Crazy P / Ulster Sports Club / Tickets & info
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Thurs 6 June 2019
Ulster Sports Club, Belfast
Tickets on sale now priced from £12.50
Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs and shimmering pop moments; this is dance music with a voice, a heart, and soul.
Crazy P have announced a last-minute show on Thursday 6 June at the newly opened Ulster Sports Club in Belfast, as part of their sell-out UK tour.
Following 30 million streams for their last album, sold-out headline gigs in Manchester and Percolate in London, supporting Chic and Chaka Khan, plus shows for Bluedot, Festival No 6, Love International and Boiler Room in Bali, the Nottingham/Manchester band are more in demand than ever.
‘Age Of The Ego’ is their highly anticipated, immaculately-crafted new album. Fans of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Arthur Russell, Jam Hammer, Prince and Bobby O will find much to like, but this is clearly modern music, where heavy club beats are layered-up with perfectly-placed arrangement, ace playing and stratospheric soundscapes.
Crazy P’s breadth of studio and writing experience shines bright, and ‘Age Of The Ego’ has their unmistakable stamp of quality, but is now augmented with a broader palate, and – like many – a feeling of upset with the state of the world.
“I don’t usually write my lyrics in advance, as I feel they’re expressed better in tandem with the music, which seems to help tap into my subconscious. What came out on several tracks was Brexit, the state of UK politics and the way I feel about divisive, abhorrent manipulation by certain media outlets.
Thematically parts of album were also influenced by the rise of social media, the struggling education system and how it’s failing our young, and the impact all this has on us. It’s been hard to not be emotionally influenced by the situation we find ourselves in; not just in this country, but worldwide.
I feel very angry and frustrated, but sometimes have to laugh at myself, because I struggle to articulate my feelings in normal conversation. I suppose lyrically it is political, a reflection of the times, but with a twist of humour and always a lot of love,” explains singer Danielle Moore.
The moody and atmospheric dark arpeggiated house of ‘Is This All It Seems’ sets the scene, making it immediately clear this isn’t just hands-in the-air dancefloor tackle.
‘The Witness’ pairs Moore’s observations with a luxurious, glistening nocturnal sheen reminiscent of Imagination, and equally sonically opulent is the breathtakingly expansive, Nona Hendryx-inspired anthem ‘SOS’.
‘We Will F**k You’ up is a jack trak as voiced by shadowy puppeteers in power, whilst lighter thematic breaks include ‘Kari’ – where the singer’s gossamer vocals float atop sun-dappled clouds, in an original that sounds intentionally like an old school mixing desk remix/dub.
The hi-NRG pumper ‘Lean On Me’ is laced with swathes of ethereal synth, big reverbed 80s guitar and Moore’s versatile voice, which alternates between rhythmic cadence and sustained soaring, merging with the broad strokes of atmospheric colour.
‘Age Of The Ego’ was released May 3rd on Walk Don’t Walk / !K7 Records, and live dates run from May 3rd to June 9th.
Support comes from Somethin’ Sanctified (the new project from Simon Mills, previously one half of Balearic duo Bent, and Joel Hood of International Feel fame) and local disco duo Ponyhawke