Briefly dropped by the opening of Darren Coffield‘s intriguing new show at The Residence gallery last night, just a quick look, a first taste, need to go back and explore the show properly when things are a little quieter, certainly demands a proper visit. .
Seems the ever challenging, ever evolving, ever excellent, Gum Takes Tooth are playing a “special headline show” at The Lexington London in support of their new album MIRRORS FOLD, released this month on Tigertrap Records. The bill also features Sculpture…. Here’s some Sculpture squelch….
“GUM TAKES TOOTH are a two man everything machine endlessly seeking what-the-fuck aural mesmerism in a maze-like arrangement of physically overwhelming rituals of dance music, soundsystem culture and doom. Each member focusing intently on unmediated rhythmic interaction between crowd and performer, directing the energy towards unexplored altered states. Dark primal frequencies are felt and not heard, unremitting circular drums shatter and rebirth whilst a cast of vocal characters provide an astral guide through these dizzying manipulations.
SCULPTURE is an opto-musical agglomerate made up of Dan Hayhurst (music), and Reuben Sutherland (animation). Their first test hit upon a psychedelic palette, the sensorial intricacies of which they continue to explore. Performance is central to their work, and feeds back into all aspects of the process. Sculpture’s output includes music, ﬁlm and video work, and multi-sensory live shows. Their performances are an amalgam of electronic music, kinetic art, comic strips, abstract animation, audiovisual cut-ups – a mix of analog and digital practices – tape manipulation, samples, found sounds, aleatoric and algorithmic programming and live improvisation. Dan plays media devices and electronic instruments. Reuben plays video zoetrope turntable”.
“Where were you while the YBAs were kicking off Sean?” asked someone last night. Found this on line today, I was busy with some pop art and things.
“It was 15 minutes of glorious pop fame in the mid/late 90’s, this really is where the infectious Glitter scattering started, hand customized glitter sleeves, tiaras, and for six hectic months they went from the back rooms of Camden (including the time they invited an embryonic Bis to come and open for them….) to the Royal Albert Hall and 5000 screaming kids on the 25 date show-stealing PJ&Duncan tour (Ant & Dec – we got the dirt on you!), three singles and the “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ album (some of the finest pop moments ever), appearances on the Girlie Show, Big Breakfast, The White Room, records all over the radio, breaking hearts at festivals like Phoenix, the Miss-17 road show, photo shoots in numerous glossies and style magazines, the promise of tours in Japan, animated cartoons, that Take That cover with 17 b-sides and the hand-made fluffy bags they came in – and all on a real independent label – you had to be there, it really was a glorious silly string-infested 15 minutes – the Teen powered Bananarama for Pistols fans…. Where are they now? Well just after the album came out Malcolm Mclaren came in to work with them and we took that as the sign to jump off their fun fair ride…
Where are they today? They went off with Malcolm Mclaren, who knows?” (wrote that back in the day, busy days, spray painting CD covers and stitching together pink fluffy record covers).