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
I’ve seen these guys twice so far; once at The Soundhouse supporting The Common Cold, that influenced this piece of writing, and another time at Glastonbudget. They always deliver.
Check out this extract from my live review at The Soundhouse in May.
“Fivehead, like a drunk performance artist, place themselves in a juxtaposition between serene, blissful sound and chaotic industrialism…
… Haunting synthetic sounds contrast light, nursery rhyme percussion. The obscurity of sound I met with equal efforts by the visuals, as they swell and move in unison as though the ensemble as a whole is one musician with one instrument; an imaginative child caught in the rhythm of a dystopian Scalextric set. Besides the regular rock-band musicians, they have two extra members in balaclavas, jittering about on random synth and percussion instruments, or simply fanning around the stage like a dancing flame. Melody and key, though elemental, are shattered like glass under this band’s framing, as they place noise and sound manipulation at the forefront of their musical identity.
Their last song was a lot heavier than their previous pieces (which says a lot about the song), using a darker melodic drone and key than previous endeavours. Almost flamenco in its sound, just, flamenco on a meth comedown, closing with an breakdown heavier than some metal bands I’ve seen, and a marching-band snare roll to close the curtain on their apocalyptic theatre.”
Listen to their first EP, How To Bombproof Your Horse, below
Though their next release, what with all their innovative sounds, is taking a while to produce, you can check out their immersive live show at 2Funky Music Cafe in Leicester on 10th August.