Hailing from Houston, Texas, Jandek is the musical project of an outsider musician whose name and identity has been a mystery for over 30 years. Since 1978, Jandek has self-released over 60 albums of dissonant and often emotionally dissolute folk / blues through his label Corwood Industries.
Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form of folk and blues that border very closely on the avant-garde. Refusing to use any form of traditionalism with structure, chords and tuning, Jandek has created a stylized form of music that is entirely his own. Lyrically he mirrors the country blues and folk traditions of East Texas, but sonically, he’s in a league of his own.
In 2004, a documentary was released entitled ‘Jandek on Corwood’. It documented Jandek’s recorded history and the people that have had contact with him, which is not many, as he had never played live and only granted one interview, and that was back in 1985. Up until 2004 no one was certain of his identity.
The mystery of Jandek’s identity was unveiled in October 2004 when he appeared for the first time live at the 04 Music Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. He has since made a number of live appearances at festivals like All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork and SXSW.
Up until 2009, Jandek’s backing band consisted of musicians from bands such as Tortoise, Grails, Quasi and Grouper – his backing band changed for each performance, depending on who was available at the time. In 2009 he settled on a permanent rhythm section from Glasgow, Scotland, which consists of Volcanic Tongue Records owner and WIRE contributor David Keenan on drums and Heather Leigh on bass. Heather Leigh plays alongside drummer Chris Corsano as part of Jailbreak and Christina Carter as a member of Scorces as well as having an extensive solo back catalogue with releases across labels like Not Not Fun, Wholly Other and Fag Tapes.
Heathen Skulls is very proud to present for the first time in Australia, JANDEK!
Thursday 18th: Sydney, Gaelic Theatre
w/ Naked on the Vague + Black Widow
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.thegaelic.com
Friday 19th: Sydney, Jandek on Corwood Film screening + performance
@ Mu Mesons Film Archives
Cnr Parramatta Rd & Trafalgar St, Annadale. At the end of King Furniture building up the steel staircase.
Doors 7pm, entry $30, No pre-sale tickets / tickets very limited, get there early!
Ring Mu Mesons for details, Ph: 02 95172010
Saturday 20th: Brisbane, Jandek on Corwood Film screening + performance.
CHANGE OF VENUE: Now @ Tribal Theatre (was at Powerhouse)
Address: 346 George St, Brisbane
Also featuring 16mm experimental films by Other Films
Doors 7:00pm, Other Films start at 7:00pm on the dot: Entry $30
No pre-sale tickets, limited space, get down early…..
Sunday 21st: Brisbane, Hi Fi Bar
w/ Blank Realm, The Lost Domain + Black Widow / Joel Stern
Tickets available from www.thehifi.com.au
Wednesday 24th: Melbourne, Thornbury Theatre
w/ Primitive Calculators, New War & Black Widow
Tickets available from www.thethornburytheatre.com, Polyester and Missing Link
Thursday 25th: Melbourne, Jandek on Corwood Film screening + performance
@ 1000 £ Bend Cinema (Little Lonsdale St, between Elizebeth and Queen)
With special guest: Marco Fusinato (before the screening, 7:30pm)
Doors 7pm, Marco on at 7:30pm: Entry $30
No pre-sale tickets / tickets very limited, get there early!
Friday 26th: Hobart, Mona presents JANDEK
@ Philip Smith Centre
2 Edward St, Glebe, Hobart
Saturday 27th: Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
w/ Fabulous Diamonds, Embers, Breathing Shrine
Tickets available from Northcote Social Club, Corner Hotel, Polyester and Missing Link
Sunday 28th: Adelaide, The Gov
w/ Primitive Calculators + Black Widow
Tickets available from Moshtix