No Fimp, música é matéria
Paddy Steer · EN
13 Oct · 11:30pm
Rivoli · Understage
60' · M12
Partnership Fimp / Matéria Prima
© B. Oliver
© B. Oliver
With Paddy Steer
In this edition we are proud to have among us, straight from Manchester, Paddy Steer, the extraordinary one man band, at the helm of his homemade sonic ship.
The ritual performance of the characters that inhabit the artist's universe will turn Rivoli's sub-palco into a cave of liberating prodigies.
In Paddy Steer's performances, the customized electronics, the drums and the vocoded voice blend in a kind of energetic and chaotic ritual. Conducted by the all-knowing musician as he guides you through wild and yet friendly territory.
Paddy Steer is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester's musical activity. It's a testament to his musicality that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.
In rejection of the notion of 'immaculate reproduction', live performances from Paddy's own project err more daringly and admirably on the frontier of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter under disco lights and doilies.
He creates his tools, as he creates his craft, here from scratch, there from new, ever from long-garnered experience that includes running the massive ensemble Homelife, years hence. In style he is unique on the circuit that knows him, on which similarly his blinkered resolve and capacity to create must be unparalleled.
This has been reduced down over a long period of time, and applied coat by coat with subtle mastery, for richness, depth, and vivid texture, as if it were some magnificent curry, or a samurai sword. Lounge, romp, deep groove, homely and galactic-expedition whimsy, furry electronic invention, it feels akin to playing and winning a computer game made from reality, to hear.