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‘Debutante Warnings’ is an unruly mixture of carnival dirges, gothic country and
punk from Montana-born performance artist, poet and musician Rasp Thorne and his
band the Briars.
Formed at the tail end of 2008 when Thorne and Duncan DeMorgan (bass) met by chance
at a G.G Elvis gig, Rasp Thorne & the Briars really started taking shape when Pete
Moriarty showed up with his upside down left handed electric guitar and was completed
by Hugh Zog (lapsteel and guitar) and Joni Nastoya on drums.
Songs of cryptic crocodiles, shotgun-sucking porn stars and dystopian wax cults began
to form and Rasp Thorne & the Briars unleashed their mix of suave crooning, chaotic
punk and transgressive love laments onto London’s flamboyant club scene. Nights
such as Gypsy Hotel, Torture Garden and Stranger Than Paradise embraced the band’s
decadently deranged live performances and the band successfully curated their own
night at Shunt amidst the structure of the theatrical show ‘Money’.
With strong connections to the theatre and performance art world, Rasp Thorne & the
Briars were commissioned to write the music and perform in the run of Carnesky Productions’
‘Dystopian Wonders’ a live-art theatre and circus show at The Roundhouse (Camden)
which went on to tour to The Lowry (Manchester) and The Crucible (Sheffield).
Rasp Thorne & the Briars are currently working on their debut album scheduled for
release in Autumn 2011. Their debut six track EP ‘Debutante Warnings’ is available
for download from 18th April 2011 on Chagrin Records and the band will be performing
live as follows:
July 10th, Soho Festival Rasp Solo Spoken Word gig. Wardour Street, Soho 4PM
July 23rd- Tin Pan Alley Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, C01 2PG 10PM
September 3rd- Proud, Camden The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Camden Town, NW1
September 10th- Bestival Festival Isle of Wight, Saturday Night, Continental Drifts
September 24th -Young, Black, + Twisted at The Finsbury, London N4 1B 10PM