The Politics of Friendship Tour: The Grubby Mitts

09/07/2014

 

The Politics of Friendship Tour: The Grubby Mitts

09/07/2014

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 The Grubby Mitts  performed a homecoming show at a mystery location in Bedford for the last night of their tour of artist run spaces around the UK in August 2014. Each show included a full supporting line up and video works by Andy Holden and artists selected in conjunction with the venue.

For this gig they were supported by Bedford based musicians Jack Sharp (Woolf Peoples) and Davypoo, with special film screenings and a poster designed by David Litchfield.

For each gig they commissioned a poster by a local artist. The Bedford poster was designed by David Litchfield.

People met at Bedford Creative Arts car park and were given directions and/or a lift to the secret location.

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The band used the form of a rock tour as a way of curating a series of events exploring the concept of friendship, and performed live a body of music they have been writing and recording for the last seven years.

The music is described as post-MI!MS: short loops, repeated phrases, post-everything, and non-hierarchical; a delicate balance of pessimism and optimism, irony and sincerity, electronics and melody, art and pop. The band perform with numerous objects, such as a marble, alongside a more traditional band line-up of guitars, drums, samplers, keyboards, and saxophone.

For this tour Andy Holden’s video projections were combined with new projections by a selection of artists who are linked to the spaces in which the band performed. For each event a designer was commissioned to create a new poster, which then became part of the archive of the project. The band played nine artist-run spaces around the country, linking these together for the first time and transforming each space into part concert venue, part exhibition; with banners, posters, projections and specially selected support acts. The tour was be filmed as the basis of a new video work by Holden, also provisionally titled The Politics of Friendship. A new single and album were released to coincide with the tour.

 

 

 

Contributions by: An Endless Supply, Joshua Blackwell, Claire Davies, Luke Drozd, Tom Godfrey, Joey Holder, Carlito Juanito, George Kettlewel, Faith Limberick, David Litchfield, Jack Sharp, Lisa Wilkens, Davy Willis and Chris Wright.

Grubby Mitts are from Bedford, UK lead by artist Andy Holden alongside long-term collaborators and friends Johnny Parry, Roger Illingworth, James MacDowell and John Blamey.  The band have released several singles and an EP since forming in 2007 and their debut album is coming out in Summer 2014 on their own label Lost Toys Records.

Due to popular demand the specially commissioned David Litchfield poster from Grubby Mitts Summer tour is now available to buy! This A3 poster has now been printed in an edition of 20 and signed by David. Price: £20 + P&P.
 

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