The Rescue Rooms archives: 2014

Beardyman, Beardyman Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Thursday 20th November 2014
  • Supported by: Ashmore & Motormouf

DHP PROUDLY PRESENTS...

BEARDYMAN

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What exactly is Beardyman? One minute he's winning the UK Beatbox competition, twice, next he's winning best MC at Breakspoll, then he's playing a sold-out run of solo comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. That's not fair... Most people only get to do... well... none of those... but this is Beardyman we're talking about. A leading light on the Beatbox scene since he landed on it with a bang in the mid noughties, Beardyman, (real name Darren Foreman) has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most beatboxers consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen him beatbox all over the world including support slots touring with Groove Armada and hosting huge festival main stages.

The first single from ʻI Done A Albumʼ is Where Does Your Mind Go: a warped, and unusual electro-ballad, this track showcases Beardyman as an artist capable of delivering songs with lyrics as twisted and introverted as Nine-Inch-Nails or Sonic Youth whilst being truly unique in sound and production style, echoing French house but being somehow closer to Chemical Brothers meets T-Rex. Cool, yet tense, it worms its way in and out of balladry and build-up, finally settling on banging gutter-strut electro-tear-out before disappearing into atmospherics again leaving the listener disorientated but invigorated.

"I could have taken it way more out there,” says Foreman," with a mischievous glint in his eye. Perhaps its for the good of humanity that he didn't, there's clearly a lot more this budding new recording artist has to offer but for the good of our sanity I think he's going to pace it out over what promises to be a long and fascinating recording career. If you're wondering if his recorded work can be as innovative and entertaining as his live work, wonder no more. You'll be listening to this album on loop for the rest of next year trying to get your head around it. Beardyman reflects on the whole process, “Itʼs been hard making this album because I have some form of musical A.D.D. But everythingʼs beat driven and nothingʼs out of bounds. My albumʼs all about taking people on a journey, and making it entertaining enough for everyone to willingly come with me – wherever it  takes them, wherever it goes…”



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