Severed Heads Reform For Adelaide Festival
News posted Tuesday, October 30 2012 at 05:00 PM.
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Severed Heads will reform for one last show in – of all places – Adelaide.
The visionary electronic outfit – Tom Ellard and Stewart Lawler – called it quits following a Gary Numan tour in 2011, but will dust off the synths for one final show at Adelaide Festival in March. Supported by Germany’s DJ Atom, they’ll perform at Queen’s Theatre on March 13.
Formed in Sydney in 1979 by Richard Fielding and Andrew Wright (Ellard joined a year later), Severed Heads evolved from a lo-fi industrial combo into one of the most revered forward-thinking acts of their time. They’re best known for their crossover hit ‘Dead Eyes Open’, but as Andrew P Street noted in a recent retrospective the band were never defined by that track. “Given that Severed Heads began life as an experimental industrial combo working mainly with tape loops and found sounds,” he wrote, “it's remarkable that they ever had a hit for people to recognise at all.”
Other acts confirmed for Adelaide Festival include legendary composer and Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks (joined by special guests including silverchair’s Daniel Johns); a free opening night performance at Elder Park with Paul Kelly and Neil Finn; Laurie Anderson with Kronos Quartet; Glen Hansard and The Frames; a collaboration between Kronos Quartet, The National’s Bryce Dessner and JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia; and an “in conversation” with Oscar-winning filmmaker DA Pennebaker.
Severed Heads’ Tom Ellard has also created an “interactive music toy” called Hauntology House, which will run throughout the festival on the ABC arts website.
Adelaide Festival runs from March 1-17, with 53 events (29 exclusive to Adelaide) taking place all up. For ticketing and more information click here.