Scroobius Pip at Sub89By Linda Serck
December 05, 2012
Scroobius Pip almost feels like part of the Reading family, seeing as he’s one half of Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and Dan lives in Reading.
Scroobius has been a demo panel guest on my show, and performed an intimate spoken word gig at the Milk Bar in Reading last year. Of course, the lyrical hip hop duo have played at Reading Festival as well.
But now Scroobius Pip, or ‘Scroob’, is coming back to our town for something altogether different – a spoken word tour.
The bearded Essex lad, who released his first spoken word album in 2006 called No Commercial Breaks (which he told me was fetching hundreds of pounds on eBay) is taking his whirlwind 13-gigs-in-13-days tour to Sub89 in Reading on Tuesday.
And something to take the value off No Commercial Breaks slightly is a re-release of the album accompanied by a live CD of his warm-up show last month – at the Royal Albert Hall no less.
“Yeah, I can say I’ve sold out the Royal Albert Hall,” he laughs, “but it’s actually just an area by the bar there.”
He is speaking to me on the phone, languishing in bed with a bit of flu, which he said he normally just works through, but because of a charity walk up Mount Snowdon the following week he is deciding to take it easy.
Now though he is hopefully fit and healthy as his tour kicked off on December 1 in Norwich and is ending in Brighton on December 13.
The tour came about after he was amazed by the reaction at his spoken word gig at this year’s Latitude festival.
“I was waiting round the back of the tent and saw the previous act had about 400 people in the audience, which I was pretty pleased about, but when I came out there were about 4,000.
“Considering it was a Saturday night and there were these big names headlining the other stages – it just blew me away. The crowd paid attention and took it all in.”
He adds that he also wants to change the image of spoken word from an esoteric, beard-stroking pastime to a more public, rowdy arena.
This will be a show that involves the audience, and the idea is to spread the word of spoken word as a compelling alternative to a music gig.
“It’s not going to be just reading a bunch of poems out of a book,” he says. “And I didn’t want to do spoken word in venues you’d associate with that, I wanted to bring poetry to the sweaty gig venues that I’ve performed in.”
In short, spoken word doesn’t have to be prim and proper. It doesn’t have to be polite.
“There will be something from every record I have released, as well as bits that aren’t on any albums yet.”
He adds that, later on in the year, he will be getting together with Dan to work on a new album.
In the meantime, you can see Scroob perform this fantastically unusual gig on Tuesday – who knows, Dan may even be in the audience.
Scroobius Pip will be performing with Kate Tempest and Brian Gittins in support. Tickets are £10 and doors are 7.30pm. This is a 14+ gig. More info at www.sub89.com.
Perk, the new monthly music night at The University of Reading (which also welcomes the general public by the way), is celebrating its third event with some Yuletide rock frolics.
On the festive bill are some high octane bands that will rawk Santa’s socks off.
Eyes Of Darkness are all guitar solos, hairspray, leopard print and leather, while Vintage Crow deliver an explosive onslaught of riffs.
Reading band Karn8 are top notch roadhouse rock, fronted by a blonde vixen who would eat you for dinner.
The Gin Circle are 60s’ pop rock with inspiration from The Stones, The Beatles and The Kinks.
So happy that one of the most succesful bands to come out of Berkshire, (and no doubt the most succesful to hail from Highclere), are releasing the first single from their debut album next year.
Released on March 11, 5-HT from The Good Natured is a blistering hit of the band’s new wave pop noir.
Frontwoman Sarah McIntosh said: “5-HT is a chemical within the human body which helps to release serotonin in our brains. The song explores the contrast between love and pain, and the notion that love is a drug.”
The single features remixes from Kat Krazy and Ghostwerk plus the cover version of She Drives Me Crazy.
You can pre-order it by logging on to www.thegoodnatured.co.uk, where you can also see the video.
So, with the Yuletide coming fast upon us, BBC Introducing Berkshire would like YOUR Christmas tunes – and if we like it, we’ll play it on the radio.
The songs can be anything – originals or covers, and from any genre, as long as it has a festive spirit.
A prime example is Ascot’s Jack Robert Hardman, who sent me a gloriously wistful cover of Wham!'s Last Christmas, which he is thinking of uploading for all to hear.
So, send me your tunes! Send links to firstname.lastname@example.org – MP3s may not get through unless they’re under 10MB.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
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