Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Event: Masters of Budvar present
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
The Labour Club, Earl Street, Northampton NN1
Masters of Budvar present
Love Minus Zero
At the beginning of 2004, Peter J Perrett was asked by Pete Doherty to be the Babyshambles bass player. By April Peter, with his teenage brother Jamie on Guitar (both sons of the ex Only Ones singer Peter Perrett) were invited to a recording session in Bethnal Green where they began work on the original recording of the Killamangiro single, which also included Seb Roachford (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) on drums.
Within a week Doherty had moved into the Perrett household and they started touring around the country as Babyshambles. By June, Doherty had ended up in Thailand via The Priory and they saw less of him in person and more of him in headlines. For their 1st experience as professional musicians they were left some what disillusioned.
At the beginning of 2005 with a renewed thirst for playing music again, Peter and Jamie began looking for musicians to form a band. Recruiting their friend Eliot Vernon whom they met the previous year on a sound engineering D.S.S course, they played gigs like the Barfly, ULU, Rhythm Factory & Nambucca, ranging from a 4-6 piece under the working name The Cuts. Their then drummer James Kirkbright eventually had to leave due to medical reasons and the strains of commuting between Leeds and London.
Whilst discussing the need for a replacement in their local hostelry in Kensington they were overheard by an eccentric Polish drummer, who introduced himself as their future! After an impromptu audition of table tapping and beer bottle bashing they were left convinced that the line-up was complete as the eventual 4 piece.
With Oskar Starski now in place and only in the band for a week, they were asked to appear at the Glastonbury Festival 2005 (in the medical tent!) where they were rewarded with free passes for the festival. At this time they did their 1st home recordings which included Psychobaby, Watery Eyes and Ten Watt Town.
They continued playing gigs along the way supporting Babyshambles, The Paddingtons, Cazals, The Maccabees, Selfish Cunt ...
Never satisfied with their band name, in January 2006 Jamie was inspired to come up with the name Love Minus Zero, not as a homage to Bob Dylan but more of a statement of intent. They set up a Myspace site and continued to gig under the new nom de guerre.
Spring saw a flurry of gigs and a growing fan base, with a gig in Glastonbury in May being described by Jamie as "The best reaction I've ever witnessed at a gig, even when I was in Babyshambles. An amazing show!"
Their 1st home recorded single "Psychobaby" was released last September on their own label and distributed through Cadiz/Pinnacle.
Reviews of Love Minus Zero:
"A caustic riff-laden psychedelic maelstrom, the three track 'Psychobaby' single is the calling card of intent of Love Minus Zero. Immediate yet timeless, Love Minus Zero overthrow outmoded rock cliches with a gratifying urgency, splicing punk malice, psychedelic ska and searing guitars, as the 'Psychobaby' single attests." - Nina Antonia (Author and Music Journalist for Uncut and Mojo)
"I was seriously impressed by this group, so much so that I went to see them again the following night when they played my local! When I later discovered that Jamie and Peter are in fact the sons of the Only Ones singer/guitarist Peter Perrett, this was understandable, although there is plenty more going on in their sound to ensure that they are not living in the shadow of their father" - John Higgins, BBC Somerset
"Love Minus Zero. What the... They actually look like your parents would disapprove if you took any of them home. And they are really good. Like instrumentalist mentalists. It's 21st century newer wave of the check this out kind." - Caffy at Music Tourist Board
"Ramshackle rock with strung out wasted poet vocals" - The Guardian
The most recent gigs Love Minus Zero have done:
Carling Islington Academy, London, January 07
Harrods Rocks @ Harrods, London - February 07
La Reservoir, Paris - April 07
La Triptique, Paris - May 07
O-Baren, Stockholm - June 07
Shepherds Bush Empire, London - June 07 - LMZ supporting The Only Ones
Glastonbury Festival 2007
Mosebacke, Stockholm - September 07
In The City festival 07 Manchester
That Manchester Festival 07
Bang Bang Club, Berlin - November 07
Keller Club, Stuttgart - November 07
Logo, Hamburg - November 07
Kulturfabrik Moabit, Berlin - November 07
Kulturrampe, Krefeld - November 07
Formed in the Summer of 2006 by Tony Mead and MC Fontaine, this Northampton band deal in elegant melancholy, and their widescreen sonic rush, so much in evidence when last they played at Masters of Budvar supporting Ray, should only be magnified by the recent addition of a keyboard player. Fans of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens or Tindersticks will lap this up. A powerful, affecting combo.
SUPERSTAR DJ JOHN PURCELL
>From Rugby Town we bring one of the coolest DJs in the Midlands. From the Staple Singers to Suicide, from Leadbelly to Clinic, Johnny P brings a world of wonder to your grateful earholes.
The whole thing kicks off at around eight o'clock.
Just Fontaine onstage at 9:30
Love Minus Zero onstage at 10:30
Bar and dancing until midnight
Friendly punters, pretty lights, heated smoking area.
Admission is absolutely free.
So we hope...no, expect to see you there...