15–17 February 2019
"Experimental songwriting is very rarely this successful or approachable, save perhaps the likes of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Sea Song’ or perhaps more pertinently, the Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin'". – The Quietus
Very pleased to host a three-day residency as a result of the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency Fund with Still House Plants - aka the Glasgow and South London-based collective made up of Finlay Clark, David Kennedy and Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach - following the release of their acclaimed new 12" LP on bison records.
Still House Plants continue Glasgow’s tradition of blurring the lines between art and music… Built around the typical rock set-up of drums, guitar and vocals, their music takes cues from free improvisation, and they individually stretch, twist and deconstruct each instrument.” – Claire Biddles, The WIRE
This residency is one of three at OTO for UK-based artists/groups at a vital point in their creative development, thanks to the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Still House Plants are a UK group made up of Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach, Finlay Clark, and David Kennedy.
From a bare bones set up of guitar, drums and vocals they create fractious and sharp music with a melting pop heart. Bridging elements of sampling, slow core, and repetition the trio have developed a sound that constantly breaks apart and fuses together again, like a chance meeting on the dissecting table of Scritti Politti’s early eps and a 2-step 12” by Lady Legs.
Their latest LP, Fast Edit, released on Blank Forms and bison, was written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings of rehearsals, conversations, and live shows to create a collage of different fidelities and aural spaces. Things sit on top of each other, fall over one another, or click into place, with hearts on sleeves and spirits in motion.
Notable performances include Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), Soundtiago (Santiago), zdb (Lisbon), and uh fest (Budapest). 2021 sees the trio perform at Salon de Normandy by the community (Paris, as part of fiac), Gavin Brown’s enterprise (New York), Zebulon (Los Angeles), Canicas Festival (Oaxaca) and Tokyo (with 33-33/mode and British Council). Still House Plants have also undertaken residencies at the CCA (Glasgow), the Pipe Factory (Glasgow) as well as an ambitious six-month residency at Cafe OTO as recipients of the OTO Projects UK artists residency fund, (supported by Jerwood Arts).