Pitch Black + dr trippy + 100th Monkey
Entry Requirements: 18+
Electronic producers Pitch Black bring their hugely popular show to Coventry for the first time. Fusing live music with customised visuals, the sensory feast aims to recontextualise their new album Third Light.
Support on the night from local acts dr trippy and 100th Monkey.
Pitch Black are Michael Hodgson and Paddy Free. Having pumped their way through New Zealand’s electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year's eve festival in 1996, they have spent the subsequent years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.
Hard to box into a single audio 'genre', Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like "Orbital meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor".
It is their live show that really makes Pitch Black stand out from the rest of the crowd, both sonically and visually. Their tracks take on an added dynamism and their performances reveal the dialectic behind the band - Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, Michael wants to do it to the crowd. Visually they are in another dimension thanks to Michael's cutting edge visuals.
They have toured the world relentlessly, playing everywhere from Amsterdam to Zagreb and the streets of Las Vegas to the Australian outback, supporting acts such as Coldcut, Skream, Easy Dub All Stars and System 7 along the way.
The creator of Punjabi swamp music, dr trippy (AKA Martin Corbett) has been dancing to the off-beat of the world for some time now with his riot of musical flavours. Sounding like a clash between India and Jamaica at an English festival, his dhol driven tunes are underpinned by the rhythms and resonance of dub, fuelled by a battery of synthesisers and effect units, and awash in esoteric vocals.
He’s released two albums and three EP’s on Banco de Gaia’s Disco Gecko label and has a brand new project scheduled for this November.
100th Monkey is Andy Guthrie, who has co-produced Banco de Gaia, Children of the Bong, Medicine Drum and Matsuri Productions to name a few.
The name 100th Monkey comes from research conducted in the mid-sixties by four Japanese primatologists into the eating habits of monkies across several separate Pacific islands. The researchers found that a concept or skill learned by a few could spread almost overnight to the rest of the species across long distances provided a critical number of individuals was reached. This was later picked up on by Lyall Watson who gave the concept the name "the hundredth monkey phenomenon". The point being that a new skill or concept can be accepted into the gene stream and affect evolution provided enough individuals acquire it. So proving that whatever we think or learn affects the collective unconsciousness... probably.