Profile: The Bang Bang Club
Residents Corneilius Pierce (also the promoter) and Stephen Donkin, who go by the names The Baron and The Regent.
Guests This time out it’s occasional BBC irregular Jetboy, with visuals provided for the club’s many screens by Lorde Awesome. Recurring local guests have included Kris from Wasabi Disco and Simonotron of Club for Heroes, while live bands like Big Ned and Paul Vickers & The Leg have played.
Music policy ‘We’re trying to play the most diverse range of music in Edinburgh,’ says Pierce, ‘and to avoid falling into any particular scene, so literally everything from rockabilly to drum & bass.’
What they say ‘I’d played in a few garage bands around Edinburgh,’ says Pierce, ‘but I wanted to do something a bit different, a bit more dangerous and edgy. So I started the Bang Bang Club as a kind of performance art night at Cabaret Voltaire’s Speakeasy in early 2009 then moved to the Gilded Balloon at Teviot during the last festival. We put some bigger bands on there, but it was pretty hard work and a steep learning curve. I think we have the right balance at Electric Circus, though – it’s right in between the Old and New Towns, so the different crowds from each area mix together well.’
What we say The monthly BBC is another reason why Electric Circus is rapidly shaking off the old Massa’s less credible image. The atmosphere is lively, the crowd is stylish but not pretentious, and Pierce will be aiming to repeat its success with his two new alternating monthly nights at the venue (His & Hers and Doppelganger), the first of which is on the 24th of this month.
The Bang Bang Club is at Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Apr.