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Sunday. Bloody. Sunday: Mongrels/APK/residency

Snappy poster advertising all those sweet Sundays you are going to have at The APK with The Mongrels in residency

JBNBlog is on record as being a fan of The Mongrels …  so it’s great news that the band with London’s best set list (or words to that effect) has a first-Sunday, monthly residency at The APK

Robert Mongrel passed along the details . . . just to lift a section of Robert’s fourth point from the Mongrel-festo is a mention of The Byrds pre-flyte as it were. For the usual prizes, which LA club was home to The Byrds as they were preparing for lift otf.

Here’s Robert on The Byds in connection with The Mongrels . . .

In particular, we’d love to see some “performance art” dancers come and interpret the music in their own wacky way. I remember when The Byrds first started, people who’d go see them did so half because the band was great, and half because there was always an eminently watchable troupe of dance interpreters who wore audacious outfits and grooved to the tunes. We’d like to create the same. Clowns and mimes are also welcome. We want Londoners to let their freak flag fly. HIGH! We need help to spread the word that arty hipsters are most welcome. I know you’ll do what you can, because it’s your nature to do so.

w0w. I could dance to that . . & here is Robert slightly edited on the whole crazy Sunday scene.

Hi James:

. . . So, next Sunday, Aug. 3, THE MONGRELS kick off the inaugural edition of our newest thingie, the ROCK & ROLL RENT PARTY at the APK on Clarence Street. It’s a 3-7 matinee taking place the first Sunday of every month, featuring “London’s best set list” and a second act. This coming Sunday, special guests are SPACE SLAVE. They’ll go on @ 3 pm, and we’ll follow at about 4:30 ’til 7pm (or later if the crowd insists, which it did last night.)

We’re trying to do several things simultaneously with the ROCK & ROLL RENT PARTY, and any ink or video time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

First, we wanted to plant our flag somewhere for regular appearances, so that the growing fan base has a place to reach critical mass. We seem to keep drawing more people with each event, but it’s been too sporadic to have them all show up for the same gig. This will help.

Second, we know better than most local acts how difficult it is to get booked in London as a rock band. The number of venues keeps diminishing, while the number of acts looking to play keeps growing. By having a support act each month, we can help mentor up-and-coming bands and give them a chance to put their talents before an audience. The first time HOWL played was opening for us at the old Brunswick, and we were really pleased to have played that role. They were a great and exciting band, and we were proud to have helped them prove it.

Third, we keep getting told by people of my vintage that they’re in bed by 10 pm, so coming to a gig is problematic for them. Hence, a matinee means daytime drinks, still in bed by 10 pm, and still workin’ for the man early the next AM. Voila!

Fourth, we REALLY want to help stimulate a local scene, a regular function around which others can coalesce too. In particular, we’d love to see some “performance art” dancers come and interpret the music in their own wacky way. I remember when The Byrds first started, people who’d go see them did so half because the band was great, and half because there was always an eminently watchable troupe of dance interpreters who wore audacious outfits and grooved to the tunes. We’d like to create the same. Clowns and mimes are also welcome. We want Londoners to let their freak flag fly. HIGH! We need help to spread the word that arty hipsters are most welcome. I know you’ll do what you can, because it’s your nature to do so.

Thanks in advance for whatever, James, no matter how great or small.

Robert Mongrel-Idiot

 

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