THE FENCHURCH BEAT HAPPENING BASH!
Saturday, November 8th @ The Monarch, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, 8pm-2am
EZRA BANG & HOT MACHINE
GOLDLIELOCKS (DJ SET)
SELFISH CUNT (DJ SET)
November’s instalment of the Fenchurch Beat Happening Bash comes hot on the heels of, well, the October one, obviously, which saw the likes of Bearsuit, Gentle Friendly and Miss Odd Kidd rocking the stage of the Monarch, as well as a headline DJ set by the almighty Chrome Hoof. Many boozes were drunk, many lips were kissed, and many heads were sore the next morning – but that’s the price you pay when you step into Beat Happening territory.
And it’s all happening again, this time with the amazing blues/anti-folk/rapsmith that is Mayor McCa. Hailing from Canada, the man has the same number of limbs as you or I, but is infinitely more adept at using them; playing the drums, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, and clarinet, he’s basically the best one man band you’ll ever see. Recent support slots with the likes of Daniel Johnstone, Regina Spektor and Foals confirm them as people of rather fine taste.
Maths Class are next up. Their punk spin on the math rock phenomena of recent times has seen them win an army of fans, and Beat Happening were witness to one of the greatest gigs of the year, a double-headliner with Rolo Tomassi in Maths Class’ own flat at the unofficial afterparty of this year’s Great Escape festival. The police were called, but not before the boys belted out a twenty minute adrenaline-fuelled blast of digi-punk. They’ll be massive soon.
Headlining the live bill is Brooklyn’s Ezra Bang & Hot Machine; having toured earlier this year with the legendary Public Enemy, they’re over in the UK and have been winning a legion of new converts, having been described in such terms as ‘an extremely camp version of Chuck D’, and ‘like Grace Jones fronting Rage Against the Machine’, and quite simply, ‘scary’.
With the much-talked-about British rapper (and November’s Mixmag coverstar) Goldielocks behind the decks between bands, and some very special guests, in the shape of London’s favourite/least favourite (delete as appropriate) glam-punk anarchist, Selfish Cunt, popping down for a headline DJ set later on, it’s going to be the best Fenchurch Beat Happening Bash yet. That’s a promise.
THE FENCHURCH BEAT HAPPENING BASH, SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER @ THE MONARCH, 40-42, CHALK FARM RD, CAMDEN, 8PM – 2AM
Tickets are £5 and available from www.monarchbar.com
In other news, the dates for the next couple of Fenchurch Beat Happening Bash’s are confirmed… first off is our Christmas extravaganza on December 20th at the Monarch, with The Wizard & the Frog confirmed along with a DJ set by Men In Masks (none other than telly’s Jeff Leach), with more acts to be confirmed. Then there is January 10th, line up still TBC.
Beat Happening will also be hosting an event on January 17th at the Roxy, near London Bridge, for the London Short FIlm Festival, with a screening of the documentary ‘One Man In a Band’, as well as independent music video screenings and some extra special live performances… watch this space for more news.
Last, but not least, in this news round-up, Beat Happening Issue 4 will be hitting the streets of London from November 10th….