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DHC SPECIAL - THE REPTILES (live) plus ALAFU live set - 4 - 26th JULY

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THE REPTILES

ALAFU

10pm

4

Thursday 26th July

THE REPTILES

WHAT THE REPTILES DO SHOULD BE A CLICH. MANY BANDS BEFORE HAVE CLAIMED TO

DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE FROM THE ROOTS OF HIP HOP TO THE CAPTAIN'S STAR LOG.

BUT FEW HAVE COME ANYWHERE CLOSE. THE REPTILES HAVE THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT

LIKE BACK IN THE DAY, YET LEAVE YOU FEELING YOU'VE JUST TAKEN ONE SMALL HEAD

NOD FOR MAN. IF THAT OLD ADAGE 'YOU MUST KNOW WHERE YOU CAME FROM BEFORE YOU

CAN KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING' IS TRUE FOR HIP HOP, THEN IT'S UNSURPRISING

THAT THESE FORWARD THINKERS HAVE BEEN EMERSED IN HIP HOP FOR OVER TWO

DECADES NOW. MCS JUICE 126 AND ROUGH FIRST MET AT THE BRIDLINGTON WORLD

GRAFFITI CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1988, A UNION THAT EVENTUALLY SAW THE TWO FORM

PART OF GRAFF SUPERGROUP; 'IKONOKLAST'. ROUGH WENT ON TO RHYME WITH

FREESTYLE LIVE BANDS BEFORE HOOKING UP WITH DV8. MEANWHILE IN ANOTHER PART

OF TOWN, JOSEPH BARNES WAS ROCKING THE FLOORBOARDS OF HIS BEDROOM, NOT ONLY

WITH HIS EDGE-SLICING RECORD COLLECTION, BUT ALSO HIS OWN ICONOCLASTIC

COMPOSITIONS. THE TWO MET UP THROUGH FRIENDS AND SET TO WORK IN JOSEPH'S

MAKESHIFT STUDIO WHICH INCLUDED AN OLD SCHOOL ATARI AND A BUSTED BLACK AND

WHITE TV SET AS A MONITOR. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO RECORD THEIR DEBUT EP, THE

BOYS CALLED IN JUICE TO THROW DOWN SOME GUEST VOCALS. KNOWING THEY'D HIT ON

SOMETHING MAGIC, JUICE JOINED AS FULL TIME MEMBER. THEIR DEBUT EP 'LIQUID

PLAYTHINGS' WAS SOON RELEASED ON US INDEPENDENT IMPRINT HIP HOP RECORDINGS,

WINNING LAVISH PRAISE FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY. WITH

ROUGH AND JOSEPH BASED IN LONDON AND JUICE IN BIRMINGHAM, THE BAND IS A SHOW

OF GEOGRAPHICAL SOLIDARITY. BUT THE BAND'S REAL STRENGTH IS IN THE DIFFERENT

MUSICAL WORLDS EACH MEMBER BRINGS TO IT. ALL THREE SHARE A LOVE OF HIP HOP,

BUT ROUGH HAS STUDIED THE SONGWRITING SKILLS OF PATTI SMITH AND PAUL WELLER,

JUICE IS A STUDIO 1 REGGAE FANATIC (BUT ALSO FIENDS FOR ROY BUDD AND LALO

SCHIFFRIN SOUNDTRACKS), WHILE JOSEPH'S MUSICAL SCOPE RUNS FROM OFF-KEY

GUITAR GODS TOOL TO THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION OF WARP. THE BAND'S MUSIC IS

DRENCHED IN HIP HOP, BUT THE REPTILES ARE ALL ABOUT EVOLUTION. JUICE AND

ROUGH AREN'T AFRAID TO TOUCH ON THE REAL DARKNESS OF HUMAN NATURE. ROUGH'S

DELIVERY IS FULL OF PASSIONATE VENOM, BUT JUICE'S CALMER STYLE IS JUST AS

DISTURBING. JOSEPH'S PRODUCTION AND ARRANGEMENTS LEAD YOU BY THE HEADPHONES

INTO A NEW WORLD BUBBLING WITH COLOUR AND TEXTURE.

http://www.roughe.com

http://www.myspace.com/remski

http://www.myspace.com/reptilestyles

SUPPORT FROM THE MASSIVELY TALENTED DJ ALAFU doing a live set of own material

This has not to be missed!

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