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Deaf School, Henry Priestman: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
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As Deaf School play a storming winter party gig at the Invisible Wind Factory, Getintothis’ Daniel Bundy was watching Liverpool’s art rockers do their thing. Among drop offs and depots in the rain-sodden docks of Liverpool, taxis sloshed through gutters and a queue about a quarter mile long formed outside an unremarkable industrial facility. Why? [...]

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Deaf School

Deaf School

As Deaf School play a storming winter party gig at the Invisible Wind Factory, Getintothis’ Daniel Bundy was watching Liverpool’s art rockers do their thing.

Among drop offs and depots in the rain-sodden docks of Liverpool, taxis sloshed through gutters and a queue about a quarter mile long formed outside an unremarkable industrial facility. Why? Deaf School were home, back in Liverpool to prove that style truly has no shelf life.

The inside of the Invisible Wind Factor paints a different picture to the one outside. Lavender lights cast over a cross-generation crowd, amber orbs hang from the ceiling, a true cabaret light set from start to finish. Filled from front to back, up the stairs and along the catwalks, hype was palpable for a band described as the second most important from Liverpool, but Deaf School weren’t alone.

They brought talented friends in the form of Henry Priestman and Les Glover for a short set to kick off the night.

We haven’t got much time,” said Henry. “Yeah. We’ve got maybe five, ten good years left.

Armed with a guitar, banjo and later a tambourine player named Sarah Wright, Henry and Les filled their forty fives minutes with banter, observations and a cross-section of folk rock, protest, even  a good ol’ sea shanty in “The Ghosts Of A Thousand Fisherman“. They sounded great, crisp and clear. Really set the stage nicely.

Then, Henry posed a big question for the room. “Is it just me or has the world gone to pot since David Bowie?

The room roared a universal agreement so Henry, Les and Sarah set the world to rights with “Not In My Name“, a catchy shout back decrying selling off pensions, bailing out bankers and other missteps by the political establishment. Definitely worth a listen.

Then, when time was up they graciously gave way for a short break followed by Deaf School.

How do you explain the on-stage impact of a group like Deaf School?

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This is a band that’s been going since the 70’s and yet the folks in the crowd, no matter how young or old, could recite every word to every song. For the hour plus they played, they refused to let the energy up for a moment and proved their ability to entertain, groove and bring a venue to life, getting the shoulders shaking of people pushing seventy.

They played new material. The crowd adored it. A few classics here and there.

Exactly the same. Come curtain call, the crowd would’ve killed for an encore. Deaf School gave them two, with screams for more even as they departed for the final time.

So how does a band like Deaf School achieve such cult devotion and adoration, even after all this time?

Beyond being endlessly fun and catchy, the answer may lie in that all parts of the band have distinct personalities. Whether it be Enrico Cadillac Jr., slick hair and trench coat like a Hollywood detective, Bette Bright with her dazzling silver suit, or the good green reverend Rev. Max Ripple, none of the line-up allow themselves to fade into the background.

Cabaret, punk and rock mashed together only comes from eccentric human collaboration and when you stray so far from the norm and give so much confidence to it, it’s a natural hook with those who can appreciate it, creating a following who love it from the first note right until the last show they see.

Images by Getintothis’ Warren Millar

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Liverpool music gig guide: J Hus, Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, Blade Jogger launch and much more
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In the bleak midwinter, Getintothis‘ David Hall has the scoop on the latest Merseyside gigs to mull your wine, jingle your bells, and so on. What with December marching on, Christmas closing in (we know, they kept that one quiet this year), and the pennies being pinched, we’ll be the first to admit that this [...]

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Mick Head

Mick Head

In the bleak midwinter, GetintothisDavid Hall has the scoop on the latest Merseyside gigs to mull your wine, jingle your bells, and so on.

What with December marching on, Christmas closing in (we know, they kept that one quiet this year), and the pennies being pinched, we’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a vintage week for Merseyside gigs.

After all, who can be bothered putting on, promoting or playing a gig when we’ve all already spent a month and a half’s wages on hastily purchased gifts for people we’re supposed to love and care for in the past week or so? Nobody has spare money for a pint, let alone a gig ticket.

But if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can’t be arsed with its bullshit, or goodness forbid you’re actually organised and you bought prezzies months ago, you’re in for a treat.

There’s an air exclusivity about this week. We’re straight talking over here; we’re not trying to big up what’s not here, and we’re certainly not gonna try to con you that The Rolling Stones are coming to town.

But whether it’s local favourites or a select bunch of national tours swinging into town, stepping out this week will certainly feel special.

J Hus

J Hus

J Hus: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday December 15

Frequent Stormzy collaborator Momodou Jallow, better known by his stage name J Hus is an English rapper with Gambian heritage. This year’s long-playing debut Common Sense – with its heady mix of grime and afrobeat – has received wide acclaim, and features guest spots from Mo Stack, MIST, Tiggs da Author and Burna Boy.

Unique singles like the afro-influenced Dem Boy Paigon and the free-flowing Did You See showcase Hus‘ talent, and his IWF show comes with support from Toddla T and Conducta.

Read our full preview here.

Peach Fuzz

Peach Fuzz

Peach Fuzz: Sound Food And Drink, Friday December 15

Rising local faces Peach Fuzz are curated by Evol for a headline show in the confines of Sound Basement, and bring along the Mysterines and Movamahs in support.

If you like it, or if you miss it, the band have announced the exact same lineup for an EBGBs gig in the new year on February 3 in celebration of their first sellout live show.

Read our full preview here.

Mick Head at the #OurNHS gig

Mick Head at the #OurNHS gig

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday December 16

Garnering critical acclaim from many quarters, Mick Head‘s long-awaited new album Adiós Señor Pussycat was released just a few months ago through his own label Violette Records.

His new backing group The Red Elastic Band join the scouse man and myth for their first work together since 2015’s double-A side Velvets In The Dark/Koala Bears. It’s sure to be a cracking evening in the company of the former Shack main man down in the docklands.

Paris Youth Foundation

Paris Youth Foundation

Paris Youth Foundation: Buyers Club, Saturday December 16

Paris Youth Foundation were once called “Liverpool?s next big breakthrough band”, but don’t take our word for it. Actually, do, because that was us who said that.

Anyroad, the youngsters (or perhaps youthsters? Nah.) present a headline outing at Hardman Street’s Buyers Club to celebrate the release of their new single London. Check in on whether that earlier claim is coming true this weekend, with support courtesy of Black Pulp and Monks.

Blade Jogger - the new project by Austin Collings and By The Sea's Liam Power

Blade Jogger – the new project by Austin Collings and By The Sea’s Liam Power

Blade Jogger single launch: Make North Dock, Saturday December 16

A unique proposition to say the least with the launch of Blade Jogger – Single of the Year 2049, new music from members of By The Sea and Bill Ryder-Jones. It’s a 22 minute 11 second single, apparently.

All the details you need are By The Sea play a 2049 2-piece set, plus Pure Joy ?Go Galactic!, Austin Collings, D.A.N.I.E.L. and Beat Les all playing live, plus DJ sets from Nick Power, Vendel and War Room Records.

There’s a limited supply of 200 12″ Vinyl cuts of Blade Jogger, complete with illustrated colour booklet with artwork by Jason Vaughan and words by Austin Collings. The whole shebang features music from By The Sea and is produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.

More acts and screenings are to be added to the Regent Street party at Make, all for just £5 entry. Go with your instinct and be there.

Read our full preview here.

Skinner's Lane

Skinner’s Lane

Strings & Things – Xmas Charity Special: Studio 2, Sunday December 17

Strings and Things round out the year with their Annual Christmas Charity Special at Studio 2, with all proceeds going to help fund the Christmas Homeless Shelter in Southport.

Seegulls, VIDE0, Skinner’s Lane, Black Mountain Lights and Reid Anderson are all on the bill, plus a raffle, prizes given out for the best Christmas outfit on the night and festive fun all for a suggested donation of £3 entry on the door. Feel free to give more, people.

Ren Harvieu

Ren Harvieu

Never fear, there’s still a clutch of good’uns for you to sift your way through as ever, with GetintothisGigbites:

  • Otherkin: Studio 2, Monday December 11
  • RedFaces: Sound Food And Drink, Tuesday December 12
  • No Hot Ashes, Misfires: The Magnet, Friday December 15
  • Zulu: Arts Club, Friday December 15
  • Ren Harvieu: Arts Club, Saturday December 16
  • Jordan Allen: Sound Food And Drink, Saturday December 16

Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:

Beth Orton

Beth Orton

Beth Orton: Arts Club, Wednesday February 7

Brought to us in a collaboration between Evol and Harvest Sun Promotions – the last time we can think of that happening was for their immensely fun Animal Collective show last year – Liverpool sees the return folktronica pioneer Beth Orton. You might recognise her plaintive vocals from The Chemical BrothersAlive Alone on Exit Planet Dust and Where Do I Begin on Dig Your Own Hole.

But the Norfolk born, California based singer songwriter now has seven studio albums under her belt in her own right. Most recently 2016’s Kidsticks bigged up the electronic side to her sound, and was produced by Fuck Buttons man Andrew Hung. Orton has recently announced a super-exclusive seven-date UK tour, with Liverpool and Sheffield the only English cities visited outside of London. Tickets are on sale now, get ’em while they’re hot.

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Pulled Apart by Horses, Crows: Arts Club, Liverpool
Category Live reviews, CROWS, Leeds, Pulled Apart By Horses, riffs
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Pulled Apart by Horses brought manic chaos to Liverpool’s Arts Club on a freezing December night and Getintothis’ Matthew Eland was there to see it all unfold. A pulled shoulder muscle was not ideal preparation. This, after all, was Pulled Apart by Horses, Leeds’ finest purveyors of garage-rock riffs. Uuuge riffs. Riffs that could sink [...]

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Pulled Apart by Horses

Pulled Apart by Horses

Pulled Apart by Horses brought manic chaos to Liverpool’s Arts Club on a freezing December night and Getintothis’ Matthew Eland was there to see it all unfold.

A pulled shoulder muscle was not ideal preparation.

This, after all, was Pulled Apart by Horses, Leeds’ finest purveyors of garage-rock riffs. Uuuge riffs. Riffs that could sink an oil tanker. Riffs that might compel a man hesitant to indicate right on a motorway because his head won’t currently turn in that direction to do himself further mischief via involuntary headbanging.

However, dear reader, your faithful correspondent bravely ventured out into the frigid December air to a Barfly (it’ll always be Barfly in our mind) where even the sound guy was wearing a bobble hat. Perhaps not a venue dark and sweaty enough for PABH; we’ve seen them in the Kaz (RIP) and the Shipping Forecast basement before, venues more conductive to establishing the close, Amazonian conditions in which their music might flourish; which leaves the support band, Crows, with something of an uphill struggle in (almost literally) warming up the crowd.

Crows are a bit like The Stooges playing Twilight Sad covers: big, wall-of-sound distortion over caveman beats. James Cox, the vocalist, has something of an Ian Curtis intensity to him, and he sets the tone straight away, jerking between two microphones (one normal and one old-fashioned upright silver one for some haunted-asylum reverb) to send spumes of rapidly crystalising saliva that snows down on the audience with each anguished scream and yelp.

This is their first night of the tour – they’ve replaced Weirds, who supported on the preceding dates – but there’s nothing hesitant or rusty about them. They play to the cold, crossed-armed scousers as if it’s the biggest show of their lives, Black Flag style. That said, they’re at their most effective when Cox finally breaks the fourth wall and descends into the crowd, wrapping the mic lead around people’s ankles and writhing on the floor.

All We Are six-date UK tour for 2018 to include Liverpool?s North Shore Troubadour

But what the people really want is PABH. A cursory scan of the audience suggests that most attendees are around their thirties – punters who perhaps remember the comet-tail end of early-naughties post hardcore, from whence the angular, early material of the headliners found its genesis. Over the years they’ve moved from that into the slip-stream of acts like King Gizzard and Oh Sees, bands more concerned with beats and pace than breakdowns and crescendos.

As such, they begin with the title track from their latest album, The Haze. Indeed, this record supplies the majority of the songs this evening, from the staccato pop of Hotel Motivation to the tenticular proto-metal of Prince of Meats. There’s a lighter touch to their newer material than that of their last album, Blood; and the band have confessed in interviews that their intention during the writing of their latest was to have more fun, to tone down the darkness.

The really big hitters, though, are the older tunes: Meat Balloon and High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive, the latter of which finally gets the audience jumping into each other. In the final, squealing feedback of this, one punter ascends on his mate’s shoulders and produces a phone, and for one horrifying moment we fear he’s about to take a selfie – but no, he’s just taking pictures of the pedal boards. Good lad.

PABH return for an encore of I Punched a Lion in the Throat, the high-water mark by which all their subsequent material must be judged. We have a lot of affection for this band, and in an environment where outfits of all stripes are being squeezed or even disbanded without fulfilling their potential, it’s extremely gratifying to have them on their fourth album.

They may not have expanded on the doomy grooves of Den Horn from the first or the anthemics of Everything Dipped in Gold from the second, but there’s enough to suggest that PABH will be around for a while yet, invoking manic chaos up and down the land.

Images by Getontothis’ Keith Ainsworth

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Shed Seven, Cast: Newcastle, O2 Academy
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As a duo of Britpop legends hit up Newcastle, Getintothis Lewis Ridley was there to see if they were going for gold. “Saturday night in Newcastle, it doesn?t get much better than that, does it?” That’s what Rick Witter said as Shed Seven entertained the O2 Academy. Shed Seven are standing the true test of time, [...]

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Shed Seven - image from artists Facebook

Shed Seven – image from artists Facebook

As a duo of Britpop legends hit up Newcastle, Getintothis Lewis Ridley was there to see if they were going for gold.

“Saturday night in Newcastle, it doesn?t get much better than that, does it?” That’s what Rick Witter said as Shed Seven entertained the O2 Academy.

Shed Seven are standing the true test of time, they have got a new album out that?s one of their best efforts to date and their live performances remain top notch.

It is the cover art for Instant Pleasures that lights up the stage after a performance from Cast as support. Even if it felt most of the crowd were watching from the bar in queues that certainly tempted a few to Walkaway. Final track Alright sounded brand new. Three-pint cups in hand people did manage though, and when Rick Witter?s wirey, hip-thrusting character entered the fray it was non-stop great music.

Speakeasy was an early highlight, but young William in the front row will remember this gig for Where Have You Been Tonight being dedicated to him. After all, as Rick said, he and his generation are the future of rock and roll. The set was heavily laden with those old classics, and On Standby, Devil In Your Shoes and She Left Me On Friday had the Newcastle crowd going nuts.

Then, two-thirds of the way through the night, sly chords of I Am The Resurrection leaked into the back end of one song before the full outro of The Stone Roses? set closer was played in all its majesty – a real moment of elation, and a bloody good cover, too.

Going For Gold saw the entrance of trumpets to the stage and a certain Witter Jnr. Rick?s son was to lead this one, with very similar hip movements and a mature connection with the crowd – he too did it justice.

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A 3-song encore closed the evening, newbie It?s Not Easy is probably the best song on the new album and got the response it deserved before Getting Better and final track Chasing Rainbows. Circles of people singing every word who?ve seen a band develop over the years, from those in old lyric t-shirts to young William down at the front and an equally young lad fist pumping on shoulders at the back.

Shed Seven have rejuvenated themselves and have the aura of a band ready to hit the heights and not one who many would previously say were over the hill. They’ve plenty in the tank yet.

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All We Are six-date UK tour for 2018 to include Liverpool?s North Shore Troubadour
Category News, All We Are, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, dot to dot, End Of The Road, GIT Award, Glastonbury, Hare & Hounds, Latitude, London, Louisiana, Manchester, North Shore Troubadour, O2 Academy, Omera, Soup Kitchen, The Prince Albert
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With a homecoming date included, here?s Getintothis? Howard Doupé with the exclusive tour announcement. All We Are have announced a six date tour for next March, which includes a stop off at Liverpool?s North Shore Troubadour. Their debut self-titled album in 2015 embraced everything groove based and psychedelic about music, from soul, hip hop to [...]

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All We Are (photo credit: Warren Millar)

All We Are (photo credit: Warren Millar)

With a homecoming date included, here?s Getintothis? Howard Doupé with the exclusive tour announcement.

All We Are have announced a six date tour for next March, which includes a stop off at Liverpool?s North Shore Troubadour.

Their debut self-titled album in 2015 embraced everything groove based and psychedelic about music, from soul, hip hop to pop music crafting an intoxicating album full of warmth, emotionally astute lyrics and irresistible rhythms.

Second long player Sunny Hills demonstrated wider influences from post-punk, early 80s/90s electronic music and more- including recent personal observations and experiences.

 

Fans should expect a darker, yet brighter, punchier and evermore urgent All We Are filling the void.

The band made numerous festival appearances over the summer, which notably saw them gracing stages at Latitude, Dot to Dot, End of the Road and Glastonbury.

They?ll be seeing the year out with gigs in far flung places as Australia and Turkey.

The band are to release new, ‘reimagined‘ versions of songs from Sunny Hills, starting with a stripped back reworking of HUMAN.

‘There is so much beauty in the songs that needs a simpler arrangement to let it, the lyrics and the harmonies take centre stage,’ they say.

Support at All We Are‘s Liverpool date comes from AGP and St Jude The Obscure.

Jaws talk divas, sex and riff machines

Tickets go on sale December 8 at 10AM.

  • All We Are play North Shore Troubadour on March 3. The rest of their tour dates are:

March 1 ? Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
March 2 ? Soup Kitchen, Manchester
March 3 ? North Shore Troubadour, Liverpool
March 13 ? Omera, London
March 14 ? The Prince Albert, Brighton
March 15 ? Louisiana, Bristol

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Electric Light Orchestra announce huge UK 2018 tour and ?Wembley Or Bust? DVD
Category News, 2018, Echo Arena, Electric Light Orchestra, ELO, Jeff Lynne, Liverpool, Roy Wood, Wembley or Bust
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As the Electric Light Orchestra gear up for a UK tour, including a show at Liverpool Echo Arena, Getintothis‘ Daniel Bundy ticks off the reasons you must be there.  Putting the ‘classic’ back into classic rock for nearly fifty years, Electric Light Orchestra have become embedded in the UK’s musical conscience. Whether looking at the early days [...]

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Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra. Photo from artist’s Facebook page

As the Electric Light Orchestra gear up for a UK tour, including a show at Liverpool Echo Arena, GetintothisDaniel Bundy ticks off the reasons you must be there. 

Putting the ‘classic’ back into classic rock for nearly fifty years, Electric Light Orchestra have become embedded in the UK’s musical conscience.

Whether looking at the early days with the enigmatic and visually arresting Roy Wood or under the leadership of world renowned musician and producer Jeff Lynne, songs like Mr. Blue Sky and Sweet Talkin’ Woman have solidified ELO‘s status in the British rock and roll establishment. Take elements of classical music, add a rock sound, blow the world away. What more can you ask for?

You still want more?  You’ll get it.

After a series of smash shows at venues such as Wembley, Hydro and the Sheffield Arena, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced a follow up tour for Autumn 2018. Liverpool is amongst those cities lucky enough to expect a healthy dose of space ships and sound, packing late September/October with opportunities to see a band known for their epic performances.

Check out our  Liverpool Christmas and New Year gig and events guide

If for some reason you’re on the fence about seeing them live, they’ve just released a concert film of their London show earlier this year. Promising the Jeff Lynne ensemble, a spectacular light show and of course the catalogue of ELO tunes, a watch of Wembley Or Bust should clear any doubt. There’s been some great nights this summer and there’ll be even more come Autumn next year.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO tour dates are:

Nottingham, Mortorpoint Arena September 30
Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena October 3
Manchester, Manchester Arena October  5
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena October 9
Birmingham, Arena Birmingham October 10
Leeds, First Direct Arena October 15
London, O2 Arena October 17
Liverpool, Echo Arena October 23

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Soulwax announce UK winter tour with North West dates
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The North West will bear witness to one incarnation of a critically acclaimed Belgian electronic trio, Getintothis’ Sinead Nunes has all you need to know. Belgian electro-rock-wizards Soulwax have announced details of a brief UK tour later this months month, and it?s set to be a disco-ball-crunching, spectacular affair. Hot on the tails of their long [...]

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Soulwax

Soulwax

The North West will bear witness to one incarnation of a critically acclaimed Belgian electronic trio, Getintothis’ Sinead Nunes has all you need to know.

Belgian electro-rock-wizards Soulwax have announced details of a brief UK tour later this months month, and it?s set to be a disco-ball-crunching, spectacular affair.
Hot on the tails of their long awaited eighth studio album From Deewee – their most electronically inclined work to date, recorded in just one take – the Dewaele brothers have got the UK?s gig venues excited and will be sure to get the party started at Manchester Academy on December 17.
After a stunning set this summer at Bluedot Festival, bringing old school ravers, shiny new hipsters and unashamedly square nerds together for a journey through their achingly catchy electronic oeuvre, the bar is set high for their winter tour.

Expect hardcore synths, robust drum beats, simple melodies and gigantic spinning stage props. Support comes from electronic/dance music producer Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) as he heats up for the brothers.

Soulwax full UK tour dates are:

Dec 8 – Margate, Dreamland
Dec 9 – Liverpool, Undergound
Dec 15 – London, Roundhouse
Dec 16 – London, Roundhouse
Dec 17 – Manchester, O2 Academy

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Behind the mic ? stand-up comedians and their link to mental health
Category Opinion, Aladdin, Comedians, Comedy, Good Will Hunting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Misery Loves Comedy, New York City?s Metropolitan Opera House, Robin Williams, Talking Funny, Tom Hanks, Victoria Ando, World Health Organisation
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With more and more comedians speaking out about mental health, Getintothis’ Luke Chandley takes a closer look at whats going on behind the mic. There?s long been a trope within the wider comedy circuit (we’re including fans here) that says comedians – stand-up, mainly – have a powerful, dangerous and somewhat tightly woven relationship with [...]

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Robin Williams (photo taken from Good Will Hunting Facebook page)

Robin Williams (photo taken from Good Will Hunting Facebook page)

With more and more comedians speaking out about mental health, Getintothis’ Luke Chandley takes a closer look at whats going on behind the mic.

There?s long been a trope within the wider comedy circuit (we’re including fans here) that says comedians – stand-up, mainly – have a powerful, dangerous and somewhat tightly woven relationship with mental illness, regularly toeing a line that is contentiously drawn between art and mental health.

The whole world sat up when Robin Williams took his own life. He was like few other men in the spotlight. Kind, hyperactive, funny and gentle. For all intents and purposes, he was a great man. Moving from comedian to actor is a path trodden frequently, but Williams regularly added depth to his characters. He was seen as the perfect person to play an emotionally grounded clown.

Social media is a dodgy place to judge any situation, but I remember the vibe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as the news of Robin Williams? death broke. Very few people have touched lives in the way that he did.

He touched our lives from his role-perfect casting as Genie in Aladdin, as a grown-up Peter Pan and as Good Will Hunting?s Sean Maguire, a character he won an Academy Award for portraying. And that?s before we speak about his stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian he was a revelation of his time. Taking his shows from small clubs in San Francisco to New York City?s Metropolitan Opera House (to which he stated ?I wonder if Pavarotti is down at the improv club??) and further, his show was always a mix of larger-than-life stage presence, cleverly written jokes and quick improvisation and whit. It?s the mix of his comedy and his child-like vulnerability which raises so many questions. Questions like: what makes comedians so vulnerable to mental health problems?

According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people ?will be affected by mental or neurological disorders in their life?.

This would, if accurate, legislate for large numbers of artists – comedians or otherwise – to suffer from mental health issues. But there is a real line to be drawn between the social role a comedian plays and the role that their health contributes to that. And that is what is fascinating.

Arguably, for a more rational discussion, it may be worth moving the goalposts of the questions a little. What draws people with mental health problems towards becoming comedians? This question makes a little more sense.

International Men’s Day and why we all ignore it

It?s worth understanding the landscape of a touring comedian. Like any freelance role or artistic endeavor, hours are long, and ideas are often subconsciously mined from deep inside oneself. There?s little guarantee of success, and there is no comedian who has been funny from day one. ?Bombing? (failing on stage, often spectacularly) is a situation every stand-up performer has felt. So the question remains: why perform through the hard times?

The compulsion, it seems, is addictive. In the film Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary about where comedy is drawn from, former stand-up comedians such as Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon raise the point that a good joke and a hearty laugh from the crowd is as good as a hit of hard, heavy drugs. You?re never happy until your latest high, or your last laugh, and that last laugh is the hardest, greatest drug.

To do something through this social pressure, public embarrassment and personal self-doubt is not usual. Dedicated, it may be. But self-sabotaging, too. This is surely an important part of the discussion. What do they search for that they feel comedy can offer?

This writer’s belief is that comedy allows the fragile mind to feel in control of a situation. Being in front of people, all eyes on the stage, is a clear ownership of the group.

Getting a laugh, or being successful, is then a literal, genuinely clear representation of acceptance. ?You?re right, and we, the applauding audience, are showing we?re on your side? – there are few situations in the world as clear-cut as this.

Jimmy Fallon (taken from artists's Facebook page)

Jimmy Fallon (taken from artist’s Facebook page)

As Jerry Seinfeld says in the HBO docu-special Talking Funny, ?no one is more judged in civilised society than the stand-up comedian – every 12 seconds you?re rated?. Although this probably isn’t true as such, the point is spot-on. So when comedians are writing their material, they?re subjecting themselves to criticism in a large way. In a game of risk and reward, for most people this type of scrutiny isn?t something to get them out of bed in the morning. Laughter for most people is about enjoyment, not pressure.

Writing a joke isn?t as simple as saying something funny in a pub, at work or at home. Whilst all people can be funny, most people can?t plan it. They can?t create a joke. Otherwise we would all be doing it.

Writing a monologue that ends with a punchline is often more about seeing something that others don?t, and twisting it in a way that is completely unusual. “Humour requires the ability to think outside the box or see unusual connections where others don’t. This divergent and over-inclusive way of thinking reflects many of the thought processes and patterns seen in psychosis.?

This quote was taken from the Guardian. They spoke to Victoria Ando, who led a study into the subject of comedians and mental health for Oxford University in 2014. The research within the study suggested that comedians have traits in common with those who suffer from manic depression. Although one study doesn?t prove anything out-right, it is certainly an interesting suggestion.

Sometimes, however, maybe the point is a little less philosophical.

Late nights in clubs, long days travelling and hard, hazardous occupational health risks (drink, drugs etc) become mighty tempting when your routine is at 1am and you need to stay awake, occupied and buzzed until afterward. Addiction, strained relationships and the pressure of success are surely going to affect almost anyone in this type of creative industry.

Is it the need for acceptance that reels some would-be comedians in, and the intense and unforgiving lifestyle that spits them out?

There?s nothing fully proven on this subject and it is unlikely there really ever will be. It is important to realise, though, that many comedians themselves believe mental illness is prevalent in their industry, and maybe that?s the key take-out here. Maybe, as the film-title suggests, but misery really does love comedy.

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Courtney Marie Andrews announces Liverpool Arts Club date
Category News, Adam Holmes and The Embers, arts club, courtney marie andrews, Jimmy Eat World, Later with Jools Holland, Liverpool
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US country pop will come to Merseyside next year in the form of Courtney Marie Andrews, as Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports. Courtney Marie Andrews has announced UK dates for 2018 following the release of her album On My Page earlier this year. The tour features a date at Liverpool’s Arts Club on April 21 2018. The country-pop singer first left to tour at the tender [...]

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Courtney Marie Andrews

US country pop will come to Merseyside next year in the form of Courtney Marie Andrews, as Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley reports.

Courtney Marie Andrews has announced UK dates for 2018 following the release of her album On My Page earlier this year.

The tour features a date at Liverpool’s Arts Club on April 21 2018.

The country-pop singer first left to tour at the tender age at 16, and after spending time doing backing vocals for many artists including Jimmy Eat World, she decided to show the world the songs she’d been writing all the while.

Now in her late twenties and with six albums on board, she’s heading to the UK for a tour starting in Edinburgh and finishing in London. Before this, she’ll play with Adam Holmes and The Embers in Glasgow just after the new year.

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The third date of the tour in a stop in Liverpool at Arts Club on Saturday, April 21 next year. Her gentle voice is sure to create a cosy Arizonan atmosphere on Merseyside. Her recent single Table For One should prove to be popular, with help from a performance on Later Live… with Jools Holland earlier this year.

Another popular track is Honest Life, a song that was born out of her time in Belgium recovering from heartbreak and homesickness, the powerful lyrics make it one of her finest songs to date.

Courtney Marie Andrews’ dates in the UK next year are as follows:

Wednesday, January 21st: O2 ABC Glasgow
Wednesday, April 18th: Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Thursday, April 19th: Summerhall Edinburgh
Saturday, April 21st: Arts Club Liverpool
Sunday, April 22nd: Gorilla Manchester
Monday, April 23rd: Komedia Brighton
Tuesday, April 24th: Islington Assembly Hall London

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Emotion Wave announce new electronica release: Daffodils
Category News, Afternaut, Daffodils, electronica, Impulse Array, Lo Five, Mark Peters, Ocean Wave
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Emotion Wave is about to release ?Daffodils?, a compilation album of experimental electronic artists from Liverpool and beyond and Getintothis’ Stephen Geisler has the details. On December 9, Emotion Wave is dropping a brand new compilation album featuring some of Liverpool?s best experimental electronic artists, entitled Daffodils. All proceeds will benefit Merseyside Domestic Violence Services, formally known [...]

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Emotion Wave

Emotion Wave is about to release ?Daffodils?, a compilation album of experimental electronic artists from Liverpool and beyond and Getintothis’ Stephen Geisler has the details.

On December 9, Emotion Wave is dropping a brand new compilation album featuring some of Liverpool?s best experimental electronic artists, entitled Daffodils.

All proceeds will benefit Merseyside Domestic Violence Services, formally known as Chrysalis, which supports vulnerable families who are at risk as a result of domestic abuse, especially over the festive season when domestic violence increases and most services are closed.

The hype surrounding Emotion Wave has not died in the year since their last compilation album whose proceeds benefited the homeless, with the nights they put on in Liverpool still going strong. Their take tends to be a little different to the typical rave night, with the focus on the art of the music and the appreciation thereof, making Emotion Wave stand out both as an event, and in the music that their nights contain.

Daffodils will feature brand new, unreleased music from Liverpool electronic artists such as Lo Five, Impulse Array, Mark Peters, Afternaut, and many, many more, all of whom have built a great local name for themselves.

The story of the sampler at 50 ? the groundbreaking invention that changed music forever

The album launch will take place along with a full day of live music from these same artists as well as other contributors, at 81 Renshaw Street all for £4 OTD to help raise funds towards MDVS.

In addition to a digital release, Emotion Wave is also collaborating with Preston based label Concrète to release a limited edition yellow cassette of the album, which is of course a must-have for any analog enthusiast.

The good cause it benefits, the launch party and the beautiful music that it contains makes Daffodils a one-of-a-kind album which is a compulsory listen for anyone interested in the art of electronic music.

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