Friday 18th October 2019
Herbert Art Gallery
Liverpool electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep present a theatrical-musical-dance-art spectacular, in tribute to the electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. Expect a hexagonal stage, sci-fi sunglasses, and sparkly suits.
Big Wows is heaving with the sort of bold neon pop production that’s symbolic of the information overload we like to cram into our brains on a daily basis. Each track is a well-woven mesh of sharp synths, cyber sung vocal harmonies and thumping rave percussion. During the music video to lead single ‘Joking Me’, each member features as their own pixelated avatar in a distinct image of the kind throwaway digital culture Big Wows consistently refers to. Stealing Sheep’s admiration for electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire remains apparent throughout. Engineered mainly through sequencing and drum machines, Big Wows humanises each robotic motion giving definite life to the concept of unique computer emotion. Big Wows provides its own relevant input to the conversation of its ever-evolving culture. Loud & Quiet
"For their third album, Liverpool's Stealing Sheep blow up the pop form to bold, voltaic proportions" - The Quietus
“Big Wows is shot through with Glittery bounce and buzzing synth lines..Three albums they've attained a mastery of their craft that's a joy to behold” - The Skinny
****“Stealing Sheep are responsible for some of the most progressive pop songs of the past decade” - London In Stereo“
"Sophisticated pop...shimmering, groove-heavy and playfully effervescent” - Classic Pop**** The Guardian
Jerry Dammers DJ Set
Jerry Dammers is the founder, main songwriter and keyboard player of the UK ska/rock/reggae band The Specials, and the founder of the 2 Tone record label. In the late seventies and early eighties, The Specials/Special AKA had many “hits with a message”, including the haunting Ghost Town and the anti-Apartheid anthem Free Nelson Mandela written by Jerry. He started DJ ing at the Wag Club with Paul Weller at a benefit for the miners’ strike in 1984, and has carried on ever since, building up a reputation as a deejay.
At this event, rather than playing ska and reggae, Jerry will be exploring other areas in which he has developed a reputation as a DJ, playing 60's 70's and 80's "library" music - originally made as "off the shelf" background music for films or TV programmes, including some from Delia Derbyshire & the BBC Radiophonic workshop.