Save the Green Door Store and Rossi Bar

Spirit of Gravity live gigs have unfortunately been cancelled for the foreseeable future, due to the closing of the Rossi Bar in line with government COVID-19 guidance. However, we are releasing new material via the Spirit of Gravity netlabel each month in lieu of live events, and the radio show will continue on the 4th Sunday of each month.

In the meantime, as the Green Door Store was a happy home to us for 8 years, and they also own our current home The Rossi Bar, if you’re lucky enough to be in regular work at the moment, please think about contributing to their crowdfunder page: #SaveOurVenues – The Green Door Store & Rossi Bar

2nd July netlabel release: Cookie’s Man-tra

Once again, to mark what would have been showtime, Spirit of Gravity is continuing to pump out the strange and unusual sounds via a netlabel release. This time around it is Cookie with with the Man-tra EP.

Cookie is Mike Cook, originally from Cleethorpes, who was part of the band Planet Cook in the late 80s and early 90s. ‘Phantom’, from the Magic Roundabout EP, was among the records aired by the likes of Andrew Weatherall and John Peel. After Planet Cook collapsed Mike continued releasing records and remixing, and partnered with the DJ Mickey Vespre to release under moniker The Medicine Cabinet.

In the mid 90s, bored with ‘the biz’, Cookie put his studio into cold storage and joined a brass band, starting a lifelong quest to improve as a brass musician. The process is ongoing. He also produced a track for the SoG released Shitmat Reconstructed CD.

Fast forward to 2020 and with brass bands forced into virus-related hibernation it was time to start exploring electronic/brass hybrid music again. The moody and melancholy results are showcased on this EP.

Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis, with any monies going to help our venues, the Rossi Bar and the Green Door Store:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/man-tra-ep


From last month, the second edition features exclusive tracks by the artists who were slated to perform at the June Spirit of Gravity show, and is titled Distant Sounds.

Distant Sounds features tracks by Muster – James O’Sullivan (Found Drowned) on guitar with Dan Powell (Static Memories, Nil) on electronics – Meshes, an ethereal electronic noise maker from Kent – and Henry Collins, the artist, performer and extreme lateral thinker formerly known as Shitmat.


Also remember that the May release is still available: Behind the shutters

Including Vera Bremerton, a classically trained vocalist who specialises in extended technique – midierror, Spirit of Gravity collective member Chris, Synth Explorer, Renoiser, Sample Maker, etc – Yorkshire Modular Society is Dominick Schofield, and ‘is an ethos of creation by way of listening’.

Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis:
https://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-shutters

Any monies made from any of these releases will go to the crowdfunder for the Rossi and the Green Door Store, our present and our former home venue. Please give if you can.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-greendoor-store-and-rossi-bar

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 26th July – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 26th July 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

Details later this month

The May edition of the Spirit of Gravity Radio show is available on the ResonanceFM Mixcloud page: www.mixcloud.com/resonanceextra/gravity-waves-and-the-spirit-world-may-2020-sunday-24th-may-2020/

This show contains some tracks from the first of the lockdown releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel release, Behind the Shutters. The first half contains a lengthy piece by Melbourne based artist Gillian Lever who played for us several times as The Vainglories when she lived in Brighton. Also included are some interesting things from the archives.

The June edition of the Spirit of Gravity Radio show is available on the ResonanceFM Mixcloud page: www.mixcloud.com/resonanceextra/gravity-waves-and-the-spirit-world-june-2020-sunday-28th-june-2020/

The first hour is drawn from new releases all set loose in the world in the last couple of months of COVID 19 lockdown, including the latest from the Spirit of Gravity netlabel, Distant Sounds. The second hour revolves around two live sets from last year, one from Spirit of Gravity long time member Henry Collins, and the other from more recent favourite Elefante Branco.

Any money made from downloads of the two Spirit of Gravity releases will be donated to the fund-raising scheme for the venues that have been our home for the last 10 years.