Reviveher Residency Launch with Thomas Bullock, Misha Hollenbach photo gallery
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Thomas Bullock (Rub N Tug / Welcome Stranger / Whatever We Want / Map Of Africa / NYC)
Misha Hollenbach (P.A.M. Perks & Mini / Australia)
Minkioni (Electric Minds)
Mr. Ming (A Too)
Nicholas Hadfield (Silver Magic Airways / ReviveHER)
A refreshing NYE spent between ReviveHER instigators Henry Bennett and Bi-Bop shed a revelationary light on things to come in 2012. A label in the works featuring original material from the team and friends afar, collaborations in the not too distant future with labels and legendary dance staples on the scene, it all kicks off with the new residency at Dalston Superstore on Friday January 27th. Being the last Friday of every other month there after, it promises grotesque line ups and late licenses. The first being a 5am finish with the legendary yet unpredictable Thomas Bullock from Rub N Tug, all the way from New York!
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THOMAS BULLOCK (Rub N Tug/ Welcome Stranger / Map of Africa / NYC)
It must be something that runs in the water of the River Cam. Originally hailing from Cambridge, as well as the likes of DJ Harvey, The Idjuts, James and Giles from secretsundaze to name but a few, Thomas’ DJing career started alongside DJ Harvey with the lawless Tonka crew.
In 1991, he upped and left for San Francisco to join the Wicked crew, most notably led by DJ Garth who started Grayhound Recordings, for whom Thomas later went to record under the name of The Mirror Boys. Shortly after his transatlantic shift, Harvey followed his trail. Wicked were instrumental in defining the West Coat pyschedelic house sound for years to come. It was here where he became famous for his enigmatic late night sets.
In 1996 he relocated to New York and formed A.R.E. Weapons, which pioneered the Electro Clash Sound. Discovered by Jarvis Cocker, they signed to Rough Trade in London, cutting chart hits and an album. It was through DJ Harvey and Paul Sarcastic Disco that Thomas met Eric Duncan. Not long after, they started throwing parties together. As ID Magazine would later claim, the lads single handedly ‘re-invigorated New York night life.’ Utilising dive bars and lofts, their roadblocked, lawless sessions provided a sanctuary for those in the know.
A friend's acquisition of a Chinese Rub N Tug massage-palace-cum-loft-space sparked a series of raucous parties where rooms were torn down, both literally and figuratively, as 300-400 people shuffled to their wild disco mashups. It seems only natural that out of the seedy, risqué, hell-bent indulgence, Rub N Tug was born.
Next up were their lock-ins on the rammed disco floors of Passerby, now notoriously and fondly recalled as Campfire, where house music poured out of sweaty speakers 'til the after-after-hours. With the temperature rising amidst the buzz of Rub N Tug, the duo headed to the studio. Remixes for !!!, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem ensued. Around a time of stagnant creativity, their sound was a refreshing sensation. This caldron of musical hysteria prompted Fabric to invite them to record their mix series (Fabric 30).
Busy with their solo projects, Eric doing his Still Going, Dr.Dunks, Keep It Cheap and C.O.M.B.I work on the side, the duo were unable to dedicate as much time to the ‘, Rub N Tug’ project. Yet last year proved, that talent never disappears with their excellent debut ‘ Scanners / All 4 U’ single and an RA podcast in 2010.
Thomas’ other commitments include his sought after vinyl only label ‘Whatever We Want Records’, home to his Balearic rock band ‘Map of Africa’ with DJ Harvey, his edit project ‘Otterman Empire’, his rockabilly outfit ‘Bobbie Marie’, as well as early quiet village EPs and The Laughing Light Of Plenty (There’s one copy of their album for sale for £99 on discogs here). Thomas’ remix alias Welcome Stranger has churned out prolific reworks for labels ‘International Feel’, ‘ESP’, ‘I’m A Cliché’, ‘Gomma’, ‘Mule Musiq’ as well as one original track on DFA.
Thomas is as busy as ever in 2012. Never one to shy away from a party, he’s been running his own in house sessions, much to his neighbours’ delight and disapproval, much like we do at G4 ;) These STD (Sunday Tea Dance) parties have provoked his new label, STD. With 3 releases ready to launch and a Welcome Stranger album nearly finished, in addition to new Rub N Tug material, we’re looking forward to a very rare performance from the eccentric party animal that is THOMAS BULLOCK!
MISHA HOLLENBACH (Perks & Mini aka P.A.M. / Australia)
Our second international guest is Melbourne based artist and designer Misha Hollenbach of Perks and Mini aka P.A.M. fame.
A deep head and musical aficionado / record collector, Misha is over for a brief visit following Men’s fashion week in Paris, for an exhibition he is involved in at LN-CC, whereby he and Thomas made an ambient tribala film and album, which will begin the evening with a screening and move to Dionysian dance. This made for the perfect opportunity to team up with Thomas at ReviveHER, where we have been known to cross the boundaries of art, fashion and music and previously invite your non-archetypal DJs to play for us.
Perks and Mini (P.A.M.) is like the Australian equivalent to LN-CC, a multi media excursion encompassing art, design, fashion, music and publishing. Established in 2000 when Husband and Wife team Mischa Hollenbach and Shauna T fell in love. P.A.M's distinctive graphics and excessive attention to construction and detail has gained a huge and well deserved international cult following. P.A.M. slips into a dimension where all things nice, strange, beautiful and humorous collide.
A place of ‘good' and ‘bad' taste, spirituality, and ‘pop'! Striving for new worlds P.A.M. consistently push the boundaries of classic streetwear creating some of the most innovative and forward thinking products on the market. Perks and Mini have a long list of collaborators (all visionaries in their chosen fields); friends who have a mutual understanding of the P.A.M. dimension; Undercover, Mike Kelley, Fergadelic, Genevive gauckler, Soulwax (2 Many DJ's) and Sofia Prantera (Silas), Thomas Bullock, Eye (The Boredoms), to name but a few. P.A.M. not only stands for Peace and Menace, Pizza and Mezze, Psilocybin and Mescaline; but also for independence, freedom, aestheticism, culture and fun!
As one half of clothing label and publisher P.A.M., he was also the driving force behind art/music super group The Changes. Hollenbach has exhibited his art internationally, touring Italy during Milan design week at such venues as Mu Gallery, Eindhoven; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Alleged Gallery, New York; Colette, Paris and Deitch Projects, New York. Hollenbach graduated from a BFA (Painting) at RMIT in 1991, after a number of years of exhibiting collaboratively as part of THE CHANGES he embarked on a solo career as an artist in 2009.
His most recent exhibition was Holey Hole!, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne. Hollenbach's work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and various private collections in Australia and overseas. He will hold his next solo exhibition with Utopian Slumps at Art Fair Tokyo in late March 2012. Misha has also released a book entitled ‘Seems’.
Esteemed DJ mixes for respected luminaries Beats In Space, Lovefingers.org, LN-CC, Noise In My Head, crossing about as broad territory as one can go, with a recent release on ESP Institute, has cemented Misha’s reputation as a serious DJ and record collector, not just an artist and designer. Expect future primitivism and the spirit of voudou.
MINKIONI (Electric Minds)
Upstairs, exactly a year on from the last appearance, we welcome back Minkioni. Jen, being one half of Felix (Dickinson) and Jen and the other half, Nadia, being one half of Dolan (Electric Minds), you could imagine the kind of musical mischief these two girls can dream up together in the booth! Their last appearance was at the Electric Minds / secretsundaze Halloween party in October, where the two ghouls tore it up. They count East Village, Pump Up The Volume, as well as Latitude, Bestival, The Garden Festival and Electric Elephant as their other DJ homes. Never to miss an after party and with greater knowledge of our above guests than most, this sexy duo make the perfect partnership.
MR. MING (A Too / Birmingham)
We also welcome back Mr Ming, following our first Dalston Superstore excursion in February 2010 during London Fashion Week. A school friend of another ReviveHER, Nathan Gregory Wilkins, Ming aptly fits into our line up as a close friend, owner of physical and online clothing store A Too and rather avid Thomas Bullock fan. Ming houses a wide selection of vinyl, with a penchant for roots reggae, dub, proper hip hop and old NYC / New Jersey house.
Ming runs the legendary A Too store in Birmingham, Brum’s answer to LN-CC and P.A.M. Ming actually opened the doors to A Too in 1998, a sister store to Autograph and since then established himself as the only go to destination in Birmingham for alternative streetwear, luxury denim and hard-to-find labels from around the world, many of which he holds exclusively in the area and available in limited quantities. A regular fixture on the music scene back in the day, when Birmingham had a scene to boast of, Ming’s possibly one of the coolest cats in the Midlands and those Londoners in the know, will be aware of this already.
NICHOLAS FEEL (Silver Magic Airways / ReviveHER)
Nicholas Feel comes on board for 2012 as resident DJ and radio host for ReviveHER instalments on Silver Magic Airways, which will feature exclusive mixes and interviews from the guests we bring over – something very different in small clubland of which we’re very excited about. Having spent Xmas break over in Sydney and Auckland, hanging out and interviewing the likes of the Canyons and hanging out with Tim Sweeney, we welcome back Nick with open arms.
BI-BOP (ReviveHER / Dogme East)
Last but not least, originator and ReviveHER personified, Bi-Bop takes to the decks in the basement to join Thomas and Misha for what’s set to be a long and sweaty night down at Superstore. ReviveHER 2012 here we come!
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