Nothing is quite like a hurdy-gurdy. The tone of the rare instrument is a bit like that of a viola, a bit like an accordion, and more than a little like an analog synthesizer on an otherworldly setting. But while the hurdy-gurdy is associated with folk dances and medieval courts, in the hands of a master, it can make music that's strikingly modern. Eugene Purpurovsky of tAngerinecAt is a musician like that, and the hurdy-gurdy is the hand-cranked engine that powers the duo's remarkable sound.
tAngerinecAt matches the Ukranian-born Purpurovsky's hurdy-gurdy, voice, provocative lyrics, and production with the sound transformation, synths, bagpipes, and ethereal whistles and recorders of musician and sound designer Paul Chilton. Originally formed in Ukraine, where Chilton lived and studied music and the band has historical and musical roots, tAngerinecAt are now based in the UK. Both artists contribute samples, ambient noises, and processed beats that evoke DIY techno, raw punk rock, and spectral folk traditions in equal measure.
Many Kettles, the pair's fourth album, casts a particularly dark spell. This is electronic music with a furious human pulse: a bold dance in the face of cruel authority that evokes "the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum" as Ben Knight LeftLion put it. It's also an outlet for Purpurovsky's fiery statements of intent. The singer and hurdy-gurdy player has plenty to say about the parlous state of the world; "I Don't Want To Be A White Master," the kickoff track on the album, is a furious rejection of the rising global culture of fascism and cruelty. Through tAngerinecAt, Purpurovsky strikes back at oppression of all kinds – class, cultural, economic, ethnic, gender, and interpersonal – and invites the listener to join the resistance.
They have four independently released, successfully selling albums that have had airplay on BBC 2, BBC 3 and BBC 6. The band has toured internationally in Ukraine, UK and Russia.
Festivals: Knockengorroch Festival, Eden Festival, Equinox Festival, Willowman Festival, Leigh Folk Festival, Festival8, Festival x-24, Fire In the Mountain, Llangollen Fringe Festival, Blue Lagoon Festival, Tanner Fest, Radnor Fringe Festival, Alice's Wicked Tea Party, Wrex Fest, Hidden Hill Festival, JudeAnt Festival, Krayina Mriy, Trypilske Kolo and many more.
"tAngerinecAt have been playing gigs at the Adelphi long before they were tAngerinecAt! Even back in the days of their previous incarnation of Dark Patrick, they were always Adelphi favourites.
During our 35 years of running a fully independent underground music venue, we've come to terms with the fact that our most important mission is 'to move music forward as an art form' and tAngerinecAt fill that description whole heartedly.
They are not background music that you hear on the radio whilst you move things along a conveyor belt, do the washing up or try and cop off to.
They are music that you listen to and for it subsequently "feel" to and get transported by.
With the added bonus of always generating a dance floor and a room full of happy sweaty people. Plus, how often do you get to rave to a Hurdy Gurdy?!
True one of a kinds, a delight to work with and always a top choice for any billing."
- Mat Oliphant. Manager at The New Adelphi Club
"Watch out for: tAngerinecAt... this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time, and holds a message too... difficult to believe there were only two musicians on stage. They manage a real art; creating sound which people enjoy..."
- LOUDER THAN WAR
"I've never seen someone play a hurdy-gurdy so punk..."
- overheard at DEVIL’S DYKE NETWORK, Brighton
"Album is immense. Exceptional..."
- John Hywel Morris, PRS for Music Senior Membership Development Manager, Wales
"...Magnificent, Tangerinecat's new album and its seven fantastic songs. I like them all."
- Jungle Indie Rock (UK | USA | Australia | Spain)
"This is a beautiful and brutal album... if you ever want to meander somewhere left field then start here, the journey is fulfilling and worth your precious time."
- Stuart Corry, Golden Believers Radio. Best albums of 2018
“tAngerinecAt brought not just synth to the table, but a whole range of physical, classical instruments into the mix – most noticeably their use of the hurdy-gurdy, to make their music the deep notes of severe doom and dread that gave it the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum. tAngerinecAt know a lot about their showmanship... This band lived up to everything I’ve heard about them, and I’m excited to foray deeper into their music...”
"Tangerinecat started with a super-loud electronic bass loop. They did four or five songs, long droning pieces based on loops with flute, hurdy-gurdy and vocals on top. It worked. Eugene is a fantastic singer, a ranter and belter with occasional glassware-shattering screams. As abrasive noise went, I liked them a whole lot..." - ROCKNERD
"Always a pleasure to have these guys back.. if you haven't already seen them, you need to!" - Nicholas Quirk, Entertainment/Venue Manager at Hope and Anchor London, Managing Director at Gestalt Productions, A&R and Showcases manager at X Phonics Music, Former Freelance Journalist at The Skinny Magazine
"Tangerinecat exploded into my world and I'm a happier man for it! Awesome energy and multidisciplinary. Myself and the team at New Art Exchange really appreciated your work..." - Jason Pollitt, NEW ART EXCHANGE
"You were absolutely brilliant, so captivating! Comment from one of our volunteers "I couldn't take my eyes off the stage". Thanks so much for coming and sharing your creativity with us..." - LADYFEST MANCHESTER
"Truly stunning performance. I really hope Instigate Arts and Tangerinecat get to work together again soon!" - Anne Louise Kershaw, Co-Director/Owner at Instigate Arts, Former Arts & Music Editor at manchestersfinest.com
"This is the only thing that I want to listen at this moment" - FRESH ON THE NET
"With such disparate influences, it’s rather difficult to pin this down to a particular genre."
- FRESH ON THE NET (Fresh Faves), The Von Pip Musical Express
"I’ve been playing it all week and loving it. I was listening to Under the Pavement radio and they interviewed tAngerinecAt, and I was very moved actually. Every so often you hear a piece of music and it just stops you in your tracks, well by all manner with that one, with innovation, and it’s sound, and it’s lyrics, it’s just quite moving."
- REBEL ARTS / RADIO, Cambridge
"It just blew everyone away, I was stunned in there and I was like gob smacked cos it was so atmospheric and so meaningful and they were really into it and I look forward to getting them in." - Liz Jenkins, Presenter of The Northern Side, BCB 106.66 fm
Venues we have played headline shows at:
London: The Courtyard Theatre, Dublin Castle, Hope and Anchor, Nambucha, The Fiddlers Elbow, The Islington, New River Studios, The Troubadour, Birds Nest...
Manchester: Soup Kitchen, Night and Day Cafe, The Star and Garter, Aatma, Gullivers NQ,...
Edinburgh: Sneaky Pete's, Henry's Cellar Bar...
Glasgow: The Old Hairdressers
Hull: The New Adelphi Club,
Oswestry: Hermon Chapel Art Centre, The Ironworks
Leeds: The Lending Room
Bradford: 1 in 12 Club
Lancaster: The Yorkshire House
Nottingham: The Maze, Chameleon Art's Cafe, Rough Trade
Bristol: The Old England
and many more...
Eugene Purpurovsky – songwriting, vocals, hurdy-gurdy with effect pedals, electronics, production
Paul Chilton – woodwinds with effect pedals, electronics, synths
Rise of the Underworld
Inspirations: Sergey Parajanov, Nirvana, Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and other, mainly unknown, music from all over the world, especially drone, doom-metal, intelligent electronica, edm, trance..; Ukrainian music from the Carpathian region, Ukrainian kobzars songs, Ukrainian music 90 - 80 (Venya D'rkin, Viy, Plach Yeremiyi), Soviet punk and rock (Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Kalinov most, Aquarium, Viktor Tsoi, Zvuki Mu...); Maxim Shalygin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Nick Cave, Rokia Traoré, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Haldolium, Sergey Kuryokhin...