Sun Jan 3, 2010, 8pm
The Toff, 252 Swanston St Melbourne
Maximum Arousal presents:
MANI NEUMEIER (Germany) performing 2 sets + VAMPILLIA (Japan)
Mani Neumeier has been at the helm of Germany's legendary & influential Krautrock group Guru Guru for over 35 years. He first started in the '60s German free jazz sphere with Alexander von Schlippenbach's big band Globe Unity Orchestra (featuring Peter Brotzmann, Peter Kowald, Jaki Liebezeit & others) before switching to the well-known freak-out psychedelic rock experience Guru Guru. Guru Guru's legendary early releases such as ''UFO'' document the reigning moments of this acid-destroyed-jamming Krautrock outfit, and are essential artifacts of pure thunder. Mani also recorded on classic influential 70's releases such as Harmonia's ''Deluxe'' + Cluster & Eno's ''Begegnungen''. He continues to work in Guru Guru & many other projects such as Acid Mothers Guru Guru together with Makoto Kawabata & Atsushi Tsuyama.
Mani will be performing 2 sets at the Toff this evening - the first one being a solo percussion exploration which promises to be a special treat. In the second set Mani will be joined by local stalwarts Kris Wanders, Tom Fryer and Dave Brown.
Also appearing are the infamous 10-piece Japanese unit Vampillia featuring ex-members of the Boredoms. The Osaka based band have a reputation for turning classical music into Hardcore. Famous for their aggressive, chaotic performance with three eccentric Vocalists out the front, a body painted punk dancer, a macho man with a saw in his hand and a drug queen psychedelic guitarist, and twin violins at the back, they call themselves '10 piece Brutal Orchestra'. Having Toyohito Yoshikawa (ex Boredoms) as a drummer, they are recognized as a genuine post-Boredoms indie act in Japan. Their 2nd drummer, Kazuhisa Chikada is a member Worlds End Girlfriend (& toured Australia supporting Japanese post rock legends MONO).
Sparks will surely fly and this evening promises to be a special, must-see event!
Sun Feb 21 - Alasdair Roberts (UK)
Thu Mar 4 - Tim Hecker (Canada)