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Salter Cane

Salter Cane

Apr 28th 2018 @ The Brunswick

Brighton, United Kingdom
I Was There
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
8:00 PM
The Brunswick
Brighton, United Kingdom
Salter Cane (alt-country darkmeisters)

'Hailing from the Southernmost Reaches of Great Britain, these Four Players trade in Ballads of Melancholie & Tales of Murder.'

Brighton's alt-country darkmeisters sing songs of love, misery and death. Jeremy's trademark slide bouzouki soars and cuts through Chris's breathtakingly powerful songs, backed by Jessica and Emily's solid rhythm section. A popular fixture on the Brighton live scene, they've managed to capture their live power and threatening sound and do justice to some amazing song writing.

Salter Cane are Chris Askew on guitar & vocals, Jessica Spengler on bass, Jeremy Keith on bouzouki and Emily Powell on drums.

The Equatorial Group

The road to The Equatorial Group has taken many turns. Their music has been described in many ways: ramshackle folk rock, languid Americana, not-quite-prog...perhaps most importantly they believe it to be honest and heartfelt, tinged with their love of countrified sonic landscapes, and proudly displaying their many influences.
The band are currently recording their very-overdue first album.

Below is a live session they recorded, which is more representative of their current sound:

The Organ Grinder's Monkey

We welcome back The Organ Grinder's Monkey, which is the brainchild of Brighton-based musician/producer Ben Garnett. Essentially a solo project masquerading as a duo, Ben provides guitar and vocals while his laptop/best friend "Bill" handles beats and FX. The resulting sound is an attempt to combine the glitchy stutter and madness of Bill's favourite electronic artists (Aphex Twin, Squarepusher) with the freewheeling maverick indie-rock of Ben's youth (Super Furry Animals, The Boo Radleys, Grandaddy). A shared love of 8-bit computer game sounds provides further inspiration for the pair.

"Blivet" is the name of their latest EP, released in May 2017. Live shows so far have included successful supports with fellow one-man-band Thomas Truax and indie-rock groups The Wave Pictures and Bearsuit. The challenge of recreating the complex TOGM sound live is met by employing a variety of technological tricks: Ben feeds the sound of his guitar and voice through Bill's circuits in order to record and loop live parts, triggering instruments and samples via a MIDI pedal-board. Ben's guitar and vocals bounce along on Bill's broken beats, all the while being looped and twisted through banks of digital FX to create new shapes and unpredictable forms, but never sacrificing the underlying pop sensibilities. "Audience participation [is] taken to a new level" as the duo allow gig-goers to perform a real-time remix of one Sega-inspired track using a modified game controller.