THE BLUE AEROPLANES
The Blue Aeroplanes are Bristol’s longest-running band, an art-rock institution acknowledged as an influence on REM, Radiohead and countless 80’s/90’s post- punk/alternative bands.
They have been an indie band, a major label band and were the first UK post- punk band to use folk instrumentation, as well as pioneering a combination of spoken and sung lyrics.
Two years ago they released ‘Welcome, Stranger!’, widely recognised as their most significant release since the days of chart albums ‘Swagger’ (Sunday Times rock album of the year in 1990) and ‘Beatsongs’. They are just completing the follow-up, which will be released soon.
They are also involved in several other projects, such as running the legendary Bristol venue The Fleece, and they have close connections with BIMM Bristol, where vocalist Gerard Langley is lecturer and Head of Songwriting (most prominent ex-student, George Ezra).
Alongside original members Gerard and his brother John (drums) and manic dancer Wojtek Dmochowski, the band features more recent additions Bec Jevons and Mike Youe, who joined in 2012, Chris Sharp on bass and the recently- returned Rodney Allen (from the classic ‘Swagger/Beatsongs’ lineup) on guitar and vocals.
Combining poetic vocals and a three-guitar attack that encompasses rock, folk, punk, mainstream and avant-garde influences, the Blue Aeroplanes are a genuinely uncategorisable live experience, After all this time, still nothing like anything else.
Memory Of Elephants
Energetic and eclectic instrumental noise rock trio from Bristol
“If you’re a great calligrapher, writing in the conventional sense would only serve to bore you. Memory of Elephants are so proficient that they seem intent on ripping up the notepad and constructing origami with the debris. May they continue to gravitate towards arrangements that embrace such natural grace”
“Steeped at once in both euphoria and melancholy, along with a clear sprinkling of late 00s indie nostalgia” – Bristol In Stereo