(Julian Bradley, Neil Campbell, Sophie Cooper, Adam Davenport)
A new formation that could be The Slowest Lift with an extra two Vibracathedrals, could be 3/5 of Vibracathedral Orchestra with added Sophie Cooper, or could be something completely different – it’s just too early to tell. Whatever, Adam Davenport, Sophie Cooper, Neil Campbell and Julian Bradley will be assembling to play some bright new music to lift your soul and blur the lines between song and improvisation.
Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based trombone, guitar player and vocalist. In addition to performing widely as a solo artist, she is a member of The Slowest Lift alongside Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra and regularly collaborates with French composer Delphine Dora. Byron Coley, writing for The Wire, described her as “a wonderful British musician who plays lightly deranged guitar and/or keys while singing like she sees bats everywhere”.
Julian Bradley, Adam Davenport and Neil Campbell are 3/5 of Vibracathedral Orchestra, who have been plying their singular mode of lonf-form free-floating improvised blare for over 20 years. Julian Cope described them thus:
“Although this lot have been called everything from a punk band (smart arsed bollocks) to a hippy freakout collective (careless bollocks), the most striking element in the work of Vibracathedral Orchestra is their extraordinary focus. It’s as though they have one riff and they’re gonna play it till they all die. The musicians swap instruments all the time, and still the groove continues, however much the shades and tones of the music change.”