the Alphabet) and Alexander Tucker (Grumbling Fur) performing solo and in a very special trio set.
Noel Meek is an improvising electronic musician from Wellington, New Zealand. His solo work has been described as “sheer joy . . . unexpectedly bottled in analogue gizmo rituals.” (The Wire), “chaotically playful noise music,” (The Quietus) and “pretty whacked,” by Byron Coley. He has played and recorded with the likes of Sun Araw, Lasse Marhaug, Richard Youngs, Mette Rasmussen, Neil Campbell, Alexander Tucker, Tetuzi Akiyama and Bruce Russell.
A trained ethnomusicologist, Meek contributes regularly to The Wire and other underground publications, focussing on experimental music from far flung parts of the world. Through his label, End of the Alphabet Records, he promotes underground music from New Zealand and other unusual parts of the world through tapes, lathes and musicians’ publications.
“Pedals, synths, and drum machines snapping away at each other like kids in a playground . . . If anything can be described as a "symphony of noise", this tape is surely it.” – The Quietus
“Meek’s freakouts loop like a worm into your cortex and control your movements.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
Neil Campbell has been active on the lunatic fringe of underground music since at least 1979. In that time he has performed and recorded widely as solo performer, ad hoc collaborator and core member of groups such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, A Band and Astral Social Club. His collaborations are myriad, including Richard Youngs, Campbell Kneale, High Wolf, Grumbling Fur, John Clyde-Evans, Filthy Turd, Oren Ambarchi, Ashtray Navigations, Spider Stacy, David Larcher, Blood Stereo, John Olson and Matthew Bower. Writers have described him variously as "a one-man subculture", a "grandfather figure" with "hallucinogenically inclined pallet". Neil shares his birthday with Grace Jones, Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and Joey Ramone - LOOKOUT!
Alexander Tucker (b. 1976) is a multi-media artist working across music, painting, comics, collage, sculpture, film and live performance.
Formally trained as a painter at the Slade School of Fine Art, Tucker went onto produce a series of critically acclaimed solo albums for renowned Chicago based record label Thrill Jockey and All Tomorrow’s Parties. He also has a number of collaborative projects including avant-pop, electronic duo Grumbling Fur (with Daniel O’Sullivan) - and tape loop radiophonic project Imbogodom (with Daniel Beban), recorded at BBC Bush House. Grumbling Fur’s Preternaturals, was featured in Q, The Quietus and The Line Of Best Fit’s Albums of the Year 2014. Tucker has toured extensively in the British Isles, Europe, New Zealand and the U.S. Recent collaborations sees Grumbling Fur’s alter-ego Time Machine Orchestra teaming up with drone crazy maker Charlemagne Palestine, releasing two lp’s of extended improvised composition.
Tucker co-produced the comic anthology Sturgeon White Moss, which launched in early 2000, contributing comics, illustration and design. His work combines a love of underground, outsider and classic comics, weaving dark tales of metaphysical horror and it was with Sturgeon White Moss that he began serialising strips such as Thou and the graphic novel Shandor.
Bridging the gap between his fine art background and as a singer songwriter, improviser and sound manipulator, Tucker continues to collaborate with both fine artists and experimental musicians. Recurring motifs in Tucker’s work include repetition, deconstruction of standardised musical traditions and the juxtaposition of themes both ancient and modern, domestic and fantastical.
Alexander Tucker lives and works in London.