Pregoblin-‘Combustion’ single release and party
Known for their fickle make-up of members and allusion to the wean drug pregabalin, Pregoblin are the unpredictable bout of serotonin enhancer that their reputation seems to denote and the injection of rhythmical pleasure that your life has been missing until now. Led by musicians Alex Sebley and Jessica Winter, both from respective south London psychotropic guitar bands, Pregoblin has been an ongoing project that’s seen highs and lows like no other. Nonetheless 2019 seems to be their year, with the release of their newest rendition of ‘Combustion’ — a groove filled number that’s leapt out of 70s discotheque and into the 21st century – and an exciting selection of headline performances. Having self-released the track last year, the newest version of ‘Combustion’ has been reworked and co-produced by Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy. Sounding far different from their musical predecessors such as Fat White Family, who Sebley was once part of, Pregoblin are Brixton’s answer to Shalamar on acid as opposed to chaotic abrasion of other grassroot bands in the area. Enlisting paradoxes in their efforts to dominate your eardrums, Pregoblin’s ‘Combustion’ makes for a track that is both vulnerable and resilient, heavy on the reverb but also delicate, high pitched and superlatively baritone. Drowning in wanton keys and funky riffs, the song is an offbeat exploration of wanting to burst into flames, needing a brother who doesn’t live with his mother and the desire to take a pillow talking man home. It’s lustrous and carnal ways demands you to indulge in its weirdness which by the end of the -just-under-three-minute track will make you think that spontaneous combustion “is the way to go” too.
To celebrate the track’s final release, these provocateurs from a disco in outer space invited fans to get their glad rags and go-go boots on for a night at homestead Brixton’s Windmill with a full band. Supporting Pregoblin were, first, the all-female trio Deep Tan. Hailing from Hackney, Deep Tan aren’t strangers to the stage having played a long list of shows despite their minimal track list online. Their setlist combines French and English lyricism and layers them with tribal sounds that were described by fellow Windmill resident Stal Kingsley as being reminiscent of Aladdin’s cave and reverb that ill knock your socks off. Their solid set up is materialised for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud with their debut track ‘Air’ which you can repeat at your own disposal. With an abundance of upcoming shows, Deep Tan are not ones to be missed.
DEEP TAN – PHOTO CREDS: Alexandra Loveless
Following swiftly on the stage was met with John Lawrence Winter, Jess’ uncle. Strangely romantic and darkly encompassing, Lawrence’s sound amalgamates low pitched vocals with electronic rhythms. Almost melancholy in tone, Lawrence’s music sits in the practically unexplored realm where folk and electronica meet. Strange? Maybe. Eerily enjoyable? Completely. As one of the only live shows I’ve seen his name on, he’s one to keep a close eye on because if you blink you might miss him entirely.
JOHN LAWRENCE WINTER
Entering the stage just before the witching hour were Pregoblin like a comet coated in glitter. With electrifying energy, the six piece took their designated position and began knocking out the sultry disco hits without hesitation. Watching Jessica and Alex on stage together is like watching two magnets attract, in their differences they find a musical oasis that over flows with enthralling vitality. Performing tracks such as Anna and Love Letters, the audience were met with lyrical brilliance as with lines such as “don’t call it pussy if it doesn’t live on the floor”.
With an incendiary performance, Alex and Jessica danced around the stage and demanded control over the crowd’s dancing feet. Inflaming the crowd into a boogying frenzy, beers were split while the Saoudi brothers and Stal Kingsley were invited to chime in with “everybody’s ill at the moment” which they did with karaoke-like glee. Ending their performance with ‘Combustion’ of course, fans were filled with excitement as they sang along to the red-hot track. Before leaving the gold-foiled curtains of the Windmill stage, Alex’s suggestion that they might sing another song if asked, the onlookers began cheering for an encore. This was met with a performance of Fat White Family’s ‘These Hands’, a song that Alex wrote with the illustrious group.
What stands out about Pregoblin from their release to their live performance, is that they manage to translate their blazing stage presence onto recorded material. Their fiery passion for their art finds that Pregoblin won’t release something until it’s perfect, we can only but thank them for their efforts and look forward to what’s next to come.
Listen to ‘Combustion’ yourself here: