Biff Bang Pow Is Back with The Telescopes
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Biff Bang Pow returns with special Guests, The Telescopes and the Silver Factory plus Djs playing the usual mix of indie, psychedelia, mod, garage punk, and northern soul.
The Telescopes are an English noise, space rock, dream pop and psychedelic band, drawing influence from artists such as Suicide, The Velvet Underground and The 13th Floor. They have a total of six released albums since their debut Taste released in 1989. Formed in 1987 by Stephen Lawrie, Space-rock Legends The Telescopes have been mining a unique anti-myopian seam of drone/dream noise & psych for over 20 years. Along with bands like Loop, Spacemen 3, The Jesus and Mary Chain & My Bloody Valentine the group were responsible for creating the kind of mind expanding Spacerock music that influenced bands like Ride, Slowdive and the whole Shoegaze/ Nu-gaze genres.
Their “#Untitled Second” album for the legendary Creation records is now perceived by many as a lost classic. While re-issues, on labels such as Bomp!, Rev-ola, Spaceage, Midsummer Madness and The Committee To Keep Music Evil, brought their early sounds to a new generation of ears, and prompted the NME to declare ‘the genius of The Telescopes’.
Their current music has been described as- “primeval drone, rich in texture, with soaring feedback, forever spiralling outward, fractal and hypnotic – a bed of noise percolating at the edges of audition.” The Wire described them as having “a very real & crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop,” and Julian Cope is a fan. In July 2011, the band were invited Portishead to perform at the ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror at Alexandre Palace. An event repeated at Austin Psych Festival 2012 curated by The Black Angels. An album of new songs is also underway, following sessions at the Brian Jonestown Massacre studios in Berlin and Spectrum co founder Richard Formby’s studio in Leeds. doors at 9pm!”