Spacedog's music reflects our obsessions with defunct machines, faded variety acts and the darkest English folk tales. We perform live using theremin, vocals, percussion, saw, laptop and our famous uncanny musical robots.
On Friday 21 December, Spacedog will be marking the longest night of the year and the last day of the Mayan calendar with a free performance in Brighton.
In preparation for the coming apocalypse, we’re also giving away a few of our worldly goods, starting with a free track, Electric Lullaby:
This curiosity mixes some of the darkest creatures from the English folk canon with a poem, penned by a member of the Electrical Association for Women, c1933. The poet was so intoxicated by thoughts of an electric utopia, every night she passed a small electric current through her baby to soothe him to sleep. In our song, we juxtapose this anonymous mother with the Lankin, a mythical creature from the north of England who slips through the gaps in the window pane to find your baby at night. Keeping with our wintery theme, this song also quotes the revenants – relatives ‘without flesh’ who turn up at your door at Martinmas.
The Electric Lullaby is from our album Juice for the Baby – twelve studio tracks from mid-2011 which attempt to distill our live set at the time. It was written by Sarah Angliss, with quotations from traditional English songs Long Lankin and The Wife of Ushers’ Well.
On the longest night of the year and the last day of the Mayan calendar, Spacedog will be performing music for the end of time. This is an evening when we’ll be experimenting with sound and responsive, projected visuals, as we perform live on vocals, theremin, laptop and vibes, accompanied by Hugo and other automata.
For Final Light, a free, drop-in event at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Brighton. The event starts after Brighton’s annual Burning of the Clocks. Spacedog are playing at the end of the night, at around 10:15-10:55pm.
Spacedog have been quiet of late as we’re working on various new studio projects (and Sarah has been composing for the National Theatre). Forthcoming projects include a 7″ single with Belbury Poly, due for release in Spring 2013 as part of the Ghostbox Study Series. This is something we’re very excited about – we’ve always felt an affinity with the Ghostbox sensibility, even if we sound unlike any other Ghostbox artists. Do stay tuned for details.
Sarah has also made a fleeting appearance on Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets, a fine new album, with a baroque lilt, from our good friend and occasional Ghostbox collaborator Moon Wiring Club. You can sample this album and buy it on Boomkat. Read more about this collaboration on Sarah’s website.
The beautiful Cube microplex cinema, Bristol, is 14 years old, and we’re joining them for a celebration on Saturday 6 October. We’ll be playing after a live screening of Ed Wood – Tim Burton’s tribute to Edward. D. Wood Jr, the ‘worst director of all time ‘. We’ll be there with theremin, vocals, vibes and our robot pals.
Join us for this evening of film, music, performance, cheap special effects and optional fancy dress. Come as Ed Wood himself, Vampira, Bela Lugosi, Thor Jonson, Criswell or even Kelton the hapless cop. Prizes for best costume.
Saturday 6 October
Tickets £8 (available on the door)
After years quietly suffering theremin envy, Spacedog percussionist Stephen now has his own electronic effects machine. In some recent experiments, we’ve wired his bells to live video projections so his bell strikes can control part of the show. You can see this small electrical wonder in action on Sunday 30 September, when we’ll be playing free in the Brighton Digital Festival closing party.
Expect a set comprising theremin, wired percussion, robots, peculiar scientific films and wires.
On 12 October, Spacedog and the mighty Professor Elemental will be fulfilling a life-long ambition to play on the end of a pier. We’re joining forces for the Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth.
Book tickets here: £7 (£6 concessions) or £12/£10 for a combined ticket with Paper Cinema Odyssey.
As well as performing our own music, we’ll be asking the professor to join us for rarely-heard acoustic versions song or two – including a number about man owls.
Also on the bill for this festival is Ray Lee’s marvellous Ethometric Museum.
You can hear a taster of our set for free on Saturday 29 September when we’ll be playing at Cafe Flirt, Bournemouth (no booking required). We’ll be there with at 10:30pm with vocals, theremin, percussion and our famous uncanny robots.
For one night only, Spacedog and Project Moonbase are taking over the big, BIG screen at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh, and showing vintage infrasonic terrors, smoking robots, mind control experiments, space age fashions, bizarre time and motion studies and other gems from the archives. A feast of scientific and technological curiosities on film, from 1900 to present day, Rocket Lolly makes its Edinburgh debut on 15 April, bringing the International Science Festival to a close. Many films are accompanied live by Spacedog on vocals, vibes and theremin and the night will include some live performances from our robot pals.
8pm Sunday 15 April
The Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD
90 minute film-show with live music followed by a DJ set
Tickets £10 (£8) Buy your Rocket Lolly tickets online
We’ll be teaming up with Project Moonbase, Edinburgh’s finest retrofuturistic podcasters, who are making a rare visit to planet Earth. They’ll be on hand to answer your queries about the future and to turn the Ghillie Du, Edinburgh, into a space age cocktail lounge as DJ Bongoboy takes to the wheels of steel.