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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
A blistering pean to the power trio from two of the most energetic, exciting new bands around.
Shiver is guitarist Chris Sharkey's (trioVD, Acoustic Ladyland) love letter to the electric guitar, melody, rhythm, energy and volume. Featuring the thundering maximalism of Andy Champion's bass, Joost Hendrickx's reflexive/explosive drumming and Sharkey's own brand of incendiary guitar pyrotechnics, Shiver is a band that strays far beyond the conventional boundaries of the 'power-trio' mould to incorporate influences ranging from modern EDM to garage rock to improv/noise.
Chris Sharkey - electric guitar
Andy Champion - electric bass
Joost Hendricks - Drums
Working in the same hot, filthy coal room that the likes of Captain Beefheart, The Melvins and Grinderman come from, Snack Family have been creating an unapologetic and relentlessly driving sound since 2011.
The trio formed of tuned-down guitar, drums and baritone sax produce what is probably best described as ‘low rock’ - a term originally coined by the band that SF will inevitably be compared to most: Morphine. However, these boys are working harder and with more sweat and urgency.
Guitarist and vocalist Andrew Plummer says of the sound: "We seemed to be looking for all the dirt and grime that you could find in any music, whatever it was: rock, blues or jazz. Then we started to thrash it out ourselves." "It's about energy as well - even when we play slow the music has a lot of poke; it slaps and cracks and really grooves" adds drummer Tom Greenhalgh. The result is a distinctly UK flavour of the kind of modern primitivism championed by the likes of the Black Keys and Jack White et al.
Key to the group's sound is the matching of James Allsopp's baritone sax to Plummer's voice: both low, full of gravel and growling away. Straightaway the tones connect to something churning and bubbling deep inside the listener. Allsopp's sax also brings with it a old urban grittiness that harks back to the dusty streets of New Orleans. "We're reconnecting to the traditions that rock came from - blues, boogie, rnb and early jazz- back when it was a dance music." says Allsopp.
The music is not burdened with 'cleverness', but more than raw instinct is going on here. There is an appreciation for history and thought has gone into the songs. An ambiguous intelligence lurks in the sound and shows that great art can be produced with even the bluntest of tools.
Andrew Plummer - Guitar, Voice
James Allsopp - Baritone Sax
Tom Greenhalgh - Drums
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
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Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency