Festival Of New

I hope this transmission finds you well!

As you may or may not know, Perhaps Contraption are artists in residence at Snape Maltings, deep in the wilds of Suffolk…

I’m writing with an invitation; for you to visit Snape Maltings and experience our nascent new performance, on Friday September 7th.

If you didn’t know, we are just completing the first year of a two year stint, and would love for you to come and see what we have been creating…

In a nutshell, it’s an hour of new compositions that are augmented with choreography, staging and lighting. We are showing this in an enormous, derelict factory called ‘Building 9’.

More details here…

Our goal is to create a precise and intense performance for theatrical venues, that could also be scaled for acoustic street shows too. Down the line we imagine including projection mapping and more narrative.

It’s definitely our most ambitious project so far, on this little path that we are treading.

We are presenting it for the first time, as part of ‘Festival of New’ (where most things are works-in-progress).  Therefore audience interaction and feedback is an integral part of the event.

I know it’s a long trip for people, but it’s a gorgeous place to visit, and your presence and thoughts on what we are doing, dear listener, would be very much appreciated.

Hopefully we will see some of you, out there, near the marshes, in the old factory, where we will be playing, dancing and singing our new sounds.

Squier x

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Snape Maltings: The Open Space Residency: OUR BURGEONING SHOW

Into the wilds of Suffolk we went…to a place called Snape Maltings, to breath clean air, to ponder and create…

Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018 (Fuji)

Last Autumn, we found out we had been accepted onto the prestigious Open Space artist residency. Jubilation ensued! We have been given the chance to escape the pressures of city life, to get the whole band together for large blocks of time in an inspiring and calming place, just to create, as one unit. A luxury we have never been accustomed to.

The big idea: to write new album, and in tandem, develop an ambitious live show that will utilise loads of projection mapping, spatial compositions and choreography. It will be presented as an immersive, live theatrical experience (and also recorded and released as download/CD/vinyl).

The completion date is set for the August 2019, when the new work will be premiered at Snape Maltings, and then, hopefully, extensively toured.

And so, we are now deep in laboratory mode, friends. We will be recording and releasing new songs as we progress, and keeping you posted on these beautiful / ridiculous experiments with projection mapping.

It’s a very new direction for us, and we’re excited at the prospect of having loads of sparkling, stunning production behind our music – light, animations and movement accentuating every sound. Essentially, we want to blow people’s minds. Let’s see how we fare. The contraption is revving up again.

We’d like to thank the people at Snape Maltings for believing in us, and helping make this happen.

All snaps by Matt Jolly.

Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

Squier in studio utopia.Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

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Perhaps Contraption photoshoot Jan2018

 

The Glastonbury 2017 Adventure

Hello Comrades,

After a 2 year break we are returning to the wonderful Valley of Avalon, in sunny/swampy Pilton! YES GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL IS UPON US.

We will be rocking the Theatre & Circus field for the first time;

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be:

—-performing bright and early on the Outside Circus stage at 11:00
—-doing a roving show in and around the Theatre & Circus field at 15:20

We will definitely be doing some pop up shows… keep an eye on the socials for the whens and where.

We can’t wait to revisit the legendary ‘underground Irish dug out piano bar’ or ‘the hole’ as some people call it. If you haven’t found this place, then search search!    hint* it’s near the stone circle where the dragons lie…

hopefully we will see you in the fields all sparkly and grinning, new songs ahoy.

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

 

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…