Beop’s communications first began in 2005 in the form of the novel ‘Beop! a Fable of Hope’ . From the view of their time-bubble, they narrate the story of Casma a young fella newly arrived on Big Street and keen to find his groove in life.
Beop have since simultaneously released songs in multiple time-zones, performed live in a specially engineered portal, topped the European website charts, and won a songwriting award from a post-humous John Lennon.
The high risk nature of communicating between dimensions and media has led to some rather odd occurrences, such as an entire music video being faxed, frame by frame, to the staff of the Australian TV show Rove; and a shipment of their branded apparel (complete with T-shirts, bathrobes and tea towels) landing in our dimension, ten years before the band’s live show. Inadvertently, the Beop shipment inspired an entire retail genre of ‘pop-up’ shops in shipping containers around the globe.
Big Street, at a time diagonally adjacent to your near future.
The Beop – the band in a time-bubble.
Casma – our hero in the rather flash tracksuits.
Barry – a plumber/philosopher.
The Nerk – a monster.
Epiphany – an old friend.
Jook Dadoodak – a T-shirt poet.
And plenty of Black Coats, Pirates, Old Ladies and a girl with ludicrously long eyelashes.
You’ll have to read the book to find out about those.
Beop! ‘Shake-On!’ 2008. Sister Dep plays the levitating Phrove, Uncle Doog keeps the beat on the Rhythmo-pole 27t, and Zozzi manages to wrangle a lead solo from the Hairy-tailed Jippet. Captured live on video over Anawhata, Aotearoa, 2008. Photo: Jon Baxter.
Beop perform ‘Our Souls Are Intergalactic’ to a flock of babies entering earth’s atmosphere.
2015, Cuba Street, Wellington and a high-tech portal is erected by A.P.E. set to receive the transmogrification of Beop for the first time in this dimension. Beop appeared not once, but twice, through the vortex in the portal, performing vehemently in full regalia. Even the Hairy-Tailed Jippet behaved as Uncle Doog’s phrovian grooves roused spontaneous dance troupes.
Dance moves for the song ‘The Energy’. Installed in full life-size wonder in an airbridge at Wellington Airport. Photo: Stephen Langdon.
Shop Beop - cultural artefacts from Beop and other Merchants of Big Street, imported from the future via a shipping container. Fit out by Lyn Bergquist.
Range of tees from Jook Daadodak, T-shirt Poet of Big Street. Jook’s tees slipped their way into contemporary fashion via the fashion house WORLD, who colourfully curated their summer 2005 collection around the poppy styles of Jooks’ tees.
Beop would like to give timeless thanks, in no particular order, to: Willa O’Neill, Jon Baxter, Iain Gordon, Toby Laing, Amelia Handscomb, Puck Murphy, Jon Oz, Steve LeMaquand, the characters at Resn, Aunty Tina, Mark Amery, Ema Pomare, Stephen Langdon, Ryan Henderson, Alicia Christie, Robin Rawstorne, Glenn Chapman.