Black Grape Music

Black Grape

  • Date

    Friday 25 November 2016

  • venue

    Beach Ballroom

  • time

    Doors 7pm

  • age

    Adults, Teens

  • price

    £24.75 inc bf

  • genre

    Music

Regular Music presents Black Grape: Its Great when Your Straight... Yeah....21st Anniversary Tour

Support from Alias Kid

The Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, leaving most observers to assume that it was the end for Shaun Ryder, as he struggled to recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that three years later, a relatively fit and healthy Shaun would return to the top of the charts, with a new band.

Black Grape’s debut album, It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor.
The new band was looser and grittier than the Mondays.

Ryder’s sound was reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense. One of Britain’s best wordsmiths Shaun Ryder’s lyrics have always been delightfully freewheeling, and full of multicolored imagery. Teaming up with Kermit ( ex Ruthless Rap Assassins) he now had a rapper on board with equal skills to bounce off.

Even better, the music has deep grooves and catchy pop hooks that come straight out of left field. From the blaring harmonica of the triumphant "Reverend Black Grape" and the trippy sitars of "In the Name of the Father" to the seedy, rolling "Shake Your Money" and the stinging guitars of "Tramazi Parti.”

Whilst the memory of the Happy Mondays, has been kept alive by its various members extra musical curricular activities, Black Grape has always been the simmering stalking horse, waiting in the wings, for a time to come back to life, and remind people of the huge commercial and musical celebration that it was.

It’s time for the party to start again.


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