For those of us who still use a calendar, its time to take a big red pen and mark Saturday 22nd July as an event not to be missed.
St Paul’s Worthing is proud to host singer songwriters Pete Fij and Terry Bickers for an evening of stunningly beautiful Acoustic/Alt rock.
Worthing based auteur Pete Fij and Rye based Terry Bickers, the man the NME once called “a guitar god”, have had individually illustrious careers. Once feted and courted by the coolest record labels including Creation, One little Indian, Rough trade, and Cherry Red.
Informed by their life experiences and their well documented travails in the music business, their bittersweet songs have melodies to die for and an almost cinematic emotional resonance, well suited to St Paul’s intimate setting where the band and the audience can see the whites of each others eyes.
Pete Fij who hails from Coventry was a founder member of Adorable, who along with The Verve and Suede became the darlings of what the music press dubbed “New Glam”. Their debut single “Sunshine Smile” was an NME single of the week and successful tours of the USA, Japan and Australia followed.
After the break up of Adorable, Pete formed Polak with his brother Krzys and their album “Swansongs” led the independent on Sunday to call Pete “the most under-rated lyricist since Jarvis Cocker put pen to paper.”
A film studies graduate Fij is also the director of the ‘On Location Film Festival’ in Worthing, which shows films in site-specific locations relevant to the film. He directed the Pete Fij / Terry Bickers’ videos for “Out of Time”, “Downsizing” and “Betty Ford” which was filmed right here on Worthing beach.
What can I say about Terry Bickers that hasn’t already been said, as a member of The House of Love, his psychedelic guitar style inspired a generation, and his volatile relationship with Guy Chadwick led them to be compared to Morrissey/Marr. House of Love set out to fuse the intensity of the Jesus and Mary Chain with the sonics of The Velvet Underground, all wrapped in serious pop sensibilities. The weekly music press adored them with front cover features in both New Musical Express and Melody Maker in the same week and an appearance on the South Bank Show.
Sadly as is often the way, internal tensions and frustrations boiled over and Bickers became frustrated by the apparent commercialisation of the band, and he left to form Levitation a psychedelic rock band whose EP ”Coppelia” was trumpeted by the Melody Maker as “this generation’s Marquee Moon
Since 2004 Bickers and Chadwick have resolved many of their differences and the reformed The House of Love have released two albums on Cherry Red, 2005’s “Days Run Away” and after an 8 year hiatus 2013’s “She Paints Words In Red.”
In 2009 old Creation label mates Pete and Terry came together to explore the dynamics of a new stripped down song writing project. Bringing a “less is more” attitude the pair are guided by the song, letting the mood dictate the structure, to create a palette of bruised, melancholic heartfelt songs that connect with the listener in an almost visceral way. Although the sound is their own, there are points of reference with Bill Callahan, Richard Hawley, Johnny Cash and the confessional tone of Nick Cave’s solo work.
Given the intimate atmosphere of St Pauls, you can expect an evening of passion, drama and sparse melancholic music that is thought provoking and strangely uplifting. Pete’s beautiful tenor voice, underscored by Terry’s aching guitar playing bring all of their past experiences to the table and leave them bare for you to see.
In 2014 and after a successful Kickstarter campaign the duo released their album “Broken Heart Surgery” to critical acclaim, creating a set of “beautifully bruised songs of heartbreak and loss”. The long awaited follow up, ‘We Are Millionaires’, is set to be released July 10th on Broadcast Recording,
The doors open at 7.30 and tickets are going fast, it’s not often you get the chance to experience such beautiful music in a venue that could have been designed to play them in.