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Jowe Head and an Infernal Contraption +The Black Lennons

Jowe Head started his musical career in 1972, a project that came to be known as Swell Maps. This group, also featuring the late Nikki Sudden and his brother Epic Soundtracks, emerged in the late 1970s, and are now known as legendary pioneers of what is now referred to as the “Alternative Rock” scene. They set up their own record label, and mixed Punk Rock with experimental psychedelic sounds. When they broke up, Jowe joined the Television Personalities, headed by another legend of UK Independent Music, Dan Treacy. Ten years with the TVPs saw Jowe making more influential records, touring Europe regularly, and playing in Japan and the USA.

His latest band is called Infernal Contraption, featuring the voice, bowed saw and Theremin of Catherine Gerbrands (Valerie’s Week of Wonder), guitars by Lee McFadden (Alternative TV), drums and percussion by Ravi-Low-Beer, and also sound-effects and guitar by Cos Chapman (Rude Mechanicals).

“Jowe Head spent time in two of the UK’s coolest underground bands: Swell Maps and Television Personalities…a lovably skewed indie-pop tunesmith.” Time Out New York 2013

“Head draws on cabaret pop, 60s cinema, dinky electronics, industrial noise, and his own multicultural imagination to put together weird ditties.” (Trouser Press, USA)

“The mad genius behind the mad genius of Swell Maps, the band who re-invented music as therapy
for northern neo-depression in the really 1980s. A man of many talents.” (Time Out, London)

The Black Lennons is a spanish band based in Cairo (Egypt). The Black Lennon’s work drew inspiration from sources such as minimal wave, psychedelia, surf music and musique concrète.
This music project is leader by Julen Palacios as the only constant member. He has played in spanish underground bands like La Femme Fakir, Los Cuantos or La Familia Atávica.

The Black Lennons’ third album “Expertos en mí” is a record of dark abstract psychedelia. It has been published by german label Psychofon Records (Felix Kubin, The Residents, DDAA) and recorded in Cairo and Béjar (Salamanca) with Adrián Ceballos (Melange, Mohama Saz, Los Cuantos) on drums.

For this gig in London will join the writer and theremin player Silvia Grijalba. She makes a colaboration along previous TBL albums.

Earlier Event: June 1
Jollies at The George
Later Event: June 6
The Fire Waits Release Concert