Category Archives: events

The Balky Mule

I’m going on tour next week playing drums for The Balky Mule. Should be much fun.  If you haven’t heard it you should check out The Length of the Rail n FatCat.  Its a lovely bunch of songs with some fantastic home-style production – hushed drums, mono-synth and lo-fi sprawl.  i dig it big time so its super fun to be going out and about playing the songs.

Dates are:

  • Sunday 03 Union Chapel Bar, London
  • Tuesday 05 The Wheatsheaf, Oxford (w/ Ute)
  • Wednesday 06 The Rainbow, Birmingham Presented by Black Forest Audio (w/ Walt Shaw)
  • Thursday 07 The Shakespeare, Sheffield
  • Friday 08 The Common Place, Leeds (w/ Rosie Taylor Project and Model Warships)
  • Saturday 09 The End, Newcastle (w/ Michael Marwood and Balao)
  • Sunday 10 The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow w/ Over The Wall
  • Monday 11 The Bowery, Edinburgh (w/ Over The Wall)
  • Wednesday 13 Half Moon Herne Hill, London
  • Thursday 14 The Water Margin, Brighton FatCat night @ The Great Escape w/ The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Brakes
  • Friday 15 3B’s, Reading [Free show]

Tenniscoats are coming!!!

01/06/09 London, Café OTO [buy tickets] w/ The Balky Mule + Xu Shaoyang
02/06/09 Bristol, The Cube w/ I Know I Have No Collar + Two.Seconds.Per.Sonar
03/06/09 Birmingham, The Flapper [buy tickets] w/ Arc Vel + Robots vs Dinosaurs DJs
04/06/09 Glasgow, Mono w/ Richard Youngs + Apples of Energy
06/06/09 London, Café OTO [buy tickets] w/ Dale Berning + Hiraki Sawa + Duke Garwood
07/06/09 Brighton, Prince Albert w/ Hind Ear + Jacob’s Stories

[click here to buy a 2 concert pass for both London events]

Poland-ing 21/3 + 2x London 28/3

We’re off to Poland next week to master the film soundtrack we’ve been working on…  Whilst we are there we’re going to decamp to Warsaw for a one-off performance thing…  not really a concert as such, but maybe concert-looking things will be involved…

flyer for warsaw event...

We’re also playing two shows in London the following week.  The opening of Sound323‘s new concession at Cafe Oto in the afternoon on the 28th and then that evening we’ll travel back to south of the river for a short slot at the Battersea Arts Centre.

If you are nearby, drop by….

Tomorrow night

Hi folks!

Pre-sale tickets for the show at Cafe Oto are now SOLD OUT.  The will be approximately 60 tickets available on the night from 8pm when doors open.  PLEASE COME EARLY!

Lawrence will be starting things off at 8.30ish then FUNCTION then NORIKO, LAWRENCE and I to finish things off.


We’ll have most of the room40 catalogue available on the night for silly prices.  The two Noriko CDs for £8ea and everything else for £7 or 2 discs for a tenner.  stock up!


you might have seen Carina’s gorgeous lino-cut poster up at Cafe OTO.  She’s done an edition of 40 and there will be a few on sale on the night…


Super-stoked that this will be going ahead…

Tujiko Noriko + Lawrence English + John Chantler (trio)
Lawrence English (solo)

8pm | £7 |

ROOM40 presents a one-off trio performance from Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English and John Chantler to celebrate the release of their album ‘U’ – a record of orbiting themes, esoteric lyrical wordplays and warm analog-infused song-forms.

Following on from the acclaimed ‘Blurred In My Mirror (ROOM40, 2005), ‘U’ is a record of phases and exchanges between Paris and Brisbane over a three year period – a swelling passage through the rare and exotic reality Tujiko Noriko evokes through her curiously dream-like songs.  U is by far one of Noriko’s most affecting records. It’s also one of her most eclectic, littered with songs that tell of moments of absolute loss and unrelenting ecstasy.

U is released in the UK on 27th October 2008 on ROOM40.

Lawrence English
Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of aesthetic investigations, English’s work is eclectic and characterises a long-term exploration into various themes including audio/visual environments, found sound/vision, subtle transformation of public space and ephemeral art works that exist at the very edges of perception.

English’s imprint and multi-arts organisation ROOM40 maintains a steady release schedule from an eclectic array of Australian and international artists.

Lawrence’s latest record ‘Kiri No Oto’  – a simple but exultant sidestep towards more ravishing textures – was released on acclaimed UK label Touch to resounding praise.

…A great piece of subconscious architecture.

What makes Kiri No Oto work so spectacularly well (and it is a spectacular album) is that no matter what situation I’ve listened to it in and no matter what sort of sound system I use, it still sounds phenomenal.

English draws from an amazing sonic-color palette, his sounds fluid, vaporous, and shimmering, his application of field-recordings from the world over amazingly transporting.

The brainchild of semi-nomadic mystical wanderer Matt Nicholson, Function make a rare appearance in London to preview songs and sounds from their forthcoming record on Locust: “Galeria de la Luz”.

…stretches the ethereality of dream pop into blissout, as strings, wordless vocals, and guitar bleed together in swatches of psychedelic color…Function argue convincingly that sometimes you have to leave the planning behind and go on instinct.

Dusted Magazine:
Almost impossibly beautiful

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