Jolly_Lad_cover_webBank holiday rhymes with wank holiday for good reason.

This is a time of year of traffic jams and rain.

Makes more sense to go to a cool event.

Luckily we know where one is. In Manchester.

A mixture of readings from The Quietus editor John Doran’s fab new book and some great underground music and weird shit.

ARABROT featuring John Doran, 2KoiKarp & Jay Tea from Locean

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Quietus Editor John Doran is celebrating the publication of his first book – Jolly Lad – by going on a 31 date reading tour called An English Trip. He is teaming up with other writers, poets, film makers, musicians and DJs over the course of a month and putting on nights in prisons, churches, libraries, record shops, book stores, village halls, warehouses and cinemas and his musical support on every night of the tour is Kjetil Nernes aka Arabrot, the Norwegian noise rock musician.

The second night of the tour is at Manchester’s very own Star & Garter and what a line up there is. Local dark-psych act Ten Mouth Electron describe themselves thus: “We are a pure foal of gold stretched tight among the gleaming like a stinking buzz, all sinewy and unchewable, like.” Chaotic post punk outfit ILL say the following: “We are ILL, a band. ILL are experimental, creating music until something tingles and performing dance noise until something bleeds.” Arabrot – for one evening only consists of Kjetil as well as Neil & Louise of 2 Koi Karp and Jay Temple of Locean, while Doran reads from his book as well as delivering incantations on black holes, ghosts and Manchester bus time tables. And there’s going to be a balearic, cosmic disco, funk rock DJ set to round it all off as well.

Arabrot have worked with the likes of Steve Albini and Stephen O’Malley, and draw influences from Swans, The Birthday Party, Throbbing Gristle and Lee Hazelwood. Tonight they are also joined live by local heads 2KoiKarp and Jay Tea.

Speaking about An English Trip – a 31 date tour round England, John Doran says: “I’m going on tour for the first time ever next month. I’m 43 years old.

“When I came up with the idea for An English Trip I wasn’t very well. I was not, let’s say, in my best state of mind. I’d just had a nervous breakdown and my doctor had advised that I spend some time as a voluntary inmate in a psychiatric facility. Normally when people have lengthy manic episodes terminated by a crash they are given medicine. I was given an Arts Council grant, a road map of England, a friendly Norwegian noise rock savant with his own van, a Stonehenge-looking assemblage of amplifiers, a BOSS Space Echo pedal, some print outs of poetry about black holes and a copy of JB Priestly’s English Journey. I talk a good game when I’m out of my fucking mind you see.

“For the entire month of May I’m undertaking a 31 date reading tour of England called An English Trip. I’m going with my good pal Kjetil Nernes – the brains & brawn behind Årabrot – who is creating music for me to read over while we do shows in high security prisons, schools, libraries, record shops, bars, churches, village halls, book stores, cinemas, theatres and gig venues.

“I have my new book Jolly Lad to read out from as well as some other pieces about black holes, ghosts, ritual punishment and regional bus timetables.

This ill advised, poorly thought out, risible adventure is, as you have almost certainly realised in quicker time than I did, part of a burgeoning mid-life crisis (triggered by a common or garden case of bi-polar disorder).

“However, despite how anxious I’ve become about it now that I’m less mad and I’ve had some time to think it over, I’ve got to say, it’s been quite exciting to plan. I bought a large fold-out road map of the UK from a petrol station to lay out on my living room floor. And as I started placing small star stickers (stolen from one of my son’s Thomas The Tank Engine magazines) over various towns and cities, I tried to pin down where this idea had originated as I marked Salford, Eastbourne, Plymouth, Manchester, Bristol, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, Sunderland, Sheffield, Taunton, Liverpool, Rochester, Cambridge, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Totnes, Nottingham, Northampton, Worcester, Brighton and other destinations.

“Each of the small, colourful circles of paper had been placed over the site of a gig location. Every marker stood for an opportunity I was taking to collaborate with various artists, poets, musicians, writers and filmmakers along the route.”

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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