Shimmy Rivers and And Canal Live 3.5.6.
Originally Posted 5/15/2006
With Laboratoire Henry at Madame Jojo’s in Soho.
This was an invite only guest list gig for
friends of Resonance radio http://www.resonancefm.com
to celebrate the stations fourth birthday with
DJ’ing from the Tetine crew playing lots of
Brazilian Hip Hop before Laboratoire Henry came
on and from a very mellow start showed they are
at the Jazzier end of the Improv avant garde
scene with a singer that at times sounds a lot
like Colin Newman with a very dry delivery even
when he sounds angry it is still a dry anger.
The best song of their set was the penultimate
one that was a tribute song to Henry Cow which
gives a good idea where their heads were at.
Then after a poem by James Tregaskis on came
Shimmy Rivers and And Canal who were introduced
by I guess Momma Rivers, they have been kicking
up a fair amount of fuss and airplay on
Resonance and are a tip for the future as a new
sort of hybrid of Henry Cow, The Bonzo Dog Doo
Da Band, James White and the Blacks and Frank
Zappa with shouty vocals from the 19 year old
Shimmy Rivers a stand up drummer a keyboards
girl and between 1 and three guitarists and a
bass player with two trumpets and a sax if
memory serves rightly. I believe they did a few
tunes from the self-titled debut mini disc of
there’s I have, but as I don’t have a mini disc
player I haven’t heard it yet although I got it
at least a year ago!! Still I’m sure they did
Kum Struk and Roger Will Shock You with the
drummer doing spoken word interludes and lots of
weird breaks and twists in the songs they are
really great and certainly a band to watch out
for, with the right breaks they will go far.
Originally on Myspace and USK.ORG Oh and I figured out how to play the mini disc and It is a cool artifact even if the band didn’t make it…