The rumours of this unique collaboration are indeed true and I can now post the official press release for this very special event in March:
Cluster (Live) / Chrome Hoof (Live) / James Holden / 20JFGsWe are not the only people screaming from the rooftops about the Hoof, it seems they have accumulated quite a following. Check out the following recent live reviews, one from The Quietus and the other from Chew The Fat.
Date: Sat. 21st March 2009
Venue: 4th Floor Art Space, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, E1
THROWBACK! invites one-off live collaborations between musical pioneers and the exciting contemporary acts they have
TB_001 saw Salvatore Principato of Liquid Liquid fame jamming live onstage with Chilean punk-funk outfit Panico. DJ
support on that night came from Tigersushi boss Joakim.
The event, which took place at Hub in Aldgate last May, sold out well in advance and was a great success. To see a video of
the performance click http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-juIqKIGvkc
Taking the Krautrock/Kosmiche sound as inspiration, TB_002 unites krautrock/ambient masters Cluster with experimental
orchestra Chrome Hoof in what promises to be one of the most exciting collaborative gigs of 2009. Plus stellar DJ support from
Together with bands such as Kraftwerk, Can and Neu!, Cluster were part of a crop of German-borne acts which consciously
sought to take rock music beyond the confines of the American blues-based format. Fusing elements of psychedelia and avant-
garde electronics with a minimalist ethic their music laid foundations for the loop-based techno and electro of today as well as
predating the emergence of ambient music. Cluster's work with Brian Eno is also cited as having laid the blueprint for Bowie's
'Berlin Trilogy' namely the Heroes, Low & Lodger albums, which Eno produced. Echoes of Cluster's sublime fusion of ambient
psychedelia and rhythmic electronics can now be heard in contemporary acts such as Radiohead, Four Tet, Fujiya & Miyagi,
Simian Mobile Disco and the more spacey output from record labels like Warp and Kompakt.
Set to join Cluster on stage are experimental orchestra Chrome Hoof who are fast gaining a reputation as one of the most
mind-blowing live acts in the UK today. Bedecked in futuristic space-monk regalia they have laid waste to crowds with a sound
that echoes Sun Ra, ESG, Goblin, Funkadelic and Black Sabbath. Combining elements as disparate as disco, jazz, punk and
metal requires expert musicianship, which Chrome Hoof possess in bounds, so expect bassoons, brass, violins and glam clad
It's an ostensibly bizarre pairing, with Cluster's minimalist beatless textures contrasting starkly with Chrome Hoof's orgiastic
theatrics but as with all THROWBACK! events the highlight of the night will be the artists' ability to play off each other's talents.
TB_002 then turns up the party heat with a DJ set from Border Community boss and techno-king James Holden, recently
voted amongst the top 40 DJs in the world.
Further DJ support comes from original and best bloggers 20JazzFunkGreats whose reputation as the first point of call for
music heads goes from strength to strength. Record of the Week recently voted them “Best Blog 2008” and Viceland.com has
recently recruited them to keep the wayward youth in check.
For this event the THROWBACK! team have unearthed a suitably excellent venue too. Rich Mix's 4th floor auditorium features
excellent facilities combined with stunning panoramic views of East London making this the ideal canvas on which these superb
artists can daub their sonic talents.
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They are extraordinary and wonderful and if you have not done so already I strongly urge you to experience a Chrome Hoof live show!
Photos by 1 and 3 taken by Steve Bliss (from the Chrome Hoof myspace) and the rest are by Queen B