Recent NME cover stars, The Others, are the most fascinating band around right now, on a mission to break down the barriers between audience and performer, they're managing to amaze and annoy people in equal measure. Dominic Masters is a political commentator in a musical world where taking a firm stance is seen as bad for business, what with his outspoken and viciously honest views on society, sexuality, drugs, community and the nature of celebrity. He draws some surprisingly spiteful criticism from the supposedly liberal balcony and
committed, and reciprocal, adoration from the floor. The Others set out to be a band of the people, and like the Statue of Liberty and its inscription, they aren't going away anytime soon.
The Others were proud to win the 'John Peel Award For Musical Innovation' at last week's NME Awards. The first award in the name of the great man and original innovator was presented for their unique method of entertaining the public, bypassing the rigid music industry channels, with their infamous 'guerilla gigging'. This direct action approach has since been taken up by the likes of U2 and BBC's Opera programme, amongst others, as well as inspiring a multitude of young bands.
Agitate! Educate! Organise! at the V&A celebrates this new wave of social protest, observation and documentary in the arts with spoken word performances, poetry slamming and impromptu gigs around the museum. Controversial female voice, Helen Walsh, and Whitbread prize-winner Patrick Neate, will read from their latest works, while Courttia Newland, Nii Parkes and six authors from the Tell Tales crew will be performing their unique short stories, each accompanied by specially composed scores. The Others will be performing in the V&A's beautiful galleries and their film 'Guide to Guerrilla Gigging' will run throughout the evening.
Main entrance performance 7.45pm then Lecture Theatre onstage 8.45pm.
The band have just finished an extensive sold-out UK tour, and will be
announcing more dates soon.