Improv psych-pop outfit The Bonk joined on the road by experimental improvisers Fixity.
THE BONK are marking the October release of their debut album The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb with a string of live dates, inviting Cork’s Fixity to co-headline on the last leg of the tour.
The Bonk perform compositions by Philip Christie (O Emperor) that mix ’60s garage, jazz and experimental pop influences with recursive rhythms and improvised melodies, all rendered in loose, minimalist song forms. The group launched their debut single Ancestor at Quarter Block Party 2016 in Cork; two further online releases followed. Cipher, their third single to date, was released in April 2017, when the band undertook their first comprehensive tour.
The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb will be available as a limited edition cassette release on thirtythree-45 from October 6th 2017.
“Unkempt feral rock music at its best, The Bonk’s debut makes a lasting impression and alludes to a new act on the scene making music on their own terms, uninterested in convention or the mainstream, and that is something to get excited about.” - The Last Mixed Tape
The music of FIXITY is composed by Dan Walsh and explored in collective improvisation with others, the music is driven by their involvement in time and the beautiful impossibility of stillness or repetition within it. The collective’s self-produced releases include Live In What Used To Be A Church, recorded in St Luke’s Church in Cork City. Their recent album The Things In The Room was recorded in Tambourine Studios, Malmö, and was released on the Cork-based label Penske Recordings as a double LP and CD in late 2016. An Irish tour followed in June 2017. The band personnel included Walsh, regular collaborator Emil Nerstrand, Carolyn Goodwin (Clang Sayne), Philip Christie (The Bonk/O Emperor), Kevin Terry (Sky, Horse & Death/Altered Hours) and Neil O'Loclainn (Ensemble Eiru/Cuar).
“We often think of the encounter of the mythical rhythm of Can or closer to us of Aluk Todolo with an inspired Archie Shepp. Their mix of Jazz and Kraut Rock is a total success. The musicians never pour into exuberance, tempering their interventions at the service of incandescent passages” – Kfuel.org
These autumn dates will feature new music which will be released later in the year.
Sept 29th Thomas House, Dublin (Supporting CAT PALACE and STRENGTH NIA)
Oct 7th The Living Room, Drogheda (Cassette Launch) 10pm 10e
Oct 12th Bennigan’s, Derry (w/ COMRADE HAT) £8
Oct 14th Top of The Town, Omagh £8
Oct 26th The Sky and The Ground, Wexford (w/FIXITY) 8pm, 10e
Oct 27th Bello Bar, Dublin (w/FIXITY) 8pm, 10e
Oct 28th Rogue Gallery, Waterford (w/FIXITY) 8pm, 10e
Oct 29th The Roundy, Cork (w/FIXITY) 10pm, 12e