Ernest+Tom at the Deaf Institute Manchester

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.  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, supporting  Rose Elinor Dougall and is playing to no more than 30 people.  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.  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.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/13699670[/vimeo]
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” he’s right it did.

Equipment  List (meet the rest of the band);
Akai Headrush
Roland space echo re 201
Dod supra distortion
Ibanez chorus/Flanger
Les Paul junior
Fender Deville
Korg Kaossilator
Roland sp404 sampler

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  1. Good to chat with you last night Chris, and sorry I didn’t make it down for this set – the honest truth being we had no idea there was an opening support. The venue’s own website did not mention supports at all, and we only knew WFANFC were on at 8.45 because we know them a bit, so we kind of assumed 8pm doors and only one support – I for one never like to miss a set without good reason, and sounds like I missed something pretty good here. I’ll be looking out for her in the future though.

    • Hi Cath I understand it was very last minute. We’re inviting Jane (ernest+tom) to do a quick set on the LTW stage at FOM Festival. If I hear of any shows I’ll let you know . Chris x

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