Monday, January 3, 2011

Charles Hayward of This Heat, Massacre & Camberwell Now to play The Green Door Store!

I'm super excited about this. For those of you who read my first blog post, it included 3 videos by some of my favourite tunes, one of which was Health and Efficiency by This Heat. It's safe to say I never expected to put on any musicians associated with this band, but, well, what do you know, it's gone and happened. This Heat's co-founder and leader Charles Hayward will be playing a Love Thy Neighbour show on 31st May at The Green Door Store.

This Heat were influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Can and Lee 'Scratch' Perry and existed in the late 70's and are widely considered the missing link between Krautrock and post-punk and noise. As well as This Heat, he has also played with Gong, Crass and The Raincoats, formed bands such as Quiet Sun (with Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music) and Camberwell Now and joined Fred Frith & Bill Laswell's experimental rock act Massacre. His current one-man show is an intoxicating mix of percussive attack, swirling electronics and lyrical fragment collage.

THE WIRE MAGAZINE / SONAR FESTIVAL 2007 report (Lisa Blanning & Andy Tait)
The appeal of ex-This Heat drummer Charles hayward’s mastery of performance does not seem to fade. Thundering away over homemade backing tracks while howling abrasive vocals, he theatrically halts the music and stares out into the crowd as if enraged

He sweats, there is saliva coming out of his mouth,
and he looks ugly and beautiful at the same time and he is there.

Telepathic magic……. Hayward is one of the most life-affirming people who stalks this dark globe

So, yeah, I'm very excited by this. So excited I haven't mentioned the rather wonderful support act, Capillary Action. I'll do that in another blog shortly, I'm sure you're meant to be working or something. Tickets for this show will be £7 in advance, available from Seetickets and shortly available from Resident, Rounder and WeGotTickets.
Here's one of Charles Hayward's solo tunes. Go to here for more. Enjoy!!

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