CHARLES HAYWARD (UK // Recommended / Domino / Continuity)
Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock group This heat. He also played with Mal Deans amazing Band, Radar Favourites, dolphin logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet sun project as well as a short stint with Gong.
In 1976, Hayward and fellow Radar Favourites and Dolphin Logic member, Charles Bullen began practising with bassist Gareth Williams under the name This Heat. They began to experiment with tape loops, found sounds and keyboards on several sessions (recorded from 1976 to 1978, but not released until 1979). Finally, in 1979, This Heat released their self-titled debut album. 1981’s Deceit marked the final new album from This Heat, Williams leaving just after its release.
While Bullen began working as a studio engineer, Hayward did sessions for Lora Logic, the Raincoats and Everything But the Girl before forming Camberwell Now with bassist Trefor GORONWY and tape manipulator Stephen Rickard. The trio released several albums through the Swiss Recommended label.
When Camberwell Now disbanded in 1987, Hayward embarked on a solo career which has continued to the present day. He debuted with Survive the Gesture (1987), Skew-whiff (1989) Switch on War (1991) and My Secret Alphabet (with Nick Doyne-ditmas) in 1993.
In 1998, he joined Massacre with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell.
Throughout the 90’s up to the present he has initiated a bewildering array of events and performances , including the widely acclaimed series Accidents + Emergencies at the Albany Theatre, Out of Body Orchestra (too much sound, not enough space, not enough time), music made from the sound of the new LABAN dance centre being built which was choreographed for the official opening, music for a circus (part of the National Theatre’s ‘Art of Regeneration’ initiative), the full-on installation/performance Anti-Clockwise (with Ashleigh Marsh and David Aylward) for multiple strobes, maze structure of diverse textures, 2 drummers, synthesizers and your nervous system. Recent developements include the Continuity evenings as part of Camberwell Arts.
BARBEROS (UK // Up it up / Postmusic)
Barberos are four beards, 3’293’381’278’839 hairs, four drumsticks, 23 cables, four boys who met in liverpool, originally from Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Wales and Rome. After being involved with each other in various ways and various projects for two years, they eventually came together fuelled by a passion for loud noises, hitting things and of course, spandex.
Their music has been described as math/terror/doom/jazz/electronica, with very danceable breakdowns cutting through intermittently throughout the over all technical polly rhythmical, syncopated drum-dominated noise filled performance they deliver with their line up of two acoustic drum kits, synths and live visuals.
All these factors, along with the costumes they wear (head to toe white spandex bodysuits), add to the band’s very impressive overall theatrical performance, which fits perfectly both on the small, and (preferably!) the large stage.
ULTRASPIEßER (GER // Audition records)
NK a well known place for avant-garde and experimental music in Berlin was the location where Julian Percy aka Ratbag (electric guitar treatment), Anton Maiof (voice, wii & max/MSP) and Julian Bonequi (manipulated drums & voice) came together in November 2010 to play Ultra Speicer, a stunning performance which promises a deep and intense sonic trip. Leading off with hypnotic drumming, distorted guitar lines embedded in ambient sounds the album moves to ecstatic drumming combined with female and male vocals, accompanied by well placed sound collages which achieve to carry off the listener to another state of consciousness.