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Jarboe (ex-Swans) & Father Murphy

Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 8:00pm
 
American artist and performer JARBOE will be back in Europe for the first time in almost 3 years, backed by the Italian duo FATHER MURPHY.
 
They will be offering a haunting set with Jarboe's unique voice performing old and new songs plus two brand new pieces composed and recorded together with Father Murphy (to be released as EP in late August 2017).
 
JARBOE
 
 
Jarboe draws from a variety of sources: childhood in the Mississippi delta and New Orleans, life in NYC’s east village during the post no-wave scene as member of the band SWANS, university studies in literature and theatre, global travels, and a history of extensive recordings, collaborations (Philip Anselmo, Attila Csihar, Blixa Bargeld, J.G. Thirlwell, Merzbow, PanSonic, Chris Connelly, Neurosis and many others), and performances (clubs, theaters, art galleries, cathedrals, festivals, live radio, television, film).
 
Jarboe’s voice and music is known for bold experimental as well as melodic diversity and expression. Over the course of her life through efforts in past and present disciplines, Jarboe explores the rebuilding / reinventing of identity and the elemental structures of personae.
 
“For fourteen years the sole constant member of Swans, and also the creative force behind half a dozen solo releases, Jarboe is one of the most remarkable women in extreme music” - Terrorizer
 
“..A diabolical crossroads meeting between Bessie Smith and Diamanda Galas… Jarboe can be a gospel blues belter or screeching sorceress with equal devious ease. Her flexible and hugely expressive voice leaps from the whimpers of a terrified child to avenging Shiva screams without pause or warning.”Willamette Week
 
“Jarboe somehow turns the simplest moment into mind-crushing intensity” - Kerrang
 
FATHER MURPHY
 
 
Father Murphy is the sound of the Catholic sense of Guilt. A downward spiral aiming at the bottom of the hollow, and then digging even deeper.
 
Through the years, the band became one of the most interesting and peculiar musical entities coming out of Italy, especially well known for their really intense live shows, something in between a rite and an artistic performance. They furiously performed all over Europe and toured North America with Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Iceage and Xiu Xiu, and has been praised by the Archdruid Julian Cope, Michael Gira, Geoff Barrow, among lots of others.
 
Leading figures of that community that Simon Reynolds defined “Italian Occult Psychedelia”, the outfit last effort is the 2015 Trilogy of the Cross, consisting of three different releases on the topic: Calvary (Blue Tapes), Croce (The Flenser) and Lamentations (Backwards).
 
“From the harbingers of occultism and eroticism lifted from their nation's giallo tradition, to their theatrically adopted pseudo-religious personas (unless Murphy's a real-life 'padre', in which case I can only beg his forgiveness), this Italian group are a 'cult' band in every sense of the word” - THE QUIETUS
 
“Father Murphy (live sets) have that uncanny mixture of improvisational ease and skin-tight precision that makes for an exciting, unpredictable set. Its crunchy no-wave guitars were tempered by a melodic sophistication, like punks who secretly learned classical” - SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
 
“The dead-eyed chants, keyboard drones and bone-dry rhytms of Italian Father Murphy's second album conjure up a funereal atmosphere somewhere between homemade Morricone and toytown Goblin... That ol'devil Dario would surely approve” - THE WIRE
 
Plus support from VUKOVAR featuring ROSE MCDOWALL
 
 
Being massive Jarboe devotees, hot up-and-coming young St. Helens noise merchants Vukovar were natural choices for local support duties, themselves having new LP ‘Puritan’ released any time now on The Brutalist House label.
 
 
Always popular here at The Continental, this time they’re bringing along a special guest of their own in the form of Rose McDowall, well known as one half of chart-topping 80s alternative act Strawberry Switchblade, and since moving into the echelons of ‘cult legend’ thanks to subsequent work with the likes of Coil and Current 93.
 
“Rose is doing it for the Vuko-love,” says Vuko-bassist Rick. “The shows have been even more mental with her.” Anyone who has witnessed Vukovar’s live act before can only imagine what this might mean…
 
JARBOE + FATHER MURPHY will be performing at The Continental on Thursday 26th October 2017. Doors open at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £10 advance and are available online now from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle
 
In person from The Continental's bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772)  
 
 
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