Rock Show: Rotten Hill Gang & DJ Don Letts.
On 14th January 2017 West London band Rotten Hill Gang will be playing The Forum at Tunbridge Wells with a DJ set support from the legendary Don Letts. Amazingly it is the Forums 24th Anniversary and they have asked the RHG to play in a special gig.
Their new video, Submission, has just been released and Gary said this: “The video wasn’t planned. We were rehearsing and Paul Cook and Glen Matlock came to the studio. We started jamming and came up with that straightaway. With Reds rapping over the groove. We recorded and videoed it the next day ourselves and put it up on Thursday .. It didn’t take long at all”.
Hailing from Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road surrounds. Based around a backbone of:
Gary McPherson AKA Dirty White../Bass/DJ/Street star/Vocals
Rotten Red West AKA Redskin../Rapper/Poet/Wordsmith
Mallett AKA Mal../Drums/Perc/Vocals/Programmer
Gus Robertson AKA BeetleGus../Guitars/Vocals/Selector
They have played and recorded with a huge list of respected musicians and rogues, including members of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Steel Pulse, Blondie, The Slits and with Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Tapper Zukie and Dawn Penn. They also regularly host events in West London that attract the great and the good.
Usually the band is joined by Hollie Cook and Annie Bea, two stunningly talented writer performers in their own right, along with Fjokra Mac – a multi-instrumentalist in huge demand for recording.
They describe their music as Rap n’ Roll. It’s an eclectic mix of styles brought to the table by each member of the band, from hip hop to rock n’ roll via a splash of reggae, all combining into a unique sound that has to be heard, and danced to, as Notting Hill Carnival regulars know. They have a loyal and ever growing following after hugely successful appearances around West London, and Standon Calling, Glastonbury.
Rotten Hill Gang released their first self titled album in 2014 and their new album Teach Peace is scheduled for release in March 2017.
Don Letts will play a DJ set to set the mood for Rotten Hill Gang. Don is hugely respected in the music community, capturing the birth of punk at The Roxy in London on an 8mm film camera, influencing The Clash, and forming Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones. He now has a weekly show on BBC R6M and produces and directs documentaries for BBC4. His ability to read a crowd and use his encyclopaedic musical knowledge to best effect has meant he is in great demand as a DJ, playing to thousands of festival goers every summer.
Tickets are available from The Tunbridge Wells Forum here: TWForum. Support on the night is from popular local band Lady Bird
Photography by Simon Partington