with: Buffalo Riot + Tyler Massey Trio
Friday 27 April 2018
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£6.50 in advance £8 on the door
Singer-Songwriter and Poet Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes] grew up in Worcestershire and trained as a nurse before signing to Manchester cult label Ugly Man records [former home to Elbow]. He’s since put out twelve albums of literate autobiographical pop music over a twenty-year career and has regularly toured band, solo and duo shows.
Variously described as – ‘an under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT] – ‘a warm hearted Morrissey’ [Q Magazine] and ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’ [Irish Times] past work associations include Bill Drummond [KLF], Luke Haines and Jah Wobble [PIL] and his various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, OASIS, Aztec Camera & The Fall. He’s also written and recorded as Parlour Flames, the band he formed in 2013 with ex OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead.
Current ‘concept’ album Silver Meadows is set in a 1980s long stay psychiatric hospital, it’s also in development as a musical stage play. New album ‘Return of the Native’ a Worcestershire inspired collection of songs comes out May 2018…
Press notes n quotes….
Part Pulp, part Kinks, and very much part Peculiar, this is observational, punk-tinged songwriting at its best. HOT PRESS ****
Vinny Peculiar songs make you laugh and cry and think all at the same time…TOM ROBINSON BBC 6Music
‘A well-measured introduction to an under sung national treasure’ UNCUT MAGAZINE
Wildly witty with abject sadness and pathos in swathes, like a warm hearted Morrissey no less’ INDEPENDENT
‘The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric’ IRISH TIMES
‘A strange brave captivating album, matched by fascination, dark humor and warmth’ DAILY MIRROR
This fifteen-track album from the Salford based singer songwriter is frankly, unmissable. A real joy. AMERICANA- UK
Crashing poppily through Vinnys world of nostalgia and insight every song stuffed to the gills with melody and eccentricity, clever, funny and wonderfully weird’ R2 MAGAZINE
‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records they’d have sounded like this’ Q MAGAZINE
The Buffalo Riot have almost gleefully kept themselves outside of the box marked ‘Liverpool bands’ since their beginnings in 2009. It’s simply never been a party they wanted to attend, not an existence they cherished or relished, thanks very much. Regular gigging, though, and a focus on the songs have always been the order of the day, so you won’t have seen them falling into that week’s favoured coffee shop, or out of that week’s favoured hipster craft beer gaffs, or on that week’s favoured guest lists. Such has their need been to concentrate on the music, the rehearsals, the writing and the recording. The whole point of being in a band in the first place. Well, to them, anyway. Others might not agree.
As a consequence, they’re a formidable live prospect, always were, and now, with the release of new album Pale Blue Oceans, they’ve not only delivered a lesson in pure songwriting, but brought it to the table with a bravery and an admirable sense of honesty, and a big, real big, we mean really big sound.
Formulated with the symbiotic harmony of songwriters Ben Singleton and Iain Morley, Giant guitar washes, acoustic subtly and grooves to bring it all together, they have continued to craft, develop and sustain themselves as one of few Liverpool bands that can sell out a venue with loyal and dedicated fans.
Tyler Massey Trio is a dynamic new group founded on the evocative songs that American-born guitarist/songwriter Tyler Massey wrote for his “American Nightmare EP”, which he co-produced with bassist Alex Knight. Tyler and Alex started playing live shows, and, after the addition of remarkable percussionist Eric Hej, the trio was complete. Their spontaneous style and natural energy was apparent from the first time they played at their spiritual home, The West Malvern Social Club, and was solidified during their first “proper” gig together at the storied Red Lion Folk Club in King’s Heath. Tyler’s evocative, often brazen 21st century folk songs feature throughout their set, alongside a couple of surprising covers.