Broadcast #8

by The Mechanisms

Dearest stowaways, less dear stowaways, and those of you we’d sooner shoot than look at;

We thought we’d get a break from everything as we left the burning rubble of the Edinburgh Fringe in our wake once more and set out for the wastes of September. Ha. We’d be so lucky. The unforeseen returns of Ivy and Nastya from the depths of Aurora and the depths of space respectively were just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the iceberg was gigs, violence, stories, beginning to wrap up Ulysses Dies at Dawn and looking ahead to our next project – but strangely, no ice.


Thanks to all of you who came to see us either in London or the Asylum in Lincoln! We only have one gig coming up in the immediate future: we’ll be playing at the DOGSTAR in BRIXTON on THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH. It’s the Flea Circus organised by Superbard, and we’ll be playing Once Upon a Time (in Space) alongside Superbard’s selection of some of the best acts of the Edinburgh Fringe this year. If that doesn’t entice you along then nothing will, you cold, uninterested zombie.

Also, heads up that we will be playing our usual Hallowe’en-ish gig in Oxford around November. (Someday we’ll actually hit Hallowe’en again. Someday.) We’ll announce dates, times, places and people when we know those kinds of niggly little details, but just so you know. You’ll want to be coming though. As ever, it’ll be the first chance to hear some new material – maybe a track or so from our next album…


The Littlest Libertine

In its normal (dis)guise of the Earthling, Jessica Law, the Toy Soldier has released its second EP, The Littlest Libertine, available on Bandcamp. As with its first EP, Rogue’s Gallery, it’s bizarre, and whimsical, probably hiding delightlfully unpleasant subject material under Jess’s ever-lovely vocals, and is rightfully described with the moniker “polite murder ballads”. Chances are that, if you’re the sort of person who’s reading this list, you’ll like Jess’s music too.

Incidentally, Jess will be launching her EP at the TRUCK STORE on COWLEY ROAD onOCTOBER 20TH at FIVE PM. Do join us (“us” being Jess and some other familiar miscreants) for a not illegal amount of pleasantly evil folk music.


Orpheus, Dionysus, Muriatic Acid and the Strange Whirring Thing

Lastly, we have some more information on the City and its unfortunate inhabitants to share with you. If you were at all intrigued by the sorry tale of the musician and addict Orpheus, then you can satisfy your own needs – for a while – with this short story.


That’s all for this month. It’s been a pleasure. Thanks to those who knew we’d rather shoot them and stayed out of sight. We appreciate the thought.

~The Mechanisms