Shoehorn and Novacane, two young bands from Bury, will be making an appearance at the Bury Art Museum this Saturday (27 Jan). Alongside their performances, artists Slumberman and Redell Olsen will also be showcasing their talents as part of the Rooms to Live III event series.
Rooms to Live III is a component of the larger Rooms to Live exhibition, curated by artists Derek Tyman and Andy Webster. This unique exhibition intertwines reality and fiction, drawing inspiration from counterculture movements in the 1960s and environmentalism in the 1980s. Its aim is to explore the relationship between music and art as platforms for the imagination.
In the gallery, Tyman and Webster have reconstructed a storm-damaged house boat called Arcadia, which doubles as a disco. Additionally, their installation Trout House Replica replicates the interior of the Los Angeles house where Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band composed their influential 1969 album Trout Mask Replica.
Local young bands were given the opportunity to reside in the Trout House Replica space for four days, collaborating with other musicians and drawing inspiration from their surroundings. Shoehorn, a band of 14-16-year-olds, will be showcasing their range of covers and original music. Novacane, an alternative rock band comprised of 17-year-olds, have already performed at the Right to Roam festival in Bolton and the Glaston-Bury festival. Their debut single “Drive” can be found on Spotify.
The bands are scheduled to perform at 3pm, following an appearance by Slumberland at 2pm. Poet/artist Nick Gonzo and musician Perfect Writing will combine music, poetry, and video in a unique “seance” within the Trout House Replica, summoning the spirit of Beefheart’s album. At 2.30pm, Redell Olsen will present Frownland, an artistic exploration inspired by Beefheart’s album.
For more information on the 14-week events programme, please visit and follow the @_rooms_to_live_ Instagram account.
Press release issued on 23 January 2024.