Eat Your Own Ears presents
VON SUDENFED (Featuring Mark E Smith of The Fall and Mouse On Mars)
FOUR TET DJ SET
Thursday 18 October
Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
020 7930 2020
Who are Von Sudenfed? For starters they’re a trio formed by Andi Toma, Mark E Smith and Jan St Werner. But depending who you ask and how, they’re a sound-system, a family, a band. They’re all these things and more, as Jan himself explains: ‘We wanted the album to have the energy we would imagine a hybrid band – a futuristic band playing grime or ska or soca like a pirate radio station – to have.’
With Von Sudenfed, the word ‘group’ is inadequate. This isn’t a standard set-up with Musician A on Instrument A and Musician B on Instrument B. The riffs and rhythms come together from so many different places, with synths, samplers and sequencers all firing off. It’s not a band: it’s a free-flowing collectivist dance generator – a futurist sound system
Mark E Smith has led The Fall through more than 25 studio albums since their formation in Manchester 31 years ago. His lyrics, delivery, song-writing and attitude have had an incalculable influence on punk, post-punk and as many of their close relations and off-shoots as you care to think of, with artists from Wu Tang’s RZA, to LCD Soundsystem, DJ Shadow, and Pavement all acknowledged fans.
Jan St Werner and Andi Toma are best known for their work together as Mouse on Mars, debuting in 1994 with Vulvaland. On albums like Niun Niggung (their first for Domino), Idiology and Radical Connector they’ve gone on to perfect a signature sound which blends the lateral improvisational moves of jazz with the abstract complexities of electronica and the directness of acoustic instrumentation.
Mark E Smith hits the dancefloor – Independent
Might be even more fun than The Fall’s latest opus – The Observer
The one thing no one could have predicted about Tromatic Reflexxions was just how much fun it would turn out to be…….every track contains something to surprise and delight – OMM
Suggests some rough and ready sound system banging out electro, dancehall, soca and grime, with Smith as the surreal and belligerent master of ceremonies…..satisfyingly adventurous – The Guardian
The kind of exploration of space and motivation that the dance-punk scene is supposed to be about – Uncut
XX Teens (previously Xerox Teens until a certain photocopier manufacturer had a word!) tonight showcase the band's frenzied punk-funk guitars and steel drums assault into a driving electro rock-fest. Expect a night of strange psychedelia before being propelled into the ether by the Teen’s mighty kick drum.
As the progenitor of a red-eyed blaze of dubstep fury, DJ Skream will add to the evening’s furore.
Plus special guests