IN HIS MID-1970s BERLIN PERIOD DAVID BOWIE PRODUCED SOME OF HIS MOST INTERESTING AND ENDURING WORK. BATTLING COCAINE ADDICTION, LIVING IN THE WEST OF THE GERMAN CAPITAL AND RECORDING AT HANSA STUDIOS IN THE SHADOW OF THE CITY’S DIVIDING WALL, HIS RESULTING ALBUMS – LOW AND “HEROES”, RELEASED JUST NINE MONTHS APART IN 1977 – WERE AVANT-GARDE EXPERIMENTS IN AMBIENT ATMOSPHERE AND CINEMATIC MOOD.
Earlier this year jazz composer Dylan Howe (drummer in Wilko Johnson’s band and The Blockheads in addition to having been a session player of choice for Nick Cave, Viv Albertine, Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Dave Gilmour, Damon Albarn and Hugh Cornwell) released his own vision of Bowie’s Berlin. SUBTERRANEAN was five years in the making and included cameos from Howe’s dad Steve (guitarist in Yes). A respectful but inventive and sometimes radical take on the instrumental cuts from Bowie’s “HEROES” and LOW, Howe says: “Think Coltrane Quartet produced by Neu! in an air-raid shelter”… In September and October Howe takes his band around the UK to perform SUBTERRANEAN live (see dates below). In this new edition of The Mouthcast he discusses both tour and album – plus, of course, David Bowie’s creatively fruitful mid-1970s Berlin period…
Buy Dylan Howe’s SUBTERRANEAN here.
Fri 5 Sept COLCHESTER The Fleece Jazz Club BUY
Weds 10 Sept LINCOLN Drill Hall BUY
Thurs 11 Sept NOTTINGHAM Bonnington BUY
Fri 12 Sept DERBY Robert Ludlam Theatre BUY
Sat 13 Sept HULL Hessle Town Hall BUY
Fri 26 Sept BRIGHTON The Verdict BUY
Mon 29 Sept LONDON Kings Place BUY
Weds 1 Oct HALIFAX Dean Clough Theatre BUY
Thurs 2 Oct MILTON KEYNES The Stables BUY
Fri 3 Oct LIVERPOOL Capstone Theatre BUY
Sat 18 Oct COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre BUY