Portishead lynchpin Geoff Barrow’s side project Beak> are set to tour the UK ahead of the release of their debut album.
Portishead may have taken eleven years to record their new album ‘Third’ but that doesn’t mean that Geoff Barrow is sitting idle.
The Bristol legend started his own label Invada and even launched a new group. Beak> are radically different from Portishead, and recently starred at Invada’s own Bristol-centric music festival.
The band started at the beginning of this year following a jam session. Barrow is joined by Billy Fuller and Matt Williams to complete the line up of Beak> who have spent the year crafting their debut album.
In addition to the debut album by Beak> Barrow has also helped craft The Horrors’ new record ‘Primary Colours’. It seems as though Beak> share similar tastes to the London garage goth group, with Geoff Barrow citing acts like Can, Plastic People Of The Universe and more as an influence.
Launching a new tour, Geoff Barrow spoke to the NME about his decision to bring Beak> to a forthcoming ATP event. “It seems like a perfect place for like-minded individuals to hear it,” the Portishead legend confirmed.
Asked about the live show Geoff Barrow confirmed “there ain’t gonna be any lasers! It will most probably be really, really basic musicianship.”
Discussing the relationship between Beak> and Portishead the songwriter stated: “I think it helps it along, any creative thing that moves forward for any of us is a positive thing… This is one of those processes that can only benefit the band, really; or benefit me within my writing capacity within the band.”
Beak> will play the following dates:
4 London Rough Trade Instore
11 London Relentless Garage
14 Glasgow King Tuts
15 Nottingham Stealth
16 Birmingham Capsule
17 Manchester Deaf Institute