As the queerfeminist DIY art-activist project returns to Liverpool, Getintothis’ Martin Hewitt gives us the rundown of a remarkable line up.
When a quality club night decides to welcome two rising stars from an esteemed UK label for its next bash at one of the North West’s most legendary venues, and donate all funds to a highly worthwhile cause, you know it’s a date for the ever-burgeoning diary.
Chew Disco is back for its 13th instalment on Saturday 28 March. Billing itself as “a queerfeminist DIY art-activism project based in Liverpool and Manchester”, previous guests have included all-girl London indie boppers Trash Kit (whose excellent album Confidence, arrived late last year), Sex Hands and Mykki Blanco, which gives some idea as to the breadth and variety the promoters go for.
This time round things are being kept firmly in the club vein, mind, with Shift Work, masters of “mid priced synths” (according to their Facebook page) arriving to play The Kazimier in Liverpool on the night in question.
Their recent-ish Scaled To Fit EP dropped on the ever-impressive Optimo Music, the label born from their sorely missed club night at Glasgow’s Sub Club. The label, run by JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, has garnered critical praise from several key tastemaker outlets including Resident Advisor and The Quietus, with the latter declaring the release to be full of “arpeggiated bangers” no less.
Alongside the duo, you’ll also get to see Happy Meals and Apostille, both of Night School note, in addition to Kelvin Knight (Delta 5), Veba (Groove Armada), Deb Jump (Club Brenda) and Marcus Barnett (Zohra Drift), adding yet more selling points.
It’s also worth noting that proceeds from the event will go to MADRE, which works in conjunction with the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) to assist in meeting the needs of gender-based violence and socio-political inequalities. In short then, much more than just another evening in a darkened room listening to loud music.