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When: 7pm on Monday 30 April 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming SLUG back – with The Cornshed Sisters!

SLUG, the nom de plume of North East merrymaker Ian Black, returns with new album HiggledyPiggledy on 13 April 2018 via Memphis Industries.

Whereas previous album RIPE was made in collaboration with Peter and David Brewis of Field Music, HiggledyPiggledy was composed, produced and played entirely by Black enabling him to give free reign to his beguiling brand of Dada-rock.

Black taught himself how to produce while making HiggledyPiggeldy, by all accounts a terrifying process that drove Black to the edge of sanity. To function he imagined himself variously as Lindsey Buckingham making Tusk, Eno producing Another Green World and Todd Rundgren laying down A Wizard A True Star.  In so doing Black was able to keep an equilibrium and make the record making experience experimental and spontaneous.

The album was inspired by a combination of The Residents, John Carpenter and the soundtracks of Don Cherry (particularly Holy Mountain) and Masahiko Sato (particularly Belladonna) plus the Dada art movement that will be self evident to anyone who’s seen the hilarious and life affirming SLUG live experience, replete with ever changing stage wear (snooker players, sailors, 50s jazz combo) and spontaneous crowd participation.

Black intended HiggledyPiggledy to be a more minimal affair than previous album RIPE, focussed more on rhythm and percussion. Thematically the record was written against the backdrop of political turmoil but really it’s about the strange life Black leads in his native Sunderland, an autodidact outsider living his life in Wetherspoons arguing with some of the questionable attitudes of locals. Blacks stated aim to ‘have fun writing truly horrible lyrics,’ playing characters ‘venting in pubs, writing in the character of how some people think and behave’.

HiggledyPiggledy begins with first single No Heavy Petting (the title taken from the dos and don’ts at Blacks local swimming pool), consciously written to be an aggressive album opener with and which pokes fun at Blacks own Mary Whitehouseish response to the sexualisation of TV. Lackadaisical Love is another album highlight, one big 4/4 drum beat, fuzzy guitars like Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic, steel drums and fat moog bass. ‘A song about sex funnily enough,’ says Black. Other noteworthy songs include Dolly Dimple, a song about the pornography of wealth, power and business all dressed up like a late 70s Bowie record and the Suicide meets Sliver Apples of Arbitrary Lessons In Custom about ‘how we lose touch with people and friends we love and the slow burn of how it happens’.

The results whilst punchy and direct remain rich, strange and sometimes unsettling.  HiggledyPiggledy, then is a perfect intro to the wonderfully weird world of SLUG.

‘Black ramps up the funk on groove-driven art pop gems’ – UNCUT

‘Combines Led Zep riffing, squelchy funk and a sprinkling of Odelay-era Beck‘ – The Times

Tour support comes from The Cornshed Sisters. The Cornshed Sisters are Jennie Brewis, Cath Stephens, Liz Corney and Marie Nixon; four singer-songwriters based in Tyne and Wear, who weave together pop, folk, ballad and protest music into a unique and distinctive style. each of the band members have contributed their songwriting talents to their second album, Honey & Tar, released through Memphis Industries in late 2017.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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