Art gallery and performance space in Bradford (UK) hosting exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and other events.

Death Shanties - Album Release & Tour


Fuse continues it's series of events on Bradford Beach (yes, the building has been filled with sand) with a visit from Trembling Bells founder Alex Neilson and his explosive improv trio Death Shanties. Bring flip flops, maybe a deck chair, and headphones to check out the sonic elements of the Bradford Beach installation.

Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-­to-­the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience. Death Shanties debut album "Crabs" is out on August 11th 2014 on Bomb Shop.

"Sure, on tracks like "Something Wakes Up Terrified", Renema unhesitatingly launches, from the outset, into raw, Brotzmann-esque keening but, unlike some other practitioners, it's clearly not a case of lacking a more conventional technique. On pieces like "Come Sunday", he casually tosses out bluesy sighs and almost boopish flurries that hint at the jazz tradition being wilfully subverted from a position of intimacy, while on "Shadow Boxing With Crabs", a yearning, faintly mystical fanfare sets a solid ground from which to venture upwards into tight arabesques before eventually lifting off into stratospheric inevitability" (Daniel Spicer, Wire Magazine)