April 08, 2011

Big Block 454: Bells & Proclamations

There once was a time that Manchester Madness ruled the world. Bits of it survive until this day, firmly underground, weird and with the typical Northern England attitude. You like it, and if you don't - well, fuck off.

Big Block 454 have been at it since the Eighties, coming up with tunes that could be described as UK folk having a fight with vintage Krautrock. Remember when Genesis were still prog? This trio is a bit like that, telling stories without Hollywood endings.

Throw in a bit of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop found sounds approach and you get an idea what their latest album Bells & Proclamations sounds like. No problem digesting this if you are into Gong and The Residents. These guys are serious and fun.

Big Block 454:
Alex Stone: looped/bowed acoustic guitar, accordion, vocals
Mark Joell: keyboards, moped, vocals
Colin Robinson: fretless bass, tabla, shehnai, saxophone, creaking floorboards, vocals

Big Block 454: Bells & Proclamations

Bells & Proclamations is a self-released album. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from the band's website.

Tracks:
  1. Pyjamageddon
  2. Blind Jack of Knaresborough
  3. Yockenthwaite
  4. Metal Trees
  5. The Cloud Of Unknowing
  6. Blind Jack's Unicycle
  7. The Modern Architrave
  8. Kirton In The Rain
  9. Long Shore Drift
  10. Rubber Road
  11. Crossing the Bay
  12. The Sun Unconquered

» Big Block 454 on Facebook
» bigblock454.bandcamp.com

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