Monday, 2 July 2012


Morning all! Tonight we have punk whirlwind JAPANTHER playing in London, the first time since they melted minds at Spaghetti Tree last year! It's going to be a blast, in support we have a rare outing for the always terrific HYGIENE and SIC DEFENCE will be opening up. Plenty of tickets on the door from 8pm, live music starting around 8.40pm…

\\\\\ TONIGHT /////
Monday 2 July
Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BJ
8pm | £7.00 |

JAPANTHER is an art project established circa 2001 by Ian Vanek - who plays drums, cassettes and sings - and Matt Reilly - who plays bass and Casio SK-1, and sings. The explosive, unapologetically punk power duo have collaborated with a variety of artists including Penny Rimbaud, Dan Graham, Eileen Myles, Ninjasonik, Anita Sparrow and Spankrock. They have made a name for themselves through their energising live shows, sometimes in unique performance situations - alongside synchronised swimmers, a top the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant marionettes and shadow puppets, and from the back of a moving truck in SoHo, with giant dinosaurs and BMXers flying off the walls. Last year saw them release their wildly awesome, eighth album 'Beets, Limes and Rice' on Recess Records.

HYGIENE take the listener on a post-pub stagger through the concrete walkways and underpasses of Britain's decline. Daydreaming at their offices on a weekday or at home with their record collection on a Saturday night, the members of Hygiene are dislocated in both time and space. Their LP 'Public Sector' (La Vida Es Un Mus) has one DM boot in the past and the other longwing brogue firmly up the backside of the present. 'Public Sector' hearkens back to a time of Polytechnic radicalism, Special Patrol Group repression and O Level temptresses yet evades the pitfalls of vapid historicity and pastiche. Hygiene see historical continuities and follow them to their logical conclusions, reducing their influences down to their essential constituent elements and reassembling them into now music for now people.

SIC DEFENCE are a London trio of punk upstarts, jabbing and prodding awkward rhythms with guitar, bass and drums, allowing the vocals to wind through the music. Next month they have their debut 7" due through Darwin, which they recorded entirely themselves at Sound Savers Studios.

I thought we'd leave you with Japanther's new puppet-centric video for 'Lil Taste', enjoy:
Catch you later!

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