Bizarre Rituals are a party crew of artists, musicians and DJs, living and operating mainly in Devon. We’re ten years behind and we’re ten years down the line but we don’t mind as we’re out on our own arm of the spiral galaxy. Together we throw parties, make records, soundtrack films, DJ, VJ and all that other stuff that people do when there is sufficient peer pressure and they can’t afford to go on holiday. We all were – are – or will be in each other’s bands. We do radio shows, and go on other people’s radio shows on the local FM arts and community radio station, Soundart Radio, who transmit out of an oak tree. Over the past three years, we’ve created a bunch of tracks, EPs, albums, mixtapes, original film soundtracks and even a DJ tools EP, delivered to people’s ears and eyes via cassette tapes, records, computer files and even performing live directly at people in same room, and we’re all sitting on almost-complete albums. All of our parties have more-or-less obscure themes that express our current concerns about geopolitics and philosophy or whatever type of hats we’re into! We’re all DJs. We don’t stick to genres but we do like dancing. A number of the crew have mastered the hat wobble.
One half of Baconhead // Creator of fugged-out beats and warm tones // Pathological optimist
Trouble Maker // Good bits of Paul McCartney // Melty guitars
Cape Khoboi is a BR Resident who Jockeys them Discs under the moniker Tung N Groove. He has a good line in smashing out feel-good Disco bangers and people often ask for his card. He’s a dab hand with a soundsystem and decent in the kitchen. He’s working on an album of far flung weird Country music that’s slowly mutating into some kind of dancefloor thing.
Tofuti Klein/The Ghost of Marimba
Technomantic // Medicine Woman // Vile Critic
BR resident Doc, AKA Tofuti Klein, sometimes makes ‘romantic techno’. The Wire magazine said really nice things about it that she’s too embarrassed to repeat. Her ‘The Ghost of Marimba’ project is all about high-concept lo-fi tropical midi pop songs which are mainly about being old and are permanently being mixed and never quite ready. One time member of now-defunct doom metal band Bog Eye with Brain Rays and French Tony.
Dragon’s Disco/Echo’s Calling EP.
Spooky Ballroom, on the Ritual Tools v1 Comp.
The Ghost of Marimba track TGOM (dub) features on the ‘Beach Trips’ sampler EP.
TGOM – Underwater Vibes on the Outer Limits sampler EP.
Part time B-Boy // Weasel // Fnare
Currently third in the competition to have the most aliases – Blazar, AKA Matthias Peters, AKA Stoogie Houzer, AKA Autobodies, is a designer and animator by trade and makes our amazing animated video flyers. Best not overlook his production chops and DJing skills too. Stoogie makes some seriously cool (is it still cool to say ‘cool’) experimental & low-slung rhythms.
In November 2015, Stoogie collaborated with Brain Rays on the Enter the Fug Mixtape.
Brain Rays’ and Stoogie Houzer’s second release as ‘The Fug’ is the Stank EP.
You can here an ‘Enter the Fug’ live session from the BR Radio Show here.
Distant Peaks (2 Moon Dub) (feat. Theo) on the Outer Limits sampler EP.
Drummer // Afro funk obsessive
BR resident DJ and co-host of the Bizarre Rituals Radio Show, Toby French (AKA French Tony, AKA Frenchman, AKA French Meng, AKA Mengz!) specialises in dance floor shaking Afro funk and disco, plus new cuts of Afro-infused house and techno. His elusive past is hard to keep track of, but if the rumours are correct he used to play saxophone in a Marxist funk band, was a Samba Bateria Mestre, produced breakcore music dressed as a priest and was fired from an all-girl industrial/goth band (sic).
Tofuti Klein – Echo’s Calling (French Tony Rework) on Dragon’s Disco Remixes
BR Artists & Resident DJs
Brain Rays // Hthr // Sound Waves to Confuse Your Brain
Baconhead are Brain Rays and Hthr (AKA Benjamin Hudson and Paul Bowyer). They make music and sound for films, games, soundsystems and headphones..
Their 2015 EP ‘Cabin Fever’, a “woozy, heat-warped release influenced by hypnotic experiments and Ballard’s Drowned World”, was released by Bizarre Rituals and features the vocal talents of US rappers Empuls, Nongenetic (Shadowhuntaz) and Bloodmouth (Dead Birdz).
They have also released records with Eat Concrete, Acroplane Recordings and Umbrelladelika and have remixed for Jimmy Edgar, Flux Pavillion & RiFF RAFF, Si Begg, Comet Records, Planet Mu and Tigerbeat 6.
Cabin Fever EP
Livework Unit (the joint project of Simon Hampshire and Tommy Williams) ranges from Brian Wilson-esque confessionals to noisy, alt-rock belters. With guest appearances including Cape Khoboi and Benjamin Hudson, their project has been infiltrated by the BR crew and they can now be put to work as elite assassins.
The single ‘Shadows’, plus the ‘B’ side track ‘Aeroplanes’, is available to buy as a download here. Their EP ‘Out to Sea’, featuring artwork from Cassie Brooks and music videos by friend & collaborator Luca Lamaro is available here.
DJ // Producer // Tattoo artist
ursula is a BR resident DJ whose artful sets and mixes explore the spooky-Cloud-Rap-Burial-zone to great effect. Her production makes use of discordant samples to create an unsettling musical vocabulary, heavy with symbolism.
ursula’s track, Lago, features on the Outer Limits sampler EP.
Tommy Williams/Panther Room
Ableton guru // Expert knob twiddler // Beard model
Tommy is a live sound engineer who isn’t here much because he tours doing live sound with some quite famous people like RY X, Howling, The Acid, Taylor McFerrin and Jagaara. When he is here he does a lot of tireless tech support for the clueless and vague.
He produces/performs as part of Livework Unit and is busily working on his new solo alias Panther Room.
Panther Room – Not By Each on the Outer Limits sampler EP.
Weddings // Parties // Bar mitzvahs
Desperately likeable, award winning photographer and party man Dom Moore has documented almost all of the BR escapades in an endless Gonzo Mark II fun safari. His inexplicable ability to flatteringly light those who should remain unseen means that we will be forever in his debt.
Tim ‘Skipper’ Rowden is our resident chippy and has built us some fine novelty DJ booths from quality materials. He is working on an album of experimental organ works that will see a release in 2027 if he finds out about it in time.
Tim says; “I’m a carpenter. There’s a couple of weeks work there, that’s if I order the parts now, which I won’t”
Jonny R. Rowden
Jonny is not only an excellent dancer, but also writes words for us on occasion. Some time ago he ran away to Alice Springs with an extremely cool woman to fight snakes. When he was in England he was a performer and theatre maker and directed a theatre company called AMINAL but he probably can’t do that anymore because of the snakes.
He looks at the world through a keen and silly eye and regurgitates it largely using performance, words and photography.
Chris designed the original Bizarre Rituals logo and often delivers on most excellent party getup. In his un-free time is he is co-founder of mobile app creators Mutant Labs and a freelance designer, he’s collaborated with Baconhead on a raft of variously absurd mobile game projects including ‘Yak Dash’ – which offers you the chance to design and ride tiny yaks with your fingers – and ‘Shovin’ Buddies’ where you go over the top on the swing and get turned inside out. He has an identical twin brother and so gets maximum score for potential pranking abilities.