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Jackie-O Motherfucker

Posted: March 19th, 2004, by Chris H

This year the All Tomorrow’s Parties people are taking advantage of the glut of talent travelling to Camber Sands and arranging a UK tour so that the sand-allergic can join in the fun. The first gig takes place on the 22nd of March at Stereo in Glasgow and features Jackie-O Motherfucker, Bardo Pond and special guests who might be Threnody Ensemble. It’s an impressive line-up and given the size of the bands an ambitious one. I emailed Jackie-O guitarist-mainstay Tom Greenwood to see what we canto expect when the psychedelic freeform circus comes to town.

Who’s all in the band’s line-up for this gig / tour and what are they playing?

Brooke and I are the only two left from previous glasgow gigs….we’ve added Dave Bryant (godspeed) on guitar and tapes….Fluffy Toast (montreal) on banjo/saw/electronics….Jeff Mooridian (vaz) on drums /electronic drums/sequencer….Genevieve Dellinger…vocals, etc….Andy Cvar…lap steel guitar. Brooke plays piano/vibes/guitar…and I’m still playing guitar/turntables.

Being improvised I guess you can’t tell us exactly what to expect from the show but are there any clues you could give us? Like how did it go the last time you played at Stereo?

We’re working on something completely different than ever before…the sound has evolved a lot this year, due to a bunch of touring/recording…etc. Expect something that covers a huge spectrum…from tiny microscopic sounds, to giant swelling waves!!

Last time you were here I think you played with Volcano the Bear. Are they a band you feel some kind of affinity with, and are there others?

We had a great time playing with them….however, we are kind of solitary and hermitish at the moment. We’d love to open ourselves up a bit more, and i’m hoping to develop a residency in Glasgow this summer so we can do that….

Can we expect members of Bardo Pond to join you onstage at the gig?

Not likely…as we are working on a 45-60 min. composition that takes the entire set!…

Your name is quite (/very) confrontational but your sound, at least on your album for Textile Records, I found quite open and laid-back. Is this deliberate, accidental or am I completely off-planet with this question?

Things have changed a great deal from when we started the band 10 years ago….but the name is so cute…doncha think?



Chris H

Chris was hit by a brick as a child and lost the popular culture part of his brain. This affliction means he is only able to listen to obscure japanese noise bands and watch films with overtly complex storylines. His other interests include skulking, editing documents, taunting policemen and entering undecipherable handwriting contests. He lives in an enormous underground laboratory where he spends many hours trying to un-invent television.

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