Chubby Knuckles presents… Flipron
Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
With lyrical inventiveness & surreal imagination right at the very core of their songs & with an unmistakably English sound shamelessly veering between psychedelic power-pop, dark, poetic introspection & dusty, barrel-house stompers, this is the band hailed by musicomh.com as ‘the most original band in the UK.’
As we emerge into 2013 Flipron have released their fourth album Firework Shoes with legendary Damned drummer Rat Scabies in the producer’s chair & it is set to be their best yet with many of the new songs already firm favourites with fans at gigs. It also features The Comet Returns, a unique collaboration with Specials front man, toaster & singer Neville Staple.
In 2011, as well as writing & developing material for the new album, Flipron were invited to play at SWSX in Austin, Texas where they premiered the single The Stupidest Face in Town, which was released later that spring. Steve Lamacq championed the single on BBC6music & declared it “one of my favourite songs around at the moment” Other highlights of the year included a headline show at the 100 Club as well sets at Glastonbury & other festivals. In 2010 they released the single The Coolest Names in Showbiz , played a 10 date residency at the Edinburgh Fringe & toured in the USA including New York, L.A. & Nashville.
Since they released their debut album Fancy Blues & Rustique Novelties in 2004, which was greeted by the Observer Music Monthly with a glowing 4* review from esteemed music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, they have been steadily fermenting a reputation based around their live performances and a succession of unique and critically acclaimed albums and singles. Their second album, Biscuits For Cerberus was AIM CEO Alison Wenham’s Best Record Of 2006 in Music Week. 2008’s Gravity Calling, produced by Rat Scabies, was Album of the Year in THE MICK magazine & Album of the Week in the Belfast Telegraph.
They have recorded numerous radio sessions on a variety of UK stations, including Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox on BBC Radio2, (Lamarr described their session as “absolutely fantastic” & featured again in his best sessions of 2009) as well as 4 sessions on BBC 6music. Radio DJs who have played the band include on BBC Radio1 Vic Galloway, Huw Stevens & Rob Da Bank, on BBC Radio2 Jonathan Ross, Mark Lamarr & Alex Lester, on BBC 6music Tom Robinson, Phil Jupitus, Mark Riley, Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq, Mark Lamarr again, Nemone & Shaun Keaveny. Their music has also received radio play in the United States, Japan, Australia & much of Europe. In addition their music has been used by BBC television & radio & Channel Four in numerous programmes & trails.
Flipron have opened for acts as diverse as the Alabama 3, Donovan, Hayseed Dixie & the Beat, & have played numerous times at Glastonbury Festival, -in 2008 playing a record 6 Glasto shows in the one weekend. They’ve played main stages at Beautiful Daze, Secret Garden Party, Bloom, Endorse It In Dorset, 2000 Trees, Off the Tracks, Nibley & Shambala, as well as appearances at Bestival, End Of The Road, Lovebox Weekender, Innocent Village Fete, Larmer Tree, Trowbridge Pump Festival, Lewes Folk & Rock, Strawberry Fair & many others. They have also performed at traditional style arts festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Concrete & Glass in London, The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival, Brighton Festival, Dorchester Festival, the Bath Fringe & the Llangollen Fringe. They’ve played gigs in boats, boxing rings & bars; cider barns, restaurants & cabarets; cellars, tents & strip shows: theatres, ballrooms & colleges. They’ve entertained skinheads, hippies, Tennessee housewives, New York folkies, Somerset truck drivers, painfully cool London art students, & even Holy Grail hunters in the south of France.