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Wednesday 5 February 2020, 7.30pm

Eric Copeland + HARRGA + Yes, Indeed

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Get to know Eric Copeland if you haven't quite yet made the time. Copeland is an Brooklyn-based experimental musician and a core member of Black Dice. Eric is also one-half Terrestrial Tones duo, finding Animal Collective's Avey Tare on the other end of that project. Copeland released his first solo effort, Hermaphrodite, in 2007 on the Paw Tracks label, with his next full-length LP, Alien in a Garbage Dump, via the same imprint. For his next work, however, Mr. Copeland jumps on board the great ship DFA for a solo long player, Joke in the Hole (2013) and continues to record for both DFA and several other Cutting edge labels such as Escho, Underwater Peoples Records L.I.E.S. records to this day.

Copeland has continued on his path of deconstruction- forming tracks of of scrapped samples, damaged loops and controlled chaos. Certainly not easy listening music, somehow Copeland manages to pull through with his demented pop sensibilites crawling up from the muck and spawling out on the beach to catch a tan. Jesus Freak is as addictive as it is confusing with it's screwed vocal hooks and demented twang heard throughout. This is best demonstrated on the closing track Billy Goat, which can be summed up as mouth harping redneck psychedelia cruising down a polluted river to nowhere. Just when you think "Jesus Freak" resembles something you know seconds later it becomes foregin and unattainable, yet remains headscratchingly familiar.

HARRGA

Harrga is a band formed in Bristol in 2017 by Miguel Prado (Nzʉmbe) and Dali de Saint Paul (EP/64, Viridian Ensemble, The Sound Cupboard,DSC).

In May 2019, they released Héroïques Animaux de la Misère, on Avon Terror Corps, in honour of those who burn the borders & keep indelible marks, glossolalia and xenoglossia. Diaspora of the future. Harrga means A Burn in the Moroccan Darija dialect, and also recalls the term harragas, which refers to migrants who burn their ID papers and seek asylum in Europe. The album is explicitly framed as a tribute to these asylum seekers, bearing a frenzied urgency which refuses the listener a comfortable position, with an intensity to match the similar combination of political and sonic radicalism of Moor Mother, who makes a brief contribution to the final track “À Vif”.

In May 2020, they published “Femmes d’Intérieur” on Takuroku, (Café Oto digital label) considering this time domestic abuse and exploring tropes of femininity.

Photo by Simon Holliday

Yes, Indeed

Yes, Indeed is a project by Laurence Tompkins and Otto Willberg.
In 2016 they released a self titled tape on Heavy Petting to little acclaim and have since been working hard on a follow up. Listening to Goblin, Paco de Lucia and Henry Flynt might have some influence.

Described as a “ragbag cacophony piling canine cooler and guttural, frenzied exhalations atop atonal casio tone stabs, percussive scrunches and a whole heap of grubby bangs and booms” by We Need No Swords, although this was a while ago so things have changed.

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