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

One Taste Cabaret

So back in July we began an exciting new collaboration with the irrepressible One Taste Collective.

In a series of meetings and musings we constructed a framework for a new style of Cabaret with artistic director Lotan Sapir, to be unleashed upon the Secret Garden Party revellers. The result was just over an hour of startling new acts, free flowing improvisation, amazing choreography and immersive performance.

The crowd and all the crew were astounded at what we had managed to create with very little regimented rehearsal. Just a combination of the right people and the right ideas heading in the right direction…

This serendipitous collision had surely bred some magic for all involved.

So! We are excited to announce the second instalment in the One Taste Cabaret will take place this Sunday 11th November, at the Bedford, Balham…SW12 9HD.   We begin at 8:45 with new acts, new songs and orchestration, and dollops of improvisation.

Something very special is brewing…we hope to see you there.

http://onetaste.co.uk/events/2012/onetaste-festival-2012/
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/OneTasteUK?fref=ts

Secret Garden Party 2012: Megatraption

We have been enrolled by the Head Gardeners to complete a series of parades, and celebrate this fine festivals 10th birthday. I’m immensely excited to announce that we will premiere of our new Megatraption at Secret Garden Party this Thursday.

When discussing this feat, I quickly realised that the time was ripe to almost double our device power. It is an auspicious occasion after all. And so our dirge has duly increased to a 14 piece…(and may well flux for other outings in the near future)

We welcome new contraptionites:

Edward Ashby : Tuba

Letty Stott: French Horn

Lucy Brown: French Horn

Jin Theriault: Soprano Saxophone

Sam Calcott: Flugelhorn

Chuckles the Clown: Drums

Our first parade takes place this thursday, and leaves the Oak Tree near the great stage at 21:15. We will commence “the lighting of the fires” around the garden…with the help of many other amazing performers and a 25 piece samba band….

We have 8 shows scheduled throughout the weekend…the release of the whereabouts is imminent. And we will also be peddling pre-release copies of our new album Listening Bones throughout the weekend, so do come and snap one up, as it’s only available direct from live shows until October…

 

 

In Sum: Prams in the mud, tenacity & musical epiphanies

So, 2011 was a good year for this device.

We began by polishing off Business, the second Perhaps Contraption album, which had been simmering in my vaults for a number of years (alongside 2 other, as yet, unreleased albums, of which the seeds were sown in 2007, but that’s another story…some of which will be realised this year)

As this was being done and dusted, eager & confused, I sounded the conch for the next incarnation; The Mobile Device.

This desire was inspired by performing in a massive marching band (The Transformational Fire Conclave  All Stars Marching Band to be exact) at Burning Man in the Summer of 2010, and generally enjoying the freedom of playing acoustically, wherever and whenever you like.

After this dusty epiphany, I decided it was time to restructure my whole approach to song writing and performing music in general. This meant ditching the guitars. And the electricity (for now).

Dreams of being agile, completely acoustic & mobile began to bubble into my conciousness. As did thoughts of composing and performing with new instruments, limitations & personalities.

Luckily, after a number of months stumbling, cogitating and searching, the next incarnation began to take shape…

Through a process of serendipity, (a few new contraptionites oozed out of a fleeting-chance-meeting on a busy train platform, where (luckily) I spied something resembling a French Horn case hanging from Emily’s arm, this connection also led me to find two other key members…) and downright tenacity (placing numerous ads around town and quizzing numerous people about London’s (scant) Sousaphone population, & foraging for dynamic-multi-instrumental-enthusiastic other front-persons fizzing with talent) our glorious new musical family was unearthed.

Intensive rehearsals followed, in preparation for our inaugral teeth-cutting: the mighty Glastonbury Festival loomed.

Perhaps Contraption has always been a difficult DIY labour of love for me, yet as soon as I began rehearsing with these new recruits, things began to feel less, difficult. Everyone in the room knew there was incredible musical dynamic & energy brewing, compounded by future projections; just how far could this instant musical connection go & where would it lead us as artists & performers & learners?

It was this feeling that propelled us head first into the most prestigious music festival in the world, and which continued to drive us throughout the Summer, smashing as many festivals as would take us (a detailed 2011 gig listing is on the way).

It was exhausting, and expensive, but also massively inspiring and refreshing… to be playing anywhere and everywhere, completely acoustically; to be able to amass a crowd and a positive feeling through sound, wherever & whenever we chose.

And yet, the formula was so simple (even if the instrumentation itself was so unusual).

Ironically, by performing on the rock toilet circuit for many years, I had become disconnected/ disenchanted from the very things I had chosen to explore…I found myself beginning to lack those blissed out neurochemicals highs.

It was only through embracing music’s inherent simplicity —-moving air molecules in any given place and connecting and affecting any given person (hopefully in a positive way!) —– that I began to remember why I set out to explore this sonic world in the first place.

And so, at the beginning of this new year, I feel Perhaps Contraption stand in a very promising position. With new (musical & emotional) connections strengthening alongside new directions and goals. (All the while our first album as an art marching band simmering gently, scheduled to be released sometime near June…)

Here’s to another musical year around the sun. Hoping to see you in a sweaty club or muddy field very soon.

Squier Squier