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KURWS + Handle: Live in London!
September 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Saturday 14 September
New River Studios
199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | https://link.dice.fm/XwnJrc3cYX
KURWS (from Wroclaw, Poland) formed in May 2008 as an unexpected result of a ping pong session. Since then together they pursue their own search, not as much in areas of defined genres, but within the very foundations of rock “base”, expression and sound. It is a workshop, where improvisations penetrate through composed material, which seems to be a congealed form of the creation process. Armed with repetitions, recombinations, variations and contrasts, they frolic with memory and expectations. Post punk, krautrock, rock in opposition, funk, no wave – modes of playing, motives, riffs we heard time and time again, are being here presented in a totally different context – they are dissected from their original environment, placed side by side, used in a brand new manner, deconstructed and distilled.
HANDLE are a recently formed trio featuring a few familiar faces from Manchester’s creative underground scene. On bass guitar and drums, there’s Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire, former members of the much-loved punk band DUDS; while upfront on vocals and keyboards is Leo Hermitt, a genderqueer multidisciplinary artist renowned for their challenging, thought-provoking work on the city’s arts and literary scenes. The end result, in Handle, is a wonderful amalgam of each member’s respective CVs – a band which absorbs punk, poetry, politics and the avant-garde, while wearing its Manc DIY credentials proudly on its sleeve. Powered by looping, hypnotic synth lines, tribal percussion and urgent, agitated vocals, their songs – all of which clock in around the two minute mark – owe as much to performance poetry as they do to post-punk and new wave. In these times of anxiety and confusion, Handle provide a much-needed dose of musical catharsis.