Festival Of New

I hope this transmission finds you well!

As you may or may not know, Perhaps Contraption are artists in residence at Snape Maltings, deep in the wilds of Suffolk…

I’m writing with an invitation; for you to visit Snape Maltings and experience our nascent new performance, on Friday September 7th.

If you didn’t know, we are just completing the first year of a two year stint, and would love for you to come and see what we have been creating…

In a nutshell, it’s an hour of new compositions that are augmented with choreography, staging and lighting. We are showing this in an enormous, derelict factory called ‘Building 9’.

More details here…

Our goal is to create a precise and intense performance for theatrical venues, that could also be scaled for acoustic street shows too. Down the line we imagine including projection mapping and more narrative.

It’s definitely our most ambitious project so far, on this little path that we are treading.

We are presenting it for the first time, as part of ‘Festival of New’ (where most things are works-in-progress).  Therefore audience interaction and feedback is an integral part of the event.

I know it’s a long trip for people, but it’s a gorgeous place to visit, and your presence and thoughts on what we are doing, dear listener, would be very much appreciated.

Hopefully we will see some of you, out there, near the marshes, in the old factory, where we will be playing, dancing and singing our new sounds.

Squier x

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Snape Maltings: The Open Space Residency: OUR BURGEONING SHOW

Into the wilds of Suffolk we went…to a place called Snape Maltings, to breath clean air, to ponder and create…

Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018 (Fuji)

Last Autumn, we found out we had been accepted onto the prestigious Open Space artist residency. Jubilation ensued! We have been given the chance to escape the pressures of city life, to get the whole band together for large blocks of time in an inspiring and calming place, just to create, as one unit. A luxury we have never been accustomed to.

The big idea: to write new album, and in tandem, develop an ambitious live show that will utilise loads of projection mapping, spatial compositions and choreography. It will be presented as an immersive, live theatrical experience (and also recorded and released as download/CD/vinyl).

The completion date is set for the August 2019, when the new work will be premiered at Snape Maltings, and then, hopefully, extensively toured.

And so, we are now deep in laboratory mode, friends. We will be recording and releasing new songs as we progress, and keeping you posted on these beautiful / ridiculous experiments with projection mapping.

It’s a very new direction for us, and we’re excited at the prospect of having loads of sparkling, stunning production behind our music – light, animations and movement accentuating every sound. Essentially, we want to blow people’s minds. Let’s see how we fare. The contraption is revving up again.

We’d like to thank the people at Snape Maltings for believing in us, and helping make this happen.

All snaps by Matt Jolly.

Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

Squier in studio utopia.Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

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Collapsed constructions

Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

 

The Glastonbury 2017 Adventure

Hello Comrades,

After a 2 year break we are returning to the wonderful Valley of Avalon, in sunny/swampy Pilton! YES GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL IS UPON US.

We will be rocking the Theatre & Circus field for the first time;

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be:

—-performing bright and early on the Outside Circus stage at 11:00
—-doing a roving show in and around the Theatre & Circus field at 15:20

We will definitely be doing some pop up shows… keep an eye on the socials for the whens and where.

We can’t wait to revisit the legendary ‘underground Irish dug out piano bar’ or ‘the hole’ as some people call it. If you haven’t found this place, then search search!    hint* it’s near the stone circle where the dragons lie…

hopefully we will see you in the fields all sparkly and grinning, new songs ahoy.

Squier x

 

 

London Jazz Festival Residency and Southbank Centre Show

Oh hi: There’s a delirious glut of Perhaps Contraption action this weekend, and it will probably be the last blast before we go back into the laboratory for a while…to make new sonic constructions.

As part of EFG London Jazz Festival, we play Southbank Centre this Friday 18th, for a FREE show in Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom, at the strangely convenient post-work slot of 5.30 – 7pm.

On Saturday we head to Tooting, as part of ‘The Streets’ as part of the Jazz Festival: a whole day of parades and shows in unusual places.

The same goes for Sunday, but we will be in Twickenham all day, popping up, and parading…

Keep an eye on Twitter for parade routes and timings should you fancy seeing us ‘free range’.

We will have new songs and a special, expanded 10 piece lineup for these outings!

Much love, over and out. X20151206-_dsf7256

 photo by Daniel Ross

New Video: UP & OUT

A 16 bit megadrive (master system?) inspired animation for the brass-punk freneticism that is;

UP & OUT

hand crafted by our very own Mickey Bones.

*chorus* (sing loudly please)

“And the path is covered densely with thick weed,
but trust I am not driven by my greed.
For every nettle there’s dock leaf,
for all this holly, I see wreaths.”