photos by Peter Fay www.peterfayphoto.co.uk
Richard Harding - Chapman Stick
Phil Hargreaves - Saxes/Flute
Richard Harrison - Drums
were formed in 2014 when Richard Harding aquired his Chapman Stick, and
he & Phil Hargreaves (ie Graculus) quickly realised that a spot of
distortion (followed by a spot more) made for a somewhat wonderful
sound, and that the resultant improv-metal sound was crying out for
drums. Richard Harrison seemed like the ideal candidate, as he
understood improvisation, but like them had a background in rock music
- and indeed he was.
The Malchamech sound draws on classic metal and the unpredictability of
improvised music to create a swirling maelstrom of sound that still
isn't afraid of its tender side.
The band did their first gig at St Margaret's Church, Manchester, at
the Tubers Music night, in December 2014. More gigs are planned
for 2015 (get in touch if you'd like us to play!!), as well as a CD. In
the meantime, there's some stuff on SoundCloud for your delectation.
Malchamech on SoundCloud