Kula Shaker live Video Rai TV King Kong

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Kula Shaker Portraits – RockShot

 

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Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Harry Boardbent, Hammond and Keyboard Player with Kula Shaker

Harry Boardbent, Hammond and Keyboard Player with Kula Shaker

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

Crispian Mills, Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter with Kula Shaker.

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Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Alonza Bevan bass player, songwriter with Kula Shaker

Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

 

Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

Paul Winterhart, Drummer and Songwriter with Kula Shaker

Harry Boardbent, Hammond and Keyboard Player with Kula Shaker

Harry Boardbent, Hammond and Keyboard Player with Kula Shaker

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Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan of Tumblewild Discuss Their Evocative New Album, When the World Had Four Corners

by Gregory Weinkauf

via http://www.huffingtonpost.com

What do you get when you mix a founding member of chart-topping women’s choral group Mediaeval Baebes with a founding member of chart-topping psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker? It’s amazing, and you can hear the results on When the World Had Four Corners, the brilliant, brand-new album, just released, by Tumblewild. The group, currently a duo and set to expand, consists of married couple Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan, she of lyrics and lead vocals, he of bass, guitar, keys, etc.

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Alonza and I have met — once, in L.A. — when Alonza was touring with Aqualung (following his work with Johnny Marr and the Healers), and he had just picked up a tiny baby grand piano for the child Audrey and he were expecting. A few years later, that’s their Lewis on their new album’s cover, posing before the barn-turned-studio the couple have converted to record, among other things, the latest Kula Shaker album, and of course Tumblewild’s When the World Had Four Corners. I congratulate them on both the boy and the album, and ask about “Revenge,” their new single and video. Audrey picks up the other line and orchestrates.

“Well, I can talk about the video,” she says to Alonza, “and you can talk about the song, yeah?”

“I wanted to do a nice, dark, dirty blues number, really,” reflects Alonza, “and Audrey came up with a great lyric. We constructed it in the studio — played everything ourselves on that one. We wanted to chuck some un-bluesy intstruments into the blues soup, like the Indian tamboura, and stuff like that. And even the approach to the drums was kind of a bit more voodoo-tribal, as opposed to the blues thing. Musically it was just a big play on the blues, but mixing up a nice soup.”

Audrey chimes in on the visuals: “Well, we live not far — we’re lucky — it’s not far from an old steam train line. It’s run by amateurs, so they just do it for fun. And you can pretty much go there and look at whatever you want: you can look at trains, you can get on a train — so we turned up there. We had some Scottish friends over, and our friend Scott had a camera, and we just did it there and then.”

In one day. Not bad! Alonza laughs: “We got a lot of freebies on that one. Normally it costs quite a lot to get a steam train in a video.”

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Audrey Evans & Alonza Bevan are Tumblewild

Audrey and Alonza name-check Bonnie and Clyde as creative inspirations, which prompts Audrey to share some of her methodology:

“All the songs we do, I can’t sing about myself. Every song — it’s not a scene — but it is inspired by something: by a photograph, or by a book I have read, or by fairy tales. And this one was kind of inspired by Dial M for Murder — you know, the Hitchcock film. So it’s got that, but then you add the bluesy kind of thing to it, so there’s a theme to it, a kind of revenge theme.

They both laugh, and Alonza riffs on “Hell hath no fury…” Then Audrey continues:

“But also, the album is kind of influenced by the move we made, from London to this remote village in the middle of the woods, and kind of discovering our surroundings, and living a different life.”

“We feel a bit like outlaws here — now that we’ve left London,” adds Alonza. I ask if they fade in, or stick out.

“We are ‘les Anglais,'” he concedes. ‘Oh: les Anglais.’ They knew — we hadn’t been here more than a day, and we bumped into someone in another village, a few villages away, and we were chatting, and he said, ‘Oh, you’re the English.’ And word had already spread. People around here are super-friendly. That was remarkable, coming from London.”

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Fueling up with Tumblewild

Does Alonza, being Welsh, take umbrage to being called “English”?

“It’s funny for me,” he declares, “because I was brought up in England, but my parents were both Welsh — and particularly my father, was very nationalist-Welsh, like they all are, really — and just had a huge contempt for the English. It was a real dilemma for me, growing up, you know, within that English culture, while also having — they killed our king, you see.”

I express condolences.

“It’s a funny, schizophrenic thing,” continues Alonza. “As Audrey says, I’m only ‘Welsh-ish.’ When I try to tell her I’m Welsh, she explains that I’m ‘Welsh-ish.'”

“Yeah, a little bit of Welsh,” laughs Audrey, returning to their change in environs. “It was amusing to come to the country — we had that kind of romantic ideal of like, oh, lovely walks, meadows — but we didn’t think of, you know, basic things, like plumbing and heating.”

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“Heating’s a problem,” admits Alonza. “Nothing to do with the album, but yeah, it’s true: They don’t have buttons here, or like a little dial you turn up when it gets cold, you just turn it, and it gets warmer? You kind of have to cut wood. You have to work for your warmth.”

The work has paid off. When the World Had Four Corners is terrific, already one of the great albums this year. We discuss a few tracks, and I ask if that’s Lewis’ baby-baby grand on the delicate “Elevator Girl.”

“No, that would be cool, wouldn’t it?” responds Alonza. “It’s actually very out-of-tune, that piano. That’s a little glockenspiel — it’s something that Audrey rescued from an old school. It’s sad, a lot of the music education of the early years is changing, so they’re chucking out all those old little Fisher Price bells, and glockenspiels, and things like that — but they sound great, they record great.” He cites a Serge Gainsbourg inspiration (Hammond organ, et al) — and lo! there’s “Bonnie and Clyde” again. Consistent, these two.

Audrey brings the backstory: “It’s inspired by a Robert Frank photograph called ‘Elevator Girl.’ This girl, that’s her job — that’s all she does, she’s pushing buttons, and no one sees her. That photo takes that kind of loneliness, and it spoke to me — so I decided to write a song about it.”

Detailing another: “‘Lucinda’ — that song was inspired by a book called Water for Elephants (by Sara Gruen) — they did a film afterwards — and it’s a story about a fat lady in the circus, and the man telling the story — and that spoke to me — how they used to ‘red-light’ people: they used to chuck them off the train!”

Audrey shares her appreciation for Edward Hopper, then turns to a haunting, standout track. “‘Sweet Bones’ is actually ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant,'” she says, and asks if I know what it is. (Pleasingly, I do: Aesop’s fable.) “It’s my favorite of Aesop’s fables, and it used to terrify me as a kid! I thought, ‘I really want to be an ant! But I know that I’m a grasshopper at heart.’ Actually, I think I married a grasshopper.”

The two share a good chuckle. I ask how Alonza and Audrey — the bass-man and the Baebe — manage to merge their estimable talents.

“We have very different musical tastes, to start with,” explains Audrey. “And being husband and wife, it’s weird to work with your husband. I just want to laugh all the time, or I just want to throw hissy-fits — it’s one or the other. But sometimes for me it just works. And I think the will of both of us wanting to do something, and enjoying each other’s company, and respecting each other — like each other’s paths, where we come from.” She laughs, “But like, when you started bringing the Hammond organ out–“

Alonza rejoins, amused, “You hated it. You hated everything. Anything new I would try, you hated it.”

Audrey clarifies: “No! I want to keep things all simplistic — like, fewer instruments — I’m a big fan of letting a song breathe. So those were kind of our fighting points: Alonza always wanted to add another thing on. But then, it just worked: we do enjoying doing stuff together. And we do have a mutual love of blues music, or traditional kind of American folk music. And so for that it jelled, it kind of worked.”

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“Kind of” is an understatement. When the World Had Four Corners is rich and rewarding, an album of gems. We close with Audrey and Alonza weighing in on the art form itself:

“I’m a huge music fan,” notes Audrey. “I think I prefer even listening to music to singing or playing myself. But I just can’t see my life without music. I guess it’s like a natural progression — I like other things: I love photography, and there’s other art forms I love. But music — I was bathed in it, I guess, from an early age.”

“Music, it’s true,” enthuses Alonza, “of all the art forms, it’s the one that spoke to me the most — the one that kind of moved you the most — I guess when you’re younger it’s something that you just connect with — more than you would with a piece of art, or even the movies or something. It becomes a soundtrack to your life. It’s what you project onto the world.”

Photos courtesy of Tumblewild

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A message from Alonza…

As you might have heard I’ve been working on a new project called “Tumbleweed” with Audrey Evans (singer in “The Mediaeval Baebes” and female voice on “Pilgrim’s Progress”). Now things out here in the forest’s of southern Belgium move a little slower than in the rest of the world so we wanted to give you something to listen to during the inevitable wait for an album.

A couple of months ago Belgian radio station Classic 21 asked us to record a Bob Marley cover for a program they were putting together marking the 30th anniversary of his death. We trawled through his back catalogue and found ourselves drawn to the earlier pre reggae ska and Jamaican soul tracks of the “Wailing Wailers”. We chose “Sinnerman” as we liked the African American spiritual vibe plus we knew the Les Baxter version which is also pretty cool.

We put the track together here in Lompret with the help of Christian Gerard who played cello on “Pilgrims Progress” and Belgian drummer Marc Descamp. The 2nd track is called Motherless Child which is a song Audrey wanted to cover for the album. It’s another spiritual which has a message in keeping with that of Bob.

The video clip is just something we cut together from an old 30’s cartoon called “Bimbo’s Initiation”, it’s just a bit of fun but we wanted a way for people to hear the track.

Anyway the album is turning out to be a whole different thing but until then I hope you enjoy this.

Thanks for all your support and we’ll try to keep you posted with news from the Belgian front.

Lots of Love

Alonza

Источник: Kula Shaker – A message from Alonza….

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Новый проект Алонзы “Tumbleweed”

Alonza Bevan со своей женой Audrey Evans (Mediaeval Baebes) выпускают свой первый сингл Sinnerman/Motherless Child 4 июля 2011 года на виниле тиражом в 300 экземпляров. Предзаказ можно будет сделать с понедельника на http://www.kulashaker.co.uk

Alonza Bevan of Britpop legends Kula Shaker and Audrey Evans of the UK’s top selling vocal ensemble Mediaeval Baebes have come together in a unique musical collaboration, Tumbleweed. Their first release, coming off the back of a Belgian radio session earlier this year will be released on Independence Day, July 4th 2011. ‘Sinnerman/Motherless Child’ will be released on7″ vinyl to a limited run of 300. An album is to follow very soon….

via Tumbleweed.


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Alonza on the wireless…

В субботу 14 мая на радиостанции Classic 21  басист Kula Shaker Алонза Беван с новой песней своего нового проекта в шоу посвященном 30-летней годовщине смерти Боба Марли с 22 до 2 часов ночи (по континентальному времени).

Hello folks, it’s been a while but there is lots of exciting things coming your way, starting with this…..

This Saturday 10pm to 2 am (Continental time) Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan will be playing a new track from his forthcoming music project on Classic 21 (a station available in Belgium and Northern France and online) as part of a Bob Marley 30th anniversary show. The song Alonza has covered is called ‘Sinnerman‘. Make sure to tune in for that….

A limited vinyl release of the song is also coming your way very soon…

http://www.kulashaker.co.uk/alonza-on-the-wireless/ 

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Kula Shaker: Interview with Alonza Bevan

In the nineties, during the era of the grunge, the brit-pop and growingly faceless songs at the music channels, it is almost unimaginable for a psychedelic rock band, deeply inspired of India, to conquer the charts. The music of Kula Shaker bears at the same time the fiery energy of the youth and the wisdom of the musical culture of past epochs; contemporary, yet reflecting the spirit of the music of the 60’s; wonderfully combining the vivid picturesque pageant of the soundtracks of “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” with the psychedelia of the later Beatles. And in 2010 it abandoned all this musical whirlwind to release one of the purest, tender and beautiful rock albums. Kula Shaker closer, presented by Alonza Bevan.
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RR: First of all – congratulations for “Pilgrims Progress” , though it’s been half an year since it came out! It is among the most beautiful albums ever released. Can you tell us shortly about the album, the label issue in 2008, the songs and the recording sessions?

AB: Well, the album grew out of circumstance we had just got out of some dodgy dealings with the dark side (moneymen, accountants and lawyers) which left the band in a rather poor financial position. We knew we had some good songs and so with some great help from our friends and local musicians we started recording Pilgrims Progress here in the countryside of southern Belgium.

RR: The first thing that is obvious while listening the CD is the fact that you have taken off the colorful garment that was so typical for your previous releases and “Pilgrims Progress” is a stripped down to naked melodies and pure emotions record. Was that transmission natural or you made it by purpose? (more…)

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Интервью в Амстердаме 2010 (Toazted)

Interview Part 1 @ Amsterdam 2010

Interview Part 2 @ Amsterdam 2010

Interview Part 3 @ Amsterdam 2010

Kula Shaker interviews @Toazted 1996 / 2007 / 2010 audio, video

30 seconds with…Alonza

Apparently, Alonza works so hard in the studio that he doesn’t even have time to take a quick leek. He still managed to give us 30 seconds of his time though…

So you took the helm in the production for Pilgrims Progress. Looking back, do you feel there was anything you could have done differently to enhance or improve on the album? 

I’m really happy with how Pilgrims Progress turned out, there’s an endless list of things I would have liked to try out but that’s the good thing about making a record, when it’s finished, it’s finished.

If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

Half a pack of green beans, 1 broccoli, 2 courgettes, 5 children’s yogurt pots, an assortment of cheese,1 carton of milk, 3 veggie sausages. a pot of mayonnaise, creme fraiche and a suspicious looking tomato. Oh, and milk.

Do you think we’ll be hearing any more Welsh accented vocals on any future Kula Shaker/solo tracks?

We saw Dai Leek the other day so you might not have to wait too long.

Would you believe in Santa if you seen him drinking coffee instead of tea?

I believe in Santa regardless of what he drinks however I’m sure a wise old man like him must prefer a nice cup of tea.

http://www.kulashaker.co.uk/30-seconds-with-alonza/

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Kula Shaker: From Paris 2 (25.06.10)


Kula Shaker – Interview FROM PARIS + Ophelia (acoustic)

Kula Shaker – Modern Blues & Ophelia (acoustic session)


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Kula Shaker LIVE on 3FM (Amsterdam)



The Lowdown: Kula Shaker Interview

The Lowdown: Kula Shaker
“Love each other and drink more tea.”

In the 90’s Britpop heyday Kula Shaker were one of the driving forces. As Britpop faded into oblivion so did Kula Shaker. So what actually happened to them? We managed to get The Lowdown with the guys about what happened for them as people and as a band between then and now.

Altsounds: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Altsounds, tell me where in the world you are when answering these questions?

Kula Shaker: I’m on an Easy Jet flight to Hamburg, it’s very very early so please excuse the following answers.

Altsounds: I never felt Kula Shaker were given the amount of continued positive press they deserved, why do you think that is?

Kula Shaker: Because we’re a bunch of c**ts! Apart from that we had a lot of success very early on in our career and in the UK once the press have built you up they like to knock you down, hey ho.

Altsounds: What is it like to have upcoming bands cite Kula Shaker as an influence towards their work?

Kula Shaker: It’s always nice to get validation from other musicians. (more…)

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Interview with Alonza

On the week of the release of Kula Shaker’s new record ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ we caught up with Bass player Alonza Bevan for a quick chat about their new album and what’s install for 2010.

It’s been a few years since the release of your last material, what have you been up to since the release of Strangefolk’?
It has been a few years, is time speeding up or are we just getting older? To answer your question, we’ve been playing the odd show here and there while writing and recording Pilgrim’s Progress. Crispian and his wife have had a little boy, I’ve been wrestling with wood burners and defective chimneys, Paul has been obsessively practicing the drums and Hari has been busy being a genius. We have also continued our charity work, donating generously to accountants and lawyers.

I hear you’ve built a recording studio in Chimay, Belgium; has the whole band relocated to Belgium or is it just a place for you all to get away and concentrate on writing/recording?
I moved to Belgium about two years ago because Britain had become a fascist state. I live in a small village near Chimay surrounded by woods. With help from the band and friends we built and put together the studio in which we finally recorded Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s a lovely place to record but it gets bloody cold in the winter which was when we did the majority of the tracking. Must get the wood burner and chimney sorted for the next album!  (more…)

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