THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH RENOWNED VISUAL ARTIST CHRIS BRACEY + REVEAL PLANS FOR THIRD ALBUM
Radical punk-blues trio The Bermondsey Joyriders are proud to announce their part in an upcoming exhibition by internationally renowned visual artist Chris Bracey.
Working predominantly in new and salvaged neon lighting, Bracey will be best known for the iconic electric art pieces he has provided to the likes of David la Chapelle and Martin Creed, brands like Agent Provocateur, and Hollywood productions including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake. However, while his reputation extends through the art, fashion and film worlds, the artist’s roots remain firmly planted in his Walthamstow birthplace, where he continues to work from a studio affectionately titled ’God’s Own Junkyard’. As a fellow born-and-bred East Ender, Bracey quite literally gets where The Bermondsey Joyriders are coming from, and describes them as “one of the very few acts who can appreciate the artistic value of vintage visual and bring it forward with a modern dynamic”.
He was compelled to incorporate the band in his next gallery project after hearing their acclaimed 2012 sophomore record ‘Noise & Revolution’; an ambitious concept piece, which is in itself a discipline-crossing collaboration, featuring spoken word segments from literary luminary John Sinclair. Bracey is now in the process of creating a neon logo based on the line “champagne, cocaine, rock ‘n’ roll it’s all the same”, taken from ’Noise & Revolution’ track ‘Rock Star’. The piece will be displayed alongside a number of other works inspired by the words of rock ‘n’ roll’s iconic and infamous, as part of an ‘urban underground art exhibition’ coming to a London gallery in late March. More details of the show are to be announced soon.
Bracey is by no means the only one to have been blown away by ‘Noise & Revolution’ – a record which saw Gary Lammin (vocals/guitar, formerly of Joe Strummer protégés The Little Roosters), Martin Stacey (bass, ex-Chelsea) and Chris Musto (drums, ex-Johnny Thunders’ Oddballs) fuse the righteous anger of their punk roots with slide blues and psychedelic sounds to offer some timely observations on the changing face of their cherished home city. Attracting much critical praise upon its release last May, the record had more recently received recognition amongst readers of Vive le Rock magazine, who last month voted it their Album of 2012.
Now turning their attention to a third offering, The Bermondsey Joyriders have decided on some radically different tactics to follow ‘Noise & Revolution’s high benchmark. Frontman Gary Lammin reveals “the third Bermondsey Joyriders album is going to be a driving, straight-ahead, no-twists-or-turns recording, and this is for several reasons. First, ‘Noise & Revolution’ has been held in my heart and mind for over 30 years and I had to wait until the right situations were about to develop and the right people to turn up…. When I hooked up with John Sinclair I just new that 2012 was at last going to be the time to release it. Now, we need to make an album that see The Bermondsey Joyriders speeding away in a get away car!”.
Work is already underway on the album, which Lammin says will be “our ‘Spitfires and Hurricanes’ – diving in and running fast, dynamic and at lightening speed! Noise & Revolution’ opened the situation up with a certain ‘insight’ into what’s going on socially, and now we intend to show what could be a way out of this hopeless society and just doesn’t seem to be able to learn anything about anything!”.
The band will devoting much of 2013 to writing and recording, but plan to play a select few live shows over the coming months. The first dates to be announced are;
Sat 23rd Feb – HERSHAM, Waterman’s Arms (w/ Taurus Trakker & Suicide Si. Free entry)
Sat 20th April – LONDON, The Lexington (Gypsy Hotel night – w/ Frank Sanazi, Trixi Tassels, Miss Miranda & Anna Lou Larkin)