WorldService Project

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WorldService Project Short Info

WorldService Project, or WSP, are 5 young whipper-snappers¹ from the British Isles with a unique set of wacky obsessions.

Progressive punk-jazz is back. Or rather, it’s here perhaps for the first time, but you can simply imagine a four-way cage match between Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes, Stravinsky and Meshuggah in a Monty Python universe…
…the result is high-octane experimental music with a smile on its face…

These fine English gentlemen have exported themselves to dozens of festivals in the UK and Europe, a 35-date tour of America across 17 states, an impressive tour across China in 2015 and through the launch of their innovative Match&Fuse programme; whose humble beginning as a tour-swop with Norwegian outfit SynKoke, has evolved into the punchiest new music festival in the European calendar.

WorldService Project utilise sadistically playful building passages, complex rhythmic manipulation and downright silliness. Other times you might find the language of 20th Century Classical composers layered over boisterous grooves more commonly found in albums by heavy rock artists.

Messrs Morecroft, Ower, Clarkson, Chaplin and Waugh are the names to look out for. Clown masks, horses’ heads, delicious darkness³ and bowler hats are the disguises that make them WorldService Project.

¹ n. an insignificant but pretentious or cheeky person, often a young one., sometimes also called whipster
² adj. of or resembling an orgy
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REVIEWS

**** Album of the Week “… a powerful quintet…resemble a scientist at work on some mad scheme in a garden shed absent-mindedly applying jump leads to an unsuspecting squirrel while listening to Keith Emerson”
Stephen Graham, marlbank.net – May 2013

**** “…a thrilling listen…plenty of variety, intelligence, irreverence, excitement plus of course some terrific playing…I love this band”
Ian Mann, thejazzmann.com – July 2013

**** “Music of WSP is in fact painfully danceable and cacofonically eclectic. In the moment of the development of playful melody and rhythmical games, there is energy blasting between the musicians. Glitch bass gives punkrock energy and clicks, claps and shouts make the whole music demonic. It is game with the listener - if you go into the musical high, you stay begging for mercy.”
Monika Okroj, Jazz Forum (Poland) – July 2013

“The collective crunch of that rhythm section underpinning lively brass is great, but applying their acumen toward a zany sense of humour goes a long way toward making the music a lot of fun, too. Mingus understood that. So did Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Frank Zappa. As does Mostly Other People Do The Killing today. Like those guys, Worldservice Project plays seriously complex music but they hadn’t forgotten about the main mission in music is to entertain their audience, to make them smile….Fire in a Pet Shop makes me smile.”
S Victor Aaron, somethingelsereviews.com (USA) – August 2013

“…stompingly raw and punky…a riotously entertaining live-band…highly creative”
John Fordham, The Guardian – September 2013

“…executed with impressive “turn on a sixpence” group manoeuvres…crammed full of youthful exuberance”
Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise – August 2013

“If you want to be surprised, to laugh, to live in the Pacman decade, Menagerie WorldService Project will become a favorite…a level of instrumental technique of deadly accuracy”
Carole Massin, citizenjazz.com (France) – September 2013

“Fire In A Pet Shop is an eccentric, vibrant plate full of life and guts like you in the world of jazz and beyond can never have enough of”
Guy Peters, enola.be (Belgium) – July 2013

WorldService Project, or WSP, are 5 young whipper-snappers¹ from the British Isles with a unique set of wacky obsessions.

Progressive punk-jazz is back. Or rather, it’s here perhaps for the first time, but you can simply imagine a four-way cage match between Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes, Stravinsky and Meshuggah in a Monty Python universe…
…the result is high-octane experimental music with a smile on its face…

These fine English gentlemen have exported themselves to dozens of festivals in the UK and Europe, a 35-date tour of America across 17 states, an impressive tour across China in 2015 and through the launch of their innovative Match&Fus...

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Past Gigs WorldService Project

  • 11 | 2015 Coventry #4 Jazz Festival
  • 11 | 2015 London Camden Underworld
  • 10 | 2015 China WSP China Tour 2015
  • 11 | 2014 London London Jazz Festival @ Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
  • 08 | 2013 USA WSP USA Tour 2013
  • 11 | 2012 Tampere Tampere Jazz Happening
  • 10 | 2012 Umea Umea Jazz Festival
  • 07 | 2012 Ljubljana Ljubljana Jazz Festivakl

Discography WorldService Project

  • 2016 For King and Country Album | Rare Noise Records
  • 2013 Fire in a Pet Shop Album | Megasound
  • 2010 Relentless Album | Brooke Records

Media

  • Video WorldService Project @ Ronn...
  • Video World Service Project at 12...
  • Sound Barmy Army
  • Sound Fire In A Pet Shop
  • Sound Change the F***ing Record
  • Video WorldService Project - Maki...
  • Sound De-Frienders

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2009

Members

  • Dave Morecroft Keys/vcls
  • Tim Ower Sax
  • Raphael Clarkson Trombone
  • Arthur O'Hara Bass
  • Harry Pope Drums