Bedford-based band The Grubby Mitts started as part of the art-practice of band leader Andy Holden, leading to a run of concerts in art-galleries, but the band soon took on a life of its own, combining live visuals with experimental sounds and emotionally direct melodies.
They released their first album in 2014 following a run of EP’s and 7” singles that gained radio play on BBC6 Music. The live shows evolved to incorporate a large number of live instruments, occasionally including a choir or string quartet. For one concert they performed with Damo Suzuki formally of Can on vocals.
They will be live at Milton Keynes Gallery on Saturday (April 22) night, with support from House Lords.
West African rhythms collide with just intonation guitars, art-fire saxophone, minimalist grooves, and collaged zapdowns on Interventions, the powerful third full-length from Baltimore’s Horse Lords.
The band’s Northern Spy debut is also the first Horse Lords album to explore the classic studio-as-weaponry strategies of yore, mapping the quartet’s raw Baltimore lightning onto the experimental musique concrète territory surveyed by elder heads like Faust and This Heat.
Doors at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the doors.