Posts tagged Al Roberts

Now, four fierce streaks in calm sky

Intense. Since the last day, we have all migrated in engagingly different musical directions. Here are four Soundcloud profiles which represent the paths taken.

Minnis: stacks of paper, tapes, guitar

Watch the skis for Ringworld Wire (coming soon) and the TOWN EP (also coming soon).  Field recordings and spoken word acousto-prog. More music here.

Al: Bass

Al remastered the BERK doom classic, Cheeses of Nazareth. He also makes weird drone music and fuzz boxes. See Belta Pedals.

Pete Devlin: Space Key, Golden voice

Pete has been releasing these tapes with Guessmen. Also singing for James Joys.

Franko: Drum kit

Franko went back to Scotland and became a very prolific singer-songwriter.

Thanks for listening.

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And finally

The electrical games referenced as the backdrop of the Equestrian Wall of Death saga are a long standing event, in this timeline. A yearly tented city ! This one, featuring in the forthcoming recordings, is important because it represents the first ever Pay – Per -View Mind/Meat stream. The compere has lined up an undeniable, amazing spectacle – this year the wall will rise up to a 90 degree angle. He knows it’s a race to the death… it usually is like. CM

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A tin circle

“The Root of it all. They were all related – inflexible. Sowarth could not step outside. A Tin Circle. Our great leader broke his safe for V for Victory. Cloud stood stepwise, introspect in mystery”. The Equestrian Wall of Death – being, the Zadok album after the next one.

CM

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The Compere’s vehicle

The compere’s trailer looks close and small, like any given Winnebago. But truly it’s a illusion – enormous. It houses a disturbing array of research equipment.  This all started years ago when a baby was born with a tail that could sting people….and the Compere will finally reveal this when confronted. In that case there will be a serious last act up his sleeve like……

“at first I saw Sorcerors, and gave them the seeds. They responded well and were taken with me. These trauma packs were given to me by Cloud Templeman personally.”

Tales from the Equestrian Wall of Death. Coming late 2012 or when we get our finger out .

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Sweating Cobs. Agitated Molecule vibes.

Notes for the forthcoming progressive grunge-folk epic concept album, Agitated Molecule. We’re a lot of things but were not lazy when it comes to writing a song like. This is about a third of the existing notes for Agitated Molecule, the forthcoming mega-extravaganza from Zadok, your favourite Progressive grunge-folk group. The rest are scattered across the county, or in digital form on some server somewhere waiting for the EMP.

That case contains the Tobacco sunburst Jazz – the weapon of choice of Al, in the war on audio boredom. I post this picture just so you don’t think we’re just fannying about with a computer or something. Remember to always warm up before trying anything tricky or repetitive. CM

 

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The fantastical story of Zadok. Secret Gig Thanks. Ear Plugs.

If, like many visitors to this blog, you are new to the music of Zadok, the following things might be of interest. Youtube channel (with live footage and japes). Facebook page (now with added social connectivity and attendant paranoia). Believe it or not, you can still find us on Myspace, but don’t bother. One day we’ll just sack that off, but we’re waiting for news corp to send us some money. However, there is now another mint way to engage with the tendril-equipped Kraken monolith that is Progressive Grunge-folk. It’s a tumblr page that Al has been putting together for people photosensitive to the colour scheme of the Zadok blog, which is where you are. So, stay safe, and get a different perspective on our popular music group here. This fine web page features the entire libretto of our forthcoming massive prog and roll epic, Agitated molecule. If you want, you can see a preview video of the intro for this tune on the aforementioned youtube channel. This preview was recorded in video format a few months ago when Franko and Pete were still at university. Now none of us are at university and the crack is, there’s no better use for four pairs of hands than Progressive Grunge-folk, except maybe dry stone walling for charity, so please support your local musical adventurers so maybe they won’t fall apart under the hydraulic Moloch pressure.

A Good Thing

Heroically, Al has spent a large wedge of time chronicling the adventures and photographic capture-slides pertaining to our band over the last two or three years. Indeed, since the beginning. You are required by law to read through the whole thing each time something new is added.

Check it out here.

PS Thanks to everyone who made it down last night to the secret gig in the Room. It was well ventilated and pleasant. I had to skedaddle early but Knuckle Dragger, by all accounts, were canny radge despite Shabbs busting his knuckle. Druganaut sounded pretty raw, one day I will see them close up. Remember to wear ear plugs at loud gigs or you’ll regret it sooner or later. For a long time we used foam ear plugs, which are shite soundwise, but which will definitely protect your eardrums. 3/4 members of Zadok recommend these ear plugs, which are the cheapest kind of vented plugs you can get but which do the job fine with much more subletly than foam. Get some!  See you later then. CM

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Barn Rocked. Next stop, Clive Aid on Saturday 16 July….

Peter Devlin, newcastle progressive grunge-folk band Zadok's Keyboard fuzz face extraordinaire and ex church-organist, presents his special pants and keyboard combo to the crowd at Rock the Barn 2011.Al Roberts holds the crowd whilst Chris Minnis tunes up his guitar at a Zadok concert of prime progressive grunge-folk - or, if you like, Northern grunge-prog. Minnis holds his right arm aloft as Al drinks beer - Zadok live and dangerous on Wingate Grange farm.Hello there. Sorry, there was no picture of Franko on the stage, because he moves too fast. Thanks Bob Cooper for the photos! Rock the Barn was a class gig. Afterwards we lent O.P.E.N. a snare drum. Then we went and used our beer tokens, hung out by the PA at the bar and listened to Children of the Night and, brilliantly, Wayward Son. Excellent crack. Returning after going to find some water at a lonely faucet, I was heartened to find Franko already packing down the flysheet. Good campers are rare indeed these days, when you can simply download a pitch. I had been awakened at five in the morning by a young lady near the tent wondering allowed if she’d be allowed back in with a crate of beer. She was concerned about the long country road’s effect on her heels. We were fuzzy because of getting good and drunk in the field and cruising the large sound systems evident. Outfits were no problem. See you at Clive Aid – which should be more bruising but less ear melting than last time we played at Rocking Horse. For some berserk and inscrutable reason they’re claiming to be planning an open recording session based on ‘Do they Know it’s Christmas Time’, though maybe the joke’s on us. In any case, these gents are good and are opening a new recording studio just outside Durham City, which we salute and applaud. They have saved the day for us before upon our blowing up gear. So let’s play canny and see what’s cracking in Durham on 16th July. See you soon! Thanks for listening. CM

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