Constant Flux & British Wildlife proudly present...
Tues 2nd October 2013
plus Perspex Flesh
7pm / £3 otd
I'm very pleased to be working on this with Constant Flux who create opportunities for musicians with learning disabilities.
Constant Flux was started by Richard Phoenix, as a Community Interest Company in 2013, as a way to combine his work and interests in two separate areas of music: the learning disabled music scene and the UK’s large DIY music community. he has worked with learning disability arts organisations and individual artists for over seven years as a music facilitator and project co-ordinator and have been playing and touring in punk bands and organising not-for-profit DIY (Do-It-Yourself) gigs for the last fifteen years.
He has been Inspired by bands such as Beat Express, Heavy Load, Zombie Crash and Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, not only by their music but also their refreshing and unpretentious attitudes towards playing music.
The overarching motivation is for Constant Flux is to help start a movement in learning disability music away from learning disabled events for learning disabled audiences, towards integrated shows for everyone in accessible venues. Constant Flux want to help develop networks and audiences to make integrated shows happen more in the UK, thereby inspiring more engagement with the learning disability community, providing positive and empowering role models for musicians with learning disabilities and creating more chances for their music to be heard. This is also why we will also be helping to release some of the best music from this burgeoning learning disabled music scene.
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a punk-group formed by four Finnish guys with learning disabilities. Born out of the same boredom and hatred as any other punk-band, they use music as an outlet to their frustration with everyday things, such as living in a group home, not being served coffee because of their disability and their hated of pedicurists.
PKN formed in 2009 during workshops by Lyhty, a non-profit organisation for people with learning disabilities in Helsinki, Finland. Since then they have released 4 EPs and one album, all which have sold out. They have toured and played gigs worldwide. The band, Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle and Toni Välitalo, who’s average age is 40, is the subject of the multi award-winning documentary, “The Punk Syndrome”, which is an amazingly honest, funny and moving insight into their lives. They are an incredible model for learning disability music with a fan base that spans many communities, cultures and languages.
Zombie Crash, from Brighton, UK, are a loud, noisy, chaotic heavy metal band of 6 friends writing songs about whatever they please, including vampires, zombies, girls and rocking out in a band.
Ryan O’Donovan, Luc Eisenbarth, Darrel Farley, James Barnett, Alex Pentalow, David Briggs, all in their 20’s, formed Zombie Crash in 2009 from a music course for people with learning disabilities run by the charity, Carousel. They released their debut album, “No Mercy” in 2011 and have built up a formidable live reputation that earns them more fans every time they play.