Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Event: Masters of Budvar present
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
THE LABOUR CLUB,
FRIDAY 2nd JUNE
>>a summer psychedelic special of mind-melting mentality<<
Saturation Point are John Langley (drums), Joe Allen (bass) and Julian Poole (guitar). They come from Bristol and have an awesome pedigree. They were all in that ferociously dark band Strangelove during the nineties. This year they formed the rhythm section for the Blue Aeroplanes as they toured the UK on the EMI release of their Swagger Deluxe album. John and Julian have both also played with Witness, with whom they appeared on Jule Holland's Later. Joe has played with just about everybody from Rodney Allen to Groove Armada.
The Saturation Point sound is lush, loud and psychedelic. John was blunt:"It's Spacemen 3 without the singing." It's not far off the truth, though the band's simple melodic basis probably owes as much to Spiritualised and Slipstream as it does to the original psychedelic stormtroopers. This is beautiful music and it should be a treat. The band are also three of the loveliest men you could hope to meet. There is some disagreement among experts as to whether the band's name refers to the levels at which they play or the state of John Langley's liver.
A special guest appearance from Southampton's Leading Weird Bloke. From humble origins as songwriter-in-residence at BBC Radio Lincoln, Syd has gone on to become one of the most oddly beguiling solo performers around. An oasis of calm in tonight's proceedings, if not quite anything as mundane as sanity.
THE SPECIMEN EYEBALL
Mind-melting electric guitars and a tidal wave of tape delay shimmer all around the dark and devious songwriting of Charlie Barnard, backed up this time by a full band of his shadowy associates from the breezeblock jungle of Milton Keynes. Your brains will turn to jelly, seep out of your ears and dribble down your cheeks. And you will like it.
Usual terms and conditions apply free admission - bar till midnight - first act on about 9:00 o'clock Because we are staging three live acts this evening, no superstar DJ this month, but there will be a selection of tunes both current and classic to soothe the troubled soul and make it think about having another Budvar.
Thanks for a great gig at the Labour Club including a number of "firsts" : my first ukulele 'set', the first time the uke has been electrified, the first public performance of "Virtual Goblins" etc. Long may Masters of Budvar continue. Video footage from this gig can be seen at http://www.myspace.com/sydmeats