Paddy’s place on the bill is no random afterthought, however, as he also guests on the new Spaceheads EP playing bass. But there’s no on-stage recreation of this collaboration as when they hit the stage, a little later than planned, it’s down to just the talents of Andy Diagram, playing trumpet fed through all manner of electronics, and Richard Harrison, whose traditional kit is accessorised with several home-made pieces of percussion. Andy is, of course, full-time trumpet player in James, while Richard was previously a member of Blue Orchids and has played drums with Nico. However, it’s not really the associations which draw the crowds; Spaceheads music is a force in itself.
Musically, Spaceheads are pretty much an experimental jazz/fusion/trippy/dance band. Andy’s trumpet is looped, distorted and tweaked into rhythmic patterns which stir passions and movement from the listener. Richard’s drumming is intricate and layered, providing a solid beat which makes it even more danceable. Sounding like a rave party hosted by Miles Davis and George Clinton, this is trippy music without having to indulge in anything dodgy.
Enhancing the stunning church location, there was projections from Jaime Rory Lucy’s Rucksack Cinema. A mixture of film, patterns and random images (as well as the band’s circular pattern icon) envelope the stage area and across the ornate stone building, the stained glass adding a surreal extra element.
Another great show, enjoyed by all who attended (which included Andy’s James band-mate Larry Gott). With James just about to undertake a flurry of live activity themselves, it may be some time before Spaceheads get together again for more shows, but when they do, make sure you check them out.