Preview: 1-800 Dinosaur, Measure of Albion Tour, Roadhouse 10/04/15
“Say ‘No’ to creased trousers. Say ‘No’ to bad remixes. We are apes who have constructed a myth of their own importance. Man is not in the person, but in the rhythm. Nature wins everytime.”
Last week the crew known as 1-800 Dinosaur announced an impromptu three date UK road trip taking in Bristol, London and coming to the Road House in Manchester on Friday 10th.
1-800 Dinosaur are Dan Foat, James Blake, Airhead (Blake’s live guitarist, Rob McAndrews), Mr Assister (live drummer Ben Assister) and Klaus (Nick Sigsworth who often DJs in support of Blake’s live shows). They started throwing after-show parties together as a way of cutting loose while on the road back in 2010, with the first ever 1-800 night taking place at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge.
By 2012 they’d nailed a residency at Plastic People and begun to build a brand based around their eclectic music choices, cosy venues, laid-back promotional policies, and a lot of fruit.
The crew’s approach to the parties is relaxed, simplistic and all about the dancers. Foat says “I’ve noticed that you don’t get DJ booths in the corner of the room any more, on ground level. They’re always situated so people can stare at the person. That’s not what it’s about at all. Club nights are about the crowd.”
If that sounds like your kind of party, get down to Road House on Friday, and we’ll tell you what we thought of it. See you on the dancefloor.
Words: Scarlett Pares Landells