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Pete Fij / Terry Bickers

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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.

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Synthesize Me – Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music

Ok, cards on the table, a confession, as Todd Rundgren once put it, “I was born to synthesize “, from Hot Chip to chip tune, from OMD to IDM to EDM, from Eno to the Orb, the sheer variety of beats, rhythms and pulses has kept me hooked for years.

So with great anticipation I headed to St Pauls in Worthing on Friday for the return of iconic Club night “Synthesize me” promising an evening of “Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music” and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed. Brighton’s own Synthesize me has been bringing the noise since 2010 and it only gets better.

Decked out in full party mode with lights, giant mirror ball, balloons and cabaret style tables covered in sweets, St Pauls was ready for DJ Casper Gomez to get things started with a carefully considered vinyl mash-up; resplendent in western villain black cowboy hat his enthusiasm and love of the music soon filled the dance floor

Then we had a short set by Jack Elgar, local polymath, musician, producer, and alumni of Northbrook College, Jack gave us a mix of Electro-Industrial/Agrro-techno fused with ambient textures, think Skinny Puppy crossed with Neu! Unlike his other projects, Ard and Font 21, Jack’s, solo set is just him, in a day glow orange T, hunched over his mixer.

After the Kling/Klang of Jack’s set, Carlo De Ganja’s dub filled mix of lovers rock, reggae and synth-reggae got everyone on their feet, his sound system bouncing beats around the superb acoustics at St Pauls.

Next up was Monzen Nakacho, master of Giallo-Synthwave; imagine Tangerine Dream mixed with Solar Fields and the spirit of Blade Runner.

Monzen debuted three tracks from his eponymous album, opening with “Gulag on Pluto”, its symphonic rich soundscapes swelling and ebbing in hypnotic waves, then “El Carpentiere” no doubt a homage to auteur John Carpenter with echoes of “Dark Star” and the superb stalking rhythms of “Giallo”, for those who don’t know and I didn’t, Giallo is a 20th-century Italian thriller/ horror genre often combined with slasher,/crime fiction and supernatural horror elements, that inspiration is clear in the music. This track manages to evoke a nostalgia for those early schlock movies with a retro futuristic pulsing, sinewy grandeur that is worthy of Orbital.

Casper Gomez returned with a set of 1979 to 1982 electro classics, it was great to hear, Soft cell, Blancmange, Human League and Visage, cue much shuffling and early 80’s dancing.

At last it was time for the headliners; Brighton based Transformer, disco-tronic party starters, think Hot Chip/Scissor Sisters meets Bonzo dog doodah band

This trio, Johny Giles – vox/keys/programming, Craig Doughty – bass/bvs and Stephane Houdrille – drums have been around since 2005 and as a live act know exactly which buttons to push.

They hit the stage in their “frock coats and bibbety bobbity hat”, all feathers and flash, opening with “Down” quickly followed by the electro- funk of “Dragonfly” and “See the level”, prime showmen, we get the works, bass runs, trumpet solos and squiggly keyboards, all with a knowing wink and tongue firmly shoved in cheek.

Frontman Johny Giles introduced new single “Do 4 You” a fusion of their trade mark disco grooves with a driving bass and pulsing synth and chant and an impromptu verse of Happy Birthday.

The band roared through “Invisible” and “Popper”, inviting members of the audience on stage to play percussion for” GVNMNT” and a never to be forgotten forehead keyboard solo, that needs to be seen to be believed. Finally finishing with the Devo-esque throb of “Cinema Car”, most famously performed by the band on the Xmas prom episode of Inbetweeners.

With Johny asking the sound man to turn it UP! and a finger burning bass solo by Craig, they soon had the crowd singing along with the insidiously hooky chorus. The audience needed more and they returned for a high hat and snare driven “Deepak” and then they were gone.

To close the evening DJ Reverend brought back the muscle memory of early 90’s rave culture with a banging mix of classic tracks from 1991/92 –  great music, fantastic atmosphere as it always is at St. Paul’s