Words by Ed King
Doors open upstairs at ‘the horse’ from 8pm, with tickets costing NOTHING AT ALL YOU LUCKY MUSIC LOVING BAST*RDS – as presented by Sonic Gun. For direct information, visit the Facebook Event Page by clicking here.
They say Friday 13th is an auspicious day (“they talk a lot, don’t they…”) and The Mothers Earth Experiment are channelling whatever from wherever to feed the collective unconscious with some musical manna this weekend.
Always worth a stop, look and listen, The Mothers Earth Experiment have been pumping out their jazz, funk, and lava lamp tinged psych rock for a handful of years now. One of the more musically proficient bands we’ve come across on Brum’s live circuit, The Mothers Earth Experiment are a tight and intelligent six piece delivering ‘detailed sonic tapestries of dense psychedelic atmospheres and emotive melodies’ with a social-political message never too far behind. Committed to the cause of music. Plus, they’re lovely people. And the world needs lovely people.
But this weekend, The Mothers Earth Experiment are being extra good to us all. First up, they’re throwing a free gig. So no bank balances will suffer if you want to go out and get your psych rock wiggle on this weekend. Bless you gents.
Second up, The Mothers Earth Experiment are gifting ten free copies of their debut album as part of the promo for the gig – leaving a round of drinks and a lift home as the only acts of generosity left to give. To win a copy, all you’ve got to do is share their Facebook post about it – click here – and the winners will be announced via the band’s social media, with CDs ready for collection at The Dark Horse.
Sounds simple enough. But to celebrate the arrival of POTUS to the UK, The Mothers Earth Experience have tailored their competition to honour the illustrious floppy wig wearing war mongering celebrity obsessed egotistical megalomaniac. In the band’s own words:
‘And if you want a really big chance of winning something, remember I personally will buy something special for the person with the best plaque, t-shirt, sign etc that tells Donald Trump where to fucking go.’
The Mothers Earth Experiment were also quick to get behind the NOT NORMAL – NOT OK campaign, which got launched this week to ‘encourage safety and respect within live music venues, and to combat the culture of sexual assault and aggression – from dance floor to dressing room.’ In an act of on and off stage solidarity, the band will be handing out NOT NORMAL – NOT OK stickers at their gig on Friday 13th July, asking people to wear one whilst at the venue and ‘show the perpetrators of sexual assault, violence, and misconduct that their actions will not be tolerated.’
“We at The Mothers Earth Experiment have been angered and horrified to hear of stories of sexual assault in the local scene. We’re getting behind the NOT NORMAL – NOT OK campaign to try and bring light to these horrific abuses of power – from danceflooor to dressing room. On Friday 13th July our gig coincides with Donald Trump arriving in the UK; a physical reminder that the very top echelons of society can still get away with “grabbing them by the pussy”.
We want to end this and although we may not be able to get Trump yet, we can sure as hell sort out our scene with enough support. So to all the people who have ever been taken advantage of, to all the people who have seen the other side of their friends, to all those who’ve been abused by someone with power over them, we can and will make a difference.”
Also appearing on the bill are The Taboo Club, the recently formed phoenix from the flames of the band Semantics – playing their first gig in their fresh new form. The Taboo Club has Joshua Rochelle-Bates and Rob Lilley at the helm, from the aforementioned, but also boasts an eclectic line up of solid sounds and musicians from across the musical spectrum – expect guitar, bass, sax, keys, and soaring walls of sonic bliss from a deluge of influences. But here a quick hello from the band themselves:
“The Taboo Club have a lot of respect for The Mothers Earth Experiment, having known them on the local circuit for some time now, and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting to support for our first gig. It’s really exciting to be playing live after having worked so hard as a new band.
We can’t wait for people to hear The Taboo Club too. It’s an ensemble of expressive and tight musicians playing amalgamations of different genres – songs that command attention but welcome intimacy. The sound is informed and shaped by our individual contributions, but with a jazz chemistry and other familiar yet strange things.”
It’s pretty stuff awesome too. Birmingham Review was privy to some rehearsals and we liked it so much we’ve booked The Taboo Club to play our next showcase gig – held at The Victoria on Saturday 29th September.
Tickets for The Taboo Club Showcase Gig with Birmingham Review are not on sale yet, but we’ve had a fair few people ask for reserves already (honestly, just shy of a quarter of the room so far) so jump over to the Facebook Event Page and stick your hand in the air.
Meanwhile, back in a warm and fuzzy corner of space somewhere near the third rock from the sun…
‘Cool Down Mama’ – The Mothers Earth Experiment
The Mothers Earth Experiment play a free gig at The Dark Horse on Friday 13th July, with support from The Taboo Club – as presented by Sonic Gun. For direct gig information, visit the Facebook Event Page by clicking here.
For more on The Mothers Earth Experiment, visit www.themothersearthexperiment.wordpress.com
For more on The Taboo Club, visit www.facebook.com/TheTabooClubUK
The Taboo Club Showcase Gig with Birmingham Review will be held at The Victoria on Saturday 29th September. To find out more, and to be on the waiting list for when tickets are released, visit the Facebook Event Page by clicking here.
For more from Sonic Gun, including further event listings and online ticket sales, visit www.facebook.com/sonicgunconcerts
For more on The Dark Horse, including venue details and further event listings, visit www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
NOT NORMAL – NOT OK is a campaign to encourage safety and respect within live music venues, and to combat the culture of sexual assault and aggression – from dance floor to dressing room.