21 November @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm£8
LICE play Brighton at The Hope & Ruin on 21st November 2021
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DICE, Seetickets or Resident
Formed in Bristol in 2016, LICE first rose to acclaim with performances alongside The Fall, Fat White Family, Giant Swan, Shame and more, debuting a wiry brand of art-punk in their 2017 single ‘Human Parasite’. In 2018 the band’s arch-advocates IDLES, who took LICE on the ‘Brutalism’ and ‘Unity’ tours, released LICE’s ‘early-years’ collection on their label Balley Records as the Double EP ‘It All Worked out Great, Vol. 1+2’. This led to support from radio tastemakers such as BBC 6Music Steve Lamacq and critical praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet, who declared them “the most exciting, inspiring, and genuinely deranged new guitar band in the country”.
In 2020, LICE revealed a new conceptual and sonic direction, which they had been developing since 2018. Marrying a complex new sound (incorporating industrial, minimalism and prog) influenced by Bristol’s vital avant-garde scene, their work would present a new set of satirical doctrines and focus on lyrical experimentation. This was revealed with the singles ‘Conveyor’ and ‘Arbiter’, emerging to plaudits from The Guardian, Loud and Quiet, Line Of Best Fit, Hero, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Radio X, Beats 1 and others; a limited cassette run of ‘Conveyor (Remixes)’ by members of friends Working Men’s Club, SCALPING, PVA, DITZ and Bo Gritz was released in May 2020.
Their debut album ‘WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear’ is a concept album featuring a noise instrument hand-built by the band (Intonarumori). ‘WASTELAND’ argues that by unsettling the conventional role and form of the song lyric we can build a more constructive, nuanced kind of satirical music, better equipped to deal with implicit forms of bias and iniquity and iniquity. Also set for publication as a standalone piece of short fiction (melding science fiction, absurdism and magic realism), ‘WASTELAND’ is a Burroughsian adventure populated by time-travellers, shape-shifters and ectoplasmic spectres. The characters’ moral transformations are paired with typographical transformations: the prose warping into cut-ups, soliloquies and even plays. licebanduk.bandcamp.com
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The venue is only accessible via a flight of stairs however they can offer access via a back door at street level to the venue if mobility is an issue or you use a wheelchair. There are 3 large steps via this route so assistance to gain access and to exit the venue would be required. The venue can arrange this if you contact us in advance of a show on 01273325793. Please bear in mind that they can only allow access in between bands due to sound issues. Two disabled toilets upstairs, both gender neutral. Chairs can be provided in the venue although if the event is very busy this will impede visibility. If you wish to make use of a chair to view a gig, we advise arriving early to secure a position.
The venue are happy to accommodate assistance dogs.If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at email@example.com for guest list, with evidence such as a blue badge or access card. If strobe lighting is an issue or if standing for long periods of time is an issue, please contact us in advance.