MUSIC MATTERS: by Pete Chambers BEM: First poet artist of the month - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: by Pete Chambers BEM: First poet artist of the month

The Walls of Love

Heavy on the beat, great sax and a bit of a ska vibe too..

If you like the sound of that (and who wouldn’t) then you need to get your hands on a copy of the debut single – Walls of Love/Maxim’s Choir by Walls of Love.

It’s out now on 10” vinyl and digital. Piccadilly Records in Manchester said it “channels that post-punk, disco-not-disco spirit beautifully, nodding to pioneers A Certain Ratio & Gang Of Four as it swaggers through the nightclub.”

Can’t argue with that. Their connection to the city goes back a long way as two of its members were in the cult Coventry band Lucky Pierre who were active in Cov from 1996-98.

Nick Knibb aka The Archbishop

Nick Knibb aka The Archbishop is the Coventry Music Museum’s first poet to be inducted as Artist of The Month.

Not just any old poet, oh no, Nick (aka The Archbishop), is also the museum’s Poet In Residence.

He will be at the museum on Saturday (March 10) (weather permitting) at 12 noon.

His clever tales of growing up in Coventry hit a massive chord with punks, 2-Tone fans and Sky Blues fans alike.

His audiences can absolutely relate to every crafted word. It’s finger-on-pulse stuff.. poems about Nick’s life that turn out to be poems about our lives too.

Nick lives in Earlsdon, Coventry and writes poetry for live performance. He draws for his inspiration on memories of the 70s and 80s, record collections, teenage love, loss and angst and reflects on life as a hapless musician in Punk, Reggae, Indie and New Romantic bands.

His spot-on words often silence a room full of music fans, who may begin waiting for the band to show, only to be hushed by the humour and nostalgia of The Archbishop’s poems.

In 2016, he performed for the Coventry City of Culture bid at the Godiva Festival with a trio of poems about growing up in the 1970s entitled ‘Coventry, The Specials and me’ and a recent review remarked that it was ‘a masterclass in storytelling’.

His solo shows have included Birmingham Theatre Festival 2017, Shoot Festival 2017 and he can often be found on the open mic scene as well as supporting punk and ska bands all over the Midlands and in London.

He has represented Coventry Music Museum as their Poet in Residence since 2017.

King of The Alps

Heavily anticipated, Cov’s King of The Alps finally release their debut album, ‘Masters of The Heart’.

The trio; Paul Ingram, Simon Ward and Dolores Pittaway have created a wonderfully original piece of work here.

Press play and off you go on a journey that takes you down the path of romantic confusion to a pool of melancholy, stopping (occasionally) at the happy valley on the way.

It’s not trying to be clever, and it doesn’t have to. Paul’s vocals are understated yet always perfectly elucidated, songs are beautifully played plus the arrangements are to die for. You need to have this in your collection.

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