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Formed in 1977 by three teenagers from Blackpool in the UK, The Membranes became one of the key influential UK undergound post bands in the early eighties. With bass driven noise records they redefined the genre and were supported by John Peel and the music press and toured the world influencing the likes of Big Black, Mark Lanegan, Mercury Rev, Beck, Sonic Youth, the Wedding Present and many others.
Built around music writer and well known UK face, John Robb, the band are famous for their intense live shows and idiosyncratic vision. The band stopped in 1990 but reformed in 2009 and their two new albums 2016’s ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ and 2019’s ‘What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away’ have been acclaimed by reviewers worldwide.
The current album also features their 20 piece choir and is a further adventure into their bricolage of sound that is bass driven post punk, epic choir driven soundscapes, dark energy strings and spoken word pieces from many guests.
HOWIE REEVE (Glasgow)
solo acoustic bass, avant-pop, folk, post-punk from Glasgow
“Howie Reeve is a unique and singular figure in the current British underground. Having spent over 20 years playing in a number of key Glasgow bands, since 2012 he has been performing solo on acoustic bass guitar, delivering a fragmented and dexterous music that takes in post-punk, avant-folk and free jazz. Increasingly turning to songwriting, he further engages audiences with cryptic, intimate and unsettling lyrics. Resolutely DIY in his approach to music, he lives in Glasgow but appears to be perpetually on tour, whether in the UK, Europe or Japan.”
HOWIE REEVE, THE MEMBRANES