Blabbermouth are Punk guitar legend Lu Edmonds (PIL, The Damned, Mekons, Shriekback, three Mustaphas3 et al.) and master-drummer Mark Roberts (Massive Attack, The Godfathers & Neneh Cherry) . The duo have now teamed up with Murray Lachlan Young – poet in residence at BBC6music – to unleash a powerful Psych/Prog/Punk spoken-word track “ON THE SEVENTH DAY” taking old testament book of Genesis and rededicating it to the creation of chocolate biscuits (what else?).
Out now, the single is taken from the forthcoming musical collection The Edge of Reason.
After causing a serious stir at the BBC6music festival – when, with upturned orange Sainsbury’s bags on their heads, they conscripted the crowd to become initiates in a new religious order ‘The Keavenu’ – dedicated to the worship of BBC6 music DJ – Shaun Keaveny.
“Like fat white family – free from melodic strictures. Lysergic edicts ejaculated into the unsuspecting audience via the hip priest of poetry MLY supported by one of the most dysfunctionally dynamic bands in town. Plain or Milk? YOU DECIDE” Shaun Keaveny BBC6 Music
BBC Radio 6’s Chris Hawkins, who announced the band, joked that BBCRadio1 had wanted the band for 1’s Big Weekend due to the colossal commerciality of the project – “Surreal. Wicker Man meets Monty Python in complete musical anarchy”, he said later.
Shaun Keaveny, who mysteriously appeared in the room with Doctor Who actor Jodie Wittaker, was immediately ushered on stage and decked out in his own high-priestly robes & upturned orange Sainsbury’s bag hat – to sit on divine Temple Bells.
Broadcasting legend Mark Radcliffe declared the gig ‘Excellent’ but took issue with the mixed messages given by usage (and the possible misusage of) the words – ‘plain’ and ‘dark’ chocolate.
DJ and BBC6music founding father Gideon Coe later played the track on his weekly 6music show – saying it was a “highlight” of the festival (admittedly it was the only act he saw as he wasn’t feeling well).
BBC6 music news’ Matt Everitt, declared the whole thing to be Brilliant and “really quite peculiar”.
Described by crowd-members as: ‘Talking heads meets Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’ or ‘What the Fat White Family wish they were’ and ‘it’s the right time for this sort of thing to be happening again (I think)…’.
Murray Lachlan Young & Blabbermouth subsequently decided to go ahead and release the track as a Single, in the hope that there is a place in today’s world for pseudo-religious bombast and wholly ridiculous subject matter (NB: as originally suggested by Shaun Keaveny for Murray’s weekly BBC6music poem) and also that it might offer some light relief for music fans, many of whom have had Nick Cave on loop for quite some time now.
This project features the well-known poet MURRAY LACHLAN-YOUNG and a new band called BLABBERMOUTH performing soundscapes & grooves along with cutting-edge VJ Jules Shapter on live visuals & video mapping. We combine these into a semi-improvised (i.e. we can’t rehearse so we have to make it all up as we go along) live performance of our album “The Edge of Reason” which is to be released on small indie label Dirter Promotions in September.
Murray Lachlan-Young – for over 25 years has performed across the UK; currently BBC 6 poet-in-residence and often on Radio 4. His career spans everything from stand-up to Edinburgh festivals, test match special, a residency at CERN even the main stage at Glastonbury festival. His last collection was an Amazon best-seller and he would love to learn to levitate.
Blabbermouth – is a new project by veteran guitarist Lu Edmonds & master drummer Mark Roberts along with many prominent collaborators, singers & producers from all over the world as well as multilingual voice-robots. They released their debut album “HöRSPIEL” in 2019 to critical acclaim.