Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle are a four piece from Switzerland. Legendary in underground circles, for the past 20 years, not giving a fuck what anyone else thinks, they've gained obsessive fans and freaked out untold numbers of unsuspecting gig-goers across the continent. The three music-obsessed Staehli brothers [pr. STEH-Lee] have spent this time nurturing a raw psychic power of rock 'n' roll energy to set their, and our, little worlds on fire. Salvation in sound.
Once described as the strangest brothers in rock and roll, they work as a single organism. Everything they touch has a warped feel to it; the reverb, distortion and lurching harmonics swirl and boil in the melting pot. Initially, their influences seem obvious: old, dusty blues records, gospel, dirty garage, Spacemen 3, 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvets and Link Wray; but dig deeper and their love of free-running experimentalists like Lee "Scratch" Perry, Red Krayola, Souled American and Godz becomes clear.
After a few singles on the super-underground Record Junkie label, they unleashed their raging punk-blues FORGOTTEN MILLION SELLERS cult classic l.p. on the Swiss primitive Voodoo Rhythm label in 1998. Some maturing (and only a little mellowing) led to the scorched-earth soundtrack BECAUSE OF WOMEN in 2006. By this time they’d already been regularly touring across the continent, playing with the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Sonic Boom/Spectrum, Black Lips, Disappears, Strange Boys, Psychic TV, and Martin Rev (SUICIDE).
Always self-made to the bone, cutting their own path at their home studio in rural Switzerland, the band released their 3rd album in spring 2012, TELL IT TO THE PEOPLE. With its reaching-out to some pastoral free-jazz energy, and groovier feel, it’s a fresh, knife-cut crystalline transmission from the psychedelic world of Roys.
Fresh off the back of their European tour with Spiritualized in November 2012, the Staehli brother's van is back on the road, coinciding with an American debut release on In The Red records: the 7” you better rUN / Someday baby.
This tour of ROY&TDMC is kindly supported by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
HOPPER PROPELLED ELECTRIC
Hopper Propelled Electric is a delta blues punk garage trio from Oldham and California, playing high‑octane tales of loving, hating, bar-fights and dirty deals.
Drawing on such influences as Howlin’ Wolf, The Stooges, Bukka White, The Fall, Tom Waits, The Monks and Captain Beefheart, the band create a stripped-down, roots heavy racket.
They have so far chalked up some excited live reviews from raucous nights in and around Manchester, had their first 7 inch single, Memphis Greens played three times on Gideon Coe’s BBC 6 Music show and received excellent online reviews and features including Artist of the Day of the Day on John Robb's Louder Than War website.
19-year-old Jake Smallbones began playing guitar when he was just five years old. The last couple of years have seen him play various gigs in pubs and clubs around Halifax, but it now looks like his big break has finally arrived.
Award winning writer and producer Steve Chrisanthou – who has previously worked with Corinne Bailey Rae, Charlotte Church, Newton Faulkner and Eliza Doolittle – spotted Jake’s talent when he auditioned for him at his Hebden Bridge studio. And after a quick demo, Steve decided to snap him up there and then. Jake is currently recording his first album for release this September.