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Friday 24th May 2019

Schwet with Phew & EP [Copper] 64

— Exchange
Japanese electro/punk pioneer and improv collab from Bristol's best experimental units
price: Headfirst Tickets


Okay, they don't come much cooler than Hiromi Moritani AKA Phew...


Starting out in the late 70s forming/fronting Aunt Sally, Japan's first female punk band. For us though, she really came into her own in '80, recording her first 7" with Ryuichi Sakamoto 坂本龍一. Then in '81 she released her debut LP, with the help of German psych deities CAN no less. Featuring the influential rhythm section of Liebezeit b2b Czukay & produced by Lord Conny Plank, it's an idiosyncratic and propulsive voyage of dancefloor hoox, dub-studio Wizardry and Phew's Nico-esque musings. An essential anomaly for fans of krautrock, no/new wave and synth pop.

She carried on her streak of experimentalism throughout the 80s until RIGHT NOW, collaborating with the likes of D.A.F, Boredoms, Einsturzende Neubauten, Bill Laswell, Otomo Yoshihide etc...!

In the last couple of years, she's been having a bit of a moment with a string of incredible electronic-based releases. 2017's 'Light Sleep' saw her bursting back with a giddy smothering of insistent Suicide-ish drum machines, fizzy analog synth-noise and her iconic vocal antics splashed on top. This lead to her to another late masterwork in 2018's 'Voice Hardcore', comprised entirely of...her own vocals; pitch'd, chopped'n'schrewed, warped'n'stacked.

Most recently she released a collab LP with Ana da Silva (The Raincoats) with whom she is touring the UK currently. We couldn't resist having her over for an exclusive solo date though...

TL;DR? - She's the boss, buy a ticket.


EP/64 vs. Copper Sounds

This one's been on the cards for a while, excited to finally deploy this caustic collaboration...

Unless you've been in a long, dark cave since about '15 (jealous), you'll have caught Dali de Saint Paul at some point, inflicting relentless improv vocal ruckus across Bristol. As EP/64, she's usually joined by peppy percussionist Dan Johnson. The rest is up to fate.

Lucky for you, fate has dealt us a stonker! This set will see them going toe-to-toe with Bristol's Truest Experimental act; Copper Sounds. Harnessing the revolutionary energy of turntables, the tactility of rock, the groove of sheet metal and the sonic-sculptural potential of ceramics, they've just finished 9 dates opening for Beatrice Dillon. We really don't know what to expect, but we're damn excited for it...


Schwet DJs will wind you up & down.

Live music starting shortly after Severed Heads finish around the corner...

18+ & bring earplugs & sunglasses (strobe warning)

Artist Videos:

Phew - CQ Tokyo {Official Video}

Artist Audio:


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