Promoters Amorphic Music book raft of music innovators, Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody guides you through what’s in store at the Kazimier Garden’s Stockroom.
Carving out a niche for the experimental, weird and wonderful, the Stockroom has quickly made a name for itself as the venue in Liverpool where you’re most likely to be surprised and taken aback, as well as entertained.
Take, for example, The Flying Luttenbachers gig that closed out 2019. The crazed jazz / punk / funk / noise fest provided the perfect antidote to the round of office Christmas parties going on elsewhere. It is difficult now to think of another Liverpool venue that would have hosted that gig, especially on the last Friday before Christmas.
You never quite know what you’re going to get at a Stockroom gig, but what you do know is their booking policy is solid and we’ve never seen a bad gig there.
It’s a small venue, with a max capacity of about 80 heads. But that’s fine. It means there are few nights where the crowd is rattling around. We were chatting to French techno freaks Poison Point before their gig here at the end of January when they said they were delighted with the space. They’d been booked to play a “stockroom” and they weren’t at all sure what to expect before they got here.
What they got was a room full of punters moshing to their grunge dance fusion. It was a terrific night and one that showed off the Stockroom in the best possible light.
So, it is with a considerable degree of intrigue and a dive into the lesser known, we can release the Stockroom programme for the first part of 2020.
Starting off with some gems from new promoters Amorphic Music, the team that brought Zu, Ruins Alone, Sax Ruins, Charles Hayward and many many other known and unknown acts. They are a new brand to Liverpool, but one to keep an eye on.
The Stockroom is also now home to ParrJazz who are spearheading a resurgent and healthy jazz scene in Liverpool. Here are the highlights, with full listings below.
Amorphic Music listings:
Hyperdawn / Luna / Strangeways
Art pop experimentalists Hyperdawn return to Liverpool with support from Melodic Distraction’s Luna and Ex Easter Island Head’s Benjamin D Duval and Barberos’ Joel Murray’s textured improv duo Strangeways.
Mai Mai Mai / Luke Mawdsley / Lupini
The Italian occultist soundscapologist returns to Liverpool.
Videoiid / Salt The Snail / Killerkume
Gaffer Records label owner Frank Garcia brings his no wave / punk trio, Videoiid to the Stockroom. Support from local lads Salt the Snail & Bilbao based heavy electronic rock duo KillerKume
Miyagi / Lammardo Duo – Masterclass + Live Show
Buenos Aires based free improv duo present a masterclass on spontaneous composition and improvisation and homemade recording methods. Followed by a live show + support tbc.
Old Time Relijun + support
Legendary no-wave sonic danceable garage punk experimentalists
Jarboe / MAL
Former vocalist of seminal industrial rock megaliths SWANS
Enablers / Haress / Benjamin D Duval
US post punk giants featuring former members of Swans / Tune Yards + many more.
Nick Maclean Quartet featuring
Canada’s award winning pianist inspired by Herbie Hancock 1960’s Blue Note era takes us on a journey of epic musical proportions. The quartet features Trinidad born Brownman Ali on trumpet.
ISQ are a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/alternative quartet from London featuring: Rene Serra
(vocals – Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3),
Julian Costello Quartet
“Julian Costello is a sax lyricist, telling his stories of life’s ups and downs with perfect alteration of tone to impart strength, humour and even frailty at times…” Jazz in Europe
Andre Canniere Quartet
Canadian born trumpeter Andre touring his new album Ghost Days. “One of the most compelling artists on the current London jazz scene” The Scotsman
ARQ play deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz lead by bassist Alison Raynor .
Full Stockroom listings for spring 2020
February 7: Eggy Records present ShitKid, Dan Disgrace, Piss Kitti, The Early Mornings
February 8: Chears Mate Open Decks
February 9: Amorphic Music presents Hyperdawn, Luna, Strangeways
February 11: ParrJazz presents Nick Maclean Quartet and Brownman Ali
February 12: What Happened to Agnes Theatre show
February 14: Getintothis and Stockroom present Jade Hairpins, Nation Unrest
February 15: Take Stock Scratch Theatre
February 18: TV Club – Jazz on a Summers Day
February 21: SKIA single release party
February 22: DENIO single release party
February 24: Matting physical theatre
February 25: TV Club – Fugazi – Instrument
February 27: Amorphic Music presents Mai Mai Mai, Luke Mawdsley + Bog Butter, Lupini
February 28: BBC Merseyside’s Popular Music Show presents …
February 29: Edils Records present…
March 3: ParrJazz and Stockroom present ISQ
March 7: Chears Mate Open Decks
March 10: TV Club
March 14: Link Up
March 19: Ostara: Bonnacons of Doom, Pale Rider
March 20: Cult Music presents Alex Ohm
March 27: BBC Merseyside’s Popular Music Show presents …
April 2: Ginger Root RnB party
April 4: Bitch Palace
April 9: ZUKU presents…
April 10: Amorphic Music presents Videoiid, Salt The Snail, Killerkume
April 14: Harvest Sun presents Katie Mac
April 16: ParrJazz and Stockroom present Julian Costello
April 23: Amorphic Music present Myagi, Lammardo Duo – Improv Masterclass + Show
April 24: BBC Merseyside’s Popular Music Show presents …
April 28: Amorphic Music presents Old Time Relijun, Chinsniffer, Atatat