The Charlie Tipper Experiment 2013-2015
The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy 2015 -


                         JUNE 2017

The Network EP is the third and last installment in our Trilogy for 2016-17.

4 new songs and a special cover version. Here's some info:

Cross Country is a keyboard and bass-driven song in the vein of Stereolab, recalling the delights of singer Tim’s youth when he traveled the length and breadth of the country by train, seeking out new places and new adventures. It features a Fall-esque outro which we maybe could have pushed a bit longer! 

Long Way Down: Geoff's second song for the band - all about beating up immigrants, policing your own people like they're an enemy in a warzone and drone bombing. Fun stuff!

Last Train to Stardom - a not-autobiographical tale of a younger brother, left behind when his elder sibling leaves home to seek fame and fortune in London. The brother spends his time wandering the streets to keep out of the way of his abusive father, or poring over his elder brother’s record collection, until he decides it’s time to move on.


Each of the three EPs in this series have featured an instrumental track destined for the band’s forthcoming soundtrack album “Themes from Blizzard”- this EP’s contribution is the haunting Angel in the Snow featuring Linda on lead vocal. 

"Disorder" is the Joy Division cover version which we learned specifically to play on the 37th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death. We decided to record it as well during the Network sessions and think it has come out well so we've included it on the CD..


                                                    DECEMBER 2016

Christmas singles are generally frowned upon in the Indie/Alternative world, and with good reason. However, this year we really wanted to do something to help support the refugee crisis going on across Europe, so we decided to record a single with our new friend Helen McCookerybook and donate all the proceeds to Refugee Action.

We chose the Velvets song Femme Fatale, which Helen had first recorded back in 1982 with her band Skat - it's been over 30 years so we thought it was safe to give it another go.

The song was recorded quickly with Helen doing the vocals in her kitchen, and at the same time we recorded an original song Maybe Next Year to go on the b-side.

After this we met up in the basement of a vegetarian cafe to have a go at re-creating Andy Warhol's Factory - you can read about that on Helen's blog here.




                     OCTOBER 2016 - PART TWO OF OUR TRILOGY


The second of our 3-part is released in October. The "Shutters Down" EP has four new songs and a re-mix of the main track - remember when people did that?


The songs are "Drowning", "No Going Back", "There But For the Grace of God Go I" and "Black Dog". The latter track is again a demo version of a song which will appear on the "Themes From Blizzard" LP in 2017/8.


Press release for the EP can be found here.

                               MORE NEWS! JULY 2016


A new EP from the CTC, released on 31st July 2016 to coincide with the band's festival appearance at Indietracks.


Four brand new songs, "Let That Feeling Go", "Super Tuesday", "Halloween" and "If He's Alive I'll Find Him", all absolute belters!


This is the first in a series of EPs the band will be releasing over the next few months before they head into the studio to record their soundtrack album "Themes from Blizzard" - a taster track is included here. Press release for the EP can be found here, including a short

explanation on each of the songs.


                              NEWS - APRIL 2016


The second album from the mysterious Charlie Tipper, this time released under the name The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy.

 

Seven varied and original pop songs to grab you and shake you and make you realise that great original pop music is still out there.

 

What’s it about, you ask? To help out with that here’s a quick Song by Song Guide to the new album:

 

THEY MADE IT A CRIME: In many countries around the world, being gay is still a crime. It’s not so long ago that the same was true in Britain. Imagine what it’s like to be told that being in love with someone makes you a criminal?

 

LIFE’S TOO SHORT:  This one speaks for itself – you can commit yourself to a life of climbing up the greasy pole, or you can spend your time in better and more productive pursuits. It won’t necessarily be an easy life, but we know which one we prefer.

 

ELECTION DISCO BLUES: A cautionary tale about the perils of attending an election-night party. The public gets what the public wants.

 

LUNAR GARDEN PARTY: Making a living out of playing music has never been easy, but these days it’s nigh on impossible. Most bands have jobs of one kind or another, and the best thing you can do when you’re working is dream about being somewhere else.

 

FREAKS’ RETREAT: A gathering places for those who have no real understanding of life outside their own little bubble. We won’t say where it is, but there’s a big clock.

 

ROSE OF VIRTUE: A walk around the streets on a warm summer night brings back memories.

 

LONG TIME GONE: Sometimes you have to choose between being responsible and following your dreams. What happens if you choose the latter rather than the former?


For a limited time if you buy the album directly from our Bandcamp site you will also receive three additional bonus tracks on download:


Disco (Sucks), The Way I'm Wired and a cover version of the classic Triffids song "Wide Open Road".




FORTHCOMING LIVE DATES: 2017


Saturday 16th September - supporting the Blue Orchids at the Old England, Bristol

Thursday 12th October - supporting Vic Godard and Glaxo Babies at the Thunderbolt, Bristol



INFO:

FORMED: JULY 2013

MEMBERS:

JON KENT
GEOFF GORTON
SIMON HARRISON
HARRY FURNISS
TIM RIPPINGTON
ROCKER ROSEHIP
LINDA GORTON

LOCATION: BRISTOL, UK

DISCOGRAPHY

                                                                          August 2014         -  "Ride Out" - CD and download single
                                                                          February 2015      -   "Mellow On" - Vinyl, CD and download album
                                                                          April 2015              -   "You Made Me Homeless" - CD single and download
                                                                          September 2015  -  "Rock and Roll Dreaming" - CD EP and download
                                                                          April 2016              -  "Ten" - 10" vinyl/CD mini-album
                                                                          July 2016                - "Clock on the Wall " CD EP and download
                                                                          October 2016        - "Shutters Down" CD EP and download

RADIO SESSIONS

                                                                          November 2014  -    Dandelion Radio session as the CTE for the Rocker show
                                                                          October 2015       -   Dandelion Radio session as the CTC for the Rocker show

  LIVE DATES                                                                                                             2013

                                                                          Thursday, 29 August 2013          - Thunderbolt, Bristol as part of Thunderfest 2013
                                                                          Thursday, 3 October 2013          -  Mother's Ruin, Bristol with the Haywains, Candy Darlings
                                                                          Saturday 7th December 2013   -  The Wunderbar, Midsomer Norton
                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                        2014
                                                                          Thursday 25 June 2014                -  The Sportsman Bar, Bristol with Repo Man, Harry Iceman Furniss and the
                                                                                                                                      Happy Crayons
                                                                          Friday 12th September 2014      -  "Fanzine", The Exchange, Bristol with Go-Kart Mozart, 12 Hour
                                                                                                                                           Foundation, Six Years
                                                                          Thursday 4th December 2014   -  Cafe Kino, Bristol with Our Arthur and 12 Hour Foundation
          
                                                                                                                                        2015
                                                                           Friday 20th February 2015         -  Bristol Stag and Hounds
                                                                           Saturday 14th March 2015          - London, Sebright Arms (with English Electric)
                                                                           Saturday 4th April 2015               - Bristol, Cafe Kino (with The Catenary Wires and Karen)                                                                          
                                                                           Friday 17th April 2015                   - Nottingham Chameleon (with Martha and Milky Wimpshake)
                                                                           Saturday 18th April                        - Midsomer Norton Wunderbar (with the Haywains)
                                                                           Friday 12th June                              - The Thunderbolt, Bristol with the June Brides

                                                                           Saturday 7th November 2015     - Royal Oak, Bath

                                                                           Friday/Saturday/Sunday 20/21/22 November - Roll for the Soul, Bristol


                                                                                                                                        2016


                                                                            Friday 8th January                           - The Exchange, Bristol (with Drone Soul)

                                                                            Saturday 23rd April                         - Roll for the Soul, Bristol (album launch)

                                                                            Thursday 7th July                              - The Thunderbolt, Bristol

                                                                            Tuesday 19th July                             - The Golden Lion, Bristol
                                                                            Sunday 31st July                               - "Indietracks" festival, Butterley, Yorkshire.

                                                                            Sunday 25th September              - "Musicians Against Homelessness", The Exchange, Bristol

                                                                            Friday 16th December                    - Stag and Hounds, Bristol (with Plume of Feathers)  


                                                                                                                                        2017


                                                                            Friday 27th January                        - The Old England, Bristol (with the Wolfhounds)

                                                                            Monday 13th February                  - Mr Wolf's, Bristol
                                                                            Saturday 4th March                       - Park Royal, Leeds (with Boy Racer and City Yelps)

                                                                            Friday 13th May                               - London Jamboree (Des Was  A Bowie Fan)                                                                                                                                                       Thursday 18th May                         - International Pop Overthrow Music Festival, Cavern Club, Liverpool