A post punk electronica special featuring legendary pioneer Eric Random sharing the stage with Wrangler who feature members of Cabaret Voltaire, Twenty Systems and Tunng. Gobsmackingly impressive.
Experimental multi-instrumentalist Eric Random released three albums and a slew of singles between 1980 and 1987, tracing a fascinating post-punk arc from art-bruit to esoteric jazz and funk inflections, and later exploring non-Western idioms with his group The Bedlamites. Hailing from Manchester, Random struck up enduring associations with Buzzcock Pete Shelley, Velvets femme fatale Nico and Sheffield avant-gardists Cabaret Voltaire, with whom much of his early material bears comparison. Still making hauntingly beautiful, boundary-breaking music this is a rare chance to see one of Manchester’s most legendary pioneers live.
The trio who make up Wrangler are perhaps the most intriguing and mashup of British electronic history you are likely to see. Benge (Twenty Systems, John Foxx and the Maths) is perhaps one of the central figures in current electronica. Phil Winter (Tunng, Soundpot) has been playing, recording and DJ’ing since he was in short trousers and of course the incredible Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire, Sassi, Hey, Rube!). Their focus is on raw analogue sounds and beats that have not been laptopped or soft-synthed – looking to a time when machines had attitude – easy to start but difficult to stop – before dance-floors got slick and shiny.
DJs will include members of Wrangler and A Certain Ratio’s Martin Moscrop.
This event will begin at 7.30pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.
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