Friday 15 February 2019, 7.30pm
You look at the boundary and the boundary looks back. Full-beam and idling. This version is cracked.
Still House Plants will perform an adapted set between 8.30—9.30pm, framed by an audience outside looking in. The doors for Cafe OTO will be closed until opening at 9.30pm for live sets inside by Crystabel Riley and Ailie Ormston.
"Experimental songwriting is very rarely this successful or approachable, save perhaps the likes of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Sea Song’ or perhaps more pertinently, the Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin'". – The Quietus
Very pleased to host a three-day residency with Still House Plants - aka the Glasgow and South London-based collective made up of Finlay Clark, David Kennedy and Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach - as a result of the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency Fund, following the release of their acclaimed new 12" LP on bison records.
Still House Plants continue Glasgow’s tradition of blurring the lines between art and music… Built around the typical rock set-up of drums, guitar and vocals, their music takes cues from free improvisation, and they individually stretch, twist and deconstruct each instrument.” – Claire Biddles, The WIRE
This residency is one of three at OTO for UK-based artists/groups at a vital point in their creative development, thanks to the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Combining visual strategies, free improvisation, UK garage and punk, Still House Plants build melodic hierarchies scaffolded around ambiguities and intimacy. Fresh from being selected for the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency, and following two sold out tapes on Glasgow label GLARC, the trio’s debut LP 'Long Play' collects the group's raw guitar-drum-vocal palette and stretches it to include violin, piano and intimate home recording. Ranging from seconds-long to seven:minute:somethings, the album coagulates to form a heady meld of rudimentary phrases, kinetic repetition and malleable samples. Experimental songwriting is rarely so forthcoming, emotive, or approachable.
The group have performed internationally, touring with Mette Rasmussen to perform at Ultra Eczema's 20th Anniversary, (Antwerp), Fasching Jazz Club, (Stockholm) with Rasmussen and Richard Dawson, as well as at KRAAK festival, (Brussels).