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Thursday Scratch Nights

Group A, Dale Cornish, Circuit Breaker


Group A, Dale Cornish, Circuit Breaker

Thursday 13 April / Doors 7.30pm / £6 in advance, £8 on the door


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Japanese avant-garde synth wave duo group A was formed in 2012 by Tommi Tokyo (synthesizers, vocals, percussion) and Sayaka Botanic (violin, cassette tapes). Their early shows came as a shock to most spectators, non-stop waves of experimental noise, intensely emotional poetry readings and nude live-paintings.

While their mixture of synth heavy minimal wave, avant noise, striking visuals and performance art still carries the very breath of early industrial pioneers such as Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire, the duo has since evolved into a beast of its own.

In the meantime the duo has been sharing bills with artists such as Acid Mother Temple, Merzbow, Nisennenmondai, Phew, and Melt Banana and headlined the Urban Nomad Film Festival in Taiwan, and the Art Book Fair in Tokyo.

In 2015 group A self-released their 3rd album [ 70+A= ] and played their first full on European tour incl. festivals such as TodaysArt, Soy Festival and RIAM.

In 2016 the duo moved their base to Berlin where they further developed their musical and visual material, performed at local CTM Festival as well as at Berlin`s GEGEN Party. The band has recently been featured in Wire Magazine and is currently preparing for several festival performances including Clandestino, Kalabalik, Atonal, Steirischer Herbst, UH Fest, PHONO Festival, Avant Art Festival and Saint Ghetto Festival in Switzerland.



Dale Cornish
Born, raised and current of London (south). Previously in No Bra, co-writing unexpected hit Munchausen.

Terse humour and observations/worldly interests further evident with work of ecstatic noise trio Baraclough - “the gay Whitehouse”.

Current focus is on solo material and collaborations. 2016 saw Cornish guesting on Powell's album Sport (XL Recordings), the release of the Clap 12" for the Where To Now? label and a 7" from his irregular duo with Phil Julian, memorably/horribly described as "Coil for the Trump age". 2017 will see a new album for Entr'acte, following on from the acclaimed/infamous Ulex (2015) and an EP on Rabit's Halcyon Veil imprint. 



Circuit Breaker

Circuit Breaker is the longstanding musical project of brothers Edward and Peter Simpson. Currently based in London, the duo aim to harness the most esoteric aspects of contemporary electronica in the service of their stark and vocally bold songs. The approach is an eternally adaptable one, favouring no particular method in the pursuit of surprising contrasts between sound design and structure. The brothers currently use modular and fixed architecture synths, sampling, software and guitars in their set up. Their debut album My Descent Into Capital was released on Nottingham’s legendary and longstanding avant-punk imprint Harbinger Sound, having been preceded by two EP’s - Grid and TV12 - on Manchester based label Tombed Visions. They have toured extensively across the UK and Europe with acts including Sleaford Mods, Sudden Infant, Consumer Electronics and Russel Haswell as well as recently providing support for Martin Rev, Ice Age and Uniform.



April 2017


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