Fun friction at the Black Prince

Posted 11th June 2024

Kickstarting the month of June the SBD way is down to Scottish live wires High Fade, and this six-legged noise making machine do a swell line in sharp funk and disco delight, that has seen some impressive ears tipped their way – Jack Black, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Cypress Hill and the man with the voice, one -time Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes have all been put under their spell.

The Edinburgh based boys (Harry, Oliver and Calvin) pull from a steep pile of musical produce, spanning Barry White to Kiss, so they’ve scope for lots of experimentation which they put to great use.

A dance floor is never a dull floor when these boys are on stage, with high tempo jazz and funk coming as standard, and they invite you to show your moves when they visit The Lab on June 1.

“High Fade doesn’t work unless there’s a crowd, a dance floor and people that want to get down,” they say. Don’t disappoint them.
At the tail end of last year, High Fade returned home after sprinkling their magic on a decent sized tour of the US, so they are decidedly well-oiled and ready to impress.

SBD switches back to the familiarity of The Black Prince for the rest of the month, and delivers Brighton’s City Dog (June 14) to kick up a musical stink.
These punk players have already tucked away sweet support slots with Buzzcocks and Wytches and twist together grunge and punk with odd scales and aggressively catchy choruses.

Known at home for ‘turning a mosh pit into an absolute frenzy,’ now they get to do the same for us. Support will come from Latent Dream and Lame.

Once the glasses have been cleared and that post-gig ‘sweat-meets-stale-beer’ aroma has settled down, the doors will open the next day (June 15) for a celebration of Quentin Tarantino.

From the gangsters and dance-offs from Pulp Fiction to the sexy dancing vampires from Dusk till Dawn, and from the fallen bride revenge saga that is Kill Bill to the psychedelic ‘60s of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this is a show ready to roll out a unique cocktail of singing, dancing and theatrical performance using the effortlessly stylised themes from Tarantino’s films.

Pulp Friction gives you a gun-shooting, samurai sword-swinging, five dollar shake-drinking, royale with cheese of a night. The press images look promising, don’t you think?

Even when the band finishes the Friction won’t stop, with DJ Alex Novak at the desk spinning a fresh soundtrack to keep you in the hip-shaking mood. Get along early enough and you can listen to his tunes pre-show too.

A stripped-back date from Alberta Cross (June 21) will bring the shutters down on SBD for the month. The Petter Ericson Stakee founded band came together in London, enjoyed time across the pond in New York and now reside in Frome, Somerset.

They get about in a musical sense too, with dreamy support slots with titans including Mumford & Sons, Neil Young, Johnny Marr, Ringo Starr, Them Crooked Vultures, and Rag N’ Bone Man.

In March, the band released the single Watch Me Fall Down, recorded with artist and producer Ed Harcourt. The track is an introspective exploration of a father’s relationship with his children.

“I’d say its a fever dream about the dichotomy between the idealistic perspective that one’s offspring have of their patriarch, yet really there’s a giant invisible tiger pulling all the stitches out of his mangled puppet body,” Petter elaborates. Plump produce all the way.

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