Proto Idiot have been peddling their own cheeky mash-up of ‘60s garage and ‘70s glam for almost a decade. Originally a solo project from The Hipshakes guitarist Andrew Anderson, Manchester’s latterday answer to The Kinks and The Softboys are now a trio. Now with drummer Callum Trent D’Arley and bassist Michael Floyd Seal in tow, they’ve just released the album ‘For Dummies’ and are about to hit the road with ‘60s legends Love.
Anderson tells us about the new LP, performing as a pirate at a child’s party, which band member dribbles in his sleep, and finding inspiration in ‘The Simpsons’.
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Dan Patlansky | The Jazz Cafe | 9 June 2016
Photo credit: Jerry Tremaine
Dan Patlansky’s had a big year. In the 12 months since releasing his UK debut ‘Dear Silence Thieves’, the South African has trekked around the country (alone and with King King), supported Joe Satriani across Europe, expanded his touring band, and put out his strongest album yet.
At his first London show since December, he’s reaping the benefits. The venue’s bigger, with better sound. Added keyboards mean more textures to the music. And the light and shade of the new ‘IntroVertigo’ songs showcase not just his increasingly powerful vocals, but new-found nuances in his already dynamic playing style.
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Dan Patlansky calls them the blues police. Men of a certain age who consider only traditional blues the real deal.
“As soon as you start changing your style to something with a slightly more modern edge, those guys just don’t believe in it,” explains the singer and guitarist. “All my music comes from the blues but it’s got a lot of other influences in there – be it classic rock, funk, soul, or jazz – because for me the most important thing is to follow your gut. Then the music is most honest, and as soon as the music’s honest and you’re passionate about that music, you’ve got the best chance at some sort of success with it.”
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Manchester garage-rock trio Proto Idiot are headed to London – twice – over the coming months.
The band, founded in 2007 by The Hipshakes guitarist Andrew Anderson, play VegCafe on 26 May. Just over a month later they’re back, supporting ‘60s ‘Forever Changes’ legends Love at Jazz Café on 29 June.
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Introvertigo is the “dizziness and disorientation felt by an introvert after spending more than 5 minutes with an extrovert”. It’s also the name of the latest album by South African blues-rock guitarist Dan Patlansky.
Due for release in the UK on 6 May 2016, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ will be accompanied by extensive touring. Patlansky will be special guest on King King’s national tour in May before heading out on his own headline trek the following month, which includes a stop in London.
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