Alison Lloyd, Jake, 1976 (detail). Courtesy the artist and TG, Nottingham
Mercury will be 0° Leo, Moon 0° Taurus, Sun 5° Cancer, Venus 22° Gemini ... Pallas Athena will be conjunct Algorab. Mercury will square the Moon. The Moon will sextile the Sun.
– Aaron Sharif’s astrological forecast for Thursday 27 June 2019
London band Wild Daughter conjure up an evening of live performance with support from Berlin’s Die Hässlichen Vögel and video installations from artists Aaron Sharif and Gerald Paul White. Sigils have been drawn, and this is their statement of intent.
The bands come together in channelling romantic heroes and gender-ambiguous devils, navigating common themes including desire, mysticism, addiction, androgyny, the joy of sexuality and gender fuckery.
This performance marks Wild Daughter’s second single release ‘Mr G / Brando Bomb’, a double A-side produced by Mark Moore and Dan Donovan available as a limited edition 7” on clear vinyl. The cover comes courtesy of LA-based artist Richard Hawkins. For The Moon Sextiles the Sun, Wild Daughter have commissioned a limited print fanzine / newspaper featuring some very special people indeed.
Wild Daughter are ‘Television on lithium’ (Judy Blame). They’ve played to audiences from The Backstreet – London’s infamous East End leather bar – to John Lawrence Sullivan’s recent A/W 19 show. ‘I’m a depraved soul on my own, you know’, Stuart McKenzie ushers us in on the new single ‘Mr G / Brando Bomb’. ‘Here we are in the gutter of love’, James Jeanette concludes, taking it down a notch from Mr G, where he doesn’t hold back (‘I would have chatted but you make me feel SICK!’). Jacob Shaw provides backbone and a pounding bass via his savage B:Assmaster set against the beats of Brenda #2 (their TR8s drum machine) and the sweeping flange emanating from McKenzie’s old faithful Thinline Tele. If philosophy can teach us anything, it’s to live with uncertainty, but I’m certain Wild Daughter can teach us a thing or two.
Die Hässlichen Vögel (Ugly Birds) are composer Roman Ole, lyricist Luki von der Gracht, drummer Hansol ‘Bobo’ Kim, vocalist Josie Haar and instrumentalist Benji Wohlrab. They formed in 2018 when Roman was invited to perform at Berlin’s legendary club, Berghain. Die Hässlichen Vögel does not fit into a genre – a fact made even more complicated by the group’s refusal to record or release any music – although Roman’s proclivities land somewhere among jazz, punk, and church music.