Ashtray Navigations / Bridget Hayden / Alexander Tucker

Ashtray Navigations

Thursday 23 May 2013


Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £8.50 adv / £10 on the door


Alexander Tucker curates an evening at Cafe Oto and commemorates it with a special piece of artwork that will be available to buy as a limited screen print on the night.

Alexander Tucker will perform a set with Ashtray Navigations, as well as a solo set.


British avant-pop chamber drone artist Alexander Tucker released his album, Third Mouth, on Thrill Jockey in 2012 to widespread acclaim, including best of year charts in The Wire and Quietus. His live shows fuse self-harmonizing vocal performances with tone generators and looped instrumentation to create a bewildering feast for the senses that seems to tap the wyrd canon of English psychedelia as much as the melodic reverie of contemporary electronic and drone music. He is also a celebrated visual artists and has prepared a unique screen print to commemorate tonights event.


Ashtray Navigations is an English psychedelic noise group centered upon Phil Todd, active since 1991. Colloquially referred to as "Ash Nav", The group operate out of Todd's home in Stoke-on-Trent, England, from which he also ran the record labels Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers and, subsequently Memoirs Of An Aesthete. The project has also released music through labels such as Siltbreeze, Jewelled Antler, American Tapes, Fargone Records, Menlo Park, E.F. Tapes and Freedom From. Whilst the music evades easy categorisation due to variations in sound, approach and personnel, it often incorporates extended droning and lengthy guitar pieces. James Blackshaw described the Ashtray Navigations sound as "sub-aquatic synth bubble, busted-up cassette-tape hiss and distorted electric guitar hover that sounds like a mythical god banished from the realm of light and trying desperately to clamber his/her way out of a dark bottomless void where time itself stands still."[1] The Wire's David Keenan has described Phil Todd/Ashtray Navigations as "a trashcan antidote to LaMonte Young."


Born to a family of painters and musicians, subject to visions, synaesthesia and social paralysis, Bridget Hayden has translates feelings and experiences into sound, light, paint and text.

After having gone through various phases of performing styles - from playing with a five piece band, to playing as a duo, exploring aggressive noise making, shambollic trance and hypnosis, as well as playing with tonal discord, she went solo in 2006 to hone the sounds she could hear in her head, being more gentle and intricate, but also much more vulnerable to obliteration.

The soft blues she grew up hearing her mother sing and the chaos seeking dirge of noise were melded together on her last record; "A Siren Blares in an Indifferent Ocean". After five years recording, editing and mixing, it was finally released on Kraak Records in spring 2011 to critical acclaim.