Nick Currie, more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a Scottish songwriter who lives in Japan. He also writes fiction and reviews contemporary art.
A veteran of British indie labels, Momus is currently in the midst of a re-release program which has seen all his early material reissued by Cherry Red. His most recent LP of new compositions is Scobberlotchers — a response to Brexit and Trump — and his latest novel is Popppappp, the tale of two graphic designers captured by fanatical followers of Mark E. Smith.
“Momus is the perfect rock star for the 21st century.” – Pitchfork
“The David Bowie of the art-pop underground.” – The Guardian
“One of the most provocative, intelligent songwriters around; someone who'll tackle sexuality, (im)morality, and the sins of the world with almost embarrassing sincerity.” – NME
“I feel like I’ve seen a lot of Momus, but each time I do some aspect of his appearance is different… kimonos, shepherd’s waistcoats, harem pants, snoods, plaid smoking jackets, fluorescent cycling gloves.” – The Quietus
“Alexander Pope reincarnated as a pop star.” – The AV Club
The Twelve Hour Foundation is a Bristol-based duo: Polly Hulse (analogue synth/rhythms) and Jez Butler (analogue synth/concrète sequences).
Using found sounds and vintage analogue synths, they create a largely upbeat sound, reminiscent of - amongst others - the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the electronic side of ‘60s / '70s library music.
Their first album The Lighter Side of Concrete received great reviews and airplay by the likes of Stuart Maconie (The Freak Zone) and Pete Wiggs (The Séance / Saint Etienne), Belbury Parish Magazine (Ghost Box Records) and the Project Moonbase podcast. It also featured as a Ghost Box 'guest' release.
Having created jingles for Project Moonbase and Glasgow's pop-up art station Radiophrenia, The Twelve Hour Foundation released Macaroni Cheese - a Paddy Kingsland inspired 7" EP - in 2015.
Recent output includes the EP: Shapes, Sounds etc. on Bristol label Environmental Studies, and a three-track session for Rocker on Dandelion Radio.
Live shows have included Supernormal Festival 2015, The Delaware Road, Reading, slots with Go Kart Mozart, Happy Meals and The Lovely Eggs, in addition to a tour of Scotland supporting screenings of the film Dummy Jim, to which the band contributed incidental music.
Tickets £8.50 in advance STBF/£10.00 on the door