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HAPPY MEALS // APOSTILLE // GALAXIANS // XAM // GIRL SWEAT // @ CHUNK, LEEDS 12.02.16

Galaxians will join a host of acts from Glasgow and Leeds at co-operative-run space CHUNK in Leeds on 12 February. Expect lots of sweat and dancing ——>

CHUNK – A night of FUNK

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Happy Meals (Night School Records, Glasgow)
Apostille (Night School Records, Glasgow)
Galaxians
XAM
Girl Sweat

8pm – late
£6 adv/ £8 OTD
18+
BYOB

Independent House, Meanwood Rd, LS7 2JD

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HAPPY MEALS
“Happy Meals is the Glasgow-based duo of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, life-partners since high school finding expression in cosmic form. Originally from the Scottish borders, Rodden and Cook (also of The Cosmic Dead) began Happy Meals in a flurry of experimentation at Glasgow’s creative hub The Green Door Studio. Both artists operate machines and sing but it’s the dominating Franco-Scottish lingua-franca of Suzanne Rodden that imbues a sense of seductive fun.”

https://soundcloud.com/nightschool/altered-images

APOSTILLE
“Apostille is the solo musical guise of Glaswegian DIY protagonist Michael Kasparis. Initially a creative harbour from his groups Please and The Lowest Form, Apostille has grown into an explosive synth-punk project unafraid of both physicality and emotional leakage. Fiercely independent in practice and execution, Apostille’s stated purpose is to bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control.”

https://soundcloud.com/nightschool/lssn034-b2-good-man-ten-eight

GALAXIANS
“Galaxians are Jed Skinner (synths // programming) and Matt Woodward (drum kit // programming). The pair met in Leeds and played their first show as Galaxians in 2012. Their rise to prominence as an exciting live dance act has been swift. In 2014 the band’s vinyl EPs – ‘Personal Disco Component’ and ‘Galaxians’ – released on US dance labels Dither Down (Brooklyn, NYC) and Rotating Souls (Atlanta, GA) respectively, sold out quickly in both Europe and the US. They have also featured on both vinyl releases on upcoming DIY dance label Stargaze (Leeds, UK).”

https://galaxians.bandcamp.com/

XAM
“XAM is the solo project of Matt Benn, one Hookworm, whose move to this kind of generative and rigid electronica is not too surprising, given the well-patterned psychedelia of his band. He stretches out warm tones and lets generous beats synchronise with the gliding atmosphere. Think Jonas Munk’s polished ambient tunes given Harmonia’s meandering but maintained drum machines and you’ve got “Werk & Play”, which does just as its title tells it to: it’s mechanical but wide-eyed.”

https://xammusik.bandcamp.com/

GIRL SWEAT

“Like the bastard lovechild of Mark E Smith & Jon Spencer fronting peak era Cramps after being remixed by early Cabaret Voltaire but with the brutality of early Swans.” Happenin’ sounds from Sweat himself, bringing you noise, swirling through the garage spectrum. Don’t play it well- play it cool.

https://girlsweat.bandcamp.com/

CHUNK has a safe space policy and does not tolerate any sexism, homophobia, racism, transphobia and other behaviours that may exclude people from wanting to get involved. So play nice, we all love it.

JUX // Lineup announced for new Leeds festival

Galaxians have been announced for JUX, a new music festival in Leeds which takes place at the Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 20 February.  Joining them will be Houndstooth / Optimo Music act Shift Work and a host of established and emerging acts from around the UK including Joanne Armitage, Blood Sport, Yard Wars, Game_Program, Milk Crimes, Cactus Knife, and Makanitza.

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Festival co-host Matt Woodward (Galaxians // Azores // Stargaze Records) spoke to Joseph Sheerin from Leeds-List about the event….

How did JUX festival come about?

The initial idea came about because my pal and work colleague Michael Ainsley and I (we both work at Leeds Music & Performing Arts Library at the Central Library in Leeds) were talking about a number of things – our own bands, music festivals, different musical communities which exist in Yorkshire, Lancashire etc. We struck upon the idea of organising something which might bring together people of different communties and bands who normally might never appear on the same bill. Neither of us had ever organised a festival, though we have both been hosting gigs in Yorkshire for a number of years. Michael does a couple of bands – Yard Wars and The Ainsley Band – and I play in the bands Azores and Galaxians and run Stargaze Records with Jon Nash (Hookworms / Cowtown etc).

A festival is a good way to bring together bands who might never share the same stage perhaps as a result of not being part of the same genre sphere, belonging to a different creative or communal ideology, or simply having stylistic differences. I think that in very simple terms we’d like to use the festival as a platform for bringing communities together, helping people to make new friends and creating awareness of different cultural movements.

Can you talk us through some of the bands on the bill, and why you’ve asked them to play?

SHIFT WORK – are a duo, Mark and Johnny, who originally come from down south. They had a record out on Optimo (Glasgow) last year which is how I first heard them. I’m a big Optimo Records fan so I always check out new records on the label. SW do a kind of experimental, organic techno, though putting them in a genre box doesn’t do them justice. They make exciting, soulful modern dance music with character and without pretentions. I put them on last year at a party I co-host in Leeds called Release Yourself and at the time Johnny had his leg in plaster so it made for an interesting live spectacle too. Nice gentlemen and good facilitators of electronic dance music.

JOANNE – I heard about Joanne (Armitage) recently because I read an interview with her online. I wanted Joanne to play because what she does intrigues me in that I don’t understand quite what it is! Joanne is a live coding artist and is part of the ‘Algorave’ community in Leeds, I think. I might be wrong about that last bit, but either way I just thought what she does sounds really interesting and because I don’t know what it means I want to see it for myself. Plus, it’s another thing that is happening here that is important and is an art form and when Michael and myself were programming the lineup we wanted as much totally different stuff as possible.

MAKANITZA – are a trio from Leeds who I first saw a few months ago when one of my own bands, Azores, played with them. They were a bit of a revelation for us really. One of those rare bands that combine a really high, obviously very schooled, level of musicianship with really good, really fun music. My first reaction to seeing them for the first and only time so far was “Wow, where has this band been hiding?” but then you just realise that you’ve not seen them because as people playing music in Leeds you just exist in different communities. It’s one of the great things about this city. Even after almost 20 years of living here I’m still being surprised by stuff like this. In terms of their style they do Eastern European and Roma Gypsy folk music which is wild and hypnotic. The kind of thing that whips people into an actual frenzy and is impossible to sit still to. Again, asking them to play was a no-brainer because we want as much different music as possible, and they’re just really good.

MILK CRIMES – is Ellie, Peter and Simon. I have met them all but haven’t yet seen them play yet. I’m looking forward to that immensely. They are one of a new group of DIY bands coming through in Leeds at the moment, along with bands like Molars and Crumbs. People have described them as “catchy, fun, anti-social queer punk-pop in the same vein as bands like Martha, Trust Fund, and The Spook School etc. I’ve heard only universal praise for them so far and I wanted to invite them on because another thing that is important to me is having a mix of both older and younger bands playing.

There are lots of other really good bands playing – BLOOD SPORT (Sheffield), Michael’s band YARD WARS, MI MYE (Wakefield), GAME_PROGRAM (Leeds), CACTUS KNIFE (Chorley/Wigan), and TAKE TURNS (Leeds). My own band GALAXIANS are playing, too.

Will there be more in the future?

We would definitely like to do more, and as these things often go, you have an idea to do a festival and then you’re already thinking about who you’d like to play the second festival / year. But it depends on one thing really: dollars. I hate that but it’s a fact. If we lose a lot of money on the first one then it’s gonna create reservations and stress attached to any future JUX events. I read somewhere that all music festivals lose money in their first three years so it doesn’t bode well, hah! But y’know, it’s a DIY festival, we’re low-key and we’re not going to lose like £250,000 on it, so it’s okay.

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GALAXIANS at The Garden Party // Tetley Gallery 30.08.15

“By putting local boys Galaxians on your bill, you’re almost guaranteeing a party that shimmers and glitters like a roller disco ramped up to 11. Warbling synths, wobbling bass and beats that’d make even the most resistant of bodies shake, Galaxians are something of a secret weapon. No matter who they’re billed with, from Tom Tom Club to Horse Meat Disco, their modern disco-house vibes are enough to enrapture any and every audience put in front of them.”  The 405 // Garden Party preview: 5 Bands We Want To See

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“I’m personally looking forward to Roisin Murphy, as well as Little Dragon and Todd Terje. On the DJ front it has to be Craig Charles, Joy Orbison and finally having Kerri Chandler play for us. Special shout to Bambooman and Galaxians, two local outfits who will be performing on The Skinny stage.” Matt Long // festival organiser // About To Blow

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“At the Skinny Stage, Galaxians succeed more-so than Craig Charles to counter the mid-day festival blues. As soon as the two-piece Leeds-based outfit takes to the stage, those sitting down take to their feet. Jed Skinner somehow coolly manages to replicate the sound of a four-layer melody section using two synthesisers. Matt Woodward on drums keeps the manic synth output locked to a sleazy groove. The pair’s most recent four track EP, Personal Disco Component, is much appreciated. One or two sporadic rays of sun even get involved in the party.” Review: Sunday At The Garden Party // Skiddle

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Excerpts from ‘Electroads’ by Galaxians

GALAXIANS // UK & EUROPEAN TOUR // MAY & JUNE 2015 // IN PICTURES

Pictures from our recent UK and European tour in May and June…

20.05.15 LEEDS Hifi Club (w. Golden Teacher // Bambooman)
21.05.15 LIVERPOOL Kazimier (w. Golden Teacher // Game_Program)
23.05.15 BRADFORD Playhouse (Threadfest)
25.05.15 MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
27.05.15 DUSSELDORF Salon Des Amateurs
28.05.15 LILLE Aeronef (w. Bodybeat)
29.05.15 PARIS Pop In
30.05.15 NANTES Le Lieu Unique
01.06.15 ZURICH Boschbar
02.06.15 GENEVA L’Ecurie
03.06.15 FRANKFURT Robert Johnson
04.06.15 LEIPZIG Ilses Erika
06.06.15 KOLN Klub Genau
07.06.15 LILLE Le Rouge

GALAXIANS EUROPEAN TOUR 2015

Stargaze Records Presents….

GALAXIANS

(Dither Down // Rotating Souls // Stargaze)

Fresh year, fresh songs, fresh adventures, fresh from the studio…..

Having started work on their next record Galaxians head out across Europe in May and June with new songs and new projections designed by London artist Sarah Culross.

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20.05 LEEDS Hifi Club (w. Golden Teacher)
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21.05 LIVERPOOL Kazimier (w. Golden Teacher)
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23.05 BRADFORD Playhouse (Threadfest)
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25.05 MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
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27.05 DUSSELDORF Salon Des Amateurs
28.05 LILLE Aeronef (w. Bodybeat)
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29.05 PARIS Pop In
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30.05 NANTES Le Lieu Unique
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01.06 ZURICH Boschbar
02.06 GENEVA L’Ecurie
03.06 FRANKFURT Robert Johnson
04.06 LEIPZIG Ilses Erika
06.06 COLOGNE Klub Genau
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07.06 LILLE Le Rouge

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NME

“The house-influenced duo tear up every show they play, regardless of who they’re billed with. A room full of indie kids, a room full of disco lovers, a room full of punks – they all fall hard for the Galaxians party.”

“Fiercely danceable astral-gazing electro with the dials cranked”.

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THE SKINNY // Beacons festival review

“The duo’s mix of 16-bit synths and offbeat rhythms is an instant party trigger in the Noisey tent, with a partisan local crowd buoying them as they bounce their way through a journey of manipulated transmissions and veering hooks – each in turn spiking the mass in front into vigorous, hip-shaking action.”

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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES // Tramlines festival preview

“Channeling New York’s late ‘80s “freak disco” (Was Not Was, Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell) and Detroit’s Acid House scenes, Galaxians produce a maximum output from minimal set-up.”

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PICCADILLY RECORDS // Manchester

“Leeds two piece Galaxians follow up their boogie bomb on Rotating Souls with ‘Personal Disco Component’, another EP of electronic funk brilliance on America’s Dither Down.”

“Rotating Souls return with this f-f-f-fresh four tracker from Leeds two piece Galaxians. Their heritage may be more Burley than Brooklyn, but you’d never have guessed from the killer tunes and peachy production on this bumpin Boogie 12″.”

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DITHER DOWN RECORDS // New York

“When Leeds duo Galaxians formed in 2012, their mission was clear, to bring back BEAT, and at a breakneck pace, including releases on Rotating Souls (ATLANTA) and Leeds’s own Stargaze, plus stages shared with the likes of Tom Tom Club, Golden Teacher, Zombie Zombie, Horse Meat Disco, Discodeine, and The Juan Maclean.

It’s their inherent love of NYC’s hard attack, that makes the bounce of Ducket$z through the slippery glide of Skydive all the more, visceral and exciting. Say hello to your new favorite Gang of Two, Galaxians.”

 

GALAXIANS SUPPORT GOLDEN TEACHER – HIFI CLUB, LEEDS, 20 MAY

Those who witnessed Golden Teacher’s set at the Brudenell Social Club last year will testify to their power as a live dance act, and to their ability to create a hypnotic fervour with their often-improvised, highly immersive dance ritual. Simply put, they are one of the best live acts you will ever see.

GT’s music is the result of a collaboration between members of Glasgow acts Ultimate Thrush and Silk Cut. Their two EPs on Optimo Music show their approach to music as an organic, instinctive, collective workout.

“When you find a band that absolutely destroys a room, it’s a revelation… Golden Teacher are one of those bands. Basically, go see Golden Teacher live. Trust me on this one.” – VICE MAGAZINE

“Golden Teacher channel disco, noise and Afrobeat into ecstatic real-time club music” -THE WIRE

“Trance-inducing, intoxicating stuff… Utterly hype-deserving, this hi-energy sixsome’s frenzied disco / world / techno beats, paired with ludicrously good, improvised stage workouts confirm Golden Teacher hands-down as Glasgow, nope, Scotland’s best live band of 2014.” – THE LIST

“What a fucking beautiful racket… The only comparison that can makes any sense really is Gang Gang Dance for their exotic rhythmic attack and Happy Mondays at their most badass epic warehouse-sized mess… It only takes a minute to fall in love – I’m totally addicted.” – THE QUIETUS

“A six-piece live band renowned for their energetic performances and love of improvisation, they feel like the product of post-disco, post-punk era New York rather than 21st century Glasgow. Their sound is intense and intoxicating, densely mixing up African rhythms, throbbing techno, soundsystem dub, post-punk attitude, wonky electronics and Arthur Russell style leftfield disco… It’s an astonishing performance – one of the most memorable and invigorating I’ve seen for some time.” – JUNO

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GALAXIANS // UK & European Tour // May 20 – June 8

£7 adv Ticket Arena
£8 adv Crash / Jumbo / Ticket Arena
£9 o.t.d

http://www.ticketarena.co.uk/events/Release-yourself/

GALAXIANS @ LIVE AT LEEDS // Symposium @ The Black Swan // 02.05.15.

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As part of the awesome Live at Leeds, Black Swan brings you a weekend of music, live art, film, food, yoga and general partying. Over the next few days, we’ll be updating, and announcing all the good stuff planned. Both days will be Pay As You Feel/free to those with Live at Leeds wristbands.

We’ll also be totally small people friendly, kids are very welcome at Black Swan.

The event will take place over two floors and include performances from some of the most exciting contemporary British musical and live art acts. There’ll also be great food, great films, yoga and a few surprises.

Both Saturday and Sunday are free to those with Live at Leeds wristbands, those without can pay what they feel.

For those who just want to have their ticket, we have put a few up here at just £5.”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-live-at-leeds-at-black-swan-tickets-16392985862

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-live-at-leeds-at-black-swan-tickets-16393032000

 

GALAXIANS @ Transform // West Yorkshire Playhouse // Leeds // 02.05.15.

Transform_large_showAn explosive art-party of performative enchantments, brought to you by a phenomenal array of Northern artists and inventors. Be prepared for surprise encounters, anarchic activity and the avant-garde – as the Transform Party will be bursting at the seams with performance art, dance, music, intervention and immersion. Featuring the likes of Eggs Collective, Snakebox, Non Applicables, Hannah Buckley, Jamal Gerald & Jemma Broomhead, Matthew Allen, Riptide and many more.

Adam Young (Live Art Bistro) and Dan Craddock will be your hosts with the most! (‘They’re the real deal! The big shebang! A self contained supernova of talent!’)

Music from Galaxians, Capua Collective and Jermaine, featuring exclusive live AV projection shows, plus DJs.

Designed by Hannah Wilson
Music curation by Raf Bogan (&/or Emporium)
Presented by Transform

TICKETS FREE
Advance booking recommended – www.wyp.org.uk

(booking online occurs a £1.75 transaction fee – to avoid this charge call the box office on 0113 213 7700)

This event forms part of Transform 15, three days of new ideas, sharing’s & events at West Yorkshire Playhouse – exploring the future of Transform with local & international artists.