We ask, rhetorically and self importantly.
We’ve been quiet, while all a flurry of activity under the surface. Like a steam powered mega-swan. We’ve recorded some stuff for an EP and are currently writing and rehearsing material for the overblown concept album, which is proving to be a very enjoyable, rewarding and creative process. We hope to begin recording towards the end of the year and continue into 2014 (our tenth year) in the same vein.
We’ll also be keeping the live end up as we do this. Ed will soon return from paternity leave and so we expect to play a few dates in the summer/autumn. More to follow.
In the meantime, be excellent to each other.
Yes! Pisco Presents is back once again, like the proverbial renegade master of yesteryear. We have an extravagant and luxurious musical feast to satisfy even the most jaded musical palates. Gorge yourself stupid on these treasures and while nodding appreciatively at the presentation:
After a summer of ridiculous gigs on barges, buses, bandstands and the occasional so called ‘music venue’, Early Cartographers decided it was time to make something that would help them remember how the tunes go. An ‘EP’ was thus decided upon. ‘The Wolf Chorus’ is a 3-track smack in the face of the humdrum with shouting, clapping and lovely bits. Come down to this EP launch night and be treated to a ferocious and ‘meaningful’ headline set, get the CD cheaper than you would normally and maybe get to feel a little Christmassy too?
Pisco Sour Hour
Twisted tales for long dark winter nights. Stories of horrible ambushes by friars in Mediterranean orchards. More recent reports from the high pressure environment of Angleland’s boardrooms, where CEOs stalk the corridors at night armed with letter openers, pumped full of caffeine and beta blockers. People say you should write about what you know, but let’s assume you don’t want to hear a load of songs about software development and gardening. Dirty guitars. Bracing sax. And vague sense of competence.
The Jupitrons are a super good group with punk/rockabilly leanings, who find it pretty much impossible not to knock out quality pop tune after quality pop tune. In fact, by the time you’ve read this, they’ve probably written another one. A must see.
All this, Saturday 8th December at The Shakespeare. 8 ‘til late. Good music, good beer, good times. £3.50 on the door. It will be ace.
Had a lovely time at the last Pisco Presents, and so did Sloucher Zine. Read the review
And of course, thanks to all who came down and played – we had a ball.
So – news. Let us break it down for you in the appropriate manner, with a funky fresh bullet pointed list
Pisco Presents action in October to be confirmed shortly (sorry, had to cancel due to organisational issues – next PP is now December)
- First of two virtual singles mostly finished bar a couple of overdubs and mixing. The first will be “Let’s Trash Venice Again”/”Dr Fox’s Friend”. These are songs that are too good to be left in the box, but would not fit thematically in the high concept thing we are writing at the moment.
- We’re in the middle of writing some sort of large, sprawling concept album and will keep you updated as it progresses.
That’s all for now.
How soon is now? What time is love? Where’s me jumper? If you are looking for the answer to any of these questions, then I’m afraid that Saturday August 11th’s Pisco Presents will not provide you with enlightenment. However, if you have a thirst for high quality musical entertainment and top grade instrument bashing excitement, then look no further and drink deep the syrupy isotonic sports drink of rock/roll. The programme of entertainments is as follows:
Pisco Sour Hour. Angleland’s 4th best pop group. Rudimentry instrument manglers. Born in a barn.
Audrey Horne. Trusty seafarers of music. Bred in a Yorkshire dale, they want your babies. Hard to classify but easy to love.
Glass Antenna. What Electric Tape Recorder did next. Their debut gig. Expect powerful, dirty art rock action. Expect the unexpected…no, wait…
Shakespeares. Saturday August 11th. £3.50 on the door.
Hello. After many months in the wilderness, subsisting mainly on grubs, Pisco Presents returns. June 9th. We’re at a new venue, Shakespeares, with a super hot line up, plus the now customary hastily cobbled together distractions. For the quite reasonable entrance cost of £3.50, you and your loved ones can enjoy the following programme of entertainment
Pisco Sour Hour. Genre fiddling, instrument swapping, sound man irritating four piece, delivering twisted tales through the medium of popular song. If you see one genre fiddling, instrument swapping, sound man irritating four piece, delivering twisted tales through the medium of popular song this year, then make it this one. www.pisosourhour.co.uk
The Penny Lovers. A coming together of two of Doncaster’s stalwarts of the local music scene, The Carousels and Hopper Ward. Drawing influences from all genres of music, their sound can probably be best described as indie folk with a smattering of country and dance. pennylovers.get-ctrl.com
Dave Woodcock. Performing solo and unaided. Songs of booze, regret and wanderlust with a freewheeling, growling cockiness. Honest, emotive and revealingly personal. But mainly, just plain awesome. http://www.davewoodcock.net/
Come on down. If you’re going to Peace in the Park then come on down afterwards – the venue is a short stumbling distance away.
Hello each and every one of you. Feel our beneficent gaze and our clammy, over familiar hand on your shoulder.
We’ll be playing a free gig at The Hop, Sheffield on Wenesday 23rd May and we’re very much looking forward to it. The venue’s pretty new so here’s where to find it.
In addition to that, Pisco Presents is returning. It will be a Saturday, once every other month. The first will be June 9th. We have an excellent line up! We have a new venue! More details to follow shortly. We’re very excited about doing these again.
Finally, we’re writing and we’re recording. The plan to put out a 4 track EP has morphed into a plan to put out two individual singles, and then record the ridiculous concept album that we’re currently working on.
In short, all is well in the world ‘o Pisco
Fantastic review of AHTTCL from Exposed Magazine:
In your face, Melua.
A local four-piece known for their frenetic live performances and eclectic musical repertoire, Pisco Sour Hour like to touch upon some of life’s more peculiar subject matters. Expect an album that will transition from the sublime to the bizarre quicker than you can say ‘hedonistic mediaeval chess grandmaster’.
In our culture of recycling, it’s a relief when something truly original comes along. How many other songs do you know that tackle a bank manager going on a murderous rampage with his pet monkey (‘Spot Monkey’)?
It’s the album’s heterogeneousness that causes it to be such a refreshing listen; one moment the band are channelling Primal Scream jamming with Television on ‘Country Music’, juxtaposed with the sax-laden lounge-ska of ‘Tanya’. Give a 5-year old boy with ADHD a Red Bull and a box of crayons and tell him to go mental, you still won’t be able to replicate the astonishing variety and depth of imagination demonstrated here LP
Pisco Says: We are honoured to have been asked to play this:
The Letter Says:
And so, the end is near….
After 10 years together in various guises, THE LETTER (widescreen rock action from The North) have decided to call time on this particular chapter in their lives. HOWEVER, death is not the end and before the re-birth comes a massive celebratory gig at SHAKESPEARES on April 14th that will encompass all the stages in their ‘career’ AND will see the launch of their first (and last) album ‘UNKNOWN FAILURES’.
Shaped over a decade, the LP will feature old favorites alongside four brand new songs.
The final live fling will be an hour long show of our fave tunes and we are honored to have PISCO SOUR HOUR bringing up the rear.
If you are unfamiliar with these local legends, they describe themselves as:
“4 bourgeois idiots, flailing with instruments in a rudimentary, yet somewhat verbose manner”
We would describe them as XTC meets The Fall meets The Partridge Family
(or ‘fecking good’ in simpler terms).
Doors will open at 8pm but if you’ve not been to Shakespeares (Gibraltar Street, near the Law Courts) before or it you’ve not been since it re-opened, get down early as it’s a top-drawer boozer with plenty of interesting beverages to get stuck into!
Door tax will be mere £4, so join us for a rock & roll wake of epic proportions!
“Inspiring energetic bold and confident hard-hitting post-punk-Irish-folk, toe-tapping and captivating in equal measure”
“A five-piece melodic rock outfit with alternating vocalists and impressive changes in pace and intensity…sounding very edgy!” Sheffield Music Scene.com
Some A Hammer to the Camera Lens news:
Another favourable review of the album, this time at The Sheffield Scenester.
You can also now buy the album from Amazon
Some general news:
At the moment we are working on several things, including:
- A four track EP for release later in the year
- The return of Pisco Presents at a new venue. Expect more ridiculous distractions and super fine bands. Touchdown approx. May/June
Hello! We’ll be joining the lovely Denzil Watson on his Indie Hour on Tuesday 31st Jan from 9pm. We’ll be chatting and playing some choice cuts. Tune in in the Sheffield area on 93.2 FM or listen online at http://www.sheffieldlive.org/