Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Event: Masters of Budvar present
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
GERARD LANGLEY & RODNEY ALLEN
THE LABOUR CLUB,
CHARLES ST, NORTHAMPTON NN1
FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER 2004
Gerard Langley remains one of the most pivotal artists on the Bristol music scene after a career spanning three continents, endless record companies and a veritable army of electric guitarists over some twenty years.
In the early eighties his band The Blue Aeroplanes erupted onto the scene with an insane live mixture of mutated electric folk-rock, a live DJ, beat poetry, dancing, smoke bombs and electrifying, kinetic chaos. Their first, self-released album Bop Art acted as a statement of intent, and the band soon landed an album deal with Fire Records of London. After a clutch of increasingly successful releases with Fire, in 1989 the band signed to Ensign Records who brought major label muscle to the promotion of the phenomenal Swagger album, the Sunday Times album of the year. The follow-up Beat Songs, recorded in Los Angeles and released in 1991, garnered further success with the critics and the public alike, and The Blue Aeroplanes continued to tour Europe, North America and Japan throughout the nineties.
At the turn of the century, Langley started his own record label, Art Star, on which the Aeroplanes released their latest and possibly most triumphantly deranged album, Cavaliers, in 2001. The following year Langley released his first solo album, Record Player, revealing his long-standing affection for the underground rock of the seventies alongside the usual high-octane brew of poetry, malice and mayhem. At the time of writing, a new Blue Aeroplanes album has just been completed.
For this exclusive acoustic appearance, Langley will be joined by Blue Aeroplanes guitarist and singer, Rodney Allen. Before joining the Aeroplanes, Rodney was a successful solo artist in his own right, and he still occasionally tours with his own band, the Rodney Allen Experience. Expect a night of wild lyricism and distressed twenty-first century folk music run riot
Opening the show are two talented solo artists from Northampton.
Bee Church is a bright and engaging songstress, who is making her first appearance at Masters of Budvar after successful sets at the Strumpets & Pluckers night at the Racehorse in Northampton and the Deportees Club at the Castle in Wellingborough.
Paul Cox is well-known on the local scene as an acoustic balladeer and man-about-town. His classic original songwriting recently entranced the crowds at Northampton's Balloon Festival.
Masters of Budvar is a monthly live music night at the Labour Club, Charles Street, Northampton NN1. It takes place on the first Friday of every month and entry is always free of charge. There is a friendly atmosphere, very reasonably priced drinks and the best little sound system in town. For nine months now we have been presenting the cream of Northampton's original musical talent, along with guest artists from London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Southampton.
It is a night not to be missed for all music lovers.
📝 Pat Says
Out of Touch - Jazz Butcher Theme - Ghosts - Shakey - Stop This City - and Tread Water. People responded very kindly. Paul Cox's guitar was sounding splendid through Rodney's little Marshall combo with a line-out to the PA. Really warm and rich and just right. Paul sang hypnotically and I felt that his whole thing tonight had a sort of Spiritualised vibe to it. Not in any derivative way, just in the sort of concentration vibration. Lovely, anyway. Gerard and Rodney were ever so game. They entered right into the spirit of things, unfazed by the venue or the PA or the fact that I forced them to go on straight after "Good Vibrations". What was immediately apparent was just how good a rhythm guitarist Rodney Allen really is: tight, bright, energetic and accurate. And, of course, over the top of that, a grown man with a handful of papers spouting inconceivable great gobbets of garbled information, bile, wonderment and wit at breakneck speed. Rodney joining in for the choruses with his rich, warm voice. Oh, and plenty of the old hits too, like Jacket Hangs (the best received tune of the night), Love Come Round, a storming Bury Your Love Like Treasure (some audience participation, possibly, on my part), The Applicant and Yr Own World; alongside odd bits and pieces like Jack Leaves from Beatsongs and even a couple of brand new numbers from the forthcoming Blue Aeropanes album. Rodney delivered a ouple of tunes, one by the Great Paul Mulreaney, and one which - spinechillingly - turned out to be the awesome Disney Head. In the Labour Club. For nothing.
Only time and an increasingly restless Geoff behind the bar put a stop to the fun and games. The crowd wanted more and the talent were keen to lay a version of Tom Verlaine's Breaking In My Heart upon them, but it was not to be. Not this time. Instead it's off to the boozer up the street until one o'clock, thence back to Shakespeare Villas for more foolishness. Members of the Echo Chamber materialise at some deep hour of the night. I know I didn't imagine it. It goes on until dawn.
Next month: The New Moon from Oxford, a modern acoustic trio with double bass; Northampton acoustic star Robert Bray and his circle of disgustingly talented friends; and a third act. It was going to be me, but, having done this month's gig, and having helped myself to the support for the Black Watch on the 22nd October, I think I might remove myself from the November Budvar bill and let somebody else have a go. More info on that as I figure it out.
Wish I'd been there, but London to Northampton after work on a Friday wasn't the easiest proposition. Gerard Langley is an absolute star - the first Aeroplanes gig I ever went to sticks in the mind for its brilliance and difference. More power to him, and to the whole Masters Of enterprise.
Does anyone know anything about the above-mentioned Blue
Aeroplanes recording? Would they like to release it on a
subscription basis, like 18th Century volumes of poetry?
Would absolutely love another brilliant recording from the Blue Aeroplanes. They are incredible!!!