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Dead Rat Orchestra and Sutari – Brexit balance

Brexit is quite a divisive subject in the UK and, like many organizations, we’re afraid of expressing an opinion about it, in case we alienate people who make up a valuable percentage of our market share. In the interest of balance, we’ll be presenting both sides in all future posts about Dead Rat Orchetsra and Sutari's Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour.

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Sutari and Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in Brexit Britain

Fans of music made with egg whisks and meat cleavers, a summer of fun awaits you! Crazy cake-baking close harmony folk trio Sutari will be exercising their right of establishment under Part 3 Title IV Chapter 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to perform for us in July on the Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour, with our hairy chums Dead Rat Orchestra.

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Tyburnia tour diary unearthed

Back in 2015, Dead Rat Orchestra and director James Holcombe took their Tyburnia collaboration on an 18-date tour of the UK, preforming at venues close to sites of execution. Holcombe created a psychogeographical tour diary, using the same analogue editing and photo-chemical processing techniques he employed on the Tyburnia film. It completely escaped our notice until now. Tyburnia Tour 2015 from Dead Rat Orchestra on Vimeo. If you happen to be reading this on the day of posting (10th April 2018) and you live within easy reach of London Town, you may still have the opportunity to see the the…

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April 8th

15 years ago today, Dead Rat Orchestra played their first gig, at Colchester Arts Centre, supporting Montreal-based duo Hanged Up (Constellation Records). Unhurried by the audience’s expectations of entertainment, the trio created a 40-minute improvised piece with swelling waves of harmonic distortion, unearthly insectoid chittering and metallic glissandi, rhythmically underpinned by loosely-interlocking loops and glitching music boxes. To understate the obvious: the performance provided little evidence of the group’s future interest in traditional folk music. On the 15th anniversary of that first performance, we painstakingly remastered the audio track for inclusion in the forthcoming Hopewell Sound 4-CD box-set, which will…

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Inventory management exercise

UPDATE: Hilariously, our e-commerce plug-in has stopped working, so it's currently impossible to buy anything! If you can't wait for this to be sorted, please e-mail your order to info (at) antigenrecords (dot) com and I will sort it out personally. Thanks for your patience. Welcome to the antigen records winter sale. There's 50% off everything* in the webstore until the end of January!

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Dead Rat Orchestra – broken springs & death dances CD

In October 2015, Godspeed You! Black Emperor invited Dead Rat Orchestra to open for them on the six-date UK leg of their European tour. The DRO performed as a duo of Robin Alderton and Nathaniel Mann, joined by Thierry Amar on double bass on the last night of the tour, for a rabble-rousing version of The Black Procession. We are delighted to bring you a live recording, captured on that final night, at the Brighton Dome. broken springs & death dances is album of 18th century ballads for 21st century professionals, exploring timeless themes of corruption and abuse of power,…

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Dead Rat Orchestra at Suffolk Songfest

Dead Rat Orchestra has been invited by Aldeburgh Music and BBC Introducing in Suffolk to play this year’s Suffolk Songfest at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings. They join Amethysts, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Anna Meredith on an eclectic bill. Doors open at 5pm. Get there early to guarantee yourself a faceful of flying wood chips. Update: Here’s a photo of the boys in full swing, taken from the Aldeburgh Music Facebook page. Curiously, people in the front row of the audience made no effort to move away from the obvious danger. No doubt assuming that a thorough risk assessment had…

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