The Grubby Mitts: The Politics of Friendship Tour

The Grubby Mitts: The Politics of Friendship Tour
With special guests Frank Abbott & Rattle.

Friday 25 July, 19:30–23:00

Tickets for the shows are available here with a pre-order of the debut CD for £7 and as stand alone ‘pay-what-you-can’ tickets. Tickets will also be available on the door.

This Summer Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts will tour artist-run spaces across the UK.

The band will use the form of the rock tour as a way of curating a series of events exploring the concept of friendship, and will be performing live a body of music they have been writing and recording for the last seven years.

The music is described as post-MI!MS: short loops, repeated phrases, post-everything, and non-hierarchical; a delicate balance of pessimism and optimism, irony and sincerity, electronics and melody, art and pop. The band perform with numerous objects, such as a marble, alongside a more traditional band line-up of guitars, drums, samplers, keyboards, and saxophone.

For this tour Andy Holden’s video projections will be combined with new projections by a selection of artists who are linked to the spaces in which the band will perform. For each event a designer has been commissioned to create a new poster, which will provide part of the archive of the project. The band will play nine artist-run spaces around the country, linking these together for the first time and transforming each space into part concert venue / part exhibition, with banners, posters, projections and specially selected support acts. The tour will be filmed as the basis of a new video work by Holden, also provisionally titled The Politics of Friendship.

On the Nottingham leg of the tour The Grubby Mitts are supported by Frank Abbott and Rattle.

Frank Abbott will be splicing up the music with hand held video performances. These include blasts from the past, Dyson with Death, Raking and Mowing and Bouncing Back and a new piece especially devised for the night – Hit the Light. Performing with a hand held projector is something Frank Abbott does for relaxation. It enables him to carry out the maximum activity with the minimum of effort. His other activities include the making of videos, installations and signs.

Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Their live performances are at once hypnotic, monastic and danceable, entrancing audiences at this years’ Supersonic Festival, Threadfest and Dot to Dot. Their first EP will be released as a limited 7” by new independent Nottingham label, I Own You Records this July.

To celebrate the announcement of the tour the band are giving away a free MP3, a re-mastered version of their debut single, To a Friend’s House the Way is Never Long. There will be a new single and album released to coincide with the tour.

Link to free download 

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