Living With A Tiger, Acoustic Ladyland's fourth album, is the first to feature guitarist Chris Sharkey and bass guitarist Ruth Goller. They join with the founder members, leader and writer Pete Wareham on saxophone and drummer Seb Rochford [who are both also members of Polar Bear], to create one of the most distinctive and powerful quartets on the British music scene. This is loud, raucous, frenetic and inventive music that defies easy categorization, despite labels such as punk jazz" that have been applied somewhat unimaginatively by some British media. This album differs from third album Skinny Grin ...read more
Acoustic LadylandNorwich Arts CentreNorwich, U.K.September 24, 2009 Acoustic Ladyland took to the darkened Arts Centre stage, and the crowd began to cheer and whistle. Pete Wareham, tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, peered through his sunglasses and beckoned the audience towards the stage. The crowd, mostly younger than the musicians, dutifully moved forward as the band kicked into Glasto." For the next 75 minutes Acoustic Ladyland played a frenetic, involving, funky and powerful set of tunes that left the musicians and the audience exhausted but grinning widely. Wareham and drummer Seb Rochford have ...read more
Acoustic Ladyland Vortex Jazz Club London, England March 28, 2008
As the act which opened the new Vortex in 2005, Acoustic Ladyland holds a special place in the hearts of many club regulars. The band returned on March 28 to a full house of over 100 people, with the usual table layout abandoned to create an entirely different atmosphere.
A standing audience pushed the quartet to perform at its highest level. Saxophonist-turned-singer Pete Wareham looked the part in a white suit jacket and black skinny tie; he has appropriated the role of enigmatic frontman ...read more
Acoustic Ladyland Live at The Spitz London May 14, 2005
By 9.00pm--fully two hours before Acoustic Ladyland hit the stage, which they would do like an attack formation of B52s carrying armed love warheads (that's slash and burn amplification, off-the-meter energy levels, and a big throbbing gumbo of rock riffs, punk attitude and jazz improv)--the throng of people hoping, somehow, to get past the Sold Out" sign and into the Spitz's funky and friendly second-floor performance space in a converted East End warehouse was almost down to street level.
Even if you had a ...read more
Another revolutionary and heartening jazz-is-reborn manifesto from the F-IRE collective of young London bands--and by a mile the most extreme to date. At times closer to thrash metal and grindcore than jazz as it's usually defined, and acknowledging the presence of Pig Destroyer and Dizzee Rascal in the world around it, Acoustic Ladyland is either an electric jazz band that plays dirty rock 'n' roll, or a dirty rock 'n' roll band that plays electric jazz. Either way it'll rip the nose clean off your face, and either way it's a riot.
This is the sound of young ...read more