Steve Kettley’s Orange Claw Hammer is a band of fine musicians with a desire to
enjoy, share and play with the music of Captain Beefheart. Deeply rhythmic and
rooted in the blues before spiralling off into free association, their music is a
wondrous cacophony of finely tuned chaos. Even though the vast majority of the
music is instrumental, much like Beefheart’s contemporary Frank Zappa, there’s a
humour at play, a desire to stimulate and titillate through complex offbeat grooves
and a clatter of noise. It’s a wonderful, exhilarating recreation of Beefheart’s
experimentations, improvised and reinterpreted by Kettley and his quartet.
“OCH are fabulous! Of all the things I saw in the Edinburgh Festival the stand out
performance was OCH in a cellar bar, the band is tight. OCH are a brilliant set of
musicians with a love of Beefheart.
It is part homage, part wild eyed evening of grand riffs and virtuoso playing.”
Mark Thomas, comedian/activist.