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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 28 September 2019
Where: Aatma, First Floor, 14-16 Faraday Street, Manchester, M1 1BE

We’re delighted to be working with psychedelic rock band The Bevis Frond!

If there is any artist who could be considered as having followed a tangential path from Hendrix to Big Star to Spacemen 3, that would be The Bevis Frond… and that’s not hyperbole, the evidence is to be found in countless albums over 30 years of thrilling musical innovation that few have matched. Filtered through The Groundhogs, The Who, Neil Young, Captain Beefheart and Kevin Ayers, this is an iconoclastic collision of distinctly British psychedelia, space-rock, grunge, slow-burning soulful laments, even grizzled folk and more than occasional moments of sublime pop genius. Yet, he remains the best kept secret in Rock ‘n’ Roll – isn’t it about time you discovered one of England’s finest songwriters and insightful lyricists.

The Bevis Frond is guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire Nick Saloman who’s prolific output has seen him hailed as ‘a Hendrix devotee ever bit as tough and contemporary as the serrated guitar chorales of Sonic Youth and Pixies‘ by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and become a cult figure in his own right.

A labour of love and fiercely independent with an uncompromising vision under his own label Woronzow, Saloman is also ex-co-publisher of respected Ptolemaic Terrascope psych magazine and owner of Sussex-based second-hand record shop. Revered by his contemporaries he has remained firmly on the periphery whilst being hugely influential.

Saloman has released no less than 22 albums under The Bevis Frond name with many collaborations and releases under various pseudonyms. Sounding as bracing today as he did then, he constantly writes with his musical journey beginning as The Bevis Frond Museum and later The Von Trap Family.

Following a motorbike accident that almost left him unable to play, he revived The Bevis Frond name using his compensation to set up a basic home recording studio. Armed with a four-track portastudio he began recording his completely self-made stunning debut Miasma.

Playing and writing everything on Miasma, the record was released through his label. Following a call from Margate’s Funhouse Records who specialised in psychedelia, they requested the album. A few weeks later requested more copies, completely taken back and now completely sold-out, he repressed. The next year tripped out Inner Marshland (1987) followed with the anglophile’s dreamscape of Termination Station Grey and epic psych-blues-rock rave up of I’ve Got Eyes in the Back of My Head.

Not expecting things to take off, Saloman began to dig out music he had written over the years and a wave of material was released including Triptych, Bevis Through The Looking Glass and Acid Jam.

Seventh album was double LP New River Head (1991) featured David Tibet and Barry Dransfield. Even stronger records ensued and the 90s brought It Just Is, Superseeder and Son of Walter.

In 2015 his 22 record, Example 22, was released to critical acclaim, produced by Nick Saloman and Dave Palmer, and featuring Paul Simmons (guitar), Bari Watts (guitar), Dave Pearce (drums, vocals) and Nick.

The Bevis Frond have ultimately become the UK’s leading underground psychedelic rock band with supporters such as comedian Stewart Lee requesting them for his self-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties. Live, the line-up today includes: Paul Simmons (guitar), Adrian Shaw (bass, vocals), Dave Pearce (drums) and Nick Saloman (vocals, guitar and sitar).

‘Arguably Britrock’s most prolific one-man cottage industry’ – Uncut

‘The main strength of the Bevis Frond is the exquisite songwriting, with pithy and poignant lyrics delivered in a very uncompromising English roots accent. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith and Mary Lou Lord have covered their songs, while he’s played with Current 93, The Hawklords, Oneida and Arthur Lee of Love, amongst many others, and counts J Mascis amongst his fans’ – The Quietus

Support comes from Fisherman Swilbert.

This show is a co-promotion with WAAIL.

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