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Shiver + D'Silva, Pope & Alderson  -  Sun Dec 13, 2015  |  08:00 pm
For the final 2015 gig in our 'Splinter' strand of double bills we bring together two trios that could well strip the paint from the upstairs room at the Bridge.

Shiver is the group that guitarist Chris Sharkey formed after the demise of the iconic trioVD, and its energy makes the previous group seem like a genteel cocktail lounge ensemble. Getting together with long-time friend Andy Champion and drumming powerhouse Joost Hendrickx, they have developed an approach that moves way beyond the coventional guitar-bass-drums power trio, to create a seamless blend of garage rock, fractured dance music, full-blast improv, and much else besides. When they played their debut gig in October 2013, blogger Sid Smith described it as "inventive, thrilling, challenging, ecstatic, witty, dangerous, delightful, hard, authoritative, funny, aleatoric, gob-smacking, dazzling, momentous, motorik, fearsome, blistering, and marvelous". And it's got even better since then.

Support comes from an entirely new trio, put together by local bassist John Pope. John has been regularly singing the praises of York-based saxophonist Karl d'Silva (whose CV includes work with free jazz stalwarts Paul Hession and Dave Kane), so we said "OK John, bring him up", and this is the result. With drummer Christian Alderson, whose most recent JNE gig was with the tremendous Faye MacCalman Quartet, this has to be the most eagerly awaited new grouping since . . . well, the first appearance of Shiver.

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex Records (0191 260 3246) or online from