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HARLIE TIPPER


 - THE STORY SO FAR

The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy have a Bristolian pedigree as long as your arm.


Longer maybe.

 

Lead singer Tim was in both the Flatmates and the Five Year Plan in the late ‘80’s, before joining the Beatnik Filmstars* for most of the ‘90s. In the 2000s he headed up Forest Giants and then took part in the Short Stories.

 

Guitarist Jon Kent was a founder member of another of Bristol’s C86 squad, the Groove Farm, as well as being the original guitarist for the Filmstars.

 

Bassist Geoff Gorton played in the Harpoons, then later Rorschach and major label outfit Santa Cruz.

 

Drummer Simon Harris played in a number of Bristol’s lesser punk bands back in the late 70’s and then the Dangerous Roundabouts. He claims he doesn’t remember a lot about it, if truth be told, so more interesting maybe is the fact that his brother was once a roadie for the Damned.

 

Did we mention that guest pianist Ruth Cochrane was the original bass player in the Blue Aeroplanes?

 

You’d be forgiven for wondering why these people aren’t spending their final days touring the country playing the Walsall and Cricklewood PopFests with their old bands, churning out songs written three decades ago to people who were there watching them three decades ago.

 

Well things move on. Music should be about the new and exciting. And to prove it the CTC also feature a member who wasn’t even born when Tim played his first gig at Frampton Cotterell Youth Centre in 1982. Harry “Ice Man” Furniss brings his soulful cornet nicely to the party.


The band formed in July 2013, under their original name The Charlie Tipper Experiment. The name was chosen with a view to changing it every few years, in part to keep things fresh and in part to pay homage to those other great pioneers of the changing name, SPIZZ.


The CTE released their first single, a one-sided CD single featuring the song "Ride Out", to widespread critical acclaim from their peers and airplay on 6 Music.


Over the summer of 2013 a further 12 brand new songs were written and rehearsed and became the debut album "Mellow On" with bonus tracks, eventually released in March 2015 on vinyl and CD. A single "You Made Me Homeless" followed to commemorate the 2015 General Election.


Since then song-writing has proceed on apace and a 10" album will be released in Spring 2016 under the new name of the Charlie Tipper Conspiracy. A further full length album has been written and will be recorded over 2016. Whoever said the future is unwritten was not entirely correct!




*For those of you that don’t know, the Beatnik Filmstars released records for Merge Records and Slumberland amongst others, recorded five John Peel sessions and were often described as the “British Guided by Voices”. In 1995 they toured the US with the Flaming Lips.