Is Cycling The New Rock?

Every time I open a newspaper or turn on the television nowadays I am struck that cycling is the new Rock & Roll. Toby Young and Dylan Jones both have bikes and attended The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon tour when it reached London. They went to the concert in designer gear, and spat out Jagger's lyrics whilst waving bottles of their own urine in time to Charlie Watts's drum beats.

The lead singer for Elbow, a Mr. Stuart Maconie owns a Brompton which he rides to work every day then folds away neatly every night while listening to a Clive Cussler audiobook. West country Mojo man David Quantick has also been spotted saddling up, and is never happier than when riding around wearing a 'confused' expression.


The Pheromoans have started work on their fifth album in Lewes. Nobody knows when or by what method this album will come out.  New songs from it will be performed at a number of music festivals this summer including Kendal Calling, Electric Fields in Dumfries and Festival No. 6 in Portmerion. 

Sian Dorrer's portrait of  former spin Dr. Ali Campbell on BBC's Newsnight

Before this there is an imminent album being released by The Bomber Jackets on Alter - you can watch a video from the album here which features Sian Dorrer's painting above and Russell's picture of Sir Steve Jobs. Since the last blog update there have been a number of releases from the Sticks called Why Bother : The Charcoal Owls The Red Albums : and a Pheromoans split single on O Genesis.  

4 members of the Pheromoans outside the studio yesterday

Reviews etc.

Reviews of our latest Long Player here on the Quietus as well as Dusted and A Ship in the Woods.

Barlow Index #4

The Pheromoans are hosting the fourth Barlow Index on June 5th. Another afternoon start, for laid back leisure. No roast dinners available - no wellies. 

Live dates

Order the new Pheromoans album here.

Saturday April 23rd: Cowley Club, Brighton

Friday May 27th: Flying Duck, Glasgow

Saturday May 28th: Mining Institute, Newcastle

Sunday May 29th: Liverpool Sound City

Monday May 30th: Manchester details tbc

Sunday June 5th: Barlow Index #4 at New River Studios, London

New Charcoal Owls 7" EP

Released March 2016. Order here.

The Barlow Index #2: Vicky Langan, Blood Stereo, Claire Potter, Ravioli Me Away, Charcoal Owls.

Sunday November 1st. 4pm - 10pm. £5 entry. Power Lunches, 446 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE.

Performances from:

Vicky Langan. A special one-off England performance by heroic sound/visual artist Vicky Langan, from Cork, Ireland. “Irish artist Vicky Langan has gained a reputation for raw and intense performances that are as likely to leave audiences feeling deeply unsettled as profoundly moved. Langan both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate physical theatre loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. With a focus on the sounds of the body and its functions, involving contact-miked skin, amplified breath and live electronic manipulation, Langan’s work sits between sound and performance art.”- Daniel Spicer, The Wire magazine

Vicky Langan photographed at Cafe Oto by Moniek Darge

Blood Stereo. Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance are a British institution, the sound complete immersion for people who don't immerse easily. Idiot twins Burchill and Slim may behave as though they own Sussex, but Constance and Nyoukis are immune to their surroundings, making livid eyes at confused glitter vixens up and down this squalid Isle.

Blood Stereo photographed in Cork by Patricia Klich

Claire Potter is an artist and writer from Merseyside whose book Mental Furniture (2014) is published by VerySmallKitchen. At this event Claire Potter will perform Lads of Aran, an essay performance using two slide projectors. Inserting voyeuristic found photos of lads, into stilled scenes from Robert J Flaherty's 1927 ethno-documentary Man of Aran, Claire Potter moves through a series of notes, quotations and anecdotes in an attempt to decode the figure of the lad and consider its emancipatory potentials. Frances Morgan writes 'her urgent, prickly delivery reminds you of how infrequently such regional voices are heard in underground music and performance, especially when they belong to women, whose vocals are more likely than men's to be shrouded in reverb, made glassy and affectless… Potter's voice is inescapable, compelling you to listen to what the subject of her writing has to say.'

Formed at underworld lynchpin Digby Coroner's send-off, Ravioli Me Away have been turning heads with several releases of essential tracks, and those heads haven't looked back ever since in their pursuit of good-time racket and loveable Norfolk shit. Invisible chords and a barely concealed contempt for the powers that be are all fair game when RMA hit town. The lyrical content was pseudo political.

Charcoal Owls consist of Tom James Scott and Russell Walker and create music for the masses via a mixture of essential and non-essential tracks which are steeped in the peculiar traditions of Hayes neo-soul. Their releases include Tin Roof (2014) and Coventry Campbell (2015) and have a forthcoming double A-Side 7" appearing on I Dischi Del Barone in early 2016. This is only their third ever performance and the first since 2010.

The master of ceremonies is the divisive figure of the newly toned Mad Headed Octogram, whose musings on life come by way of a distinctly rockist filter.

Housebound & Proud

Charcoal Owls (Russell Walker and Tom James Scott) released their Tin Roof LP this year on Night School, with contributions from Rose Keeler-Schäffeler & Jean Noël Rebilly, and now bring you a brand new track not featured on the album, recorded as a free festive download.

Click here to listen or download.

Tom James Scott