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

Glastonbury Festival 2014 Tour!

Yes,
The Mother festival is nearly here…
We head to PILTON tomorrow for our third outing as this troupe,
And we have a monster adventure ahead.
We have ended up with TEN performances, and so will be touring the Valley of Avalon!

Most of our slots can be found on the official Glastonbury website

But, as always, we will be doing a few flash performances
(including a late night / early morning set in the legendary HOLE, or Piano Bar, or …I don’t know what it’s called. The underground, acoustic venue next to the King’s Meadow…)
Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for pop-up adventures.

We hope to see you out there again…
Here goes…

Friday
1:00 – 2:00 HMS Sweet Charity (well Thursday night sort of)

14:30 -15:15 The Rabbit Hole

16:00 Shangri La, Heaven Dome

18.00 – 18:40  The Bandstand (in the markets area near the Pyramid Stage)

Saturday
1:00 – 2:00   Greenpeace Speakeasy

15:00 – 16:00 ish  Shangri La Heaven

(probably a late night set in The Hole this night…)

Sunday
13:00 – 13:45 Greenpeace Stage

18.40 to 19.00 Roving Guerilla Set at The Bandstand / Markets Area

19.45 to 20.10 Roving Guerilla Set at The Bandstand / Markets Area

REST

Squier x

 

Summer Touring…

Even though we have been very quiet,  The lion’s share of our new album is complete! And our newest songs will be tested on our travels this Summer, ready to record in Autumn.

We hope to see you out there…

Here’s how our Summer is looking so far:

25th May: Coventry Mysteries Festival.
30th May: The Canteen, Bristol.
31st May: 14:00 Bath Fringe Festival
31st May: Frome Steampunk Extravaganza
5th June: Passing Clouds, Camden (with HUNGRY MARCH BAND!)
7th June: Brooklyn Bowl, 02, London
14th June: Tamborille Festival, Spain
20th – 22nd June: Haizetara Festival, Spain
26th – 29th June: Glastonbury Festival including The Rabbit Hole, Shangri la and The Bandstand (full schedule on the way…)
4th July: Jamboree, London
16th July: Southbank Centre Roof Garden London w/ Pate de Fua
19th July: Lovebox, London (MEGATRAPTION PARADE)
19th July: Evening- Electro Swing Club, London
21st July: Belgium National Celebrations, Brussels
24th – 27th July: Secret Garden Party (various venues)
4th – 7th August: Buskers Bern, Switzerland
16th August: Just So Festival, Cheshire

Perhaps xx

 

Musicians Benevolent Fund “Emerging Excellence Award”

We are extremely chuffed (to say the least) that Perhaps Contraption has been awarded the highest grant possible for the Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Excellence Award.

You can read the full press release and see other artists included in the award here…

The award will go towards funding our biggest (and most technically challenging) project ever…

We are making a video for our next single, Perambulations, and the process will be a collaboration with 3 experts of Corporeal Mime, 3 Contemporary Dancers from the People Pile and incredible Lighting Designer Anna Barrett. We are shooting in a state of the art theatre, and the piece will feature lots of intricate choreography and Lighting.

The song itself, is a pumping, relentless monster, that we are itching to unveil. (if you have seen us live recently, you will have heard this thing, nascent and loud).

Rehearsals begin in earnest this weekend, the shoot is looming.

We are very, very excited. More information soon…

 

Listening Bones is Out Now (to tingle your Ossicles)

Listening Bones, Perhaps Contraption’s 3rd Album, was released this week.

You grab the whole beast from here, as a download or in lovely heavy duty gatefold packaging with intricate double sided poster by Expanded Eye. You can only get this thing direct from us at gigs or through our website.

If download is more your thing, we urge you to buy it direct through our bandcamp site rather than itunes and the rest.

For one it’s cheaper (and we get a better cut of the dosh) for two, each track is embedded with a unique picture as it scrolls through your digital player of choice. A wonderful slideshow on your listening journey…

We hope your Ossicles are pleased.

p.s. the next one is already bubbling away…