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Thursday, April 07, 2005

MORTON VALENCE




a version of Cameo's 'Word Up' in Chinese. a big gay disco version of Leonard Cohen's 'There Is A War'. A collision of 'Suicide and Peters & Lee'.

these are the things I hear through my bedroom walls on a regular basis. Which isn't a complaint. It's one of the peculiarities of sharing a flat with Morton Valence.

I haven't as yet mentioned the mighty Morton Valence in this blog, so I need to make up for lost time.

I need to tell you how as Florida - 2 boys, a girl, some fucked up wheezing analogue machines and an ear for a melancholy melody - they won me over with a variety of gigs (from the cool to the chaotic) and a marvellous debut album - Bob & Veronica's Big Get Away.. how Hacker and Annie's vocals blend wonderfully over straining synths and strummed flamenco guitar...

They're Morton Valence now - expanded to a multi-national 5-piece line up and named after somewhere nobody's ever been, probably. There are probably several reasons why they're not famous, wealthy and having cocaine blown up their arses by the Camden shitterati, but those reasons are nothing to do with the band and everything to do with the failings of the music scene at the moment. They don't quite fit, which should be a marvellous advantage in these days of me-too clones. Apparently not....

But nevermind, they're going to make it anyway because sometimes the good WILL overcome.

In an attempt to escape the drudgery and repetitiveness of the Camden toilet circuit, and to give themselves more control over their supports and their presentation (something they take seriously), they're staging a series of Morton Valence Fairs at the marvellous Soho Arts Club, a brilliantly seedy old school Soho drinking club. With handpicked supports, a very distinctive vibe and every effort to go just that little bit further, it's a cracking night.

The next one is on May 3rd, and the People's Republic Of Disco will be lending a hand in some capacity or other.

Because Soho Arts Club is members only, you HAVE to be on the list if you want to go along. Just email them here and ask to be put on the list for the night - it'll only cost you a couple of quid on the door and the place is open well past EVERYBODY'S bedtime.

They've also set up an MP3 of the month club - this month's offering, If You Are The River ("It's kind of somewhere between Lee Hazelwood and William Shatner") can be found here.

So. You've been told.


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