Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lee turns up the Heat

While it was inevitable that The Fall would appear on the bill for Stewart Lee's ATP weekender in April (with Bridget Christie, Giant Sand and Josie Long also predictable recent additions, alongside Mission Of Burma and Flamin' Groovies), two rather more surprising names have been announced.

First, Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen of This Heat will be reuniting to reinterpret old songs under the title This Is Not This Heat. Despite them frequently cited as influential post-punk pioneers, This Heat are not a band I'm at all familiar with. As a result, this article on their history and music, written by Russell Cuzner for the Quietus, was an invaluable introduction. 'A New Kind Of Water' (from final release Deceit) is on its own more than enough to make me want to investigate further.

Second, Charlotte Church will be inviting festival-goers to enter her Late Night Pop Dungeon. Given how mental her own music is these days, it's likely to be a memorable experience for anyone who's lured in.

In other Stewart Lee news, the fourth series of Comedy Vehicle is apparently recorded and scheduled to begin airing next month.


skif said...

My mistrust of ATP made me turn down a chalet place for this. Maybe regretting it slightly. Still, I went to see This Is Not This Heat play their first return gig last week, and it was tremendous. I'm a huge Charles Hayward fan which led me to This Heat and this reformation of a sort did not disappoint. Thurston Moore was amongst the players in TINTH - appearing from a seat on the front row every now and then.

I have the This Heat records if err, y'know, cough, wink wink etc.

Ben said...

Given that Moore's going to be at that ATP, I'm guessing he'll be joining TINTH then too. (Incidentally, I'm wondering if Lee and Moore - two of my absolute favourite people - have got pally through both living in Stoke Newington. If so, that dream dinner party might be a little bit easier to organise...)

Might take you up on that This Heat offer! ;)