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Informative posts (ex. “bios”) on bands and musicians from the Canterbury scene

Syd Arthur

Syd Arthur is an english Canterbury based rock band. They are considered (new) members of the Canterbury scene and recently released their debut EP, Moving World.

History

Before settling on the name Syd Arthur, the band was called Grumpy Jumpers and then Moshka. The band’s live career dates back to 2006 and they’ve spent the years between then and their debut playing concerts, also at festivals, both in England and elsewhere in Europe. In 2009, they set up Wicker Studios, their own self-funded studio space on the outskirts of southeast London. During a hectic week at the end of 2010, they recorded what would be their first release, the Moving World EP. Moving World was released on the 28th of March 2011.

Trivia

  • Guitarist and singer Liam Magill has cited Hatfield and the North as one of the band’s major influences.
  • The name Syd Arthur was humorously inspired by Herman Hesse’s book Siddartha
  • Raven Bush is the son of John Carder Bush who is the brother of famous artist Catherine ‘Kate’ Bush, making Raven Bush Kate Bush’s nephew

Members

  • Liam Magill
    • Lead vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, effects
  • Joel Magill
    • Bass, vocals, percussion, effects
  • Raven Bush
    • Violin, mandolin, piano, percussion, vocals, effects
  • Fred Rother
    • Drums

Discography

Moving World (2011)

 

Links

Panzerpappa

[cc_img_effect url=”http://politeforce.torden.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DSC00217-Panzerpappa-på-Maiden-300×225.jpg” frame=”on” id=”1″]Panzerpappa is a norwegian avant-prog band. Due to some Canterburyan influences in sound and Richard Sinclair guesting their fourth album, Koralrevens Klagesang from 2006, the band is generally considered to be related to the Canterbury scene.

History

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]The band was founded by Trond Gjellum who in 1996 started up Panzerpappa as a band project to play his own compositions inspired by bands like Univers Zero and Samla Mammas Manna. The project was shelved as Trond initially failed to recruit more members. In 1998, Trond is recruited as drummer to a band project playing music based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings where he meets Steinar Børve. Because of their common influences and love of bands like Samla Mammas Manna, Univers Zero and also Henry Cow, Trond and Steinar agree to collaborate again in the future. Later in 1998, they form a band with Knut Tore Abrahamsen on guitar and Jørgen Skjulstad on bass under the name Panzerpappa.

In 1999, the band played several concerts before recording their debut … Passer Gullfisk in November which is later released in December.

In 2001, the band sees it’s first line-up change as Knut Tore Abrahamsen leaves the band when he moves with his wife to Copenhagen. He is replaced by Endre Begby, a friend of Trond and also a fan of the band. Obligations  outside the band and problems rehearsing leads to a slightly underrehearsed Panzerpappa recording their second album Hulemysteriet later that year. In 2002, the band nearly falls apart as both Jørgen Skjulstad and Endre Begby leave while Steinar Børve moves to Australia to study for half a year. Trond Gjellum was alone in Oslo with the task of finding replacements.

In March 2002, Richard Sinclair was invited to play in Norway by the Norwegian prog-rock magazine Tarkus who also organize a backing band for Sinclair. In this backing band, Trond Gjellum meets Anders Kristian Krabberød (bass) and Jarle Glesåen Storløkken (guitar) who are subsequently recruited to play in Panzerpappa. Steinar Børve returns from Australia in September in 2002 and the band is full yet again. This line-up records the band’s third album Farlig Vandring in 2004 and the acclaimed fourth album Koralrevens Klagesang in 2006 which features several guest artists, among them Richard Sinclair.

Since the release of Koralrevens Klagesang, the band has played concerts and worked on new material and recordings for their upcoming fifth album which is expected to be released in summer 2011.

Members

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  • Anders Kristian Krabberød
  • Jarle Gleåsen Storløkken
  • Steinar Børve
  • Trond Gjellum

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  • Endre Begby
  • Jørgen Skjulstad
  • Knut Tore Abrahamsen

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Discography

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Hulemysteriet (2002)[/cc_fourth_col]

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Links

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was a Canterbury scene related prog rock / jazz fusion band active in the years 1972-1975. The group produced one eponymous album before they broke up, but later re-united and recorded a second album in 1977-1978. Over it’s lifetime, many musicians visited the band during it’s numerous (particularly early on) line-up changes, including Rick Morcombe, Peter Lemer, Richard Sinclair, Jeff Clyne, Steve Cook, Mont Campbell, Alan Wakeman, Trevor Tomkins and Hugh Hopper. The band’s most stable line-up featured Alan Gowen on keyboards, Mike Travis on drums, Phil Lee on guitar and Neil Murray on bass.

Discography

  • Gilgamesh (1975, Caroline Records)
  • Another Fine Tune You’ve Got Me Into (1978, Charly Records)
  • Arriving Twice (2000, Cuneiform Records)

External links

Uriel

Uriel was an english blues rock band comprised of the members of Egg and guitarist Steve Hillage. After Steve Hillage left the band in 1968 to resume studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, the remaining three-piece made up of Mont Campbell, Dave Stewart and Clive Brooks evolved into the band Egg.

Arzachel

Uriel was re-united during the summer in 1969 and recorded a psychedelic rock album. Because Mont, Dave and Clive had signed a contract with Decca, they called themselves Arzachel to avoid any potential legal problems.

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]Dave Stewart on the history of Arzachel

What happened with Arzachel was this : we – the members of Egg, that is – knew a guy who had a demo studio in Gerrard Street, Soho. This chap, Peter Wicker, knew a foreign gentleman called Zack, who had a record label and was anxious to release some of this “psychedelic” music which was currently fashionable. We knew how to play this psychedelic stuff, having spent many happy hours at the Middle Earth Club listening to bands like Love Sculpture and Sam Gopal Dream. A deal was struck. We were to record an album in an afternoon – hey, no problem! – in exchange for a pitifully small amount of money that, at the time, seemed enormous. As we had just signed an exclusive deal with Decca, we thought it would be advisable to use a different name, so we settled on “Arzachel“, the name of a crater on the moon that Mont spotted on an astrological poster on the wall of his toilets. We also called in our old mate Steve Hillage to play guitar, sing and generally make things even more psychedelic. We rehearsed for a day, then whipped out the album in about eight hours. On side 2, most of the stuff was improvised, and we ended up banging away on a final chord for about five minutes, all of us watching the hands of the studio clock. As soon as it reached quarter past, we knew we’d recorded enough material for an album, and brought the piece – entitled “Metempsychosis”, yeah! – to a merciful halt…

Source : Calyx

Members

  • Clive Brooks (drums)
  • Dave Stewart (keyboards)
  • Mont Campbell (bass, vocals)
  • Steve Hillage (guitar, vocals)

Discography

  • Arzachel (1969)

External links

The Polite Force

The Polite force summer 76, from Mark Hewins.

The Polite Force was a Canterbury scene jazz fusion outfit who gigged locally in the Canterbury area between 1976 and 1978. The group took their name from Egg’s second album.

History

The core of the band was made up of ex-Gay Perez backing band members Mark Hewins (guitar), Graham Flight (bass) and Vince Clarke (drums) as well as Max Metto (saxophone) who had come from Cameroon to Canterbury to study maths. The band was recruited by David Sinclair to record the music for his solo album, Moon Over Man, which was recorded in 1976/77 and released on Voiceprint 15 years later in 1993 and so it was these recording sessions which led to the formation of the group. Dave also played electric piano in the band for the first year or so. Line-ups who recorded material also include university student Geoff Corner (saxophone) and Jon Rowe (flute) who had, among other things, played in the Kevin Ayers Band.

The band gigged locally in Canterbury. The first concert took place at the University and most of the band’s later performances happened in Alberrys Bar which, according to Canterbury Knights sleeve notes, was packed twice a week for two years. The band would invite others to play with them and a number of prominent Canterbury musicians guested the group during it’s lifetime, including Richard Sinclair, Richard Coughlan, Andrew Latimer, Andy Ward, Jan Schelhaas and Tony Coe.

The group recorded material with different lineups. Although these recordings were not released during the band’s lifetime, an archive recordings compilation album called Canterbury Knights was released by Voiceprint in 1997. The recording sessions behind the material on this album took place in 1976 and 1977.

Members

  • Dave Sinclair (keyboard)
  • Graham Flight (bass)
  • Mark Hewins (guitar)
  • Vince Clarke (drums)
  • Max Metto (saxophone)
  • Geoff Corner (saxophone)
  • Jon Rowe (flute)

Discography

  • 1997 – Canterbury Knights

The Wilde Flowers

The Wilde Flowers were an english band and an early training ground for many Canterbury scene musicians. The group was formed in 1964 by Robert Wyatt and friends and had several lineup changes during it’s lifetime. An early lineup had Robert Wyatt on drums, Brian Hopper on guitar and saxophone, Hugh Hopper on bass, Richard Sinclair on guitar and Kevin Ayers on vocals. Many other prominent Canterbury musicians to visited the lineup, such as Richard Coughlan on drums, Pye Hastings on guitar, Richard’s cousin David Sinclair on keyboards and Graham Flight on vocals.

In 1966, Kevin Ayers and Daevid Allen recruited Robert Wyatt to their new band project, Soft Machine, as drummer and singer. The Wilde Flowers broke up and Richard Coughland, Richard and Dave Sinclair and Pye Hastings eventually formed the band Caravan.

The Wilde Flowers never released an album during their lifetime, but an album called Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story with archive recordings was released in 1994 by Voiceprint Records.

Members

  • Brian Hopper (Guitar, Saxophone)
  • Dave Sinclair (Keyboards)
  • Graham Flight (Vocals)
  • Hugh Hopper (Bass)
  • Kevin Ayers (Vocals)
  • Pye Hastings (Guitar)
  • Richard Coughlan (Drums)
  • Richard Sinclair (Guitar, vocals)
  • Robert Wyatt (Drums, vocals)

Discography

  • 1994 – Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story [CD Blueprint / Voiceprint BP 123CD (1994)]

External links