Chris Sharkey continues with electronic improvisation at Rich Mix

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events next week. Today we’re talking about Chris Sharkey, as he’ll be continuing to develop his solo improvisational project Survival Skills at Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. Chris became first known to us many years ago as the guitarist of nu jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, who wrapped up their ten-year career with four consecutive gigs at The Vortex Jazz Club, each with the original lineup playing through the respective album they recorded, before disbanding. Since then, Chris has continued to …

‘We Are Peering Over’ launch interviews – Question 1

Ahead of their show at Rich Mix on Thursday 22nd September, Chris Sharkey, Peter Ehwald and Bitch ‘n’ Monk tell us which musician, past or present, they’d like to play with.

Peter Ehwald flies over to the UK for an exclusive show

Today we want to focus a little on Peter Ehwald, one of the people taking jazz forward as a philosophy and not a genre, as we’re quite honoured that he’s flying over to London from Germany especially for his gig at Rich Mix next Thursday.

Cristabel Christo art exhibition at Rich Mix

We’re delighted to say that on Thursday 22nd September, multimedia artist Cristabel Christo is making her sculptures available for exhibition and sale at Rich Mix, during Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch. The duo’s album ‘We Are Peering Over’ features a series of interchangeable covers, featuring photos of different sculptures by Cristabel designed around the music.

Interview: Jo Quail speaks with Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to cellist and composer Jo Quail ahead of the launch of her new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

Interview: Poppy Ackroyd speaks to Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to musician and composer Poppy Ackroyd who will perform at the launch of Jo Quail’s new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

Interview: Colours To Shame chat to Mark Angel Brandt

This month, Mark Angel Brandt, editor of metal, punk and rock review website Broken Amp, lent us his meticulous approach to music journalism to interview Glaswegian genre-switching metalheads Colours To Shame, ahead of their performance at The Facemelter this Friday at The Black Heart.

Interview: Ivan and Genia of Opensight on Italian cinema and hidden influences

Opensight have established themselves as stalwarts of London’s progressive music scene. Having played in the Metal 2 The Masses competition on several occasions, and with numerous studio recordings under their collective belt, these accomplished musicians create a sophisticated blend of rock, metal and a hefty dose of the cinematic. Their latest EP represents something of a departure from previous recordings, though it retains the theatrical flourishes and classic metal undertones that fans will recognise as signatures of the band. ‘Ulterior Motives’ also has the rather dubious accolade of being the only music that doesn’t cause my cat to leave the …

Post-prog and the punk ethic: an interview with Sumer

On 17th July 2015, CT writer Gem Caley ventured into deepest darkest Islington to see post-proggers Sumer play, and to badger the band about their upcoming gig with Opensight and Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster. The following article is based on a delightfully meandering conversation held in the children’s playground opposite the venue.

“We are the counter-revolution”: Rumour Cubes open up about post-rock and its limits

Our writer James sat down with Rumour Cubes ahead of their headline show at The Facemelter this Friday at The Black Heart, and found out more about the diverse minds that have come together to make something new and special.

Promo video: Shiver, The Fierce And The Dead, Alex’s Hand at The Facemelter in July

Kunal excitedly rants about the next show with Shiver, The Fierce & The Dead and Alex’s Hand at The Black Heart on 3rd July 2015.   Promo video   Tickets   Video by Pippa Bayston: http://sparklefilms.co.uk

Chaos Theory’s best gigs of 2014

One of the main reasons we promote live music is because seeing musicians play, feel, interact and bare their souls on stage can make or break your opinion of their creations. Here are each of our top bands that either we never knew existed or, more importantly, we did know existed but didn’t really love until we saw them perform live.

Survival Skills – new self-exploration by Acoustic Ladyland/Shiver guitarist Chris Sharkey

“This came about because it just had to happen. Basically I couldn’t put it off any longer. “ Chris Sharkey, renowned jazz-punk experimenter and guitar player for Acoustic Ladyland and Shiver is explaining to me over the phone what his latest electronica project is all about. Survival Skills, the name of the new solo act, gets its debut with Chaos Theory this Saturday at Power Lunches, and while his name is sure to draw a loyal crowd, this is definitely a musical and creative departure for Chris. “I just felt I had to express myself in this way. It just …

An octopus with no rules – a Battleship Grey rehearsal

Our newest team member Lena Margareta spent an evening with Battleship Grey as they rehearsed in preparation for their single launch at Power Lunches on Saturday 1st November. Here’s what she had to say…   *******************   While hanging out with Battleship Grey during rehearsal, it takes a while to discover the bass guitar. After three songs I spot it, unused, in the corner behind a bin. It will eventually be picked up and played a little, but it’s clear that the position of bass guitar in this band is a slacker job.   “The guitar takes care of the …

Irish roots and London soul: An interview with Yvonne

As a general habit, leaving one of London’s most promising rising songwriting stars waiting for half an hour at Camden tube station is not advisable. Genius has not time to waste, right? It is even worse that it happened to be the very start of autumn and the darkening city skies had begun their creeping gloom almost overnight, and the winds were starting beat a brave roar through the early evening market. But that’s what I did. Yvonne, who is launching at her soul-folk EP at The Gallery Café this Saturday, was left hanging around waiting for this douchebag of …

Humour, explosive riffs and “subconscious jazz”: The genius behind Alright The Captain

With sharp burst of energy, explosive humour and tight no-nonsense songwriting, Alright The Captain are completely unique for a band coming out of the post-rock scene. Gone are the long spells of introspection and ten-minute track epics. These guys can take you on an emotional fairground ride in the space of three minutes, and you still feel exhausted. The trick with these guys seems to be not taking it all too seriously. The music is experimental in many ways – it takes a lot of risks, and from what they told us about their writing process, they are not averse to …

Time, Space and the future of jazz – an interview with Moses Boyd

The great jazz legend John Coltrane believed that this music was something more than entertainment, or something there to just take people’s minds off their struggle. For Coltrane, and those that came after him, jazz music was a form of prayer, a kind of ritualistic emotional dance with higher powers. These days it is hard to find artists of any genre who see their music as anything other than a mechanism to a career, or at best, providing a simple relief to the pressures and hardships of working life. With Moses Boyd Exodus, however, there is a keen interest in …

A journey into the minds of Parshmaune

Too frequently non-jazz audiences get the wrong idea about what the genre is all about. Too frequently those that might take to the experimental quality and strength of jazz pass it over because of a historical prejudice about its supposed clique-like exclusivity. However, here at Chaos Theory, we think that jazz is entering a new era. Musically the genre has been developing for decades, and ever since Miles Davis started interpreting pop melodies within his idiom, jazz has absorbed and assimilated the striking patterns of the ever-shifting cultural environment. Parshmaune embody everything that is great about modern jazz. A craft …

Hieroglyph – Metal born from poetry and classical training

Leeds-based Hieroglyph are rapidly making waves in the progressive metal world. Having already in the last year played at UK Tech Fest Bristol all-dayer and having supported giants like The Ocean and Chimp Spanner, we’re delighted to host their first ever headline spot at The Facemelter this Friday 8th August at The Black Heart. In the run-up to the release of their debut EP Freefall (out on 18th August), we managed to catch up with them to find out how they apply the drive they have with their musical career to their writing process. Photo by Jo Moolenschot ——————————————- One …

YGODEH – voicing the disintegration of society

We managed to send some questions to Piton, guitarist and synth programmer for experimental death metal band YGODEH, to find out more about their recently released second album, Inside The Womb Of Horizonless Dystopia, before they open at The Facemelter this Friday 8th August at The Black Heart. Photo by Magda Wrzeszcz ———————————————— You have been around for a few years now. How has the band changed and evolved? More importantly what hasn’t changed? What’s the the concept, idea or value system that sustains and unifies the band? We’ve been active in the UK for approximately 2 yrs and with …

Darker Music Talk – How to pick your live performances

Chaos Theory founder Kunal got invited to speak at Darker Music Talks, which is a monthly discussion group founded by Tommy Darker, for musicians and other creatives to meet up and learn how to combine entrepreneurial skills with their passion and learn how to make money from what they love. Sometimes the talks are practical tips, sometimes they are about the mentality required to make it as a successful self-employed creative. Kunal spoke at length about how to self promote, knowing what you want from being a musician and how to pick your gigs to help you move onto the …

The discordant anti-poetics of Flowers Of Evil

We caught up with Flowers Of Evil after a great set at The Facemelter earlier this July. ———————————————– Author of the classic poetry volume The Flowers Of Evil, French symbolist poet Charles Baudelaire, once said that “strangeness is a necessary ingredient of beauty”. You would think that a band that shared a name with Baudelaire’s great work of the sordid and macabre would be the very embodiment of Shoreditch pretension. Not so. If you are expecting Velvet Underground references and tight black polo necks, you are going to be massively disappointed. Flowers Of Evil couldn’t give two shits if you …

Patchwork Natives – math rock and prog jazz fusion. From folk musicians.

When journalist and folk musician James Black watched Patchwork Natives at The Facemelter in July, only he could have spotted the guitar technique that made him suspect their folk origins. A chat outside helped to clear up exactly where their sound comes from. ———————————- The first thing that strikes you about Patchwork Natives is the freshness of their sound. The music is strident and alive, and though this Brighton trio have been together for a year and half, they sound brand new, as if they stumbled across their sound only yesterday. Their curiousness and sense of discovery is an infectious …

Artist For The Ambulance has a new website!

Lou Steaton has been working on almost all of our artwork since April 2010. It’s been amazing to grow together and we look forward to many years ahead. She has a brand spanking new website, so keep up to date with her shenanigans on it. http://artistfortheambulance.wordpress.com

Jo Quail – speaking without words

Jo Quail is a poet. All the elements are there. The lyricism, the inspiration, and mysterious ability to render the complexity of the subjective experience in such a way that it can be shared. The only difference between Jo Quail, and most other poets, is that she doesn’t use words. Her lyricism comes from the vividness of her musical phrases and licks. The inner voice remains just that – inner. Photo by Magda Wrzeszcz The cello speaks, and the things it says to us are the things we might normally wish to avoid. All the home truths and ambivalent emotions, …

Lucy Claire: from jazz to soundtracks to experimental compositions

We’re very excited about working with label This Is It Forever‘s newest signing Lucy Claire. We’ve seen her transfix audiences at contemporary classical, post-rock and experimental gigs alike, we’ve had many different friends individually recommend her to us and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. She’ll be launching her first in a new series of Collaborations EPs at the Servant Jazz Quarters on 19th June with some special guests, so James Black caught up with the sound artist in Shoreditch to find out what inspired her to merge her jazz and classical training with electronics and field recordings. ******************************** …

Leah Kardos speaks to James Black at St Pancras Old Church

Having just performed works from her second album Machines live for the first time at Shhh Festival, and with a concert supporting Lucy Claire with Jim Perkins coming up on 19th June,  it was nothing short of prophetic of James Black to ask to speak with Leah Kardos a few weeks before the date was announced. **************** Everyone at Chaos Theory loves Leah Kardos. She doesn’t know it yet, but it may dawn on her soon. Can you blame us? She’s a classical composer who breaks all the rules. A master of electronic music who has a passion for organic sounds and the human voice. She …

Waking Aida interview

Congratulations to Waking Aida, who just released their debut Eschaton album via Robot Needs Home on Monday 2nd June. With their London launch show coming up at The Facemelter, James Black spoke to Josh from the band to find out more about them.  ——————————————- There’s a lot of texture in your sound, but at the same time you manage to keep the music accessible. That’s not easy. I was wondering how you approach writing as a band. Do you guys have a system or is it a matter of allowing what has to happen, happen? I think our writing is …

Invocation – interview at The Facemelter

Whatever style of music you end up listening to or playing to, if you’re open minded enough you can find the joy in all of it. Often it helps you hear new music as more of a blank slate. If it’s done well. Our folk-singing press assistant James Black was blown away by Invocation at The Facemelter in May, so sidled away with them in a dark alley to find out their influences were as wide as could be. ———————————- Invocation live is something to behold. The Milton Keynes band are as dynamic performers as they are songwriters. Rising stars …

We speak to Darkeye at The Facemelter

James Black made it along to The Facemelter, managed to catch up with Darkeye and,as an open-minded folk aficionado, find out what they’re all about. ———————————– Having reached the Metal To The Masses semi-finals, and with their gig schedule easing off over the summer, prog metal maestros Darkeye are are once again feeling the restless pull of the studio. Known and respected among their peers as one of the tightest and original bands on the unsigned circuit, Darkeye are forever trying to broaden their horizons. They have been compared to the likes of Gojira and even Machine Head, but when …

Karybdis interview

Karybdis vocalist Rich talks to James Black about metal, mythology, metal, balancing new experimental ideas and metal. One recent review singles you out as a band that stands out from a lot of other progressive metal bands. Is that something deliberate on your part, creating a fresh sound within metal? That’s always good to hear, especially with the way music is at the moment. We definitely do our best at experimenting musically while keeping to what we love doing. It’s seemingly hard to come by new and exciting ideas in music these days. Not because of the lack of creativity …

Sonic Mass on All Creatures Strange

Fresh from the launch of their physical album All Creatures Strange and their single Rise Of The Royal Reptile at The Facemelter in April, Josh from Sonic Mass answered a few questions for James Black.   From the first chord on the album, I hear a very traditional influence here. Being one of the Chaos Theory folk music crew, rock and metal is not my background, but there sounds like a lot of classic rock and metal influences here and you’re not scared to make it known. From the tempos, to the thematic essences of the song. Do you see yourselves as picking up something from past …

Lost In The Riots interview

One of the best things about working with musicians at the early end of their careers is being able to watch them grow, improve and develop over the years. We first worked with Lost In The Riots on 3rd December 2011 at an early Facemelter, shortly after the release of their Sinking Ships EP. Since then they’ve released their full debut Strangers In The Alps and most recently their single Kong. With each one you can see the evolution of their music, so James had a few questions for them about what drives their unique sound and what they’ve got coming up for …

Interview: Shrine talk about their new EP ‘Closer To The Sun’

After an incredible performance at The Facemelter, where they successfully launched their EP ‘Closer To The Sun’, Shrine speak to James Black about the EP and their sound as a whole. You’ve described yourselves as hardcore math rock. Is this new EP going to reflect that, or can we expect something different from the EP? I feel that the EP definitely reflects our influences from both our favourite hardcore and math rock bands. Although, we never write a song to be in a particular style, we work with what naturally comes out and develop it into something we feel is …

Interview: Polymath talk about their sound and influences

After just over one year together as a band, Polymath have blown people away at numerous support slots with some heavy-hitters in the math-rock scene, including gigs at Nice Weather for Airstrikes and ArcTanGent Festivals. With phenomenal musicianship and an immense attention to detail, James Black had to find out more about what makes them tick.   You seem to have subsumed a range of ideas into your music. Some of the breakdowns and the rhythms remind even of indie and punk. There seems to be more to it than hard rock or metal, is that true? Thanks very much. …

Interview: obe talk about their new album

They are explosive. They are mysterious. They play with aggression but they will leave you feeling uplifted. Instrumentalists ‘obe’ are set to launch their new album Partners as Chaos Theory celebrates its return to Camden with the first Facemelter to be held at The Black Heart. We caught up with obe ahead of the gig, as the band psyched themselves up for the launch. Partners is crafted, layered, but unpretentious album. It has depth and range, and though they have been described as a post rock outfit, the band have managed to blend a panorama of sounds and influences to …

Cognitive Dissonance

The good folks at Make A Spectacle (Hannah & Dan) are the people who built this lovely shiny website. You can see more of their work over on their portfolio site.

Naresh Kaushal – Salon/13 Artist Feature

After a chance meeting at a Georges Kaplan Presents… gig, photographer Naresh Kaushal has been snapping Chaos Theory events since June 2010, all the while trying to make his own career as a creative individual, as with everyone in the team. In December 2010 he managed to get into an exhibition at Salon/13 and was featured in London’s largest independent photography resource collective Photofusion. Read the interview with him here.

Dan Salter interviewed by music site Haulix

Dan Salter is one half of Cognitive Dissonance, the dedicated minds who designed and built our website. He is also the founder of Echoes & Dust, a site that started off as a music blog but which has now exploded into an international hub of underground, independent and obscure music. Web-based music platform Haulix interviewed Dan about his early musical life, the development of Echoes & Dust and his hopes for the future of the music industry. Read it here.