People Like Us play Sounds Like This Festival in Leeds at Hyde Park Cinema on 20 March 2018, doing a combination from four different previous performances, celebrating (at least!) 25 years of People Like Us.. More info here: https://www.soundslikethis.co.uk/
The excellent Discrepant record label celebrates its seventh anniversary with a diverse and vital cross section of artists from the roster. www.discrepant.net
We recently had some problems with our Contact Form breaking. It’s fixed now. Apologies for that break in intermission!
We are pleased to announce a new audiovisual immersive cinema performance by People Like Us called The Mirror, which will be performed from March 2018 worldwide.
18 March 2018 – Athens (details coming later)
13 April 2018 – Liverpool (details coming later)
17 April 2018 – Belfast (venue details coming later)
20 April 2018 – London Cafe Oto – tickets
21 April 2018 – Birmingham (venue details coming later)
11/12 May 2018 – London (venue details coming later)
Autumn – Newcastle (venue details coming later)
Autumn – Brighton (venue details coming later)
More about The Mirror:
The Mirror is a large scale audiovisual collage project created by first navigating hundreds of preexisting feature length movies, searching for conceptual/actual subject matter pertaining to reflection and projection. The initial idea was to depict the camera as a torch that shines light down dark corridors and as an eye that watches people when they are alone, and then through navigating all the footage to see what new stories emerge. The selected source material was then edited into thousands of snippets which are labelled and the descriptions examined to find similarities and crossovers that might be emerging in descriptions/storylines. A conceptually related soundtrack was then composed in relation to edits on the movie timeline, also created by appropriating and recombining from sections of hundreds of preexisting songs, as well as using sounds from the original films. This is an exercise in editing and juxtaposition, also an investigation, an “operation” working with the premise that if you cut into something and isolate it from its “finished” guise you discover new stories and information relevant to the present and future. Published material is often seen as “finished”, the end of the story, not available for comment, a sealed up museum-like product, isolated on an island, away from ideas and reflections. By use of collage, one can unthread, rewind and redirect content to discover what other stories may be hidden, allowing an active dialogue both with the external content, and also challenge the routine ways in which we may be limiting our own creativity by our own fixed (isolated) ways of thinking. Recombining these hundreds of movie storylines into new combinations can create results that are more than the sum of the parts and beyond our usual pattern of creating stories alone.
For more information on the working methods and philosophical approach of People Like Us, please read this conversation between Vicki Bennett and Peter Jaeger conducted over the course of Summer 2015. It was published in filling Station Issue 63. Download as a pdf.
More details and a trailer after next month, but we have confirmed concerts in March in Athens (tba), April in Liverpool (FACT), Belfast (Film Festival), Birmingham (Flatpack Film Festival) and London (Cafe Oto), May in London (Splice Festival), then more later in the year in Newcastle (tba) and Brighton (Cinecity). We expect to add more dates to the roster and will announce details in due course. If you are a festival organiser with a budget and are interested in booking this, please get in touch by way of our Contact Form.
We will also be creating a short film for improvising artists and musicians separately to this and if you would like to perform it, or are part of a university course (or similar) and think it may be useful to your students, or indeed are a festival/venue and would like to book this please get in touch.
Yes! A NEW PEOPLE LIKE US ALBUM! The never before released soundtrack to the People Like Us live a/v performance (and now stand alone film) Citation City.
Buy it here now on bandcamp:
People Like Us will be doing a fill-in slot for Station Manager Ken on WFMU on Wednesday 27 December 2017 from 9-Noon NY Time (2pm UK). Gwilly Edmondez will be joining Vicki to sing some selections from the LP box set Now That’s What I Call Music. Ergo Phizmiz PLC will also be popping in to sing a handful of songs.
Tune in at http://wfmu.org – live playlist and comments here.
We now have a Bandcamp page, where you can purchase selected old releases in digital form. We make our best effort to put a lot of our stuff online for free but here you can get it in higher quality for a cheap price, and help offset our costs so we can make more work.
The main reason for doing this isn’t really monetary, more that we’ve been quite inspired by the range and vastness of DIY music that has been put onto this platform. The most important thing is networking and access to networks and information.
People Like Us will be on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 8 December 2017 talking about scrolling culture (and google minds!) in relation to the creative process and The Fundamental Questions book, playing a specially made 3 minute group reading made from this.
Here’s the piece that we made : I Am A Poet (from The Fundamental Questions)
Group reading features:
Jaap Blonk, Dylan Nyoukis, Leo Chadburn, Mark Gergis, Chris T, Bryce Kretschmann, Medaya Ocher, John Aage Nilsen, Abbie Minard, Colleen Lindsay, Simon Faulkner, Scott Williams, Falco Carey, Hearty White, Kurt Gottshalk, Rebecca Schnell, Roslyn Sargeant, Michael Newman, Steven Ball, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, Nancy Novotny, MC Schmidt, Adrian Testcard, The Weatherman, Annabel McCourt, HK Kahng, Austin Rich, Tim Maloney, Matthew Curry, Drew Daniel, Alma, Silas and Peter Jaeger, Casper Carey, Paul Abbott, Tom Comitta, Will Edmondes, Catherine Backhouse, Krys O, Elkka Nyoukis, Miller Sargeant, Jhh Löwengard, Mike Lupica, Dan Solenoid, Greg Scharpen, Nick The Bard, Jon Leidecker, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Brancois Bonnet, Andie Brown, Ada Graham-Löwengard, Duncan Harrison, Gregor Weichbrodt and Vicki Bennett.