Happy Halloween! It’s time to trick or tweet yourself in fancy dress as your favourite dead musician. 2016 has gifted us numerous options on that front, so play fast and loose with your gory adhesive gashes and don’t worry whether or not it’s ‘too soon’. Alternatively, banish those daemons by turning up to one of this week’s shows in your deceased hero’s bedraggled garms. From The Gore Seasons’ Don Ciccone to David Zombowie, it’s time to get creative.
Tonight, the big night of All Hallow’s Eve itself, a suitably named duo of minimalist sample slayers, Kllo put Soup Kitchen to their melodic electronica sword.
Tuesday 1st November sees old hats firmly placed on heads at Gorilla, as Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock reminds us that we’re all pretty vacant in our zombiefied grey matter. Zombie Zombie‘s annual visit to the living realm brings them to the Soup Kitchen graveyard shift to peddle their hypnotic electropop motorik.
We thought the only thing we’d have to fear on this week’s gigging calendar was fear itself, but it turns out Emanuel is introducing Gullivers to a fear all of his own on Wednesday 2nd. If their chirpy indie pop sends shivers down your spine, your other options include the dexterous jazz of Cory Henry’s Funk Apostles at Band on the Wall and The Japanese House‘s downtempo floatiness at Club Academy.
Drifting away from Halloween and into the firey stakes of Guy Fawkes night, it calls for the incendiary folk-rock tones of The Wave Pictures (Deaf Institute, Thursday 3rd), while in the southern ‘burbs, warm-hearted spoken word warbler and sax appealer Alabaster DePlume leads his quartet to the Klondyke Club for sparklingly subtle jazz. More than just a Jim Morrison homonym, Dawes can light your fire at the RNCM the same night.
The spawn of Guy Garvey, Louder Than War and a host of other industry spokespeople, Off The Record‘s inaugural conference/party hybrid kicks off on Friday 4th with an as yet mystery live programme. Imagine a musical parliament whose MPs are only revealed 24 hours before the sitting.
Conversely, Fujiya & Miyagi are guaranteed to be riffing the socks off Deaf Institute that evening.
On Bonfire Night itself, The High‘s fireworks are exploding all over Ruby Lounge – 1980s baggy indie rock everywhere. Over at Band on the Wall, Gondwana Records honcho Matthew Halsall joins Mr Scruff‘s monthly jazz-a-thon to light the blue touch paper and keep dancers on their toes.
Clint Boon’s musical phoenix prevents the week’s embers burning out too soon by staging his Set 2 Go all-dayer at Sound Control. Live acts on the day include Ist Ist, Foxtales and The Blinders.
Into the evening, we return to Band on the Wall for a dose of Malian blues in the form of Tinariwen, a band often finding themselves presecuted for playing music in their homeland. It’s an oppression Preoccupations haven’t dealt with in their native Canada, but they did have to change their name from Viet Cong due to accusations of cultural appropriation and people generally being easily offended. They’ll find out on Sunday 6th whether playing at Gorilla is like being back in ‘Nam.