The Nightingales + Ted Chippington
The Nightingales were formed by former Prefects (Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, Peel favourites, etc) vocalist Robert Lloyd and recorded a bunch of albums and 45s in the 1980s – as well as playing shows throughout Europe as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico – but stopped working when Lloyd decided to combine a ‘solo career’ with money earning manual labour.
Around a decade ago Lloyd chose to revive the ‘Gales but not as a nostalgia act performing old material for the entertainment of the affluent and ageing ex punk/indie brigade but as an uncompromising, confrontational contemporary group.
New album, ‘Mind Over Matter’, is a short, sharp blast of melody, rhythm, irritation and humour. The group might play around but does not fuck about. They may indulge themselves but do not waste your time. They could be mad but are most certainly diligent.
To coincide with the album’s release the Nightingales will be recording a session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show on May 13.
“The Nightingales play a uniquely indigenous, all-encompassing brand of working class rock ‘n’ roll. Beneath the Beefheart lurch and the Stooges stomp you can hear football chants and northern soul, blues and bluebeat, folk song and country and western; even music hall and Frank Sinatra. Filter this through mainman Robert Lloyd’s own experiences, observations, temperament and talent and you’ve got music that is as original as it is uncompromising.” – BEN GRAHAM/STOOL PIGEON, UK
The Nightingales are joined by legendary comedian and long time collaborator Ted Chippington.
One notable fan, Stewart Lee, has often cited Chippington as the reason he started doing stand-up comedy himself, and has described Chippington’s act as being “a mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncompromising boredom”.
Support comes in the form of surf nonsense from The Schoolgirls. Three instruments, two people, one drum machine, no time to lose.
Doors 8 pm
£7 otd / £5 members