ICHI + BARE HUNTER + FAITH I BRANKO - Thursdays at Styx

  • Styx Bar 5 Ashley Road, N17 9LJ London UK

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We are delighted to present a brand new weekly event at the sensational Styx, right beside Tottenham Hale Station. With three fantastic acts each week and delicious pizza from Loven, come and enjoy the Styx garden and venue with us.

ICHI

To see ICHI live is to witness something totally idiosyncratic and entirely new. It’s fun, it’s danceable, it’s exciting. He takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits combining his handmade inventions with steel-drum, toysand everyday objects all in the space of one short set. There’s an ancient, ritualistic feel to his performances – he’s like the displaced leader of a lost tribe. 

ICHI has toured extensively as a solo artist in Japan, the UK and Europe, playing at festivals including End of theRoad, Latitude, Glastonbury, Green Man, Wilderness, Boomtown, In the Woods, The Great Escape, Late at TheTate, Camp Bestival and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling. He has been championed by the likes of former Talking Heads’ singer David Byrne and American noise-pop band Deerhoof, who invited him to play with them in NewYork, Japan and the UK. ICHI’s supporters in the media include BBC 6 Music DJs Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Don Letts, Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne. In Japan he has performed alongside such artists as Asa-Chang and Junray, Shugo Tokumaru and Tenniscoats and has even seen an animated TV series based on his character broadcast on Japanese public-broadcaster NHK, as well as made various guest appearances on NHK.

Hailing from Nagoya’s underground scene, ICHI moved to the UK and Bristol after meeting English singer-songwriter Rachael Dadd, now his wife, at a small DIY festival in his hometown. He takes inspiration for his art from far and wide – a melting-pot of punk, reggae and dub, Henri Salvador, tribal music and old scratchy 78s. With his trusty sampler never far away ICHI spends hours poised, ready to capture the perfect water droplet or page flick, a process which he describes as being “like catching an animal”. Recorded entirely onto a four-track tape machine in his attic studio, Maru finds ICHI layering Heath Robinson-esque song-scapes crafted out of found objects and bizarre homemade instruments (stilt-bass, kalilaphone, hatbox-pedal-drum, skip-xylophone and tapumpet) with vocals depicting colourful characters.

‘What on earth is this? It`s brilliant’ STEVE LAMACQ
‘It's a trip to listen to and watch’ DON LETTS
‘Hilarious & bonkers & brilliant’ LAUREN LAVERNE

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BARE HUNTER

Bare Hunter channel muddy, stripped-back garage rock, voodoo psychedelica, jazz inflected drumming and slick musicianship.

Into a bubbling cauldron, chuck the two-piece raucousness of Royal Blood, and combine it with the almighty four-strong Led Zeplin and you will have created the dirty-blues power-trio that is BARE HUNTER. A cacophony of bass-heavy guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and reverberating vocals produce a dark and brooding energy. Three moonshine-soaked hillbillies bring to the stage a demented southern preacher voodoo séance. Its time to let the ceremony begin…

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FAITH I BRANKO

Faith i Branko are a passionate, virtuoso UK/Serbian-Roma duo. They released their highly anticipated debut album ‘Gypsy Lover’ on March 25th 2016 - a set of original compositions recorded with top Serbian Roma and UK artists which chronicles their shared struggles since 2009. Branko Ristic, one of the world’s foremost Gypsy Jazz Violinists, has joined with Faith Ristic, a highly charismatic andvirtuosic UK Accordionist, to create a style that draws from and redefines each of their musical heritages. Recent performances include Guca Festival; Vienna Roma Fest; Sydney International Festival; Enlighten Canberra; Tasmania; Oxford Two Make; Stephen Fry BBC World Service; Sanctum at Bristol and many Balkan TV appearances. ‘Love knows no bounds’: a phrase as old as time and never truer than in the love story of this romance’s two protagonists,Faith and Branko. Their album 'Gypsy Lover' has already been voted among the top 10 World Music Albums by radio stations includingMundofonias and Spin the Record.   

The duo forms the core of their high energy live act: they combine accordion, whistles, vocals, acoustic violin, electric violin, keyboard and effects pedals to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to playful Reggae songs and frantic Kolo/Irish dances. Gypsy Jazz, Balkan, Classical, Swing andImprovisation form the core of their entirely original set - which they perform both as a duo and in collaboration. They source musicians from all over the world to play as a trio, quartet and as a highly energetic Romani/UK Orchestra: their current line-up includes double bassist Matt Webb and guitarist Ramiro Nocelli.

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Doors from 7pm

Music 8pm - 11pm

Entry £5 on the door

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