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Christopher Brett Bailey Chooses 5 Inspiring Albums + WIN TICKETS!

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Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight


6-11 October 2016 | 7:30pm | £8-£13

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Win tickets to experience ‘neo-noir fever dream’ Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight at Ovalhouse, and while you keep your fingers crossed read Christopher Brett Bailey’s suitably quirky list of five inspirational albums!


Chris Brett Bailey’s This Is How We Die was one of the outstanding experiences of recent years. Now, Chris is back with Kissing the Shotgun Midnight, promising a linguistic kaleidoscope of the hallucinogenic and the hardboiled, set to a pulverising live musical score of haunting psychedelia.

As well as rustling up a pair of tickets for you, our dear readers, to fight to the death for win, we also asked Chris to name 5 albums that To Do List readers should listen to, immediately! And – shock horror – there’s no U2 in sight…


The Space Lady – Greatest Hits

A psychedelic street musician with the voice of a heartbroken angel does eco-war themed originals & 70s rock classics on a Casio through a delay pedal, wearing a plastic Viking helmet. After a 30+ years career playing to passers-by in San Fran & Colorado, she has started releasing recordings and touring bars, occasionally making it to Europe. Not to be missed live – honestly one of the best stage performers I’ve ever seen. Gets me *right here*.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps

A German noise band, their scrappy apocalyptic debut has been on heavy rotation for me and some of the gang recently. Their later stuff has more finesse and nuance but for sheer chaos, raw attack and an awesomely documentary lo-fi recording sound, this is the one.

Nick Mott – The Visitor

Down tempo, super wet and (approximately) completely devoid of melody. This is my favourite super-oddball record of recent years: transfixing, mesmeric, the sonic equivalent of staring off into space, just one lo-fi head trip after another, just the feeling of mounting unease trapped in echo and slowly ebbing up & down. Also, check out his Dadaist rock band Volcano The Bear… it takes about 6 months to hear their entire discography, but it’s worth it!

Alessandro Cortini – Sonno

Emo bass lines slowed down to a dream-like crawl. Gently distorting synthesisers and eye-watering drone-scapes. This is an improv album made in hotel rooms on tour, and the perfect soundtrack to being in a hotel room on tour. Rarely have machines sounded more humane.

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

To some of you this may be like “yeahsowhatbro, why are you recommending me Sgt Pepper?” But I just gotta list it here as it’s the only significant record that me and both my musical collaborators all agree on. There’s more than a little of it in our DNA, and when we need to calibrate as a unit this is the default classic we coil ourselves around. Listen through headphones for best results. (If this is old hat for you but you crave a similar fix, maybe you’d dig “The Inevitable Rise of Niggy Tardust” by Saul Williams. Saul is one of my writing heroes and, more or less, the only contemporary spoken word artist I have infinite time for. His music albums are all over the place style-wise, on account of each one being collaboratively made with different producers / band etc. “Niggy…” is a collab with Trent Reznor, and sorta predicted the metallic noise-rap sound of Death Grips, Yeezus, Dalek etc.)


T&Cs: Entries must be received by Sunday 2 October at 5pm. By entering the competition you are subscribing to our mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time. Existing mailing list subscribers may still enter, and subscriptions will not be duplicated. There will be 1 winner, winning a pair of tickets to Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight at Ovalhouse, valid for performances on 10th & 11th October 2016. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. Tickets are subject to availability. Promoter reserves the right to exchange the prize for one of equal or greater value. If a winner does not claim their prize within 5 days of being notified, then their prize will be forfeited and another winner selected.