Cabaret-influenced performers of three very different kinds collide at Hackney’s Power Lunches Art Cafe on Friday 6th September, as dieselpunk space pirates the Mechanisms team up with fiercely political the Indelicates and heartrendingly beautiful piano-based singer-songwriter CN Lester for an evening of song, dance, drama, silliness, social criticism, intergalactic travel and poignant, sorrowful beauty.
Indelicates fans, who include author Neil Gaiman (“…I was hooked in one, as they took apart, with bitter grace, the media /academic obsession with and delight in the downfall of stars and idols…”) can expect more of Simon and Julia’s trademark intelligence, dark wit and unexpected sincerity, as they rail melodically and methodically against the vagaries of contemporary culture.
The Mechanisms are intergalactic space pirates with all the melodrama and sheer style such a label would imply. Time Out ‘s description of “great loves and great battles zipping by in spectacular set-pieces set to rousing rounds and shanties and encrusted with nice throwaway details” is a fair reflection of sets with more than a hint of music hall, full of audience participation, classical references, folk tradition and rock’n’roll. In eyeliner.
Finally, CN Lester shares their eerily beautiful piano-driven songwriting, previewing tracks from their forthcoming album Aether in advance of their launch show at the Tate Modern. A writer and activist as well as a consummate musician, CN’s work combines poignancy and eloquence with a wry awareness of the vagaries of human nature that’s rarely less than moving, an ever-haunting articulation of loss and sorrow and joy and acceptance and hope.
The Indelicates, the Mechanisms and CN Lester are at Power Lunches Arts Cafe, 446 Kingsland Rd London E8 4AE, 6 September from 8.30pm till 2am.