Listen up there to our latest Buggerbear wireless transmission. Amidst some shatteringly good music, utilising what Don Van Vliet once termed ‘the plastic horned devil’ (the phone geez, the phone), with our eye on our current supercool litany of shows, Bugbear catch up not only with Mark Hoyle from Dub Sex, but Lach from…LACH!
LACH, the founder of the Antifolk movement that is, seven album releases under his belt, and more recently star of the BBC Radio 4 comedy show The Lach Chronicles. Lach’s first book of poetry, The Thin Book of Poems (Desert Hearts Pub.) has just been published on January 19th (Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday) and Lach is touring the UK to promote the book by doing readings during the day at independent book shops and rocking the independent clubs at night.
The Dublin Castle Jan 30th is one such show, as part of Independent Venue Week….if you haven’t yet checked out the radio series on BBC Radio 4 it’s a winner, and has received the top choice radio pick from every major newspaper (The Times, The Observer, The Independent, The Telegraph and Radio Times). Lach himself ran several independent music venues for many years in New York City and recently in Edinburgh . The Antifolk art and music movement is sited as a main inspiration by hundreds of performers today from Beck and Jeffrey Lewis to Hamell on Trial, The Moldy Peaches and Regina Spektor in the US to the likes of Laura Marling in the UK.
“Lach is NYC’s living legend, riotously catchy. The roots of modern songwriting: Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, The New York Dolls, Nick Drake and Lach!” – Timeout London “Lach is incredibly bright, he’s influential, he’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s got his own, sort of, counter-culture charm. A very intelligent songwriter, funny, poetic. He became part of New York folklore.” – Suzanne Vega “Lach – one of the originators, and one of the sharpest arrows of the New York Antifolk scene. A Lach show is rarely less than a face-ache funny, beat-punk-unplugged joy, and likely to send you home with several favourite new songs” – The Guardian.
Dub Sex play the Dublin Castle also as part of Independent Venues Week, Sat Jan 31st, their first London show for over 26 years! In 2014 the band reformed for a limited number of shows and festival appearance including breath-taking performances at Kendal Calling and Manchester’s Sound Control. DUB SEX are often cited as one of Manchester’s greatest “lost” bands. Formed in the concrete landscape of 1980’s Hulme they had a unique, raw and at times brutal sound all of their own. The band came to prominence in the late 80’s releasing 4 critically acclaimed EP’s, recording 4 John Peel sessions and performing on local and national TV (Snub TV and Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show, The Other Side of Midnight) with the release of the classic Swerve EP in 1989. DUB SEX never fitted into Madchester scene and disappeared in 1990 with members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar) and Cathy Brooks (bass) going on to form Dumb and guitarist Chris Bridgett going on to form Rude Club. Tonight Bug Bear are very pleased to host this show as a part of Independent Venues Week 2015.