with: Attila the Stockbroker
Friday 18 October 2019
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£5 in advance £7 on the door
SKEWWHIFF: “Not straight” the dictionary says.
And here they come now, not merely running or walking down the street but loping languidly, gliding spectrally in their other-worldly way. These cats don’t move the same way you and I do, existing in their own orbit, rarified oxygen substitute intake: This unholly unicellular organism, a gang in the true sense, fortress gainst unintelligence, an anti-entropy unit.
Yeah sure they write riffs, tunes, words: pluck’n’strum strings, strike skins and massacre microphones. Singing humanoid songs they remain tho amicable and benevolent aliens, doomed yet happy to remain forever outsiders in the purest sense.
Skewwhiff have no truck with useless, irrelevant. Their earthly disguise is (un)canny taking on an almost plebeian aspect/countenance; these are ‘people’ who will steal your lunch money, cadge fags and ponce beers off you all night long. Yes they doubtlessly indulge in anthropomorphic sex squelchings but don’t let that fool you, this is immaculate music.
Onstage they’ve beamed down as nearest organic counterparts, Debbie Harrysurrounded by an interstellar dream team of Topper Headon, Mike Watt and John McGeoch. I can’t tell you about the nameless noise they create so answers on a interplanetary postcard please. This is unchartered territory, untamed topography; yer sat-nav is no use round here.
Contemporary politics are never far away from this musical think tank.
I’m envious though because Skewwhiff are yours to discover and yours only…
John Baine, better known by his stage name Attila the Stockbroker, is a punk poet, multi instrumentalist musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer 1649, who combine early music and punk. He describes himself as a “sharp tongued, high energy social surrealist poet and songwriter.” He has performed over 3,300 concerts, published eight books of poems and an autobiography (which itself has 38 poems in it) and released over forty recordings (albums and singles).
And he’s Skewwhiffs biggest fan!