Slip & Wild Pop presents
Fri 19 April // 20:00 / Venue Space
Tickets: £6 advance / £8 on the door
Joe Snape: ‘Joyrobix’
'Joyrobix' is the live version of Brummy-abroad Joe Snape’s flooring return to Slip: a suite of nimble, polychrome post-pop songs.
Born of a complicated move to the US in 2015, Joyrobix pays weird homage to a musical America that doesn't quite exist. Part soft-rock guitars, part gospel grooves, part Broadway aria, this is music that's resolutely strange and oddly familiar at once.
Arranged for chamber trio (Jethro Cooke: electric guitar, electronics; Louise Snape: trumpet & vocals) and set to a collection of ten absurdist films directed with Swiss artist Leonie Brandner, Joyrobix explodes Snape's musical language into newly colourful territory. Come for the weirdness, stay for the world-weary fun.
Fluid Radio - “with music as joyous and beautiful as this, it’s hard not to listen without a smile on your face”
The Guardian - “organised, disorganised fun”
George Lewis of AACM - “some seriously unartful shit”
Laurie & Suze: ‘Coop’
Laurie Tompkins & Suze Whaites co-direct Slip; a home to rogue hybrids of improvised, composed, and electronic musics. Led alongside fellow artist Tom Rose, the pair's musical and visual contributions to the label have helped shape its distinctive aesthetic.
‘Coop’ is the pair's first substantial audiovisual project to date, succeeding performances together at New York's National Sawdust, Manchester's Caustic Coastal, Berlin's Reflektor Festival, Halmstad's Harp Art Lab, and London's Café OTO and V&A.
The piece promises a meshing of Tompkins' sonic negotiations of pop cultural trauma, ritual self-abasement, and gunky funk, with Whaites' illusive video renderings of the alien, microscopic, and fleshy.
The Quietus - “tracks that resemble surreal playground games as much as they do compositions”
Competition makes (mild) pop music and performs live with a sampler and voice. The songs think about smallness and vulnerability, and build hooks from within their own limited means. Most recent tape 'You turned into a painting' was released by Slip in November 2018.
Noisey - “some of the most wonderfully off-balance melodies I've heard in a long while”
Gwilly Edmondez is a person-project forced into a pop packaging that inevitably gets mangled up by person-to-person cataclysmics. Because Gwilly is influenced by anybody you can possible think of (Billy Joel, Coil, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, AIDS Wolf…) there’s no point trying to categorise… Abstract Exhibitionism? Troubled Intimacy? Wild Pop… Gwilly Edmondez represents a coagulation of multiple character strands derived out of one private/public individual whose corporeal manifestation carries it through live shows, albums, videos and numerous collaborations in improvised music. Born in Lake Fear, Pen-Y-Bont, Gwilly has returned.
Other incarnations include Radioactive Sparrow co-founder Bill Bargefoot, JRMY PAXMN out of YEAH YOU and the writer/composer/artist Gustav Thomas which is probably his real name. In all guises he is a purveyor of reaLFake Wild Pop, tearing open the terrified quotidian regimes of colonized consciousness (through, and in, his own brain) in order to plunge intensities between the cracks exposed. This doesn’t actually, necessarily, work - per se - but it’s the in engagement of attempts where the drama takes place.
Boomkat- “a properly prophetic, pop-wizened soul”
Mariam Rezaei (DJ)
Chief of TOPH, composer, turntablist and busy body.