Momus

Performance.

22 JUNE 2013

Momus

  Momus, born in Paisley and educated in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, fellow-travelled with the Postcard Records scene before leaving Scotland for London in 1984. At The Poetry Club he'll perform selected sleekit, sexy songs from his 30-year recording career accompanied by specially-made videos and -- frankly -- silly slapstick dance routines.

There'll be refurbished versions of songs dating back as far as his debut album Circus Maximus, but also previews of the forthcoming Momus album Marzipan, which resurrects the scratchy cassette tape experiments of his earliest home recordings.

Momus currently lives in Osaka, where he continues to make music and experimental radio. His 2009 Book of Scotlands was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council's First Book Prize. He also appears regularly in museums as "the unreliable tour guide".

  MOMUS biography.

Momus is the musical alias of Nick Currie - born in Paisley and educated in Edinburgh and Aberdeen - a singer, songwriter and cultural provocateur whose career over the past 30 years has seen him variously inhabit the mantle of controversial musical icon, art and design critic, blogger, lecturer, performance artist and novelist.

  Since his first musical project (The Happy Family in 1987, with all three members of legendary Scottish post-punk group Josef K) Momus has released an impressive catalogue of 28 albums, forging a totally unique style of hyper-literate, pop-savvy song writing across a dizzying array of genres :- reggae, ambient, acoustic ballads, quirky future-pop, blues, acid house...

Yet in spite of constantly drawing together what might seem to be un-recocilable breadth of reference points, within Momus's cleverly crafted eclecticism nothing appears out of place. Across his varied musical output Momus has written an album devoted to Serge Gainsbourg, composed songs for one of Japan's most successful female recording artists Kahimi Karie (including five consecutive top ten hits), been sued twice over his controversial lyrics, created what many have argued is one of the most imaginative artistic statements of the past 20 years in 1999's Stars Forever (where each song was commissioned for $1,000 by various patrons, including the artist Jeff Koons and the legendary Japanese musician and producer Cornelius) and experimented with new media on 2010's Hypnoprism, a collection of songs which were originally written and uploaded directly to Youtube, each with their own video art created by Momus.

His erudite lyrical references draw comparisons with the very best work of both Pulp and The Smiths, exploring taboos including paedophilia, necrophilia and adultery, with Momus returning time and time again to explore issues around psycho-sexuality and cultural crises.   His preoccupations with the European avant garde and the more romantic figures of the post-punk movement were undoubtedly major influences on a very particular brand of bookish British pop music in the late 1990's whose protagonists include the Divine Comedy and Scotland's own Belle and Sebastian.

In the past decade, in addition to a continued output of innovative albums Momus has expanded his creative pursuits, directing his talents to cultural criticism, installation art and publishing a number of novels - including "The Book of Scotlands", a whimsical account of 150 Scotlands which do not exist.   Momus has written for Wired, Vice, Index Magazine, AIGA Voice, 032c and Design Observer. He has also been a guest instructor on sound-art projects with students first at Future University in Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japan and at Fabrica, the Benetton Group's "research centre" near Venice,Italy.  

In 2006 he was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial in New York City, serving as an "unreliable tour guide" to visitors of the exhibition, an expanding project that has also been performed at Schrin Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, the Nobel Museum in Stockholm and Printmakers Studios in Edinburgh. Momus also maintains a blog, documenting his everyday experience, philosophies and fetishes where further information, and possibly mis-truths, maybe be found.

   www.imomus.com