The Critique of Pure Rhythm is the rock n roll band of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method of the LSE. It is ‘probably the best (if only because only) philosophical rock n roll band in the world’.
The band currently consists of John Worrall ( guitar), Max Steuer (bass), Roman Frigg (drums), David Healey and Alec Howells (both sax) and Ipek Gencsu and Alex Voorhoeve (vocals). John, Max, Roman and Alex all teach at LSE, while David, Alec and Ipek are all (now former) students of the Department. We sometimes feature Matt Parker (keys and harmonica) and current student Daniel Kim (keys).
Our first gig was in November 2006 in John's living room, where we tried to recreate the swinging sixties of his youth to celebrate his 60th birthday. We continue to perform mostly 50s and 60s rock and roll with a few, mostly philosophy-inspired original numbers.
We play regularly at Departmental Parties and more widely in the LSE – once at the annual Staff Party, at various alumni reunions, and SU events (in 2012 we won the LSE Battle of the Bands , with the prize of a gig opening the big end-of-year Student Friday Night Crush). Although busy with our academic work, we do sometimes accept semi-pro work outside LSE – we have, for example, performed at the Whittington Hospital Christmas Party and at birthdays and weddings. (You can try to book us if you like - here.)
A bit like The Drifters (and the ship of Theseus), CPR is a ‘self-identical’ but ever evolving entity: Jami Makan (drums 2006-07) , Amy Reed (vocals 2006-08) and Matt Parker (2006-10) were all founder members; Bryan Williamson played guitar with the band in 2010-11; in 2012-13 Aaron Yarmel played rock violin (!) and Tom Besley guitar; and finally Ben Lange sat in on drums while Roman was roamin’ in 2014-15. Matt is a former member of the teaching staff, while the rest were all students in our Department. Natalia Tsalli (LSE DramSoc) sang with us from 2013 to 2015 and Steve Bond (from LSE’s Learning Technology and Innovation Department) sang for us while Alex was on sabbatical or unavailable.