MELTING VINYL PRESENT: BC CAMPLIGHT + PORRIDGE RADIO
BC Camplight is the moniker of maverick songsmith Brian Christinzio. The Philadelphian turned Mancunian is considered one of indie music’s most forward-thinking artists with a discography which acts as a soundtrack to a life rife with bad fortune, mental illness, running afoul of the law, and ultimately absolute redemption. Whilst living in Philadelphia Christinzio performed live with The War On Drugs in between releasing 2 critically successful yet commercially ignored records. He was also a coveted session pianist lending his talents to scores of albums, perhaps most notably Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Epic’. After a period of homelessness and running on fumes creatively Christinzio made a move across the Atlantic to Manchester, UK in an effort take control of his life and reshuffle his musical deck. The result was the recording of 2015’s ode to Manchester and baroque pop tour de force “How To Die In The North”. The recordings resulted in a record deal with Bella Union Records and placed Christinzio on a path towards artistic fulfilment. However, a severe leg injury landed Christinzio in the hospital where he was forced to remain whilst his UK work visa expired. Despite pleas to the Home Office to allow the ailing artist to apply for an extension a decision was made that would forever alter Brian personally and artistically. The day after his record was released Christinzio was Deported from the UK and banned from returning. “How To Die In The North” was essentially shelved.
After 16 months of separation from the UK the resilient Christinzio was reunited with his beloved Manchester, gaining entry through newly acquired Italian citizenship. His most recent, and most lauded album “Deportation Blues” is an exhilarating dynamic document of calamity and stress, relayed through richly melodic arrangements spanning songwriter classicism, gnarled synth pop, 50’s filth-rock, and various odd junctions in between mirroring the creators fractured mindset. It is an immensely powerful diary chronicling an impossible set of life circumstances whilst shining a white-hot spotlight on the composer’s off-kilter brilliance. The album has since been revered by critics, become a stalwart on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist (BBC 6 Music 2018 album of the year as voted by Marc Riley), and put BC Camplight back on the stage where he belongs. With a slew of tours and festivals on the horizon Christinzio, a remarkably relentless entertainer, will bring his immense new live show to the UK and Europe. “It’s no fun giving an audience a standard show that they can get elsewhere” explains Christinzio. “Sometimes it’s intense, sometimes it’s emotional, sometimes it’s basically a fucking stand-up routine. I always like to involve the audience and make it memorable for everyone involved. I think we are one of the best live bands in the world and it’s an odd feeling finally getting an opportunity to get in front of loads of ears and eyes. In a perfect world I’d be able to organise a concert on the roof of the Home Office one day”.
‘Like a trip through a crazed, frantic mind from which emerges this impossibly brilliant, opulent and era-defying wonky-pop collage’ Resident Records
‘The album is peppered with heavy synths that give the tunes a moodier slant than his previous work; creating dissonance with the, generally more upbeat, vocal melodies’ Louder Than War
Porridge Radio began as Dana Margolin’s project, frequenting Brighton’s open mic nights with her rousing solo material. She later recruited a full band and evolved Porridge Radio into a four-piece, who’ve since supported Soccer Mommy, Dream Wife, Speedy Ortiz, Cherry Glazerr and Ezra Furman. Now a post-punk 4-piece, they inelegantly knot together vicious, furious emotional outpour with beautifully melodic pop songs.
After a series of home-recorded demos, and the growing legend of their intense live shows, they released full-band debut LP ‘Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers’ on Memorials of Distinction. Recorded in a garden shed, the lofi debut documents struggles with life, love and boredom, and showcases the scrapbook absurdism at Porridge Radio’s core.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR MAIN SPACE DOWNSTAIRS
AGES 14+ (UNDER 16s TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)