I’m struggling with this; do you call a person stood on stage alone, making the same level of glorious noise you’d expect from a full band of noiseniks, a solo artist?
I guess you do but in this case I can’t.ÃÂ You see Ernest +Tom are a band it’s just that most of the band are not flesh and blood. The hardware she uses to create this music somehow becomes part of the band. ( for the geeks out there I’ve supplied an equipment list below)
Jane Parker aka Ernest+Tom is first on tonight at The Deaf Institute Manchester, supportingÃÂ Rose Elinor Dougall and is playing to no more than 30 people.ÃÂ The noise she makes reminds me of pre acid house Psychic TV mashed up with the more contemporary sound of Sleigh Bells.
Massive break beats smash through the guitar loops and programmed keyboard noise and invite you to move.ÃÂ Just as you think you can dance to this or that you’re hearing a radio friendly chorus, she turns it on its head and slaps you in the face.
Four songs and she’s off I want more but for a debut gig that’s all you should do, leave them wanting more. In the audience tonight is Elbow front man Guy Garvey I ask him what he thinks, he answers “sounded amazing”Â he’s right it did.
EquipmentÃÂ List (meet the rest of the band);
Roland space echo re 201
Dod supra distortion
Les Paul junior
Roland sp404 sampler