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

 

Honk! Pronk! and NYC – Perhaps Contraption hit America

We’re very excited to be jetting off to the East Coast of America to perform at Honk!
– here are some show times for you.

** updated 17th October with extra shows in New York! **

SOMERVILLE HONK!

Friday 11th October 3pm – Honk! in the Neighbourhoods
– and at 7pm – Lantern Parades – Sidewalk processions around Davis Square accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other DIY lighting

Saturday 12th October 12.30pm – Opening Ceremonies – in 7 Hills Park
– and during the rest of the day in Davis Square, More than 30 activist street bands, from around the world, perform outdoors for free.

Sunday 13th October 12pm – “Reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet” – parading from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration
– and at 2pm – Oktoberfest – playing on the big stage in Harvard Square
– and then at 8pm, we perform at the Honk! Festival All-band Blowout Concert

PRONK! in Providence

Monday 14th October 5pm – Parade down Wickenden St with the other bands
– and at 7pm, we play by the hurricane barrier and at the Hot Club

HONK NYC

Tuesday 15th October 10pm – a show at Littlefield in Brooklyn

Wednesday 16th October 6.30pm – parading in East Village
– and at 12.30am, Felicity Status joins Alev Lenz at Googie’s Lounge on Ludlow Street.

Thursday 17th October at midnight – we play for Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, in the Manderley Bar at the The McKittrick Hotel!

Friday 18th October – school appearances in the morning
– at 6pm at the Coney Island USA bar, 1208 Surf Avenue
– and at 11pm, a big show at the Gowanus Ballroom
– with a party with massed bands on the F train in between

 

Saturday 19th October 7pm – we parade and create a live film score to Benh Zeitlin’s “Egg” at the New York Hall of Science.

We hope to see some of you there!

Secret Garden Party show times

Fresh from our show in the wonderful Curve Garden in Dalston, greetings from a slightly bigger garden near Huntington! If you’re coming along, you can catch us at the following times and places. If you’re nearby, catch our radio set on 87.9 Secret FM.

Thursday 25th July 7pm – Opening Ceremony Parade – follow our sounds as the fires around the festival are lit

Friday 26th July 4pm-ish – Secret FM – live set on the festival radio
– and at 10.15pm – Badger Badger Woods – cabaret with One Taste and stage set

Saturday 27th July 9pm – Oddball Dancehall
– and at 3am – Woodburner Stage

Sunday 28th 7.30pm – Closing Ceremony Parade

Parading at SGP 2011
Parading at SGP 2011

See you there.

Glastonbury, Amanda Palmer

June kicked off another busy summer for us. We journeyed to the Northern Aldborough Festival to finish off their season, supporting an Abba tribute band. Dropping in to the picturesque grounds of Houghton Hall, we serenaded weary Wynstock-ers over brunch.

Next was the mighty Glastonbury! As well as a return to the bandstand, the Lizard Lounge, Piano Bar, Sweet Charity and Stairway to Heaven in Shangri-La were all treated to a brassy blast. We mourned our missing sousa-power but enjoyed a harder edged bass of baritone saxophone and bass trombone. As it turned out, Amanda Palmer stumbled upon us and over pizza she invited us out on her tour.

Exceedingly excited to be on board with her, Perhaps Contraption graced the hub of the Roundhouse floor, surrounded by her appreciative fans, and had a blast! Upon the stage we helped out the tuxedo-bearing Jherek Bischoff on one of his songs, and Ms Palmer herself for Leeds United. Some photos are below:

A couple of days later we appeared in a similar fashion at Bristol O2 Academy, a welcome return to the band’s roots all those years ago…