Terrascope are getting ready to celebrate their 25 years with a gig at The Lexington on Sunday 2nd August 2015 (links below). It features three of their all-time favourites, The Bevis Frond and The Left Outsides plus Malcolm Morley from 1970s legends Help Yourself and Man.
The Bevis Frond, the band name used by Nick Saloman for his projects, released Miasma in 1986 to great acclaim from fans of psychedelic rock. A steady stream of LPs since then showcase Nick’s strengths of strong songwriting, finely crafted lyrics, and a musical mixture from wig-out guitar jams to sensitive folky numbers. 2011’s The Leaving Of London was a triumphant return after a 7 year hiatus. This was followed by the double CD White Number in 2013 which included the 42 minute “Homemade Traditional Electric Jam” as well as a whole raft of catchy, melodic rockers. A potted career retrospective “High In A Flat” was released in 2014, providing Saloman with wider and thoroughly deserved exposure. A new album is expected in September 2015.
Bevis Frond currently comprises Nick Saloman (guitar and vocals); Ade Shaw (bass guitar); Paul Simmons (guitar) and Dave Pearce (Drums)
The Left Outsides, a Folk Radio UK favourite, are Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. Their second studio album “The Shape Of Things To Come” has just received a welcome and much-praised vinyl release on Dawn Bird Records and an album of new material – currently being recorded – is eagerly anticipated. Here they are performing ‘One More for the Road’ which will feature on the new album.
Malcolm Morley, who completes what is a trio of Walthamstow acts, first came to public attention as far back as 1966 as a member of the Hoodoo Blues. Forming Help Yourself in the early 1970s they went on to make several critically acclaimed albums, each one very different from the other, before Malcolm joined stablemates Man, appearing on and co-writing their outstanding “Rhinos, Whinos and Lunatics” album. Malcolm, who is a huge favourite of Terrascope editor Phil McMullen, has continued to write and perform over the decades and has appeared on albums with the likes of Deke Leonard, Wreckless Eric, Ian Gomm and Kirsty MacColl. He also releases the occasional solo record, the most recent of which, “Raw”, was a 10″ vinyl-only EP released by Shagrat in 2014.
The following is an extract from Terrascope Online:
Founded in 1989, Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine is one of the most well respected, widely read, frequently quoted independent music journals in the world. Throughout nearly three dozen issues, the Terrascope championed the finest offerings from the world of folk, freakbeat and psychedelia, to Krautrock, prog, punk, free jazz, electronica – and nearly every genre in between. Published by Nick (‘The Bevis Frond’) Saloman in London, editor Phil McMullen assembled some of the finest artists and critics around from his country retreat in the rural West of England and presented exclusive interviews with pioneers in each of the aforementioned musical styles, as well as discovering many new and upcoming artists along the way. Highlights from past issues include interviews with Captain Beefheart, Spirit, Charlie Watts, XTC, Paul McCartney, Caravan, Robert Wyatt, Country Joe McDonald, Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, Quicksilver Messenger Service, David Ackles, Ian Matthews, Arthur Lee & Love, Vivian Stanshall, Bardo Pond, Man, Neutral Milk Hotel, Guided by Voices, Olivia Tremor Control, Hawkwind, the Ramones, Tiny Tim, the Incredible String Band, Tom Rapp & Pearls Before Swine, Mick Farren & The Deviants – and many, many more. In essence, almost the entire history of rock and roll from the Sixties to the present day has been discussed, dissected, interpreted, and evaluated within its pages.