The Soup Kitchen, Manchester
It’s fair to say Pram were way ahead of their time. They were mixing strangely evocative sounds from the past, arcane atmospheres and curiously timeless music rooted in exotica and Krautrock long before Ghost Box and before Simon Reynolds called this stuff ‘Hauntology’. They’re back with their first LP in 10 years the excellent ‘Across the Meridian’ and I was very pleased to catch a very rare live appearance by them.
Defying the “long hot summer” of 2018 and the festival season, the faithful are gathered in the basement of the Soup Kitchen which it turns out is damp and cool like all good cellars. The lights dim and vaguely unsettling, ghostly images of masked figures running around a spooky house flicker across the screens while bird song plays – and we’re transported away from Brexit, austerity and the muggy temperatures above ground into Pram’s wonderfully weird and playful world.
The set is largely drawn from the new record and begins with ‘Shimmer and Disappear’ which sets the scene perfectly – the band are all versatile players so there are trombones, woodwind, a Theremin, samplers, synths as well as the » Continue Reading.