THE seductive music of 1930s Berlin, Parisian Hot Club and gypsy swing come together in the performances of Bristol-based Moscow Drug Club, continuing their December tour on Tuesday 31st at Bristol Old Vic.
Moscow Drug Club is a curious place, where elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few drinks and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some cobbled street in eastern Europe, on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes…
The band’s origins were in the darkness of late winter, in a shady watering hole south of the river, in Bristol, where North American chanteuse Katya Gorrie and guitarist Will Edmunds met to have a quiet drink. Through the door walked an old friend, jazz trumpeter Jonny Bruce, and soon the three of them were chatting about the swing music of the 1930s and 40s, German cabaret songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50s.
Not long after this fateful evening, the three friends met Mirek Salmon, a classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was both infectious and inspiring and together the four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time friend and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and so Moscow Drug Club was formed.
The band has wowed crowds across the UK with their intoxicating and infectious sound. With previous performances at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and festivals including Womad, Larmer Tree and Marlborough Jazz, Moscow Drug Club want to lure you into their darkly comic world.