ROBERT FISHER is a big man with a big, booming baritone and big heart.
His work over the past 15 years as leader of alt-country collective Willard Grant Conspiracy is one of those typical "best kept secrets". (That's my Conspiracy theory, anyway)
Willard Grant Conspiracy have always had a knack for subtle angles. Anyone privy to their live shows, from solo Robert Fisher to playing as a drummerless quartet, will feel familiar with these stately, acoustic-and-strings versions of “Soft Hand” and “Fare Thee Well”.
Californians re-imagine their back catalogue.
A collective of up to 14 members, centered around vocalist Robert Fisher,Willard Grant Conspiracy have gone back to basics with their excellent ninth album, largely re-recordings of their own songs by a drummer-less four piece. The stark setting suits them, with Fisher's deep voice-sounding variously like Nick Cave and Johnny Cash - placed center stage. The seven-minute Preparing For the Fall sounds apocalyptic, as feedback howls around and Fisher intones, 'The Earth begins to shudder/The lightening creates a fire".
We brought you details last week about Ralfe Band's soundtrack work for the forthcoming The Bunny & The Bull feature. We can also bring you news of Oli Ralfe's next directorial work, The Journey of The Childmen.
In this weeks newsletter (you don't subscribe!!!- sign up now to avoid missing out on more of the good stuff!) - we linked up out favorite selection of the video clips to have surfaced on the pages of youtube after the Duke & The Kings most recent trip to the UK.
Released late next month, The Bunny & The Bull is a feature length surreal comedy road-trip from Warp X Films and the makers of the The Mighty Boosh.
Spanish passions fed into the eclectic score by Ralfe Band, whose front man Oly Ralfe contributed occasional songs and cameos to ‘The Mighty Boosh’s’ radio and TV shows. (His music is described by Julian Barratt as ‘psychopathic folk-waltz music… epic and peculiar and catchy as hell’.)
This weekend sees the launch of another artistic avenue for the good good folks at TRUCK.
"OX4 is a celebration of the artistic talents emerging in and around the postcode of OX4. We've always dreamt about bringing that SXSW vibe to our hometown - and now we have!"
It's all taking place on 10th October, 2009 - across 10 venues all situated on The Cowley Road.
Danny & The Champions of the World and Ralfe Band both play the Baby Simple venue this Saturday (10/10)
OX4 takes place along the entire length of 'The Cowley Road' in Oxford.
Ticket info here.