Sunday 27 September 2015, 8pm
Founded by Tom Smith in 1990, To Live And Shave In LA have spent most of the last two and a half decades ploughing through genre boundaries in riotous fashion. To Live and Shave in L.A. (aka TLASILA) rip through sonic boundaries and demolish cultural mythologies with a kinetic mélange of violent, constantly shifting musique concrète structures, splintered electronics, and stark, dramatic vocalizations. Their powerfully evocative compositions can take the form of forty-minute Kuiper Belt freak-outs or dense, demonic, two-minute pipe bomb pop. Their avowed enemy is genre itself, their ultimate goal, unknowing. Hyper-literate texts, ungovernable performances, and a ruthlessly meticulous production regimen yield recordings without referent, sounds that garrote taxonomy.
For this OTO show they appear as a special five-piece line-up:
- Lucas Abela (The Band From Bloody Elle, Martin Ng Turntable Orchestra, Noddingturd Fan)
- Tom Smith (Boat Of, Merkwürdig Riechen, Miss High Heel, Ohne, Peach Of Immortality, Pussy Galore, Rope Cosmetology, Three Resurrected Drunkards, To Live And Shave In L.A., X Narrative)
- Graham Moore (Black Meat, Branks, Cursory, Exploring Therapeutic Encounter, Graveyard Wanderers, Offerings, To Live And Shave In L.A., X Narrative)
- Rat Bastard (Bubonik Stupefaktion, Laundry Room Squelchers, The, To Live And Shave In L.A.)
- Balazs Pandi (Cuts, Metallic Taste Of Blood, Obake, Rope Cosmetology, Slobber Pup, To Live And Shave In L.A., Wormskull)
“Noise purists hell bent on chaos and destruction have been craving the return of genre-shattering art-punk collective To Live And Shave In L.A. since it's alleged final ripper, 2011's The Cortège, was cranked out at Sonic Youth's studio in Hoboken. Now, TLASILA — the brainchild of brutarian overlord Tom Smith that has featured a rotating cast of iconoclastic misfits that count Andrew W.K., Thurston Moore, Don Fleming (Velvet Monkeys) and the late, great Chris Grier as members — are back to inflict another brutal dose of mayhem.” – Village Voice
TLASILA was formed in Miami Beach, Florida in 1991 by Tom Smith, an alumnus of late 1970s-early 1980s dada-improv outsider cabals Boat Of and Peach of Immortality, and the earliest (1985) incarnation of Jon Spencer's legendary Pussy Galore. He was soon joined in TL&S by Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, a veteran of many aesthetically disruptive South Florida projects (most infamously, Scraping Teeth, and since the mid-1990s, the Laundry Room Squelchers), and Ben Wolcott, a filmmaker and lifelong circuit bender whose mammoth screeching oscillators sent early Shave audiences running for cover. Now a full-fledged collective comprising nearly 20 members, To Live and Shave in L.A. have released dozens of albums on a variety of international labels and have toured the world with jagged frequency
Casual Sect is a four piece non-prophet organisation formed in London in 2015 and comprising of Thom D Bleasdale, Kevin Morpurgo , Robbie Judkins and Maggie Muldoon. Influenced by the Discordian philosophy of Chaos and adherents to The Church of the SubGenius’ principle of Slack, they write short blasts of fuzzy punk exploring topics as diverse as David Icke, the Hadron Collider and narcotic induced abdominal distension.
Claire are a four-piece band from Milton Keynes. Originally formed in 1984, Peter Devine and Ian Wilson, Andy Williams (ex Exit-stance) and Ian Williams (ex Chronic Outbursts) explore improvised noise-mutated funk, thrash, pop and er… noise! Following a John Peel Session in 1987 and the recording of their LP – Maxi Power Bulge they spontaneously combusted in the early Nineties but are back and throbbing once again.