Conjuring up images of a smoky worker’s bar in Paris, a wild night-time gathering around a gypsy campfire, a drunken Hungarian wedding party in the small hours and a Greek taverna on a hot summer’s evening, La Mort Subite takes its name from the eponymous café in Brussels. Featuring guitars, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, double bass, percussion, tambura, and even a hurdy-gurdy, there is nothing quite like a concert by this amazing five-piece band!
The band La Mort Subite was formed during a continental jaunt in October 2008 by Zaránd Schuller, Dan Taylor and Nikos Pyromalis whilst sitting in the Brussels brasserie named A la Mort Subite. Upon their return to the United Kingdom they enlisted the services of Edd Keene as percussionist, and they began to practice in earnest. Infact, their very first rehearsal led to an invitation by Jack Hepplewhite of Mr Blind Pig fame to play a gig in the Oakford Social Club. Since that day they have become residents at the Global Cafe and played many gigs in Reading, London, Bristol and Bath. They also have played many private parties including several for Café Cairo. In March 2010 Edd’s brother Ben Keene joined the band.
Daniel Taylor (double bass, vocals)
Born in a barren oil refining community in the wilds of Scotland, and raised in the subtropics of Oceania, Daniel Taylor is something of a modern rennaissance man, with his ability to write catchy songs, cause ladies to swoon with his velvety voice, cook delicious meals, build mighty structures, make soaps and perfumes and swim for miles on end. As a child he dreamed firstly of being a dolphin, then of being action man, and finally, after hearing Disney’s Best Loved Fairy Tales album, of playing double bass like Red Mitchell. He has performed and recorded with various electronic music acts. His favourite colour is blue, and his favourite natural phenomenon is the thunderstorm.
Somewhat of an enigma, Nikos Pyromalis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. After a stint in the Greek Army as a conscript, we think he may have joined a group of travelling gypsies who forced him to learn the guitar. We found him in an underground jazz club in Paris, and after paying a hefty ransom to the barman, we persuaded him to come to the UK where he flourished as a sound engineer and a college lecturer. His favourite colour is scarlet, and he likes shiny things.
A successful performer in his own right as the multi-instrumentalist loop pedal artist ““The Green Man”, Edd Keene has been a member of many bands including Smudged, Burnt Lychee and Amorphous Androgynous. He’s also sessioned for Paul Weller and Oasis, and has appeared on a compilation album in Mojo magazine. His laid-back style and happy-go-lucky attitude belie his sensitive nature, and we have to be careful not to play any sad music incase he begins to weep. His wont is to collect the most saxophones in the world, and his favourite colour is green.
On our way back from Hamburg with Ben we were barrelling along the Autoroute towards Paris in the dead of night when a dishevelled figure ran out into the carriageway, forcing us to perform an emergency stop. The figure came to the window, slathering and flailing his arms around wildly. We immediately knew that this would make our perfect drummer. We tried to communicate but to no avail, when upon sight of a toy drum we had purchased from an intinerant beggar he became extremely agitated and forced his way in through the window. Since then Vince has learned to eat with a knife and fork, and can expound theories of philosophy at parties with a passable Oxbridge accent.