Music & art at Cinema & Co. – The Carbon Manual & The Human Beings
Bristol band, The Carbon Manual are set to play Cinema & Co. in Swansea’s Castle Street on Friday, May 26th. Originally scouted by the legendary Marty Thau; discoverer of punk bands New York Dolls and Suicide, and with releases on the Red Star Records label, the band promises a supersonic, strike a match show, aimed at Swansea alternative music and modern art lovers. It’s potentially the gig you wish you’d been at or later lay false claims you were at. Tickets can be bought here.
There are some bands that are the true pioneers, the stand alone’s, the bands that challenge our assumption about music and reroute us down a new expansive road of exploration. There are also the bands that tout the same never ending recipe; they simply go with the flow, turning out those oh so immediate songs you already heard a million times, regurgitated or copied by so many others. The Carbon Manual are clearly strongly pioneering their own musical and literate landscape. They rock in the way only pure leftfield originals can. If you’re tired of the daily pop, metal and grime this gig will surely be for you.
The Carbon Manual are a Bristol trio fronted by Swansea’s based Jeremy Gluck, with music crafted by Iain Weir on guitars and machines and Clifford Gee on bass ). Word has it they are stupendous live.
According to Clash Magazine’s Will Salmon;
Go and see The Carbon Manual live…make sure you find a way to see this deliriously odd 3-piece. Their records are fine and all, but they lack the visceral impact of Jeremy Gluck’s serial killer stage presence, the disarmingly tinny drum machine beat (a sound that recalls Throbbing Gristle in their 20 Jazz Funk Greats ith pomp) and the sense that the group has manifested in our reality from the Black Lodge. Barking poetry over guitar drones, they’re immediately arresting and totally freaking brilliant.”
High praise indeed then, for this band that class themselves as Krautrock ‘n’ roll, electro-psychedelic hypnosis. The band takes their inspiration from many schools from 60s psychedelia, The Velvet Underground and a variety of cult bands Jeremy Gluck continues a long career, most notably as lead singer with The Barracudas whose surf rock single “Summer Fun” entered the Top 40 in 1980.
You can listen to the zany, playful intro for a flavour of what was to come from Jeremy Gluck. No part time punk, he went on to craft and perform solo work with the likes of Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard of The Birthday Party in the legendary cult album “I Knew Buffalo Bill.” , (Flicknife Records) and work with current band members Weir and Gee.
The gig carries the promise of being like the moment bright white heat of phosphorus, shoots, burning dazzling bright on water. To add to the pazazz, The Carbon Manual will be backed by the striking, here and now, black and white minimalist memes by the band’s vocalist and lyricist, UWTSD Fine Artist Jeremy Gluck. Miss the gig at your peril.
Jeremy says he prefers to play in venues “where people can’t escape” so expect touchy feely soundscapes (think the Velvets shiny shiny, “Venus in Furs”, post-industrial flexing and dancing beats. The lovely venue that is Cinema & Co fits the bill perfectly.
Some years ago I had the luck to walk unwittingly into a gig by Test Department held in a former synagogue in Brixton. I was met in the blackness by a multi-media feast of sound, film and recorded speech that matched the then battleground of the Miners’ Strike that was affecting so many areas across Britain back then including of course here in Wales. Having heard The Carbon Manual’s well crafted and rhythmically surprising beats overlaid with Gluck’s maverick chapter and verse I’m reminded of those heady noise annoys days in Brixton and even of the likes of Sheffield’s inspirational Cabaret Voltaire. I sense this band may also indeed represent something of the zeitgeist for our times. Their music is on the one hand challenging and immersive, yet wondrously inspiring with languorous and at times demanding words that seep inward touching your synapses to spark something beautiful.
The band will be backed not by a support band, but by a truly striking exhibition of black and white minimalist memes by the band’s vocalist and lyricist, UWTSD Fine Artist Jeremy Gluck. Jeremy Gluck has also crafted a film around a local mysterious Swansea beauty spot.
You can purchase both the band’s debut EP, ‘The Truth Is’, and their album, ‘When I Am Memory’, from the usual online venues. If you are flat broke or a skinflint you can even download their free 24 track album “Kali Yuga has Come’ from the Free Music Archive that includes diverse performances from radio, live shows, remixes and more. Watch out for the ‘Moroder mix’ of winter Sleep!
More importantly perhaps, buy tickets for the gig and art exhibition here.
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