On April 5th Cowboy Flying Saucer (CFS) are to release their second album, Travel Lodge’, on their own Sparrowhawk Records imprint. The follow up their 2017 eponymous debut LP, the album tells the tale of a moment in singer BK13’s past; of days lost in a hotel after a wedding; of things that were witnessed both imagined and real …
“I arrived at Travel Lodge, meant to be here only one night, it’s been a week, I’m still here! Outside my window, stories were being told, some sinister, some happy, some sad, some filthy. I was only here for one night. IT’S BEEN A WEEK. A Travel Lodge wedding.”
Formed as a result of a conversation about T-shirts in a Walthamstow pub sometime in 2014, CFS have built cult status. Influenced by the likes of Can, The Fall, Sleaford Mods, Pere Ubu, Captain Beefheart, Happy Mondays, John Cooper Clarke and Spacemen 3, theirs is a distinct sound that encompasses psychedelia, techno, krautrock, ambient electronica, punk, post-punk, funk, dub, spoken word and disco. Drawing on these disparate styles and influences, CFS have improvised their way on BBC 6music, Resonance FM, and a list of podcasts, streams and FM broadcasts across the UK and Europe. Embracing life’s “happy accidents”, CFS live in the moment; for them, there is no script or style guide, just spontaneous, creative moments in time to be captured and occasionally revisited.
‘Travel Lodge’ was recorded live at The Sickroom over an intense two-day period with editing and production carried out back home in Walthamstow, and with it’s impending release CFS are currently organising shows and activities.
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Dates confirmed (with more TBA) so far are:
13th March New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road London, SE14 6AS
23rd March St. Mary’s Music Hall, Walthamstow ( supporting Damo Suzuki)
4th April The Victoria, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH
9th April Biddle Bros, 88 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0QR
20th April Hello Goodbye Show session, Resonance FM
27th April Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, NW1 7AN
5th May Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow E17 4SA
Singer, wordsmith, poet and yodeller Bobby, aka BK13, first met polymath-renascence-artist-bass player-musical Swiss army knife, Spanna at Art school in the North East before moving to London and forming art punk, synth-driven electro groove band PLAKKA, a regular installment on the East London gig and party scene at the end of the noughties. DJ, producer, label owner, artist, sound designer, video game producer and Guitarist Johnny Ven’s first band, Idiot Joy, were erratic and random but enjoyed success on the festival scene, playing Glastonbury and supporting space rock overlords Hawkwind.
Dave B’s first musical adventure was as drummer for Magoo, whose pedigree as lo-fi Indie pioneers is well documented. Championed by John Peel and recording several Peel sessions, they released two albums on Glasgow label Chemical Underground. Dave and Johnny first met in 2000 playing together in punk-funk groovers, Junkateer. In 2014 they collided with BK13 and Spanna to form Cowboy Flying Saucer.