SATURDAY 28 May 2011, Doors 20.00. The Bulbs at Mello Mello, 40-42 Slater Street, Liverpool L1 4BX
The Bulbs: Birth of a New Concept in Prog
As a virtuoso solo guitarist Neil Campbell regularly performs sets all over the City, expanding the scope of his already densely textured compositions with various loops, delays and other electronic effects, making his classical guitar sound like a multi-timbral guitar orchestra.
His various collaborations, most notably with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, and his concept performance pieces such as ‘Ghost Stories: A Night Opera’ and ‘Frankenstein’ with The Neil Campbell Collective and Sense of Sound Singers, have earned him a reputation for musical ambitiousness and innovation.
For The Bulbs he has teamed up with Andy Maslivec, bass player from The Neil Campbell Collective, and Joey Zeb, session percussionist and drummer with legendary underground Liverpool dub institution The Zeb.
Joey, a founder member of Zeb, has his roots in prog dub. He has sessioned on various reggae, rock, folk projects and met Neil during the highly respected N F I electronic improv sessions. He is currently playing with proggers The Romans and dub hop outfit The Corinthians.
The Bulbs is both a musical concept and a real band which aims to marry adventurous musicmaking with information and sound samples chosen to challenge the audience to look around them at the world in which they are living. It aims to ‘switch on listeners like light bulbs’ to question conventional wisdom and corporate media propaganda.
The Bulbs formed at the start of the year and have been hermetically developing their new music in the rehearsal room. Now ready to embark on their maiden voyage they could think of no better place than one of the most creative and bohemian venues in the City, Mello Mello (on the corner of Slater Street and Parr Street).
Aside from a virgin set from the new band which will take the form of a continuous piece of extended composition, The Bulbs first gig on Saturday 28th May will also include a supporting solo set from Neil and a healthy dose of progressive and experimental music output through the venue sound system throughout the evening to create the perfect vibe for an exciting evening of new sounds and concepts.
8pm (doors), Saturday 28th May 2011
Mello Mello, 40-42 Slater Street, Liverpool L1 4BX