Over four decades Billy Childish has produced a breadth of brilliant, uncompromising work in a long and hugely eclectic career that has seen him explore music, art, poetry and writing.
As a musician, he’s released albums at an astonishing rate (approximately 150 albums and counting) taking in punk, rock & roll, blues, spoken word, nursery rhymes and garage rock. He’s fronted a number of bands down the years including the Pop Rivets, the Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Headcoats, the Buff Medways, and last year Wild Billy Childish & CTMF released their fifth album in five years. This is an artist who doesn’t stop.
That album, Brand New Cage, follows the critically acclaimed SQ1 album from 2016 and is as raw and honest as anything he’s produced. It also shows he’s lost none of his venom. “In 2017 the music scene is looking lean,” he bawls on “The Punk Was In Me (And It Had To Come Out)” … it shouldn’t surprise us, this is a man who said he “gave up on music after punk turned crap at the end of 77”.
Endlessly creative and radically subversive, Childish is a truly singular artist and we’re delighted he’s chosen to return to Larmer Tree Gardens.