Paddy Steer is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester’s musical activity. It’s a testament to his musicality that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.
In rejection of the notion of ‘immaculate reproduction’, live performances from Paddy’s own project err more daringly and admirably on the frontier of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter under disco lights and doilies.
He creates his tools, as he creates his craft, here from scratch, there from new, ever from long-garnered experience that includes running the massive ensemble Homelife, years hence. In style he is unique on the circuit that knows him, on which similarly his blinkered resolve and capacity to create must be unparalleled.
This has been reduced down over a long period of time, and applied coat by coat with subtle mastery, for richness, depth, and vivid texture, as if it were some magnificent curry, or a samurai sword. Lounge, romp, deep groove, homely and galactic-expedition whimsy, furry electronic invention, it feels akin to playing and winning a computer game made from reality, to hear.
“sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger’s shop”. (Graham Massey)
Bifurcation Arrows Misleading Visuals Paraventricular Nucleaus recordings 2016
The Fortified Herd madwaltz 2013
Dragon’s Breath Red Deer Club 2009
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It’s been a while.
I Hope you, Helen and Theo are all well.
I’m keen to speak about a potential project informed by Brighter Sounds Residency series with musicians based in Lancashire.
Are you please able to give me a call or drop me a line to discuss.
HI Ed …. and sorry for 5 year reply ….. yoou know I’m not the most tech savy person on the planet …. I’ve p
We’re all still ok ….. getting a bit creaky though! … Must have a proper catch up at some time cheers Paddy
I’m putting on a festival in hoylake on the wirral, it’s in an old school and I would love to book you to play sat 5th August we have a great line up, Cabbage, Jane Weaver, sundowners, Josefina Ohrn and loads of new artists and poets, plus DJ sets from Andy Votel and the coral.
I think you’d go down really well.
The festival is called skeleton coast!
You are the future of music !!
you are a joy to discover. I’m a 14 year old raver again listening to moog indigo, edgar varese, claus wunderlicht and nexus 21. Discovering artists like you make my place in the world feel more secure.
Hi Paddy, just wanted to say thank you for your excellent performance at Smuggler’s Festival this year. It was the first I have come across your music and it was clear that the impression you left on the crowd was great too, so many people up and dancing!
But the main reason I’m writing to you is to tell you about our middle son, he’s two and we danced to your whole gig together and every day since (nearly a month later), he still says 5 times a day without fail, “I want to go to that place again and see that funny man”, so you’ve captured his imagination!
Thanks again and keep it up!
How I go about booking you to perform?
HI Martin …. very sorry about the 3 year delay ….. I’m superbly crap at this website but in future …. if you want to get in touch ..I’m 07903357448 cheers Paddy
Hi Paddy saw you in Carlisle last night for the first time, hopefully will see you many more times in the future. You are magnificently entertaining, thank you!
We are running a nine days film festival in Withington from 21-29th this month…I would love to give you an evening headline anytime you can…call Beaumont on 07948 505693 ASAP cheers
HI Beaumont … I’m a bit shit at tech ….. just seen this post … sorry
Hi Paddy, thanks a lot for your performing at faq-festival. I still have your authentic groove in my mind and blood, and that feels teter-good to me. I hope that you have still good times in the Netherlands, or wherever. Hei, we are doing a nice festival in Dortmund (GER), it´s call visual sound festival (www.parzelledortmund.de). Well, you are a visual sound artist as its best – and so I´d like to ask, if you like to be our guest at the next edition (19.08.-21.08 & 26.08-28.08 2022). I´m happy to get in contact with you, … if you want, let me know something about your conditions, (andnotsolovelybrexitandcoronastsystems) best regards from Angelika (www.licht-schatten-projekte.de) 0049(0)2318822001
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Thanks Gonçalo … afraid I’ve only just seen this message … I’m a bit rubbish on my own website!! 😉
Alright Pad. Enjoyed yer gig the other night in Widnes. Pity there was hardly anyone there though. The three fella’s who i was with had never heard you or the henge but the loved yer both. Hope yer gerron alright with yer slip couplers!
Thanks John – and yes thanks for the tip .. I’m off to get my slip couplers right now. yorkshire
for water supply and end feed for central heating with the lead solder. I asked audience on sunday in Macclesfield if they knew what they were and nobody had a clue!
Alright Pad. Just found out yers are on by ours. Don’t live far from the wind factory.
What times it gonna start? We usually go fer a bevy before hand an get there a bit later on. We don wanna miss the undercard though. There should be a good firm of us. If yer gerra chance lerrus know man. Haven’t heard of the other to bands i’ll give them a youtube.
Ta la john
Hi Paddy, I’m a disabled photographer coming to your gig tonight, and I’m wondering if it’s ok to take some photos? I use a phone due to disability but I’d be more than happy to share developed results with you to use for promotion. Results are invariably better than the kit would suggest.
Yes that’s absolutely fine
Great. Later then!
Hi Paddy. Remember me from concert?
Here is link on radio station, that I was mention.
I hope you will like it.
Thanks again for link on Bruce Haack documentary. That was very interresting for me. Thanks for great concert.