Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New show announced for... Roy Montgomery and Alexander Tucker!

Upset The Rhythm & Cafe OTO present…


Thursday 23 November
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 |

ROY MONTGOMERY is a guitarist and academic from New Zealand. Across an array of peerless solo and collaborative releases on labels like Kranky, Siltbreeze and VHF he is the architect of a widescreen drone aesthetic exploring psychedelic abstraction and pastoral minimalism that has proved to be highly influential. A key protagonist in the Christchurch 80s noise rock scene, his minimalist post-punk band The Pin Group were the first act to release on Flying Nun and lead to other explorations in short-lived drone project The Shallows and the gloriously open-ended freedoms of noise pop outfit Dadamah. After a quiet spell, Montgomery returned in the late 90s, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo), and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions.

A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple of thematic variations serving as soundtracks for films. He unexpectedly re-emerged in 2016 with R M H Q (also know as Roy Montgomery’s Headquarters) on Grapefruit/Ba Da Bing, four albums of new material released simultaneously that marked a return to his distinctive pastoral guitar style but added the rare sound of his singing voice. Like all of his catalogue listening to his work is a visceral experience with repeating phrases swelling and decaying, immersing the listener in the cyclical narrative of his compositions.

ALEXANDER TUCKER is a British avant-pop chamber drone artist who has released solo albums on ATP and Thrill Jockey, he’s also the cosmic guitarist in Grumbling Fur. His live shows fuse self-harmonizing vocal performances with tone generators and looped instrumentation to create a bewildering feast for the senses that seems to tap the wyrd canon of English psychedelia as much as the melodic reverie of contemporary electronic and drone music.

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