Join us for the live launch performance of Creep Show's second album, 'Yawning Abyss' on Bella Union Records. With support from Brighton-based rising star I Am Fya and followed by a DJ set until midnight by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde.
“Deliciously dark pop from doyens of electronica... John Grant and Wrangler team up again for this smouldering second album... Grant is in sublime voice.” Record Collector ****
About Creep Show
Creep Show (a collaboration between John Grant, Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter and Ben “Benge” Edwards) returns with the launch of their second album Yawning Abyss. The album title raises as many eyebrows as that of their debut album, Mr Dynamite, which was celebrated for its unique upbeat electronica, experimental pop and surreal funk.
With John Grant added to the mix, Creep Show's debut album distilled collective years of musical talent into inspired social commentary, all shaped by sound generated from Ben “Benge” Edwards' lifetime collection of analogue synths and drum machines, along with Stephen Mallinder's Cabaret Voltaire tones and Phil Winter's electronic wizardry.
“Mesmerising... 'Yawning Abyss' sources vintage synths and a determination to find the fun in the breakdown of society, emerging with the darkest strain of pop. If the title track is Talking Heads in simmering slow motion (with a gorgeous Grant vocal), ‘Steak Diane’ is Cabaret Voltaire at their sci-fi dubbiest.” PROG
Creep Show's early performances in Sheffield’s 2014 Sensoria Festival were followed by the Rough Trade 40th anniversary performance at London’s Barbican in 2016. From this was born a 'collective consciousness built from discarded celluloid, dust and brown noise. It’s buried inside your capillaries, under your skirting board and in your thermals' according to Mallinder, leaning into the Yawning Abyss with a smirk. Or, as Benge, the man with a Bond-villain studio, puts it: 'a band of musical misfits who have found a voice or two.'
If Mr Dynamite cranked, flew and plunged abstractly through the dark corners of a world on the brink of being blitzed in a blender, Creep Show's Yawning Abyss has a distinct skip in its naturally-oblique-unhinged-electro-breakdance step. At times this show could well dare to creep toward feelgood.
"The best non-Kraftwerk electronic gig there is!" Brighton & Hove News
About I Am Fya
Support comes from I Am Fya, an experimental artist from Manchester, based in Brighton. Her music brings together low-end textures with collaged field recordings, referencing sound system culture and notions of belonging, through lyrical narratives delivered in her febrile vocal style. Her recent work collects sound from her homeland, Barbados, and focuses on identity, culture, spiritual connections to land and ancestors, radical self-love, the power of chosen family, otherness, and acceptance.
Released on Rose Hill Records, and also launching at this show on 16 June, 'The Sun Will Kill Me', is the story of I Am Fya’s unexpectedly long stay (during the pandemic) with unwell parents in Barbados and how a surprise friendship with the six year-old daughter of her father’s carer inspired her art. Watch the video on YouTube.
"I Am Fya’s significance can’t be contained much longer." Brighton Source
About Simon Raymonde
Simon owns Bella Union record label and is a musician and producer, most notably with Cocteau Twins (1983-1997). He has DJ-ed in cities as far afield as Jakarta, as well as New York, Barcelona, Dublin and London. With a new two-hour pure music radio show starting soon each week on ROVR, come and listen to music Simon has handpicked for the Creep Show event. A mix of Arthur Lee, Lee Perry, Perry Farrell, Pharell Williams, will.i.am, Amy Winehouse is unlikely, but some queer disco, film score hits, electronic meaty beats are possible.
- 7.00pm venue and Café Bar opens
- 7.30pm Auditorium opens
- 8.00pm I Am Fya (support)
- 9.00pm Creep Show
- Until midnight: Simon Raymonde post-show DJ set in the Café Bar
Age guidance: 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Creep Show image: Chris Bethell
Dates & Times
Friday 16 June, 20238:00pm