The Glass Spider Band to play the songs of David Bowie @ Under the Bridge, London

The Glass Spider Band
An exclusive evening in celebration of Bowie’s legendary 1987 world tour hosted by Katie Puckrik and featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle.

The Glass Spider Band

The Glass Spider Band Play The Songs of David Bowie at Under the Bridge Tuesday 17th December 2013

An exclusive evening in celebration of Bowie’s legendary 1987 world tour hosted by Katie Puckrik and featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle

“I either want a bad response or a good response, I hate something in the middle…if it’s politely received then it’s a total failure for me” – David Bowie, 1987

The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie‘s epic world tour in 1987, was preposterous, seminal, excessive, brilliant and contradictory. Like almost no other artistic endeavour in the history of human creativity, the tour oscillated between absolute genius, kitsch and very bad, and was often all of these simultaneously. In what was a very brave move, Bowie eschewed a sterile greatest hits show, favouring an elaborate set crowned by an enormous spider, five dancers choreographed by Toni Basil and a set list heavily laden with esoteric choices from his back catalogue. Although by far Bowie’s most commercially successful period, the mid to late 1980s were seemingly his most difficult as an artist and The Glass Spider Tour, and the Never Let Me Down album that accompanied it, have become symbols of Bowie’s desolate nadir.

In 2013, the year of Bowie’s triumphant return, a reappraisal of Bowie’s mid to late 80s period is now required. Despite much criticism, the Glass Spider Tour was a major influence on many artists and changed the expectations and look of stadium rock for evermore.

To celebrate the legacy of this most Bowie-esque stadium opera, Under the Bridge presents The Glass Spider Band, featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay (“This guy’s incredible. An extraordinary musician” David Bowie) and Richard Cottle.

Compered by former presenter of The Word Katie Puckrik, the programme for the evening will also include a screening of the 1986 fairytale film Labyrinth, DJ sets from Jaffo – a performer in Bowie’s 1984 Jazzin’ for Blue Jean film – and a selection of Bowie’s ’60s songs performed by legendary Soho character Phil Dirtbox. Puckrik will also interview Erdal Kizilcay about life on the road with David Bowie, providing an insight into the decadence, the music and working under a 60ft high spider for 9 months.

The Glass Spider Band Play The Songs of David Bowie is at Under the Bridge on December 17, 2013.

For tickets and more information, please go to:

Under the Bridge Official Website

The Glass Spider Band Official Website

Run Toto Run EXCLUSIVE interview

As mentioned in the Run Toto Run review, we were treated to a magical night out when the Manchester based electro band played in Oxford on their recent tour.

Run Toto Run
After talking with the band that night, I wanted to know more about them! Read the exclusive interview.

As mentioned in the Run Toto Run review, we were treated to a magical night out when the Manchester based electro band played in Oxford on their recent tour.

Run Toto Run

After talking with the band that night, I wanted to know more about them.

Run Toto Run band members: Rachael (vocals, drum pads), Mike (synths, backing vocals) and Matt (electronics, occasional violin).

Read the exclusive Run Toto Run interview with Jenny May on BandWeblogs.com:

Jenny May: We enjoyed your show at The Port Mahon in Oxford last Friday night. I’m sure we’re not alone in wanting to know when your debut album will be released? Are the demos going to be on the album?

Rachael: We’re looking for an early July finish date for the album, the demos will be on there, they’ll be tidied up, refined and mastered and they’ll be another 6 or so tracks. It might be a little longer before it makes it out into the public domain though.

Can you give us an idea of what the album might sound like?

Matt: That’s a very good question! It’s pretty hard to take a step back from what you’re doing and give an objective idea as to what it will sound like… demos ‘squared’ I guess – more and better! No doubt a few surprises too, we’re constantly growing exponentially as a creative unit – it’s around this time, in the final straight leading up to the completion of the album, that I think we will pull some tracks, mixing and production ideas, out of the bag that will surprise even us…. Oooo, mystery.

Where are you recording the album and what equipment are you using to record? Is there a producer involved?

Matt: In this respect we are uber DIY, we are the embodiment of musical Homebase… a kind of sonic Wickes. In this day and age; with some good knowledge, a few favours, and a laissez-faire attitude to rent payments, it is very possible for a mainly electronic band to make very professional sounding recordings at home. We run Logic pro 8, Reason and some other random bits and bobs… On a production front, we have experimented with external inputs – but we end up doing it ourselves. It’s another situation that is peculiar to electronic music I think, you have potentially limitless possibilities when it comes to deciding what actual sound you want from a line, your production choices end up being made in the writing stage… and if it aint broke!

Run Toto Run

You’ve just self-released your latest single “Hater”. Is there someone in the band that organises your tour schedule, release dates etc.?

Rachael: That would be me at the moment, it’s been fun, I think it’s meant we’ve done some very interesting gigs. I’m quite happy to let the reins go though and an indie are taking care of our next single which will be a nice break for me!

Mike: Rachael does work very hard though her curiosity has led us to some strange venues we’d never previously thought about playing. Still, it’s always an adventure.

Rachael: Like Scunthorpe, that was interesting.

Are you looking to be signed by a label?

Rachael: Yes, because they have the mechanisms to ensure people actually hear what we’re doing. It would be nice to have a little support, a bigger team around us and it would mean we only have to worry about making music.

Matt: I’m just in it for the lulz… If someone wants to give me some cash though I won’t say no.

Who are your influences?

Rachael: People like Hotchip, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Metronomy, The Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club etc.

Matt: Burial, Radiohead, PJ and Duncan, the XX, Micachu, Bowie, a lot of our unsigned peers… I think it’s safe to say our influences result in a sound that is more than the sum of its parts (see: PJ and Duncan).

Mike: Modeselektor/Moderat, Thom Yorke.

Run Toto Run

How did you become Run Toto Run? How long have you been together?

Rachael: We’ve been Run Toto Run for a while, over a year and we’ve sounded like this for probably about 6 months. We were all playing in various groups around Manchester and recognised qualities in each other that we admired.

Matt: Like a love of 90s Dance!… Oh wait, that’s just me.

What is your songwriting process?

Matt: Just playing silly little ideas straight into a Logic session and seeing what sticks, often the line that sparks the flow of ideas ends up being completely masked in the mix or discarded altogether… so it’s actually an interestingly organic process – but very much a studio writing environment.

How did you go from playing folk music to electro?

Matt: Couple the aforementioned laissez-faire rent paying attitude, with a guilt over stacks of relatively unused electronic equipment and you have all the impetus an electro band needs!

Mike: It snuck in as we started doing live sampling on stage with the acoustic instruments, then added keyboard parts. The impact of that sort of instrumentation made for sets with more of a lively vibe which we decided to expand on.

Did you play folk covers?

Rachael: We never started playing covers, I’d hate people to think we’d been a covers band when writing music is so important to us.

Watch video – “Sleepy Head” (Passion Pit cover):

You do a great cover of Passion Pit’s “Sleepy Head”…where did you get the masks that are in the video and how did you decide who wears which?

Rachael: Now this is what prompted the previous question, this cover was done as a promise to Dave Haslam that we’d do something different for our set at Manchester International Festival last year. We made a silly video for it and it went crazy online. I found the masks online and I think the boys suited the animals to their personalities 😉

Watch Catch My Breath video:

How long did it take to shoot the video for your single “Catch My Breath”? Did you have much input in creating it? Did you have fun? Where was it filmed?

Rachael: 24 hours solid. It was supposed to take 10 hours but over ran. I spent about 14 hours being dragged on my back. We worked with a very talented director Nick Bentley, when we work with creatives, it’s important to hook up with someone whose work we admire and to let them have their input, we trusted him with it.

Matt: Mike and I spent 24 hours with, essentially, a shell suit painted on each of our faces. 5am was CLOSE-UP TIME!

Mike: I have never wanted to scratch my nose so bad. Driving back through London at stupid am in the morning was very surreal too.

What movie, released in the last year or so, would you recommend?

Rachael: I loved Kick Ass, Alice in Wonderland and The Fantastic Mr Fox. I love Tim Burton and Wes Anderson films in general. Our song Margot and Richie’s the story of his protagonists in The Royal Tennenbaums and other than that I love zombie films, so anything with zombies in and I’m happy, Zombieland was great and I’m really looking forward to the next [Rec] film, the first one was great and has made me think there’s a zombie bricked up in our basement.

Matt: The Human Centipede.

Rachael: I don’t think Matt’s even seen the Human Centipede, I’ve not seen it and just his description of it nearly made me sick.

If you could have anyone remix one of your tracks, who would it be?

Rachael: Noel Edmonds.

Matt: Anyone except Noel Edmonds.

What’s the conversation like amongst band members in the car after a show?

Rachael: More often than not it’s a buzz about the show and about hanging out with old friends and making new ones.

Matt: It’s like a post-mortem – but with more booze and partying and fun… and less dead people.

If you could go anywhere to hang out for the day, where would it be?

Rachael: I’d pop off to Thailand, my friend just got back from there and it sounds amazing.

Matt: I’d hang with my slightly less evolved name-sake, Farthing, in Chester Zoo… She is awesome.

Mike: Japan! Too much cool stuff to buy out there.

Watch “Little Wonder” video – a David Bowie cover by Run Toto Run (commissioned by David Bowie’s publishers):

Comments – “We were asked to do a Bowie Cover, we took it one step further and tried to out-do the Passion Pit costumes. Thanks to Anna Kiely for the filming!”

Buy CDs, MP3s, more:

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Photo credit – 1, 3: Ted Park

Photo credit – 2: Karen Mcbride

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David Bowie – classic songs + “She’s Got Medals”

If I say David Bowie, you might think “Life On Mars”, “Ziggy Played Guitar”, “Heroes” or even “Space Oddity”. Yes, there are many faces to Mr. Bowie, his music stretches back to the mid sixties and still continues to surprise us today.

David Bowie

David Bowie

If I say David Bowie, you might think “Life On Mars”, “Ziggy Played Guitar”, “Heroes” or even “Space Oddity”. Yes, there are many faces to Mr. Bowie, his music stretches back to the mid sixties and still continues to surprise us today.

I’ve been a David Bowie fan since way back in the big collar and platform shoe days of the 1970’s. I was probably 10 years old when I bought “The Laughing Gnome” single. Novelty record yes, but it did get me interested in what else this bloke could do.

Fast forward to go backwards. It wasn’t until 1979 that I became familiar with my favorite David Bowie songs. I was at a party ’round a friend’s house when I heard “Love You Till Tuesday”. “Who’s this?” I asked naively. “David Bowie” came the reply, as if I was a bit stupid to ask such a question. This song was one of his earliest from an album containing many other gems such as “She’s Got medals”, “The London Boys”, “Uncle Arthur” and many more, every one a classic.

So if you are only familiar with Mr Bowie’s famous songs, then give some of these old tunes a go and see what you think.

Here’s one for an example of what a great talent this man is.

Listen to “She’s Got Medals” on YouTube:

Buy Music:

David Bowie on amazon.co.uk

David Bowie on amazon.com

David Bowie Official Website
MySpace

By: Dave Tommo

David Bowie – “Uncle Arthur” and “The London Boys”

David Bowie - London Boy

David Bowie has been there ever since I can remember. I’ve enjoyed his tunes since I was a small kid, way back in the early 1970’s. People are well familiar with such songs as “Young Americans” and “Changes”, but have you spent time looking back a bit further than that? In the 60’s David was working on songs that to me, were some of the best he would ever produce …

David Bowie - London Boy

David Bowie has been there ever since I can remember. I’ve enjoyed his tunes since I was a small kid, way back in the early 1970’s. People are well familiar with such songs as “Young Americans” and “Changes”, but have you spent time looking back a bit further than that? In the 60’s David was working on songs that to me, were some of the best he would ever produce.

Listen to “The Gospel According To Tony Day”. This was the b-side to the song “Laughing Gnome”. There are also albums out there with such classics on there as “Love Me Till Tuesday” or “Mr. Grave Digger”. One of my favourites is the song “The Little Bombadier” – it’s funny and sad.

Yes. So if you are a Bowie fan, sort yourself out with his early writings. I can honestly say you won’t be disappointed. You will feel like you have just discovered a new artist. It’s so mad none of these songs are anything like his latter recordings. Anyway. Have fun with the tunes and play them to your friends. Here’s one of my favourites to get you started.

Listen to “Uncle Arthur” on YouTube:

Listen to “The London Boys”:

Now go check out his first albums. He was definitely going through “Ch-ch-changes!!

David Bowie on amazon.co.uk

David Bowie on amazon.com

David Bowie Official Website
David Bowie MySpace

By: Dave Tommo