The See Hear Club is the latest venture from the good folks over at The Allotment, who have been taking over Dalston Roof Park in recent weeks, and will continue to do so over the coming months. Each night involves a performance by a featured artist, followed by a screening of a film of the artist’s choice. The performances / screenings are accompanied by a range of treats, including popcorn, cakes and barbecue goodness. Taken on its own, the concept brings a fun and interesting new angle to the live music experience. Take the calibre of the featured artists into account, however, and these events become must-sees.
With that in mind, we asked some of the awesome artists involved in the project to answer a few questions about their chosen film, and about the movie-watching experience in general. We’ve already heard from Jess Larrabee of She Keep Bees and Jules Baenziger of Sea Of Bees; next in the hot seat is a band who once belonged to that elite group of musical apiarists but traded in their fortunes as Ghost Bees to go by the name of Tasseomancy, or rather one half of the Canadian twin-sister duo, Sari Lightman. They’ve been ungraciously described as an “Austra offshoot” given their side roles in Katie Stelmanis’s band – despite having been around a lot longer – but the Tasseomancy sound is something totally different and heavenly in its own right.
Sari and Romy play Dalston Roof Park tonight (tickets here), followed by a screening of 1977 Italian horror ‘Suspiria’. Tasseomancy’s new single, ‘Soft Feet‘, is out this week, with the album Ulalume to follow on August 29 .
Next in the series: Lulu & The Lampshades
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Tell us about your chosen film. Why you picked it, when you first saw it, what you love about it…
‘Suspiria’ has been one of our favourite films for years now. We love the colour scheme in the cinematography, and [Italian progressive rock band] Goblin creates an amazing soundtrack for the film.
Movie adaptations of books we’re crazy about range from brilliant to abominable. What are the best and worst ones you’ve loved/endured, and why?
I often veer away from books adapted to film, because I like to envision the literary characters without the pretense of a hollywood actor. I’m a sucker for ‘Romeo & Juliet’ with Claire and Leo though.
What are your favourite movie soundtracks? Have any influenced your own music?
GOBLIN! ‘Suspiria’. When we were making our record, we would reference the sounds on this album.
What would be your perfect date film?
I think ‘Wayne’s World’ is a good one. I had my first kiss in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ when I was in grade six. It was pretty steamy.
People who talk or ask a million questions during movies drive us crazy. What’s your protocol for movie watching, and have you ever had to ‘have words’ with someone for wrecking your buzz?
I like an engaging audience! Canadians are generally polite, but Americans are always yelling at the screen, “Get outta there!”
I think it’s great when people lose themselves in a theatre.
How’d you like your popcorn: salted, sweet or buttered?
Salted and buttered. Always.
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For more information on the scheduled See Hear Club shows, visit www.anikainlondon.com