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Home of Mystery Dick and Pestrepeller
Barely-there bands - improvised drones - psychedelic noise

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Updated 31st May 2014

In the City of Violent Giants - new live Mystery Dick recording out now on Aural Detritus

Mystery Dick channel Charles Bronson and the Young Marble Giants in an eventful 33 minute live composition performed on organ, keyboard and foot guitar. Recorded at the Phoenix Arts Centre as part of the Aural Detritus 2012 concert series. Find out more.

Mystery Dick play the Aural Detritus festival in Brighton on Friday 25th May 2012

The Dick rises in 2012! Ed and Harley head to the south coast this Friday to take part in Aural Detritus, a 'micro-festival featuring long duration live performances by special collaborative groups plus spoken word and soundart performances' taking place at the Green Room Cafe in the Phoenix Brighton. This will be Mystery Dick's first public appearance since our terrifying Twelve Bar Club gig a decade ago. We're on stage at 9.45pm. The lineup also includes Adam Lygo, The Static Memories and Slow Listener.

Pestrepeller play the Equinox festival in London on Sunday 14th June 2009

Pestrepeller are playing our first live gig in over five years, at the Equinox Festival in London. Billed as ‘A Festival of Scientific Illumination’, it will be ‘a cross cultural platform for the exhibition of creative and innovative approaches to spiritual discovery’, a multi-media event with talks (including one by friend of Pestrepeller, Edwin Pouncey), films and music from the likes of John Zorn, Comus and Z’EV.

It will be the first stage appearance for the expanded Pestrepeller which features Sharon Gal and Peter Hope-Evans, as well as ‘core trio’ Savage Pencil, Harley Richardson and Ed Pinsent. This is the version of the band that recorded Alphabet of Daggers, the still unreleased follow-up to Isle of Dark Magick, as well as the track As Wolf (see below).

Venue - Conway Hall in London.

Tickets are on sale here - Sunday-only passes cost £27, weekend passes (Friday-Sunday) cost £80

Unreleased album previews

Hear excerpts from two as-yet-unreleased albums - Pestrepeller’s Alphabet of Daggers and Mystery Dick’s Single Angel - on a 2008 edition of the Resonance 104.4 FM comics programme, Strip, the theme of the show being “Stand Up Comics: Music and Performance by Small Press Artists and Writers”. You can hear it now: part 1 and part 2 (we’re in part 2). The show was compiled and presented by Gemma Cantlow, editor of Layby Perk, and also featured recordings by folks such as Daniel Locke, Sylvie Wynn and Steven Tillotson.

Recordings

Aswolf artwork by Savage PencilThe Pestrepeller / My Cat is An Alien split album is finally out, having been afflicted by fire, flood and pestilence on its journey to the outside world. It's a vinyl picture disc (limited edition of 500) featuring mind-bending artwork by Savage Pencil and Robert Opalio. The Pestrepeller side of the disc is given over to 20 minute epic 'Aswolf', the first public evidence of the current Pestrepeller 'noise quintet' featuring Sharon Gal. Available now c/o Rhythm Online.

Isle of Dark MagickPestrepeller's most recent full-length CD, Isle of Dark Magick, is available on Important Records.

From the press release: "Prepare yourself for this gem of free-improvised-found-sound-collage enriched with dark pagan folky vibes and supernatural horror noise dedicated to HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Austin Osman Spare!" Read more.

Pestrepeller's wild cover of 'Noises for the Leg' is included on the 'Noises for the Limb' CD, a tribute to the Bonzo Dog Band (limited edition of 499, now available on the Wood Records website). An epic 20+ minute version of 'the Leg' may also see the light one day.


Ed threatens the camera at Baggage Reclaim - photo © Richard Sanderson