Full details coming soon…
Right now, this is *so* how we’re feeling. Happy holidays, mothertruckers!!
Oooooh – Onni and Oskar would SO love this! Whimsical, romantic, dark, macabre, gender-bustin’, great knickers…just flippen beautiful.
For more info on the project and merch, visit here.
So, a couple of you eagle eyes may well have spotted a subtle change in our domain address – yep, our old server for www.conspiracyofclowns.co.za has been attacked by spam so vicious it has prompted a move. (Why would people spam clowns? Why?!? In the name of all that is dark and decent!)
So, we are now housed at *this* domain you are currently reading: www.conspiracyofclowns.com.
But you knew that already.
But go ahead and change your bookmarks/cookies/bloglinks/facebook likes and the rest.
That’s not *all* that’s moving…stand by for the end of year bark-out where we talk about:
Picture this: a blacksmith’s forge, weird ass metal sculptures, low dingy lighting, and a post-industrial apocalyptic vibe. An old truck is parked in the middle of the space, surrounded by old tractors, forklifts, and various odds and sods. Mr Cat and the Jackal are set up on the back of the truck – a thinned down line-up but an array of fascinating (and sometimes handmade) instruments.
There’s a fair crowd in – expectant, excited.
Oskar barks the opening from Kardiavale, which is a flop as a welcome – all the freaks have bailed on him. The audience doesn’t want to play along. The situation is dire. Then Onni brings his attention to the band, and they step forward and save his skin, and the show itself, launching into songs mostly from Sins and Siren Songs, though some older material like “Fresh Meat” also comes out of the freezer.
It’s swampy, sexy, dirty, bluesy time as the band cavort through their repertoire with obvious delight and gusto. They’re tight and range from laid back casual banter to full on devil’s percussion. These are guys on a mission. And they are taking the crowd soul by soul.
Like Tom Waits, they say Mr Cat ain’t for everyone…but you wouldn’t think so tonight. People are getting down and soaking up the atmosphere and the sad, bad, weird, and wacky tales dripping off the back of the truck.
And Oskar and Onni have the best seats in the house – in the wings (behind the bonnet of the truck), and their own little jam party. They jol through “Try” – a bittersweet love song, where they re-enact the story of Kardiavale in under 4 minutes. (Oskar thinks it’s a much more satisfying ending to the story – this time he rips Onni’s heart out triumphantly…), they set up visuals for “Floods I and II” – the fan/confetti trick to show the storm goes down a…er…storm. They do a quick unplanned for drive-by to “Where’s my Shoes”. And then take on the Protection of Information Bill on “Mothertongue” (including a wild chase around stage with a proliferation of scissors/ garden shears/clippers trying to get at each other’s tongue while the band breaks into all too ominous revelry behind them. (We apologise to the lady who nearly got stabbed by Onni enthusiastically throwing her scissors to the crowd in wild glee. Hope that recovers soon.)
It’s a jol, a lag, a riot…sweaty and happy, the crowd denies the following DJ and calls Mr Cat back for an extended encore.
All in all, a great way to end the year for the Conspiracy – we always wanted the band for Kardiavale, but would never have afforded them. But finally, finally, our dream has came true.
Thanks to all who came out to play with us – you guys rock. Keep ‘em peeled for maybe one last Conspiracy thrash: a send off to 2011, and a toasting of 2012 that will have a whole bunch more conspiratorial magic to it. Ssh!
And big ups and love to Mr Cat and the Jackal – here’s their latest vid for “Try”, presently kicking ass on MKTV. Hells yeah.
Riddle me this, riddle me that…Oskar and Onni and the fantastic Mr Cat!
That’s right, folks – Kardiāvale meets Mr Cat and the Jackal, and they’re hitting the Bijou tonight, 3 December!
Picture this – the blacksmith’s forge, enough dark corners to hide a conspiracy in,a swathe of fascinating machinery, a stripped-down Mr Cat and the Jackal line-up pounding and coaxing music and devilish sounds from said machinery with a rhythmic passion…and Oskar and Onni animating some of their songs like a dementedly delicious doo-wop duo.
Sound enticing? Absolutely! Wanna be there? Hells yeah!
Then git yourself to The Bijou, 178 Lower Main Road, in Observatory, cos there’s an Open Studio there all day from 11am-10pm. View art, buy stuff, watch stuff…ahhhh, who said Saturdays were losing steam?
Get warmed up for the event, and watch the hell outta this…
Finally collated all media responses to Kardiāvale at the recent National Arts Festival. Just in time for our upcoming shows at Out the Box! 5th and 6th September, ladies and gentlemen, 5th and 6th September. Check the event here.
“…tight, sharp and funny…original and quirky…While the show is broke-down-carni-playing-a-broken-piano-in-a-yard-behind-a-dilapidated-bar-strewn-with-empty-bottles over-the-top bawdy burlesque, the story it tells is delicate. As delicate as an exposed heart.” Steve Kretzmann, ArtsBlog
“…an endearing combination of pathos and comedy, which guides its audience steadily from an initially uproarious burlesque theme to a more sinister place…heart-rending emotion through the centre of this well-crafted narrative, which deals poignantly with the themes of vulnerability and power.” Anton Krueger, CUE
“…it whizzes along at a pace and the hour that it takes is gone in a flash. The music [played live], the back up track and the lot are perfectly synchronized. Want to see it again. 09/10” – Simon Cooper, Artsblog
And, during the National Schools’ Festival, a number of learners attended an arts’ journalist workshop and as a project reviewed shows…links to a number of Kardiāvale reviews from here: http://schoolfest2011.wordpress.com/reviews-kardiavale/
Bookings should go live at Computicket today.