JD TWITCH (OPTIMO / DJ Set)
BULLION (DJ Set)
Tuesday 27 October
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/333706
Formed in 1980 in Bristol from members of Glaxo Babies and The Pop Group – along with the then 17-year-old singer/clarinetist Janine Rainforth – Maximum Joy represented a break from the dour frown of post-punk. They were a dance band first and foremost, with a raucous disco pulse, blasts of brass and yelping, chanted vocals that lived up to the band’s name. Maximum Joy combined myriad influences from the city's storied music scene to inform a sound that reflected the political and social climate of Thatcher-era Britain; funk, dub, disco, reggae and jazz all informed their particular strain of post-punk. Their output was by turns moody and exuberant but always highly danceable, carried by the ethereal strains of lead singer Janine Rainforth.
The band's output was confined to just a handful of releases: four singles preceded an LP entitled “Station M.X.J.Y”, which was produced in part by legendary producer and dub trailblazer Adrian Sherwood. In spite of this, the band helped lay the foundations for the explosion of creativity and musical cross-pollination that characterised Bristol during the eighties and nineties, and they have amassed a cult following amongst clued-up producers and DJs that endures to this day. Whereas they were once a firm favourite of John Peel's in their heyday, today Maximum Joy are championed by the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Optimo. This year the band have reunited to play at Bristol’s excellently curated Simple Things festival and we’re extremely pleased to have them visit London to play their first show here in 25 years around that date.