Formed in 1997/8 by Paddy Steer, Anthony Burnside and Simon King. Recruited Rosie Lowdell and Semay Wu; in 1999 Seaming To, Graham Massey, Richard Harrison and ‘various’ other personel throughout 10 year period.
We also worked with Sophie Choupas on our animations/images
1999 – 2004/5 – our live gigs had ~ 13 people on stage, sometimes swelling up to 20.
2004/5 – The big band Homelife became a duo with Paddy Steer and Tony Burnside.
We were on Ninja Tune.
Homelife have recorded six albums , three Eps and have various unreleased material including another Forkbeard Fantasy soundtrack Shooting Shakespeare.
Multi-projection sequence from Forkbeard’s stage show “Shooting Shakespeare”
Formed in parallel with my classical training in Manchester, this brought to head all the different ways to play music: listening to sounds in abstraction and in the mix; how a sound was produced; how to play them; exploring and improvising; how knowing how simplicity –> complexity works; how to play ‘out-of-tune’; how to feel the groove; love thy melody; understanding group mentalities – either hierarchy or friendship (ours was friendship); to the creation of unity in sonics; and also understanding that, in recordings and therefore performances, ‘nuance’ and ‘feel’ really are the best director. Gurus in rhythms and wonky melodies, the motley crew and I carried on for 10 years touring festivals in UK and abroad; playing in big venues and strange and wonderful small ones; recording/jamming loads of music; and rehearsing in fine industrial units where I found the perfect chair for sitting on. A mixture of different social/cultural and musical backgrounds, we all came together for the love of Homelife’s music. You can hear Paddy’s, Tony’s and Simon’s individual styles in the tunes whilst being hammered by everyone else’s contributions.
Paddy Steer – all kinds – now does his solo thing; 12-piece Sun Ra homage band called The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club, and other
Tony Burnside – gtr and voice – Still plays music and whistling ‘that’ tune that goes [[: duh da duuuu da duuuh duh :]]
Rosie Lowdell – Violinist – of all styles – dance, tango, and other improvised madness
Matthew Batty – violinist, busy freelancing all kinds of music, and other..
Justin Lingard – violist, still music’ing and now lawyer’ing..
Justin Lingard, Matthew Batty, Rosie Lowdell, Me
Chalon-sur-Saône 2003 – with Forkbeard Fantasy, circus trapeze artists, light-structures artists…
tune is called Fabulous Creation – music by Simon King
Homelife in large 12 piece format play ‘fruit machine’ in Chalon-sur-Saône France 2003 Paddy Steer: bass, Simon King: guitar, Rosie Lowdell: violin, Semay Wu: cello, Matt Batty: violin, Pat Illingworth: drums, Howard Jacobs: percussion, Richard Harrison: percussion, Graham Massey: moog and organ, James Ford: singing,percussion electronics, Seaming To: vocals, clarinet, glockenspiel [Tony Burnside was in hospital in uk with meningitis]. All visuals by Forkbeard Fantasy. Filmed by Matt Smith and Stuart.