CHRIS TT AND THE HOODRATS
Writer and music maker Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently acclaimed underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has released nine albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently The Bear (2013).
He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, NME.com, New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star. He has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Great Escape Convention, UC Falmouth and many others.
“A national gem of a songwriter.”
Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk. More recently he has developed into an influential figure of UK songwriting; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.
Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Divine Comedy, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Frank Turner, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has played piano for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
In 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme, as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter Joke Trial.
Chris has also performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the Natural History Museum and the World Health Organisation.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singing new versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to his site in two days.
Chris T-T’s 9th album The Bear, recorded with his band lineup Hoodrats, was released by Xtra Mile Recordings in October 2013.
“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Them Spitfires, formed in 2012, feature Wing Commander Charles Horatio Friendly on guitar and vox, Flight Lt. Ronald B. George on Bass/backing vox and ‘Gurkha’ Steve on drums.
Their shared vision is to produce ‘Exceedingly good’ Mooch Punk and Dustbin Mod (Mod music which sounds like it’s being played in a Dustbin), and fill a very obvious void for those that enjoy stripped down early 60’s garage, British invasion R’n’B, delta blues with a heavy nod to the post punk sensibilities of the Jam and Gang of Four.
The band are yet to release an official EP or album, with plans to do so later this year, however a very limited run of the bootleg of “The War Room Tapes EP” was leaked by an enemy spy in 2014.
He released his debut solo EP ‘Fair To Average’ in 2004 followed by his first full length album ‘A View From The Cheap Seats in 2009, another EP ‘Distant & Distracted’ in 2011 and has his second full length album ‘Dyed in the Wool’ out on 3rd April 2014 whereupon he hit the road for his longest tour to date.
Since going solo he’s toured the UK 9 times and played shows with Carlos and The Jackal, The Dawn Chourus, Oxygen Thief, Ben Marwood, My Name is Ian, Jackrabbit Parole, Adam Boucher, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun.
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