THING OF THE DAY? What day are we on now? AK/DK play East London this coming Thursday (July 18th), alongside Chik Budo, at the Victoria in Dalston. Who are AK/DK? Two humans : two drumkits and a lot of electronics is what they are, here comes a cut’n paste taste of who they are….
AK/DK in their own words….
AK/DK create improvised layers of fuzzed-up synths, delays and arpeggios, and thunderous double drums. Their live shows move between the thrashy dance of Death From Above 1979 through progressive/motorik rhythms of Neu, to beautiful melodic sections that sound like they could have been beamed direct from the 1960s sound lab of Raymond Scott.
AK/DK are Graham Sowerby (drums and synths) and Ed Chivers (drums and synths). The project started after a chance meeting at a party – they found that they had a shared love of old synths and drums. A month later they were playing their first gig in front of a packed audience in The Shunt, under London Bridge Station. The brief was to play this gig after no rehearsals, and having no songs – whatever happened on stage was going to be a direct reaction to the energy of the audience. Since then, inevitably some songs have started to appear, however they have tried to stay true to this ethos; every gig is improvised, and unique to that particular night.
Their mix of abstract electronics and raucous energy has already earned them support slots with artists such as Fujiya & Miyagi, Zombie Zombie, and Dan Deacon. In 2012 they played a 1.5hr improvised performance onstage with two of their key influences – Damo Suzuki (Can) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X/Large Number).
April 2012 saw them tour with The Dandy Warhols playing to sold out theatres around Europe. “We found ourselves on stage at the prestigious l’Olympia, Paris, in front of 2,500 people, still without any proper songs!” This anarchic spirit of musical freedom endeared them to audiences across Europe from Zurich, to Glasgow, via Dusseldorf – the home of ‘Krautrock’.
AK/DK have been busy in the studio recording their 3rd single ‘Battersea’ (ouy now) and the follow-up full album should be out in the summer.
The latest release is Battersea, out now on (purple) cassette and as a download…
There’s a free download here….