Stowmarket IP14 1ET
Special stripped-down duo show
+ support from Birds of Hell
“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” declares Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.”
Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, new album Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.
“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”
Birds of Hell
Over 10 years as Birds Of Hell, Pete Murdoch has truly ploughed his own furrow. His genre-hopping has seen him use samples of dead relatives, table tennis rallies, vocoder death drones and a full band that was the love child of The Flaming Lips and Sleaford Mods. His lyrics tell tales of tragic comedy: rural Norfolk sex clubs, Tesco Express smelling of marijuana, his son being bullied and pagan spirit animals. His current solo incarnation combines post disco Casiotone presets with raps about dodgy neighbours, fizzy hummus and the apocalypse.
Doors open 7.30pm
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