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Paddy Steer @ The Mining Institute
Friday, January 26th, 2018
7:30 PM
Wandering Oak brings you: • Paddy Steer • (GB / the cosmos) Our favourite 21st-century Moondog and king of space-jazz, Paddy Steer is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester’s musical activity, and beyond that, a highly versatile and anarchically intrepid creator. Paddy's live performances err fearlessly on the frontier of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his stacked array of instruments he gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter under disco lights and doilies. He creates his tools and his craft from scratch and anew, informed by long-garnered experience in 808 State, Yargo, and in running the massive ensemble Homelife, years hence. This has all been reduced down over a long period of time, and applied coat by coat with subtle mastery, for richness, depth, and vivid texture, as if it were some magnificent curry, or a samurai sword. You'll be exposed to lounge, romp, deep groove, homely and galactic-expedition whimsy, and furry electronic invention, which altogether sounds and feels akin to playing and winning a computer game made from reality. As a live entity he's playful, visually arresting and gleefully infectious. He will do things to your brain - free your mind and your ass will follow! • Grey Tapes • A beat-maker / producer collective, forming like Voltron into a band more electronic than most live bands, and more live than most electronic bands. Their promise to keep things truly live pushes them to use methods of sampling, synths and traditional instrumentation without use of click or backing tracks - everything heard is played manually by a finger, arm or leg. Live and electronic drums keep the rhythm heavy with a healthy amount of low-end bass to complement the intricate synth work and bittersweet vocal melodies. • Me Lost Me I Lost My • Opening the bill, electronic alt-folk music and performance art, courtesy of Jayne Dent – as seen at many a gem of an Ouseburn night, with Endless Window, The Moth Box Sessions and Cobalt Studios Ltd to name at least three. "MLMILM’s experimental-looping-ambient-voice-drone-folk is best enjoyed while falling backwards in slow motion." - Win Big Records Unique venue. Spectacular music. Things of wonder! Strictly limited £6.50 advance tickets: Limited tix also available in person from RPM Music North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers Neville Hall Westgate Rd Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE For ages 18+ only, from 7:30pm