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Lee "Scratch" Perry

Mar 12th 2018 @ Brudenell Social Club

Leeds, United Kingdom
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Genres:
Dub, Reggae
Monday, March 12th, 2018
7:30 PM
Brudenell Social Club
33 Queens Road, Leeds, United Kingdom
9 RSVPs
Sequestered away in rural bliss, 90 minutes north of Seattle on the Washington state coast, Karl Blau has been making records for 20 years, but never with European distribution. So, when Bella Union released Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it shone a belated and deserved light on one of the great hidden treasures of music, claimed album producer Tucker Martine. But given Introducing's specific agenda a set of gorgeous, lush cover versions drawing mostly on vintage Nashville's country-soul with Blau concentrating on his rich, reverberating voice, his latest album Out Her Space is so different that it could be titled Reintroducing Karl Blau.

Out Her Space, released 17th November on Bella Union, features all Blau's own material, production and multi-instrumental skills, and forges a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely. Blau has shared a first track from the LP, entitled Slow Children which is streaming below



Out Her Space also testifies to Blau's studio skills, as he captures the glimmering, humid depths of those sweltering southern influences, despite his north-western heritage. But then Blau has engineered and produced a heap of records for himself and others, often at his home in Anacortes, releasing records onWashington's favourite indies K and Knw-Yr-Own, as well as through his own Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society subscription service. But Out Her Space comes from another place, with another story to tell.

In 2009, Blau had been asked to record Richmond, Virginia country-psych band Great White Jenkins, fronted by Matthew E. White. In 2012, when White started a new label, Spacebomb, based around a house band in the style of the old Stax and Motown ventures, he called on Blau again. The album that came from this partnership was White's solo album Big Inner (snatched up by Domino Records), which The Guardian called, a genuine revelation.

Having heard Blau's own demos, White ensured that Spacebomb's hot-to-trot backing band centred around (now Fleet Foxes) bassist Cameron Ralston and drummer Pinson Chanselle supported Blau too, and he came away with an album's worth of tracks, which also featured Blau (guitar, percussion, synth, sax), White (guitar, synth), Phil Cook of MegaFaun (piano) and a wider cast of horns, piano, viola and backing vocals. It's partly where Out Her Space got its name: It's a cousin to Big Inner, says Blau.

The album plays with humanitarian themes, against a backdrop of self-immolating American politics. For starters, the title Out Her Space was equally inspired by Blau's, overwhelming feeling to point out that men, in general, need to listen, to stop being so assertive and to get out of her space, let her balance again. Chill out dudes, rather than lead us over the cliff.

The opening 'Poor The War Away' was written during the George W Bush era, and it's more relevant than ever. We're steamrolling down the mountain side. 'Slow Children' is a request for mankind to slow down, with a rigid truth chorus and free association verses, says Blau.

The speedier 'Where You Goin' Papa' also works better in 2017 than 2012, since Blau's youngest daughter is no longer a baby, and he can think about touring again it's another reason, he says, why it was worth delaying this album. 'I Got The Sounds Like You Got The Blues' addresses the same scenario as the family breadwinner, I'm telling my kids, don't worry, I'll be back while both tracks feature some mighty jazzy extemporising. Some songs have long tails, he says. I thought maybe we should cut them off, but they grew on me.

Another key track is the album's country-rocking 'Blue As My Name': blau in German means 'blue', as well as 'drunk', which is describing me, as I'm 'drunk with wonder again' in the song. I constantly find life is amazing, but alongside that, is the feeling that things are out of control.

The world is out of control, but Blau's life is anything but. Introducing Karl Blau did its job, as a great record and an introduction to a wider audience. Given Matthew E. White was voted a 'breakout artist' of 2012/13, then Blau, on this evidence, is unquestionably a 'breakout artist' of 2017/18. If Out Her Space has finally found the right time to emerge, so too has its creator.
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Genres:
Dub, Reggae
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Fan Live Reviews
October 23rd 2018
Epic show by the legend, and his crew 😎
October 20th 2018
Scratch was awesome as always! Like fine wine! Timeless! Big Up my Brotha!
October 16th 2018
Mr perry put on a killer show. Really blessed that he traveled all the way to come performe for us. Bless up. And thanks for trying to tell the venue its messed up they dont let us smoke our herb in doors
BrentYoungborg
San Jose, CA@
The Ritz
January 26th 2018
Mr. Perry is almost 82 years old yet he rocked the house for almost 3 straight hours last night! The Subatomic Sound System was profound in their style and depth of sound. So Irie! ‘Scratch’ you are the king and I was so blessed to be able to witness your magic again! Thank You!
Geoff
Durham, NC@
Motorco Music Hall
January 22nd 2018
Wow. Yeah he’s 82 years old, but he’s the dub originator and has surrounded himself with to musicians. It was a wonderful show—v crazy effects an heavyweight dub,
March 10th 2017
Fantastic show
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