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ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL

Cross-Pennine musical experimentalists The Eccentronic Research Council (Sheffield electronic musicians Dean Hohner - I Monster, and Adrian Flannagan - Kings Have Long Arms, and actress Maxine Peake) return with a fabulous fourth album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’, released on Fat White Family's Without Consent imprint. Written from the persuasive point of view of an obsessional fan of a (fictional?) local band - The Moonlandingz, who gig around the (fictional?) South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale. Musically we're treated to more analogue synth invention and twisted exotica, while Maxine Peake's increasingly dark, yet hilarious dialogue (written by Flannagan) is as spot on as previous ERC albums.

The album sees The Eccentronic Research Council team up with Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski of South London’s The Fat White Family, who ably play the role of The Moonlandingz.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: It sounds a bit Radio 4, but this album is a story.. It is a rousing tale (no spoilers) of a woman and her struggles with her passion for music, and her love of a band. Through this we get to hear some back-story, and reasons behind her eccentricities. Sounds weird, right? Now add to that the fact that said woman is inspiringly voiced by Maxine Peake, and the fictional (but now real) band is two members of the Fat White Family, and you have an altogether more promising concept. It delivers wholeheartedly. Fantastically northern voice narrates her life atop a brilliantly written and performed (not to mention historically accurate) fuzzy indie backdrop. When listening as a whole, this is the full package, rousing, moving, rawkous and witty. Truly an experience.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Includes CD of the album and a limited edition Moonlandingz (Fat White Family) 12" EP. Limited to 1000 copies only.

The collaborative reactions of Adrian Flannagan (Kings Have Long Arms), actress Maxine Peake (Shameless / Silk) and Dean Hohner (I Monster) - under the umbrella moniker The Eccentronic Research Council - take their collective experiences in theatre, music technology, television, pop cultural archiving and radio to reimagine a time and place, barren of authority and religious faith, where the unified working classes and alternative thinkers are mocked and persecuted at the hands of a flawed and paranoid government and monarchy.

As The Eccentronic Research Council recognise, “Socially and politically things haven’t changed so much in 400 years, people are poor again and have to do bad things too eat, individuals who don't fit in are still beaten down with bats, and there are hypothetical witch hunts all around us.”
Stylistically, The ERC opt for a vast array of mechanical music machines and synthesised effects to create this conceptual non-populist pop using analogue and acoustic equipment alongside tape manipulation, vocalisations and spoken word, remaining faithful to a pre-digital and unpredictable era taking cues from Mort Garson, Suzanne Ciani, Sorel Hayes, Joe Meek, Daphne Oram, JP Massiera and Delia Derbyshire amongst others.

Conceived with the same ambitions and goals as an electronic Smithsonian Folkways record, ‘1612 Underture’ is a concept album that aims to reevaluate and positively recontextualise an important historical and cultural feminine incident, but also hopes to encourage listeners to rethink how they process modern folk and popular music 400 years after the events in the eye of this project’s unique subject matter.

Released to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials, which should bring with it plenty of fanfare and live events. Check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxh6LrwET0U


STAFF COMMENTS

Philippa says: The collaborative reactions of Adrian Flannagan (Kings Have Long Arms), actress Maxine Peake (Shameless / Silk) and Dean Hohner (I Monster) - under the umbrella moniker The Eccentronic Research Council


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