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

London Remixed Festival

We are thrilled to be parping at the inaugral London Remixed Festival: and it’s fast approaching: doors open at 1pm next Saturday the 26th November @ Rich Mix, Shoreditch London.

It looks set to be a huge event, reminding us of those muddy fields we cherish so much in the summer months…

Full details and lineup can be found on the London Remixed Facebook page or their blog.

I can reveal that we will begin a parade at 18:00, which will find its way to the Remixed arena to begin a set at 18:30 with a mighty P.A and microphones to boot…

They are also running a good competition to win some tickets to a major festival next year, all details on the sites. We hope to see you there, it will be our last big electric show until we ring in the New Year…

Bestival 2011

We are glad to receive a lovely collection of shots from Sahara Ezzi; who snapped us performing at Bestival. Playing on a giant rotating saw-stage-sculpture-thing was certainly a highlight of our Summer…

Bestival Show Times

Perhaps Contraption are off for our penultimate festival appearance this season, yes, the mighty Bestival looms… We will be performing on the Alfresco Stage, in true acoustic, open-topped style at the following moments:

Saturday 10th: 13.00 – 13.40 and 18.50 – 19.30
Sunday 11th: 13.15 – 13.55 and 17.40 – 18.00

We will also be lurching around the fields, playing in the depths of the night should minimal moisture permit. Hopefully we will see you there, covered in glitter, singing your gaping lung-bags out, with feathers and flags fluttering atop.

A Busy Bank Holiday Looms…

Perhaps Contraption are delighted to be making various noises & shapes during some sort of micro tour this coming weekend.

We will be making appearances on Saturday the 27th at Festibelly & Wyndstock, both nestled near the gorgeous New Forest.

During the day at Festibelly we will be doing a few guerilla shows around the site & then topping it off with a sweaty late night / early morning performance in the “Massive in China” tent at 2:00 am sharp.

Our Wyndstock show will parade through the grounds of this stunning country manor, before settling cosily around a fire to provide some knees up merriment circa 22:30.

After that we are off to the depths of Kent, for a tiny charity festival called Where The Wild Things Are, nestled deep in a forest. Our show will be at 15:30 on the 28th.

Finally we are whirling back to London for a show at 21:00 at The Old Queen’s Head in Angel. This is an all dayer put on by those feisty London Leisure Pirates & will be headlined by the Correspondents. Here’s the link to the Facebook gumpf.

We hope to see you wobbling at one of these things. After that we are gearing up for Malcfest on the 2nd of September, and then topping off our meandering relentless festival season with couple of glorious days at Bestival; where we will be doing guerilla shows & a set in the POLKA tent…  gasp.

A brief breath and then we will be recording our new material at the Premises Studios in late September… a single & music videos loom…

Yours Sleepily,

Squier Squier