Interview with the Bandleader MPH of The Day Ends

It’s become customary in this blog to dip into the murky world of music journalism, with my bi-yearly interviews with the artist now known as Bandleader MPH aka Matt ‘The Lip’ Hale (formerly Miles Perhower) of super Bearwood beat combo The Day Ends.

They’ve got two gigs coming up over the next month, the first on Saturday 17 February at The Windsor Snooker Club in Bearwood, and the second on Sunday 25 March at the Sunday Xpress at Centrala. Both gigs are going to be live-streamed on the new Day Ends TV channel, but, as you can see some the strong words below, a splendid time will be guaranteed for all live and in person…

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‘Magician Walks into the Laboratory’ – a radio-film debuting this Thursday on Brum Radio

Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou are broadcasting a special edition of Sleeve Notes (Session #91) on Brum Radio on Thursday 15 February.

Their sound-art installation, ‘Magician Walks into the Laboratory’ debuted at the CET Building in Coventry last year. The work, and the following discussions that arose, will be a departure point for Thursday’s show, a ‘radio-film’ developed especially for Sleeve Notes. The ‘Magician’ project is part of a trilogy spanning three decades, set against the backdrop of Europe’s Iron Curtain, with its core themes stemming from surveillance techniques and intelligence gathering methods used by CIA, the Stasi, and the KGB.

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Magician Goes Down The Rabbit-Hole

Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley presented “Magician Walks into the Laboratory” in collaboration with Professor Jack Klaff as part of The Future, shown throughout the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art in October. During the exhibition, Professor Klaff was invited to talk about the installation and its deeper meanings, which for me raised some very interesting points, particularly surrounding hauntology, 21st century paranoia, and genius loci – notions on how places feel, which will be referenced further in the next part of their trilogy “Walking Back The Cat” which deals with Stasi surveillance.

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Culture Shifts: Local at the Open Eye Gallery – A Review

The exterior walls of the Open Eye Gallery are etched with the memories of those who have engaged with the space throughout its 40 year history, quotations from those who have had their work exhibited, and what it means for them and their community, and how they have been given a helping hand.

That day I was there to see the opening of the Culture Shifts: Local programme, which will be in part presented in this main hub until the 22nd of December.

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Press Release – Magician Walks Into The Future at the Coventry Biennial


Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley, in collaboration with actor and academic Jack Klaff, are presenting a new art work at the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art (6-22 October). “Magician Walks into the Laboratory” will be seen throughout the festival’s central exhibition, The Future, which is taking place in the historic Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, now known as The CET Building, on Corporation Street.

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Sunday Xpress presents…


Since 2006 I’ve been involved with an open mic/showcase event called the Sunday Xpress which has become a mainstay of the underground music and performing arts scene in Birmingham, and currently has its home at Centrala, based in the Minerva Works complex in what is referred to as Eastside.

Sunday Xpress does deserve a blog and a website of its own, publicity is gathered via social media, text message and word-of-mouth, but for the time being, any news will appear here, and where better than to start than the news of the extravaganza we have in store for this weekend on Sunday at 3pm start?

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