Holloway Tales

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 15:14


Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Monday January 9

Blang presents Holloway Tales

Featuring: Joe Murphy (Sergeant Buzfuz), Paul Hawkins, Polly MacLean (Slate Islands), Partition, Hillfield and Stone, Depresstival, The Big Fibbers, Sneezy Stu and Suzanna Catz

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Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 15 Holloway Tales

On a Saturday afternoon in November ten songwriters assembled at different points of Holloway Road and spent the day roving around the pubs and cafes. Their mission, to write a song inspired by something they’d seen, heard, experienced or imagined that day. Tonight they present their songs.

9 15 All acts play another 2 songs each.


December Blang at 12 Bar Club

Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Monday December 12

Ricky Spontane
Fear Of The Forest
Listen Lisse

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Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.


8 30 Listen Lisse
Lisa McKendrick sings from her third album ‘Sunset Over Cairo’. Minimalist post-punk drone-rock.

9 15 Fear Of The Forest
Kate Arnold (ex-Sergeant Buzfuz) unveils her new experimental ethnomusical quintet. Tonight Kate (dulcimer/violin/vox) is joined by Jon Clayton on cello and players of electric guitar, hurdy gurdy and Arabic percussion.

10 00 Ricky Spontane
Ricky Spontane,  "the Liverpudlian garage-punk behemoths it's ok to snog during your first date", as the NME once said of them, return to the London stage for the first time in over two years, in a rare live appearance.

Singer Richard Batchelor breaks out of self-imposed Parisian exile, to be joined by Stephen A Wood, Talya S Davies and Bozwell Feign, to promote their new limited-edition mini-album, "Spontane 3", which, rather logically for the Spontane, is their third album, hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed "Spontane Time" and "Hit The Town", and appearances on such fab compilations as the Blang "Fruit Machine" album, and Guided Missile's "Hits And Missiles", among many others... They will be playing selections from "Spontane 3", as well as old favourites; rockers, rollers, slowies and strollers. It’s Spontane time again!


November Blang at 12 Bar Club

Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Tuesday November 14

The Magnetic Mind
The Soft Close-Ups

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Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 30 The Soft Close-Ups
Lounge-pop torch songs from ex-Luxembourg singer David Shah aided and abetted by Aug Stone.

“such a talented, criminally overlooked lyricist/vocalist." (God Is In The TV)

"David [is] still disturbingly blessed with an unnerving knack for cobbling together a nifty slice of attractively drilled candy pop” (Losing Today)

9 15 The Magnetic Mind
The 60s psych-garage and West Coast folk-rock inspired Magnetic Mind are like a mix of the Nuggets folk, pop and punk compilations, but with Ellie Foden as lead singer they mostly bring to mind The Great Society. Currently recording their first single with Liam Watson at Toe Rag.

10 00 Sheepy (Predator EP launch)

Alan McGee would have sold his drugs and leather trousers and commandeered a taxi to Liverpool had he heard Sheepy in the heyday of Creation Records. The lyrics are a mix of innocence and urban observation. The music stands effortlessly with the best of that city’s pop music heritage over the last 50 years. His first single on Blang, Predator, is a punk-pop joyride but that’s just the start. There’s a lot more to come from this skinny young Scousepop dreamer.


October Blang at 12 Bar Club

Monday, 19 September 2011 14:46

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Tuesday  October 4

The Dead Class
Jowe Head And The Demi-Monde
Sergeant Buzfuz

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Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 15 Sergeant Buzfuz
"another two effortless tunes. Danny's Room is situated somewhere inbetween Simon And Garfunkel and The Beatles at their most maudlin, it's a gorgeous lament. Molly's Bar is more upbeat with a chorus which impales itself in your head from first listen...Like Belle And Sebastian with the 'twee' trimmed off, perfect for the summer, and one of their best singles to date" (Sounds XP)

9 00 Jowe Head And The Demi-Monde
After appearing last month with experimental folk troupe Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders the Jowe Head season continues with the former Swell Map/Television Personality’s psych-folk-drone-rock ensemble The Demi-Monde.

9 45 Vamos
Originally formed in Liverpool but based in Galway since 2004 Vamos are headed by squabbling laughing energy-wired brothers Tomas and Vinny Wood. Their raucous’n’roll power trio Vamos is a high voltage itch that just has to be scratched.
Vamos Facebook

10 30 The Dead Class
Conversely The Dead Class are based in Liverpool and fronted by mercurial Galwegian Villy Raze. A high-octane express train ride filled with punk pop sparks.


September Blang at 12 Bar Club

Friday, 05 August 2011 15:19

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Tuesday September 6

The Real Bad Habits
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders
and a late set from Joe Murphy

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Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 30 Luge
In the 70s Jordan and McQueen were Scots internationals who played for Leeds and Man Utd. Now Jordan and McQueen are the guitarists in West London London jangle pop combo Luge.

9 15 Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders
Jowe Head (Swell Maps/TVPs/etc) and songwriter Catherine Gerbrands (guitar/autoharp/harmonium/saw) join forces to create neo-folk songs of shimmering fragility.

10 00 The Real Bad Habits
This seven piece carnival formed at school in South East London. Their horn and rhythm sections swing together to create a rollicking party of ska and rocksteady.

10 45 Joe Murphy
Sgt Buzfuz singer plays solo. “REM would kill, hopefully each other, for songs like these” (Unpeeled)


August Blang at 12 Bar Club

Sunday, 24 July 2011 16:09

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents:
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Tuesday August 2

Pale Man Made
The Buzfuz String Band
The Fifth Runway
and a late set from Skye’s Diamond

Facebook event:!/event.php?eid=261150747235042

Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 30 The Fifth Runway
Paul Carr (guitar/vocals) and Chris Scobie (keyboard/vocals) present a narrative song cycle of surreal English music hall ditties with echoes of Bonzos, Kevin Ayers, Pete Um and Noel Coward on Mandrax. Originally written for a series on Resonance the story has unravelled into a forthcoming second series due in the Autumn.

9 15 The Buzfuz String Band
Acoustic line-up of Buzfuz tonight. “Referencing 1960s punk, psychedelia, Krautrock, Irish folk, glam rock and drone, Buzfuz achieve a harmonious, chiming mash-up, sounding like none of the above” (Aesthetica)

10 00 Pale Man Made
C86 old-skool indiefrom the North East featuring male-female vocal interplay, bittersweet lyrics and discordant jangling. Debut album “Oh, My Treasured Things” was a Huw Stephens album of the week on Radio 1. Songs about wild boars, snooker players, giant squids and evil MPs.

10 45 Skye’s Diamond
Tom Evans produces ambient soundscapes from a bass guitar and effects pedals.


July Blang at Monarch

Monday, 11 July 2011 00:00

Blang presents:
The Monarch
40-42 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8BG
Monday July 11

Sergeant Buzfuz
Mary Ocher
Anna Madeleine
and guest DJ Tom Mayne (David Cronenberg’s Wife)

Facebook event

Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 12.30 am

8 30 Anna Madeleine
A haunting voice breathes mist on a sheen of electronica. Anna’s sets have delighted the crowds at previous Blang nights.
Anna Madeleine site

9 15 Mary Ocher
Born in Moscow and later growing up in Israel, Mary Ocher is a modern protest singer and artist and leader of Berlin-based Mary And The Baby Cheeses. Her first solo album “War Songs” contains 13 art-folk songs about persecution, nationalism, sexual abuse and, as she ironically describes it, her favourite subject, war. She has been involved in “Voices”, a fundraiser for Physicians For Human Rights (PHR) in Gaza.
Mary Ocher website

10 00 Sergeant Buzfuz
Medieval space pop clan promote latest single Danny’s Room/Molly’s Bar (Blang 33)
"great story-telling" (Whisperin And Hollerin) "Fantastic” (New Singles Review) "as finely a crafted pop song as you'll find anywhere” (Fatea)

*Tom Mayne from DCW will be spinning a personal selection of tunes throughout the night


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