POOLSIDE which received a lot of attention at Cannes 2010 (being selected for the NFBC's 'La Nouvelle Haine' season) and subsequently distributed by Shorts International is moving forward and we're now currently scripting a feature from the film.
As an exclusive to BD magazine's new website we've filmed four vignettes entitled O2:2:CO2.
Three vignettes deal with imagery from the O2 Arena to Canary Wharf in an idiosyncratic fashion, slanted towards a modernistic canvas, whereas the concluding vignette takes a 'now' approach to quasi prosaic historical references from St Paul's (Blackfriars) to The South Bank. The premise being a time sequence following the flow of the river and its relation to London's architectural heritage. Just as London as we know it today arose from Londinium and its proximity to the Thames, so the river and its gateway to the sea opened up infinite possibilities for exploration and discovery. Ironically, at the time we were unaware just how poignant the footage would prove to be as we were shooting just prior to the catastrophic events which precipitated the collapse of Lehman Bros making for some eerily prophetic footage.
We continually get asked about Get Carter and it's sure stood the test of time. So much so that it's been digitally re-mastered and re-released as part of an album which also includes The Orch's version of Bullitt (Go to our Get Carter page here). Plus The Orch's accompanying Get Carter vid is getting noticed having featured at a number of festivals including BornShorts.
The Red Orchidstra first ventured out gigging at WKD's in Camden where it unveiled its version of Get Carter. In fact it was both my and Dan's admiration for great movie soundtracks which had been one the motivating factors behind us forming The Orch. That, and our abiding love of 'groove' and 'feel', along with a defined sense of eclectica, made The Orch push the boundaries. Subsequently many gigs and outrageous perfomances later (including Time Out's accolade 'Oscar Wilde on acid..') along with the butt sweat of the road, ups, downs, lows, and euphoria, you name it - we did it, The Orch's come a long way since Get Carter first hit the airwaves.
Now after many requests for a re-release Carter's been digitally enhanced and re-mastered, and we're happy to oblige. Also included on the album is another Orch favourite Bullitt along with a mix of previously un-released and new material. Plus The Orch's accompanying Get Carter vid is getting noticed having featured at a number of festivals including BornShorts.
REVIEWS for 'Get Carter' & The Red Orchidstra:
"A smash!" Blues and Soul
"Like a latter day Oscar Wilde on acid BB Davis stalks the stage driving his superb Orchidstra; go see and enjoy!" Time Out
"Now here's the thing: BB and The Orchidstra are right up on it!" Straight No Chaser
"The Red Orchdistra's version of Get Carter is one to watch out for. A slinky groove heralds playing of the highest order and the Rhodes solo in particular is perfectly pitched and executed." Down Beat
"BB Davis drove the Orchidstra, who play with such force as well as finesse, with a relentless display of outstanding multi-instrumentalism. A consummate performer he well deserves his shaman status. And the roar when they kicked into Get Carter could be heard across London. The Jazz Cafe hadn't seen anything like it!" The Guardian?
"Jazzfm's greatest new find!" Jazzwise
"Europe's new music maverick. In true Zappa (one of his musical mentors) style - BB takes no prisoners!" Le Monde
"Pulsating" The Wire
"Sublime groove, surely one of the best versions ever" Jazz Journal
"The Red Orchdistra can really rock out. Get funked by 'em. You'll enjoy it!" NME