In the airbrushed arena of faked spontaneity that is rock and roll, every so often a tour comes through town that is so unusual it simply demands your attention. This is definitely one of those tours.
Acclaimed music writer John Doran has just had his first book published. Jolly Lad (published by Strange Attractor) “is a memoir about recovery from alcoholism, mental illness, and substance abuse, also concerned with the healing power of music.” To celebrate this Doran has chosen to embark on a 31 date tour of the UK with Norwegian noise rock legends Arabrot in tow. Rather than take the soft option of doing a few low key book signings at Waterstones, Doran has taken the unusual (and possibly foolhardy) route of presenting his work as spoken word performances with musical backing from one of the worlds’ most highly praised experimental bands.
If you are unfamiliar with the work of John Doran, maye you can start with this short account of when Kanye West got an entire crowd to boo him, this account of his love/hate relationship with Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, or any of the bejillions of articles he has written for the excellent Quietus website.
Support for the night comes from hotly tipped Leeds based live techno duo Chrononautz and dub poet Roger Robinson (King Midas Sounds).
Chrononautz are veterans of the underground music scene, having connections with such acts as Chops and Blacknecks. Their “Public Domain Fuckover Series #1-6” made number 27 in The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014.
Roger Robinson has just released an album on Jahtari Records entitled Dis Side Ah Town. Inspiration for this album comes from arriving home from tour in 2011 to find himself slap bang in the middle of the London riots. He found himself moved to tell the stories of the people he saw rioting around him.