Random Numbers Radio, the latest album from The Ramsgate Hovercraft, will be launched with a special gig at Ramsgate Music Hall on Saturday 18th January 2020, continuing the band’s space rock adventure. Issued as a 12″ LP and audio CD set containing a total of nearly two hours of new, original material, Random Numbers Radio features experimental music, poetry, unexpected noises and space rock.
Album cover art
Visit the band’s Bandcamp page to listen online and purchase the album (download code included).
Here’s a recording of The Red Desertshore by The Ramsgate Hovercraft, performed live at Ramsgate Music Hall on 15th March 2014. You can also find the studio version of this track on the album Arcane Empire.
Photos by Joe Kennedy
The Hovercraft has been hard at work getting the new album ready for its February release and so far everything is on track. More details to follow but it will involve exciting new artwork and of course more bewildering and beguiling music than the human mind can comfortably comprehend. There will be a launch event too – watch out for more details on that soon. In the meantime, enjoy The Red Desertshore.
On Sunday the weather, the tide and the light were good for the Hovercraft to spend the afternoon in the company of renowned photographer Jason Evans who took us out in Pegwell Bay for a photoshoot. It’s a beautiful, tranquil spot (now that there are no actual hovercraft), favoured by Jason for its light, reflections and skies – something that J M W Turner also famously remarked on. It also has the kind of mud that’ll suck the boots right off your feet – unless, like Jason, you choose to go barefoot. Here are a couple of photos of the shoot in progress (thanks Susan Kennedy).
It’s not just about mucking around with hovercraft – mainly what happens here is making music. So here’s an announcement: the album will be called Arcane Empire and it will be out later this year. It’s going to be a big fat double album on vinyl (but also available for download) in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. We’ve put together a short taste of what to expect, but keep watching for more teasers.
The Updown Gallery in Ramsgate is currently hosting In an Empty Room, an exhibition of prints by Howard Hodgkin. This is a stunning collection with works covering a span of sixty years or so and ranging in size from small to huge. There is also a lot of variety in form and colour but the show maintains a consistent sense of the artist.
The gallery itself, which used to house a local computer business, has been transformed into a terrific space for viewing art and the friendly owners are keen to share their passion for it.
Also on view are pieces from local artists and upcoming exhibitions: