01.03.13 - 03:47pm
Simon Mullen made a jazzy little short about that gig we played in downtown Romsey.
01.03.13 - 03:47pm
Simon Mullen made a jazzy little short about that gig we played in downtown Romsey.
10.08.12 - 07:56am
(sound of stable door being closed carefully) A gig! This week! Phil describes it thus:
An evening of Cosmic-outsider-trash-rock discO and films
with live music from UM, MFU+JELLICA, ALEXA DISASTER, GOUP
Its a Friday night, we’ve procured a venue and we’re gonna party!!
Come help us spin the wheels and celebrate being here!
£5 squid dress code: sci-fi – punk – normall – super religious
Goup is making her live debut here at The Romsey Labour Club, which seems an unusual way for MFU & I to pay her back for a very long list of things she’s done for us, and perhaps especially me, over in Hamburg. Alexa D! has also managed to put people in front of our respective twat-jazzes in the same funky town so yes a great debt is owed to our European partners and if there’s anything we can do to offset the balance of that and the physical number of Club regulars in da club on that particular night it would be exceptionally welcomed and we, I like to think, would be exceptionally welcoming. I see it as a psychedelic showdown, a cultural High Noon, a social experiment, a promotional anomaly, a test of faith, a line in the sand, or maybe just a cheeky wink at YOU, delivered with a weird, faltering smile.
I searched for Alexa on the internet but there isn’t much. I can’t find the Goup video I wanted to post, but it’s here on Umbusiness somewhere. I couldn’t find anything of me or Phil.
Facebook page is here. Any hype appreciated.
09.12.12 - 04:37pm
From the desk of The Doozer/Lunar Mervin
as i’m outta the promoter loop and it’d be nice to get as many people along as possible to this upcoming MV / EE show and the last DUOZER show for some considerable time, it would be greatly appreciated if you would spread the information about this show in anyway you see fit… mailing list / websites / tv personalities / radio / gossip magazines and the like.
thanks for any passing on you do.
hope to see you all at the show.
25th September….ROMSEY LABOUR CLUB, MILL ROAD
£5….8PM…TICKETS ON NIGHT ONLY!
A night of outsider sounds and wholesome entertainment with live music from MV&EE, THE DOOZER and DJ Sets from PETE UM and DJ RAREBIT. A night tooo remember.
MV & EE (Woodsist, Ecstatic Peace et al) with the Home Comfort Sound System
The Home Comfort Sound System is built to MV & EE’s spec by sound engineer Tall of Suffolk’s Ambush Cinema and combines with combines with projections to reconfigure and retune each space with specially dreamt up environments channelling MV & EE’s homespun aesthetic. Good time front porch vibes, heavy acoustics and zero gravity jams blend with moving image, moonshine and local ales in this untethered and other-worldly a/v show.
THE DOOZER (Woodsist, Siltbreeze et al)
Also, watch this:
Cheeky beardist turns up in the morning wanting my DV camera and then in the afternoon I get this linkage! Confounded Doozers!
Oh yeah, never met DJ Rarebit but I heard a comp he did for Simon the other night and the mix was deep yo.
Mind you, the other day I was buying booze in the co-op and the checkout girl was Deep too, it said so on her name tag.
But please come to this, if you can.
03.15.12 - 07:23pm
Local performance for yer Doozers and fleet-fingered fifth-Beatle type C Joynes of Histon, conjured up in order for a kicking off of a small-but-worryingly-sexy tour of North Europe! Say hoi to our pals at The Swedish Embassy etc. Here’s the official blarb:
Dearest Friends and Acquaintances,
You may have seen and heard right as THE DOOZER will be hitting a town, hopefully close to you, in the next couple of weeks. That’s right, we’re touring in support of KEEP IT TOGETHER, that record recently released by WOODSIST. Here’s our itinerary:
19 – Romsey Labour Club, Cambridge (w/ C Joynes)
20 – The Drop, London
21 – Espace en Cours, Paris
22 – Hectoliter Galerie, Brussels
23 – OCCII, Amsterdam
24 – Maakhaven, Den Haag (w/ Man From Uranus)
26 – Fox & Newt, Leeds (w/ Herb Diamante & Mick Flower)
27 – The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
28 – Night & Day, Manchester
First outing as a three piece, or TRIOZER if you will, with CB Radio on drums and Ben K on bass as per earlier DUOZER adventures. Bringing the sound of the colloquial to the sophisticates of various urban dwellings.
Come to shows! And please, Cambridge folks, attend the HOMEGROWN affair at the ROMSEY LABOUR CLUB on 19 MARCH with that gent C JOYNES also appearing. It’s DIY style and will be a fine and friendly atmosphere in this most auspicious of venues. WATCH OUT, LUNAR’S ABOUT!
On the MERCH STALL we’ll have the usual, plus KEEP IT TOGETHER LPs & BRAND NEW T-SHIRTS. GOLD, you say?
Join the force and be at one with yourself.
06.06.11 - 07:35pm
Live review of Thursday’s gig.
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A sultry, close and hazy Thursday evening in Cambridge. Too warm to do anything energetic, but a perfect opportunity to head to the Romsey Labour Club, find a table and immerse yourself in an evening of improvised and outré music.
First up was Cambridge’s underground legend, and fresh from a feature in The Wire, The Doozer. Each set can be different to the next, and tonight was purely improvisational featuring Simon Doozer’s instrument of choice, the bulbul tarang, accompanied by an electric guitar. Delicate threads of undulating sound wove in and out and, without any percussion, it was the tarang that drove the rhythm, moving from passive to aggressive and back again throughout the set. Sublime Frequencies styled movies were projected over the duo, the music channelling their exotic and dusty images. The guitar was a constant source of throbbing notes, an arrow of direction through the haze. As their set continued it became more abstract, unravelling at the seams as both instruments combined in a noisy call and response.
Another local underground hero in Pete Um was next. A laid back performance for him as he sat in the corner with a pair of headphones and some sci-fi spectacles. His unique lo-fi, mini-disc backed pop blurs the boundaries between social commentary, political satire and surreal humour. Songs about wolves, the devils that look over us and joke teeth come at you at a terrific pace – short, sharp pop songs that can, in equal measures, inspire and make you laugh. The music spewing forth from his selection of mini-discs was a home-brewed concoction of samples, Casio keyboards and found sounds with Pete’s vocals flirting between a dead-pan Mark E Smith and a rich Bowie-esque lilt.
Then it was onto the main event – one of only three UK shows this time around for the Sunburned Hand of the Man, with the ever shifting line-up forming a trio this time around. Their set was an improvised soundtrack to the psychedelic short The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda. Made by Ira Cohen, a member of the Burroughs and Ginsberg counter-culture collective of the 60s, it’s an acid trip filled with pseudo-religious and Manson cult imagery. The music, whilst subdued, was intense with all three of the players watching the film intensely – a cycle of influence between the music and moving images. The sounds grew and grew through a throbbing hum of percussion and squeaking electronics. Droning vocals, rhythmic and chant-like, rolled over these sounds as occasional abstract noises pierced the thick gloom. As their short set reached its conclusion, it descended into a pummeling, thrashing, whirlwind of noise before disassembling into its component parts – drums faded, keyboards creaked quietly and the guitar cried itself out. A set that might have lacked the energy and aggression of previous visits, but one that was nevertheless an absorbing and fervid performance.
05.15.11 - 08:49pm
Lunar Mervin presents Sunburned Hand of the Man, Pete UM, The Doozer, films etc
Thursday 2nd June 2011
Venue: Romsey Labour Club
Category: Gigs & Live Music
One Liner: The Psych Club
Price Info: £5
Time Info: 8PM
So our main man Lunar Mervin, having just returned from Locust Hunting on the Saudi Arabian peninsular has been contacted by those crazy American dudes going by the name of SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN to put on a show, biblical style. It’s one of only 2 in the UK and their first in Albion for over 3 years. You know the score with these dudes, get your senses ready.
Tickets on door ONLY at £5 per person.
2nd June 2010 at 8PM
Sunburned Hand of the Man (Ecstatic Peace, Manhand et al)
Pete UM (Gagarin)
The Doozer (Siltbreeze)
Sunburned Hand of the Man are a band from Massachusetts that formed in 1997 from the remnants of the Boston psychedelic punk trio Shit Spangled Banner.
Sunburned Hand of the Man has an amorphous lineup, with composition and instrumentation potentially varying from gig to gig. They release records on the Eclipse Records label, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth’s label Ecstatic Peace!, as well as a number of smaller labels, and produce a great number of limited edition albums on CD-R via their own Manhand label. In 2005 the band toured the United States to play Arthurfest in Los Angeles with Magik Markers. They have shared bills with a wide variety of artists, from Sonic Youth, to Mission of Burma, to Hair Police, Six Organs of Admittance, to Sunn O))), to Four Tet with whom they have collaborated on two LPs.
Many regard Sunburned Hand of the Man as contributors to the New Weird America folk revival.
Pete Um is a tape-poet from Cambridge, UK, with sardonic humour, unreliable MD player and a bunch of weird electronic miniatures. When not depressed, he can be a great entertainer. Meanwhile, his music had been boosted by eccentrics such as Ariel Pink.
Tonight will be an improvised DUOZER SET.
The Doozer is the psych-pop oddity from Cambridgeshire who’s renown for his Palimpsest festival, his Exploratory Music Services label and being part of MV&EE’s live band have all been eclipsed by the acclaim he’s been receiving of late for his ‘Great Explorers’ album.
His last record Great Explorers caused major flurries of excitement in the US. Legendary imprint Siltbreeze released the US version, a full East Coast tour with US Girls ensued, panting appreciation from the likes of Byron Coley/Thurston Moore’s Bull Tongue column for both the live show and the album gushing forth.