Royal Boil Alice is a music project inspired by brutalist architectural styles (known as brutalism) which Croydon became known for after its big regeneration in the 1960’s.
In 2017, Club Soda was commissioned by Drake Music and Southbank Centre to create a piece of music inspired by the brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank.
Club Soda invited a number of its musicians to join the project, including a large number of young people. The musicians spent time researching at the Southbank’s Archives Centre. They were fascinated by some of the early concerts that were staged at the venue, notably that of Pink Floyd in 1967, David Bowie in 1969 and some of the early Radiophonic workshops that took place there. After spending time researching the archives and exploring the the Southbank, the musicians recorded music on the site of the Southbank itself. Together they created a new composition entitled, Echoes Through Time. No postproduction was used on the recording, in order to capture the pure atmosphere and the acoustics of the site, the reflections and the reverbs of the spaces.
Echoes Through Time, was first performed live at a special event held at the ICA on the 17th March 2017, along with three other commissions by disabled musicians. It was an evening of audio visual delight, performances, films, improvisation and installations featuring up and coming artists from across London.
In 2018, Royal Boil Alice was invited to perform Echoes Through Time at London’s Southbank, as part of a festival called Concrete Dreams, which revealed the stories of Southbank Centre’s 1960’s building and their early artistic beginnings.
The Mumbly Wolfs are a Croydon based semi-improvised rock ‘n’ roll band which have been compared to The Fall, Can and Eno period – Roxy Music. They were formed during a workshop led by Alan Courtis in 2015. They compose their music in jam/improvisation sessions. James Heath (Vocals and Drums) named the band and has so far written most of their lyrics.
In March 2018 they will release their self-titled debut album ‘The Mumbly Wolfs’, which was recorded live in London at Cafe OTO, Hackney 2015 and Matthews Yard, Croydon 2016.
The Mumbly Wolfs are (in alphabetical order):
Richard Aldridge: Drums
Anton Bland: Monotron and iPad
Alan Courtis: Guitar
James Heath: Vocals and Drums
A.J. Holmes: Guitar
Jo Huggins: Guitar
Tom Kiraly: Bass
Aaron Moore: Drums and Trumpet
Matthew Thompson: Guitar
We Rise From The Fallen mix rock, metal and punk influences to create their own unique sound. Blending a solid rhythm section and catchy lead riffs, with punky vocals and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Formed in 2014, the band marked their arrival on the Croydon music scene with a series of performances for Club Soda, including a special one-off show as part of Ambition Festival. Proving a hit with the Soda Beat crowd, the band have gone from strength to strength and have been working on new material for their forthcoming debut EP, Phoenix.
Soda Crew are trained DJs and MCs who are all passionate about music and clubbing. The crew spin the tunes at our regular club nights in Croydon and by special demand at other club nights around the UK.
Our DJs play the music they like! But together as the Crew they cover the widest spectrum of night club musical genres possible from rare soul and groove to cheesy disco hits via the latest hip hop and grime releases.