Blue Orchids, St. Christopher and Bingo Harry @ The Peer Hat, Manchester [31 May]

Blue Orchids, St. Christopher and Bingo Harry


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The Peer Hat
14-16 Faraday Street, M1 1BE Manchester, United Kingdom
The founding guitarist of The Fall and its primary songwriter on early releases, Martin Bramah formed the Blue Orchids with two other disillusioned Fall members after the release of the Live At The Witch Trials album — with almost instant success. John Peel championed the 7" singles «Work» and «The Flood» and had them record two radio sessions. Soon after, a high-profile tour with Echo & the Bunnymen followed. Their debut album, The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) topped the indie charts and delivered five classics still in the set today — «Sun Connection,» «Dumb Magician,» «A Year With No Head,» «Low Profile» and «Bad Education.»

Having created one of early post-punk's most distinctive sounds with their strung-out keyboards weaving around inventive, discordant guitar patterns — once described as «Phil Spector meets the Velvet Underground beneath the Blackpool illuminations» — the Blue Orchids now move on, determined to make the world a more colourful place. Recent album The Once And Future Thing confirms Martin Bramah as an artist who has followed his muse and continues to write great and memorable songs.

St. Christopher formed in York in 1984 and were (and still are) pioneers of DIY pop music. Their most well known period was in the late 80s / early 90s on the seminal Sarah Records label but they have also been on other independent labels both before and after Sarah. St. Christopher have a huge, under-appreciated back catalogue of infectious indie music that is difficult to categorise. See the 2CD compliation «Forevermore Starts Here» on Cherry Red for a flavour.

Bingo Harry and the Chanting Plants are label-mates of Blue Orchids and sound like they're channeling the spirit of early Marc Bolan to produce their own brand of gentle and intriguing psychedelic weirdness. They are quite possibly fueled by peyote.
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