Big Block 454 is a semi-amorphous post-modern / situationist neo-dada cross-platform compositional construct from Manchester, England (featuring people from Liverpool, Leeds and Lincolnshire).
Over the years, Big Block 454 have unleashed a series of albums and multi-media happenings upon an unsuspecting public, combining influences such as Faust, Can, Brian Eno, The Residents, the Bonzo Dog Band, King Crimson and the BBC Radiophonics Workshop - surrealism meets Krautrock meets downright Northern stupidity. We play whatever we bloody well like, alright?
Big Block 454 have worked on multi-media projects with famed dada artist Russell Mills, and have been championed by such people as the BBC\'s Stuart Maconie and Sunday Times writer/comedian Stewart Lee.
Big Block 454 have guested on Stuart Maconie\'s BBC 6 Music radio show The Freak Zone. Stuart said, after playing \"I name this child Acker Bilk\", \"we\'re all pretty much agreed here that that was genius... terrific stuff.\"
Reviewers have said :
\"this excellent album / outrageously funky / moments of real beauty / strange humour. \"
\"brilliant arrangements, well engineered... humbling, really, and very imaginative as well.\"
\"ethereal, stripped down beauty / sublime trippy ambient loveliness / owls quarrelling in a bicycle factory / the music sounds as if Fela Kuti has been taken hostage by a convention of table tennis enthusiasts / a great release and one you should hunt down without delay.\"
\"fascinating and sometimes scary world / wander through someone elses dreams and nightmares, funny and frightening ... uneasy listening, sub-genre fractured genius.\"
An American fan said:
\"I will treasure the experience of hearing Big Block 454 for a very long time. Actually, I\'m not quite sure the effects will ever wear off. What I felt was on the same level of intensity as my first read of Naked Lunch, my first view of Eraserhead or the time my music professor played Bartok on a Steinway baby in our classroom with tears in his eyes.\"