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On Friday 10th May the Hapless Museum Worker bring Beat Happening frontman and K Records founder Calvin Johnson to the Old Cinema Launderette in Durham. His most recent album, A Wonderful Beast is Johnson’s first solo record under his name since 2007 and sees him team up with Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney. We caught up with Patrick for a short but sweet Q & A about the new album, working with Patrick and his upcoming show.
 
Why did you use the premise ‘rock ’n’ roll will never die’ as a starting point for A Wonderful Beast?  
It is good to remember the inbred outer space qualities of rock’n’roll, in its purest form still beyond the pale and counting, heart beating, pounding, blood gushing to the surface. Yes, why not explore all rock’n’roll has to offer us from beyond the grave.
 
What was it like collaborating with Patrick Carney on the latest album?
A prince among men, a true proponent of Ohio Art at its most gallant.

How did that collaboration come about?
He wrote and said he had some free time would I like to record something somehow, somewhere. three years later, we did.
 
Is experimentation in the studio an important part of your creative process?
Yes quite, terribly. Incredible forces at work in the studio. Isolation works wonders.
 
What can audiences expect from you live?
An acoustic guitar and a heart of gold.

Advance tickets are £12 and available from See Tickets. Support comes from Pea Sea and all ages are welcome (under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult).

 

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