Some splendid photos of the Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra album gig @ The Greenroom taken by Jonathan Purcell. Glad to say we all look demented in everyone. Full set here.
First load of Nine Doors reviews have rolled in too:
“a Faust-like mixture of ritualised musical theatre and collective improvisation.. a scrapyard gamelan conjuring a post-industrial- even apocalyptic North of England… stumbling rhythms that echo some of the trash-kitsch of Swordfishtrombone-era Tom Waits.”
“In essence, The LBO are about the very physical creation of music as an art concept, as opposed to being a couple of blokes chewing out a tune using a Mac and Pro-Tools.
As the name suggests you’ll typically find a sculptured bicycle being beaten and bowed alongside bits of sheet metal, bobbins, anything that goes ‘clack!’ and battered drums. Someone plays an actual instrument somewhere and at sometime. Let’s not forget the howling wails and poetic, yet menacing vocals. As the loops are purely organic, the rhythm can often get interrupted, but at times they make this whole thing sound as interesting as Eno / Byrnes “Bush Of Ghosts”, as if taken as a field recording on the Raleigh production line. Whilst 9 tracks are listed, I think the Orchestra live up to their name – this is one long piece culminating in a difficult but disturbingly mesmerising, inside out version of what sounds like The Doors.”
“Nine doors is an album that offers an insight into the bizarre, the nature of happiness, the profane, insanity and the downright weird all with a strange beauty and a sense of humour.”
“Their music reminds me of The Brave Little Toaster, but older and angrier and probably drunk. Whiling away his older years at the scrap yard. The reason for this is… LBO are no ordinary band. As you can guess from the title, they use bikes to make music with, amongst other ordinary household items. Their recently released album Nine Doors, is like Jazz on Prozac, played in an abandoned factory using instruments in the way that Blue Peter used fairy liquid bottles. On both occasions the result is unexpected, strangely enjoyable and definitely imaginative. It’s not the kind of thing you can play in the background and ignore whilst reading the latest Marian Keyes, but it will get you thinking about the nature of happiness, society, insanity and Marlon Brando. And for those who don’t give a shit about all that – you can enjoy it for the weirdness.”
Out as of today 22nd of february! 9 tracks of splendor available from www.concretemoniker.co.uk for a bargain price of £6. Covers are handscreened on to heavy weight recycled cardpackaging, insert contains a super savage collage from Zeke and lyric sheet.
Also superpleased that we got Karl Marx back on prime time TV with our brief burst of fame on friday eve. Hopefully the footage will get digitised sooner or later, its currently trapped in the inbetween world of VHS. Ok so sure, Karl didn’t get everything right and people may have done bad stuff in his name but I’d rather see him back on TV than more post-modern brain grinding that degrades even further our slippery grasp of history, the past and what it means to be human and alive.
21st January @ Bardens Boudoir, London
23rd January @ Tudor House, Wigan
3rd February @ Cardigan Arms, Leeds
11th February @ Tin Angel, Coventry
25th February @ Greenroom, Manchester
24th April @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
We’re going to be out and about the UK over the next few months in support of our soon to be released ‘Nine Doors’ CD/download on Concrete Moniker. Its going to be mega. Do come by if you can make it! There’s also a split tape in the pipeline from Ikuisuus and a couple of remixes of tracks from the CD on their way…
Some photos taken by Huw below from our recording session in October at our practise space in the Hotspur Press building.
The fruits of this labour will appear on a CD/download album due for release early next year on Manchester’s very own Concrete Moniker label. You can hear a few excerpts on our special place here. Also check out the new and updated website megasicked up by Huw.
We’re working on booking dates to support the CD when it comes out too! Below is what we’ve got so far; more will follow for sure.
11th February @ Tin Angel, Coventry
25th February CD release show! @ Greenroom, Manchester
12th March @ Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport
3rd/4th July @ Litomerice Festival, Czech Republic