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Greg Ashley & Mass Datura

with support from The Hijinks
Rough Trade, Nottingham
Sunday 25th Feb 2018 7:00pm
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Rough Trade Presents Greg Ashley & Mass Datura, with support from The Hijinks


Along with fronting the Gris Gris and operating the Creamery recording studio, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Greg Ashleyalso performs as a solo artist, concentrating on the delicately trippy psych-folk that occasionally makes its way into his band's louder, more unpredictable music. Late in 2003, Birdman released his debut album, Medicine Fuck Dream, which drew comparisons to Mayo Thompson and Roky Erickson. Ashley's second solo album, Painted Garden, arrived early in 2007, and though it had considerably cleaner production than his debut, it shared the same free-flowing songwriting and surreal lyrics. In 2010 he dropped the completely experimental Requiem Mass & Other Experiments on Birdman. The opening title track (a whole side of a conventional LP) is the preeminent work here, while the rest features a series of smaller musical and sonic adventures. In 2014, Ashley returned with his first album for Trouble in Mind, the comparatively modest and low-key set Another Generation of Slaves. Trouble in Mind also released Ashley's 2017 effort Pictures of Saint Paul Street, a melodic, low-key, and often personal set of songs.


Mass Datura have earned a reputation for their mesmerising, raw and unpredictable live performance. Their debut album was released earlier this year along with a performance at Liverpool Psych Fest and remixes by Tom Furse (The Horrors). Mass Datura have managed to support some very exciting bands around the country including L.A. Witch, The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Holy Drug Couple, Dark Horses and Black Mountain.

Mass Datura was initially formed by singer, writer and artist Thomas Rowe (with best friend Joseph Colkett), as an outlet to channel his own strange childhood experiences. Born and raised in the rural ghettos of Western Canada, frontman Rowe discovered at an early age what a powerful form of escapism music could be for him. Inspired by the sounds of doo-wop, Nirvana and The Melvins as well as old blues, gospel and American folk; Rowe’s first instrument he learnt was the harmonica (which his father played). He then went on the learn tenor banjo and guitar. Eight years ago, Rowe landed in London as an alien, and soon gathered a group of like-minded East London misfits along his quest. They began by simply playing, discussing and moulding music together, yet it was from these tentative steps that Mass Datura was born. The name Mass Datura originates from a flower which frequently occurs within 16th century occult mythology; the Datura flower. When ingested, it was believed to provide the consumer with an innate ability to levitate and fly. However, it also warped the mind; causing them to fly through the bleak night skies of the world snatching up little children along the way.

"Remarkable progged-out space pop" Clash Magazine
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Nottingham five-piece The Hijinks are steadily becoming an up and coming staple on the local scene, and delivering an energetic yet enigmatic performance. Musically, they’re post-punk meets shoegaze with a sprinkling of psychedelia. Not to be missed.


5 Broad St

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