Bleak Metal is super pleased to announce that Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, ex-Maudlin of the Well) will be heading over to Europe for an extensive solo tour in 2016. We will be hosting the London date of this tour and New River Studios, a complex of rehearsal spaces, event spaces, photography studios and recording rooms.
Joining Toby on this tour will be Keith Abrams (Kayo Dot) on drums and Nick Hudson (Academy of Sun) on organ. Nick will also be playing a solo set and will open the show. Caïna will be rounding out this line up and will play a bespoke set that fits the tone of the evening, giving fans a chance to see a different side to this band.
Toby Driver is best known as the frontman and mastermind of the avant-goth band, Kayo Dot (ex-maudlin of the Well), and bassist of the Pythagorean prog wizards, Secret Chiefs 3 (ex-Mr. Bungle). In the past decade, he has masterfully explored the limitlessness of music, from weird metal to beautiful post-rock, from austere ballads to tripped-out 70s fusion and beyond, working alongside the likes of modern geniuses such as John Zorn, Trey Spruance (ex-Mr. Bungle, Faith No More), Mario Diaz de Leon (Oneirogen), and Jeremiah Cymerman. As a solo performer, on guitar, keyboard, and voice, Driver has been exploring dark, austere neofolk akin to Grouper, Michael Gira, Wooden Wand, and others, with a subtle progressive and unsettling edge.
Nick Hudson (b. 1981) has already produced a vast wealth of music, weaving densely-textured arrangements into a truly epic sound, encompassing progressive rock, modern composition, jazz, lo-fi pop, folk and outright psychedelia. Collaborations have featured Asva, Hexenverfolgung, Ekca Liena, members of Kayo Dot, and David Tibet (Current 93), Michael Salerno
Tickets will be priced at £10 on the door. Bands will start at 8pm with the doors opening at 7.30pm.