Club For Heroes
‘A lot of clubs describe themselves as “sleazy” or “grimy”,’ says Club For Heroes’ founder, promoter and DJ, Simon Eilbeck. ‘I wanted to run a night which was a bit more aspirational, which held its head up higher than that. So I came up with Club For Heroes.’ For those of a certain geekish nature, it’s possible to talk as much about the visual ethos of CFH as its musical direction: the night’s fliers and slideshows are composed of panels from comic books.
The inspiration for the name, in fact, came when Eilbeck was reading Grant Morrison’s ‘International Club of Heroes’ arc in Batman recently. He’s also a particular fan of modern comics’ founding visual father, Jack Kirby. ‘His style was so otherworldly and utopian – that’s what we want, to take people away from their humdrum lives and transport them to somewhere not of this world.’ He describes his night as, broadly, ‘underground disco. That means the classic 70s ideals of Salsoul, Giorgio Moroder and Italo, but also any kind of dance music that’s exciting and dramatic.’
Started in January 2008 by Eilbeck and a friend who’s no longer involved, CFH was also inspired by his DJ appearances at Glasgow clubs Utter Gutter and La Roche Rumba. Since then the night’s guest appearances have been largely limited to local heroes like Kris from Wasabi Disco and the Firecracker Records team, although this month’s guest is possibly the most notable so far – Glasgow’s Dave Clarke, aka Truffle Club, one half of the Optimo Music production and remix team, and also the man behind recent CFH dancefloor hit ‘Gone Blue’.
Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, Fri 29 May