Rpundhouse presents In the Round
Julian Cope + Support
Saturday 4 February
As poet, musicologist, historian, archaeologist, occultist, novelist and cultural commentator, Julian Cope has come to be defined as much by his extra-musical pursuits as his musical output. British rock musician Cope came to prominence in 1978 as the frontman of Teardrop Explodes, a brassy post-punk outfit whose four year reign as a top ten chart act notoriously ended, in part, to Copes well documented love of munching acid. Following a brief time of recovery, Cope embarked on a solo career that has spawned over 20 highly acclaimed recordings and cemented his place as one of the most visionary , supremely eclectic and innovative musicians of our time.
Cope’s solo recordings have run the musical gamut from crisp, melodic rock tunes – his 1986 single ‘World Shut Your Mouth’ became a top 20 hit – to psychedelic funk, electro-acoustic, Krautrock-inspired instrumentals, space-rock, garage-rock, techno and anarcho-punk! Similarly, a dazzling array of collaborations and esoteric projects have seen him working with drone metal band Sunn O))) alongside his long-standing band, the ostentatious pro metal power trio, Brain Donor. Lyrically, his songs teem with political content outlining his own personal convictions – religion, bigotry corporate greed and environmental destruction. As a writer, Cope has produced six acclaimed books that take in archaeology, musicology, antiquarianism, plus a two-part autobiography and much-lauded books on krautrock and Japanese rock and an ecstatically reviewed novel.
Live, Cope is an extraordinary and engaging performer; a witty raconteur who dresses, as the Guardian once noted, “like an acid-fried biker”. Expect an eclectic set, of post-punk, psychedelic rock, highlights from Cope’s long musical career.
Tickets £25 – £30 / Doors 7pm
Roundhouse presents In the Round
26 January – 04 February 2017
Thursday 26 January Lambchop
Friday 27 January Jaga Jazzist
Saturday 28 January Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 31st January Orchestra Baobab
Wednesday 1 February Susheela Raman and Ghost Gamelan Orchestra
Thursday 2 February Martha Wainwright + Ed Harcourt
Friday 3 February The Tiger Lillies
Saturday 4 February Julian Cope