“This is an examination of madness and loss,” says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight.
Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his Manchester Trilogy, following 2015’s How To Die In The North and 2018’s Deportation Blues. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.
“Heroic… A record of infinite twists… Bible-black humour and brilliantly fractured songs ensure Shortly After Takeoff is a joy.” Uncut – 9/10
“BC Camplight exceeds emotional baggage allowance in style… he’s often very funny, yet the music’s stylistic pitch underlines how destabilised his world has become, I Only Drink When I’m Drunk buffeted by vocoders and Flaming Lips drums, Back To Work plunging from pastoral pop to early techno chill.” MOJO – 4 stars ****
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1. You may only purchase tickets to attend this event with other members of your household or support bubble. Please do not purchase tickets for anyone outside your household.
2. Please do not attend if you or a member of your household has experienced Covid-19 symptoms in the past 14 days – you will be given a no-quibble refund. Temperature checks will be in operation as you enter the venue.
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For socially distanced events, a new seating configuration respecting a 1 metre plus distance will be in place. Our stewards will be on hand to direct you to where you are sitting.
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The show will end by 9.30pm to allow fans to leave the Corn Exchange safely.