Blang tenth anniversary show 1

Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Thursday October 1st

The first of two consecutive Thursdays celebrating ten years of Blang Records, which started in September 2005 with the "Fruit Machine" compilation CD.

12 Bar Club
203 Holloway Road N7 8DL
Bar until 2 AM

Doors 7 00 PM
£5 entry (includes free "Lucky Dip" compilation CD of tracks from the Blang archives)
Facebook event

7 30 Matt Dolphin
Torch songs entangled in open tuning. For fans of Nick Drake, Tindersticks, Tim Buckley. "Incredibly powerful and moving" (Sounds XP)

8 15 Slate Islands
Celtic noir ballads and folk cabaret. "A haunting vocal that sparks against dramatically layered instrumentation" (Fatea)

9 00 Lucy's Diary
Since her mother died when she was thirteen Lucy Joplin has kept a diary of her life of hostels, addictions, motherhood and rock'n'roll.  Members of the TVPs and Papernut Cambridge wrap her observations in a snakeskin stomp.

9 45 Sergeant Buzfuz
Does the new Sgt Buzfuz LP sound like A) Blur (R2)? B) Small Faces (Americana UK)? C) Billy Bragg (Fatea)? D Robyn Hitchcock (Blabber'n'Smoke? E) Kinks (every other review)? or F) none of the above?

10 30 David Cronenberg's Wife
Dissecting the obsessions, inhibitions and petty jealousies of sociopaths with mordant wit, motorik beats and surf guitars.  "Peppering their albums with undesirable characters, who Mayne inhabits with unnerving realism" (Independent) "Where genius meets idiocy" (Mark Lamarr) "Naughty boys" (Marc Riley)

11 15 JJ Crash
One of the masterminds behind the Blang label, JJ Crash finds poetry in his back yard as he  sings antifolk tales about the East End diaspora. A bit of Wreckless Eric, a smidgeon of Dan Treacey, a soupcon of Plastic Bertrand.


Blang @ The Islington Fri July 18

Monday, 30 June 2014 22:06

Blang Presents at
The Islington
1 Tolpuddle Street, The Angel
London N1 0XT

Friday July 18

Facebook event:

Sergeant Buzfuz
Emily Capell
Lucy's Diary
Trees And The Slipway

£5 (including free shot of sambucca or tequila)
Doors 7 pm

Advance tickets here:

10 15 Sergeant Buzfuz
Sgt Buzfuz preview songs from sixth album “Balloons For Thin Linda” due in the autumn. An album of modern stories of London and Sheffield about prostitutes, ATOS and their war on the disabled, ghosts, anorexia, fate, knife crime, Irish pubs and not knowing what to believe in the media. Wrapped in a web of folkbeat mandolins, violins, slide guitar, bass and drums.
“It's mental - in a good way! Absolutely hooked on it" (Ian Rankin) 
"Universally charming" (NME)
"Excellent stuff" (Marc Riley, BBC 6)

9 30 Emily Capell
Emily Capell celebrates the release of "Who Killed Smiley Culture?", her debut single for Blang. Straight out of Harrow, Emily takes in musical influences as diverse as Georgie Fame and The Clash, writing modern tales of London with a deftness and articulacy which belie her age. Eg, the tender menace of the single's A side and the snotty protest skiffle of B side “Plastic”. A duet with Milk Kan is due for release later this year.
“Amazing” (Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales)
“Great tune” (Joey Barton,Tweet - she's QPR and he's a fan)
"lyrics that pretty much make half your Clash collection redundant. It's top f***ing banana" (upcoming Unpeeled review)

8 45 Lucy's Diary
Stories drawn from Lucy Joplin’s diary hammered out in old-skool indie-pop grooves by members of The Television Personalities and David Cronenberg's Wife.
Frank Skinner played their “Not Your Type At All” single to death on his radio show.

8 00 Trees And The Slipway
Refracting their sound through the psychedelic prisms of Tamworth and Liverpool before heading to London, Stephen, Matthew, Karl and Talya play guitar/Casio comedown anthems for the dispossessed, Kraut-y stompers for the still-flying, and in between, songs about looms, moons, doors in rooms, and more earth(l)y things too.


Blang at 12 Bar June 23

Saturday, 23 June 2012 00:00

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Saturday June 23rd

Facebook event:!/events/444441245583970/

Misty’s Little Adventure/The Valkarys/Parva Hinton/Kull/Lucy’s Diary/Emily Capell

Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 3 am.

8 00 Emily Capell
Stories of celebrity lust, musical influences, and general adolescence from young songwriter from NW London. Her antifolk/skiffle leanings are already causing a splash with YouTube hit “My Dad’s a Smiths Fan”

8 45 Lucy’s Diary
Songs drawn from Lucy Joplin’s diary inspire these post-punk Britpop types who feature members of The Television Personalities and David Cronenberg’s Wife. Frank Skinner played their “Not Your Type At All” single to death on his radio show.

9 30 Kull
Ethereal psych-drone. Marina and Lika spin a mesh of fuzzed guitar and bass with vocals appearing like lamps throught the fog.

10 15 Misty’s Little Adventure
Making a rare appearance as a trio, Grandmaster Gareth (guitar), Lucy (sax) and Sam (drums) of Birmingham octet Misty’s Big Adventure play from their fabulous catalogue of psych pop with jazz/lounge/ska inflections. “Brilliant” (God Is In The TV) “impossibly warm sound… the instrumental storm suggests '60s melodicists The Turtles with more than a dash of Arcade Fire” (John Aizlewood, Q)'s_Big_Adventure

11 15 Parva Hinton
Mixing  distortion with melodies electro-duo Parva Hinton scream, shout and dance their way through a mash-up of synths, guitars and electronic mayhem.

12 00 The Valkarys
Post-Creation Records psych-garage quintet originally from Edinburgh. "Their guitars wouldn't sound out of place in a '60s Hamburg club and, indeed, it does sound like the '60s has never ended with these guys" (God Is In The TV)





Edinburgh Fringe preview at 12 Bar

Saturday, 09 June 2012 16:28

PBH’s Free Fringe/Blang presents:
Edinburgh Fringe Preview
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2H 8NN
Monday July 2

Facebook event

Christian Reilly
Matt Tiller
Sergeant Buzfuz

Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

Three acts preview their PBH Free Fringe shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

8 00 Sergeant Buzfuz: Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself
Alternative folk singer Sergeant Buzfuz AKA Joe Murphy chronicles the history of the first fourteen centuries of the papacy in song. “I love the fact it’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard” (Mark Lamarr, Radio 2) “eye-opener and eyebrow-raiser” (Gideon Coe, BBC 6) “you won't hear anything else like it, EVER” (Subba-Cultcha) “I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious” (Peter Muggs, The Arts Desk) “You will either love or hate this... truly a musical Marmite moment. Me? I loved it.” (Folkwords) “brave” (Socialist Worker)

9 00 Matt Tiller
Offbeat musical comic tackles life, love and medieval history through songs, stand-up and musical rants in this warm, engaging show.  Matt sings about everything from his unconventional military family, strange childhood holidays, growing up in a hotel through to the adult tribulations we can all relate to.  `Hilarious’ (New Statesman) `Has many crying with laughter’ **** (Hairline) ‘Endearingly shambolic…all good fun.’ (The List) ‘A deal of charisma’ (Chortle) ‘A very funny man’ (XFM Manchester) ‘Sharp and astutely observed’ (British Comedy Guide)

10 00 Christian Reilly: This is Not A Love Song
Perrier/Chortle award-winner, ex-member of Rich Hall’s Otis Lee Crenshaw band and star of ‘Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me’, Christian Reilly sings about Modern Monetary Theory, etc. Come, feel the noise. Not necessarily in that order. "Seriously cool, seriously funny- the power behind my high-backed armchair" (Richard Herring) If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re probably a Christian Reilly fan already” (The Guardian) “Blisteringly funny songs” (The Stage) “The comedy equivalent of Motörhead slamming straight into Ace Of Spades" (The Scotsman)


Thomas Truax on tour

Monday, 12 March 2012 12:30

14 March, Wed: Leeds Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen's Road  Leeds LS6 1NY 0113 275 2411

15 March, Thurs: Hull, Adelphi, 89 DeGrey St

17 March, Sat: Sheffield Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS support: Post War Glamour Girls

22 March, Thurs: Portsmouth Fat Fox, 11-13 Victoria Road Southsea PO5 2SP

23 March, Fri: Brighton, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Middle Street. Brighton, BN1 1AL. Phone: 01273 749465

29 March, Thurs: London, Dusk 'til Dawn, 1 Archway Close, Archway, London, N19 3TD supports: Caught Leaves, John E Vistic £5


Sheepy on tour

Monday, 12 March 2012 12:26


February 25 LIVERPOOL Milk Studios
February 28 MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club
March 1 HULL Adelphi
March 2 SHEFFIELD Frog And Parrot
March 15 LIVERPOOL Mello Mello
May 18 LONDON Prince Albert (Brixton)
May 19 LONDON 12 Bar Club


February at 12 Bar: final monthly Blang

Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

Blang Final. The monthly Blang nights started in February 2002. Tonight will be the last as we celebrate our 10th birthday and say goodnight.

Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Monday  February 13

Sergeant Buzfuz
All The Queen’s Ravens
Slate Islands
and a late set from deXter Bentley

Doors 7.30
Bar ‘till 2 am.

8 30 Slate Islands
A Celtic noir punch made from folk, cabaret and the delicate and monstrous observations of Highland storyteller Polly MacLean. Expect their debut album on Blang later this year. “well executed, witty and more than a little disturbing. You wonder what other dark tales you'll find lurking when the album drops later in the year.” (Sounds XP)

9 15 All The Queen’s Ravens
Putting the flame into flamenco, All The Queen’s ravens whip up a storm of Spanish and English folk rhythms led by the dueling voices of Laura Hillman and Charlotte Aggett.

10 00 Sergeant Buzfuz
Tonight Sergeant Buzfuz unveil their fifth album ‘Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself’ which chronicles the story of the papacy from St  Peter to the early 15th century. "Popes manages to be political, amusing, adventurous, intelligent and incredibly memorable, features which are rare in isolation, and seldom ever found in the same song at the same time. It’s quirky without being whacky, imaginative without being self-indulgent, and funny without being throwaway. It may even at times make you feel angry." (Sweeping The Nation)

11 00 deXter Bentley and the JERMS
Now a quintet, Richard deXter Bentley, presenter of Resonance FM’s Hello Goodbye show and possessor of fine folk-soul tenor voice and the JERMS, spinners of delicious warm acoustica, sing beguiling songs about everything from taking a girl who hogs the candy floss to the beach to the death of NY Doll Arthur Kane. The latter, a 7 inch white vinyl Blang release prompted The Mag to praise its “great mini-climaxes spread throughout it's four and a bit minutes” (steady on!) and caused the Norman Records reviewer to speculate “I'd like to think he looks like David Essex and has an eye for the ladies!”


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