My apologies for being so quiet recently, we’ve had a busy and chaotic shift-around at HSHQ.
So now, HS Studios has a live room! Yep! Finally, somewhere to record drums and instruments, work on new songs, and play piano (that’s right, there’s a piano!). I’m over the moon about all the movements that have recently been made, including supporting the prodigious Siobhan Mazzei at her Consumed By Chaos EP launch at the start of the month. What a flabbergasting evening of exciting performances, including a special props to The Darling Creatures Collective, who hosted the evening with dance, performance art and more, it was a real show! An honour was had performing that night, not just for supporting Siobhan but also playing on the same bill as Yr Poetry (made of members of Johnny Foreigner).
Aside from gigs and upgrades at the studio, we’re working on brand new material! Yep, even though we released Caravan O’Funk last month we’re getting straight back on it with more gyp-hop! This next EP will have a bit more consistency and context though, with a concept being based on hypocrisy, judgementalism and generational gaps in this fluctuating socio-political age. All from the perspective of a confused young drunkard out on the town (so expect it to get as wavy as I’m sure your Halloween night out will be!)
As these new songs are in the works, I suppose I’ll leave you with a reminder that you can still listen to and download Caravan O’Funk on Bandcamp. Have a listen to Burrowed In to start your Halloween evening (perfect for a playlist too!)
Soon to be on Spotify and other streaming services!
One more thing: If you’re in Leicester next Friday, be sure to come support us at The Soundhouse for our Glastonbudget 2019 audition! Where, believe it or not, we’ll be playing a brand new track! So not only will you hear the as-of-yet unrecorded Worm Right Through, but also Probelms, a stomping, seductive gypsy-reggae chant!
The Caravan O’Funk set course for the future on Friday; the wheels have turned and churned out what was an incredible evening of great music from Brandon Neal, Not My Good Arm, and 94 Gunships, as well as some great entertainment from magician Will Horspool in between acts. Plenty of people, buckets of beer, copious conversations and grands of good times were had at The Vault, and as we started the dancing just didn’t stop! From Aftertaste all the way through to Burrowed In, and even our brand new encore Worm Right Through (which even includes a breakdown! Quite the heavy track).
Photos will be coming soon from the wonderful Soundwaves blogger, promoter and photographer later in the week, so be sure to keep on top of your emails if you’re signed up to the mailing list (and if you’re not, be sure to ‘follow’ this blog)
For now, the EP Caravan O’Funk is now available to listen to and download on the fresh new Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre Bandcamp! Be sure to share it around, it would be much appreciated! We all here at HSHQ sincerely hope you enjoy the production, and the many more to come!
Until next time,
Nottingham based band 94 Gunships have been sailing the seas of UK music since 2015, crushing the waves like bugs under boots along their way. Simple lyrical hooks and themes truly ingrain themselves into the listener’s memory, with catchy guitar lines and riffs ensuring the responsibility is not all on frontman Rob Davidson to earwig their way into brains up and down the country.
Their music, elemental in blues and gypsy sounds, become a swinging soiree of chants and knees-up madness as audiences can’t help but become marionettes strung along by the irresistible rhythms and rhymes this band so effortlessly delivers.
Check out their latest music video ‘Tooth Rattle’ below:
You can see them live in Leicester supporting us on the EP launch event for Caravan O’Funk on 7th September at The Shed! 8pm Doors, £4 OTD
Hairy, charismatic, and tall are three descriptors for Brandon Neal. Live, he is a wonderful character that uses the stage as nothing more than a mic-stand holder, as he looms around the venue peering closely into the eyes of audience members, reciting his words with bellowing passion. The dynamic, intimate performances of Brandon Neal reign you into his world of 8-bit gaming nostalgia, the dichotomy of modern life, and finding the beauty, love and contention within it all.
Listen to his debut single Birdsong above or on his Bandcamp, and be sure to catch him opening the evening of 7th September at The Vault, Leicester for the Caravan O’Funk album launch!
I remember seeing Not My Good Arm the first time all those years ago; they had an edge to them that couldn’t be blunted, charisma that wouldn’t be compressed and a sound that wouldn’t let you simply ‘stand there’. The shoe-tickling music demands flailing feet and sunset grins, taking elements from ska and soul, while simultaneously delivering their influences of grunge and alternative music in a heavy blast of bass, brass, drums, guitar and occasional dog noises.
Their debut EP ‘Dog Therapy‘ has received praise from reviewers, and understandably so! The twitches and twangs of genre-defying sonic waves hijack your interest and dances through the length of the 6-track release. Their live shows are no less enthralling, with leaps and jumps and heads banging and toes trilling.
Listen to Dog Therapy above on their Bandcamp, and be sure to catch them live at The Vault (downstairs of The Shed) in Leicester on 7th September for Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre’s album launch!
You read that right! On September 7th, Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre will be releasing their first album as a band. Focused on the Gyp-Hop Sound, Caravan O’Funk sees to partying, romance, masturbating, relationships, depression, wonder and satire in its lyrical content, with the renowned blues-edged gypsy-funk rap-rock churned out so smoothly by the band.
The support acts are marvellous, and you’ll be hearing more about them from me over the coming weeks. For now, stay excited, and don’t forget to catch us at The Soundhouse on 26th July, alongside Timmas, Hayche GriiiM and more, or, at Barefoot Festival on 28th and 29th July!
For now, ta-ta