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.”

Mud Belief Album Launch: 12th May: Rich Mix

It’s happening!

It’s done…it’s been manufactured into beautiful gatefold CD wallets, with yet more glorious artwork by Expanded Eye.

So we are going to have a party. And some other mini parties to celebrate (street shows in unusual places around London).

But the big’un is at Rich Mix, in East London, on 12th May. You can grab tickets here 

We do hope you can come and celebrate this milestone with us. We are so proud of this album!
It was recorded at The Premises (solar-powered) studio, and mastered by the legendary Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Dirty Projectors) at Black Saloon Studios.  It’s a beautiful monster.

You can pick up signed copies of it on the night, well in advance of the official release date on June 3rd.
Or if you can’t make it, you can pre-order a signed copy here (and peruse the art work)…

ONWARDS! WE TRUDGE THROUGH THE GLITTERING GLORIOUS MUD!

rich mix flyer

 

The New Album – Mud Belief

We’ve been a little quiet, but we’ve been beavering away I assure you.

5 songs from our new 11 track album are now complete!

The rest are very very close. A glut of new videos are about to trickle out…

We are holding an album preview in London on April 17th.
Tickets are extremely limited and you can grab yourself some here.

(more transmissions soon, it’s happening)

Squier x

Haizetara 2014: Blimey, We WON!

We are delighted to announce, that after attending the 9th Annual Haizetara Street Band Competition in Amorebieta, Spain, we WON the judges prize of 10,000 euros!!!

Perhaps Contraption with our Haizetara first prize cheque
with our big prize cheque!

We were so honored to bring our music to this beautiful place, and play alongside incredible bands from all over the world. The whole town comes alive for 4 days. Streets, public parks, venues, town squares; all crackling with sound and musical mirth.

It was here I had one of the most profound performance experiences of my little life. Something which affirmed my love of playing in the streets, completely mobile, with the ability to change drab architecture into joyous amphitheaters, and play to anyone at any time.
Our second performance took place in a fairly small square, surrounded by high walls.
Although completely acoustic, our music sounded HUGE; resonating fully amongst the buildings. The square was crammed with listeners.

As we began our 4th song, Perambulations, the sky cracked and the rain poured down on us. Yet we didn’t relent of flinch, we carried on roaring through the song as the audience popped up umbrellas and goaded us with applause (you can see a few clips of this in the video below).
It was then we decided to utilise the town as our stage, a psychogeographical-musical-adventure perhaps. Situationism in action! (namely : the construction of situations, moments of life deliberately constructed for the purpose of reawakening and pursuing authentic desires, experiencing the feeling of life and adventure, and the liberation of everyday life).

Anyway. We processed out of the square to a nearby children’s playground, which thankfully housed a large concrete canopy. The audience followed as we blasted through a parade and arrived in our new (far drier!) location. We played furiously, desperately. Eventually the sun came out and we all emerged, soaking wet, exhausted and singing ‘the national anthem’ to rapturous applause.

It was intensely joyful. One of the most memorable performances ever…buzzing with a direct connection to the audience the architecture alike. I thank the people of Amorebieta for that experience, and for giving us the inspiration to continue through the storm.

You can watch the official video from the event here, with clips of all the other incredible artists present from around the world…

We intend to share some of the money between the players, but the majority will go towards completing our next album. It’s a massive massive boost for the band to receive this prestigious award…and we are all over the moon and can’t quite believe it happened!

Big Love,

Squier and Perhaps Contraption x