Festival of Voice: Every Song I've Ever Written - Band Night
Every Song I’ve Ever Written is a project about memory, history, things that may or may not exist, songwriting, the internet and pop culture.
From 1985 to 2004, PME-ART co-artistic director Jacob Wren wrote songs. Lots and lots of songs. At the time hardly anyone heard them, and therefore, in some sense, these songs don’t yet exist. Taken as a whole, Every Song I’ve Ever Written hopes to raise questions about what songs mean on the internet, and about what songwriting is actually like today.
These songs form an unintentional portrait of Jacob’s youth, at the same time chronicling one view of recent history. This performance will see five Cardiff bands perform one of Jacob’s songs each. After each version, Jacob will interview the band about what it was like to cover the song, and the band can also interview Jacob about what it was like to write it.
If you’d like to participate in the online element of this project, you can record your own version of one of these songs, change it, make it your own, then follow the instructions on the website: www.everysongiveeverwritten.com/en/upload-your-version
The 5 Welsh bands/musicians taking part in this special project are:
Perfect Body are a Cardiff based band, playing a dreamy and psychedelic brand of noise-pop. Combining (among many other influences) the murky haze of My Bloody Valentine with the pop sensibilities of the 60's British invasion.
Dr. Jenn Kirby is an Irish composer, performer, software developer and academic based in Swansea, UK. Her work ranges from instrumental composition, to electroacoustic, to laptop orchestra and the performance of live electronics. Jenn's work explores elements of theatre, humour and subversion. Much of Jenn’s research is focused on the performance of electronic music. The output from which includes the foundation of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra and the creation of software for new music performance, and the re-purposing of controllers and interfaces as musical performance instruments.
Adwaith are Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd; a post–folk, post- punk band from Carmarthen, South West Wales. Recently selected as one of the BBC Horizons artists for 2018, Adwaith’s new album is creatively ground breaking and will stand as one of the important albums from Wales alongside the works of Gorky Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals and Gwenno.
Rufus’ performance encompasses the creative dexterity of working with the welsh language. From beat boxed poetry, to mind-bending hip hop influenced by jazz, folk, blues and reggae. An avant-gardeness that deliberately bends the rules, to conjure up psychedelic soundscapes, building landscapes to explore.
Rufus will be accompanied by Kevs Ford, from the pioneering dub-reggae-hop band, Llwybr Llaethog, with 3 decades of knowledge of the Welsh music scene, and the creators of the very first Welsh language hip hop track.
John MOuse has been making music since 2003. His first release featured Sweet Baboo debuting on clarinet and keys. The two would work together 15 years later on John's most recent release (his 5th album) Replica Figures. In between, John crafted another 3 albums populated with dark humour, memorable melodies and personal and emotive lyrics.
Likened to a plethora of artists including Pulp, Eels, The Fall, Howard Devoto and Half Man Half biscuit. His latest album has received critical plaudits and garnered continuous support from 6 Music DJ's.