The second night of Festival Fukushima! - Flags Across Borders, a
benefit concert to support the work of Otomo Yoshihide and friends in
the tsunami- and nuclear fallout-afflicted Japanese prefecture of
Programmed by Resonance FM's Ed Baxter, tonight sees a
specially reformed Shimmy Rivers and And Canal - the most thoroughly
"out there" rock band of the last decade, creators of "utterly
timeless" music in the opinion of WFMU's Dave Mandl.
At a venue known
for living legends, the appearance of maverick genius Xentos 'Fray'
Bentos is still as rare as hen's teeth. The subject of Luke Fowler's
award-winning avant-garde movie "The Way Out" (named after the LP he
cut aged 19), Xentos has been accurately described by Steven "Nurse
With Wound" Stapleton as a musician who "totally sums up the very best
experimentation to emerge from the New Wave".
The C Siders is the duo
of Kathy Hulme (The Honkies) and The Earl of Killorglin (Orchestre
Murphy), drawing on the oeuvre of Rob Storey, surely the greatest
unsung English songwriter of the century, in a duo marked by mordant
wit and elegant lyricism.
Sam Loynes leads a complex double life as
both sound-artist and death metal axeman (in Voices): tonight he
performs solo, in the area bounded by Nico, Alex Harvey, Scott Walker
and Tony Clifton.
The Alcohol label, on which most of the performers appear (alongside
Otomo, Tohismaru Nakamura etc), will be running a stall to add to the
fund-raising drive. Special guests are also promised on this gala
Dig deep: ALL takings will go to Project Fukushima.