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Upcoming shows: Laura Gibson... GospelbeacH... Jens Lekman... The Surfing Magazines... Dutch Uncles + Jesca Hoop... H.Hawkline... Peter Broderick + David Allred... James Yuill... John Murry... Jack Cooper... Danny & The Champions Of The World... Slim Cessna’s Auto Club... Avec Sans... Kiran Leonard... Michael Nau... Good Morning... Jen Cloher... Dotan... Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton... Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts... The Dears... Thomas Truax... Frankie Rose... The Weather Station... The Breath... The Lovely Eggs... The Proper Ornaments... BA Johnston... Wesley Gonzalez... CC Smugglers... Weyes Blood... Julie Byrne... The Burning Hell... Left Lane Cruiser... Son of Dave... Daniel Romano... The Travelling Band... Aldous Harding... William the Conqueror... Wolf Parade... Skinny Lister + Beans on Toast... Lost Horizons... Leif Vollebekk... Lowly... Jesca Hoop... Will Varley...

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 March 2016
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

PLEASE NOTE: We regret to announce that Joe Gideon is postponing the majority of shows on his March 2016 UK tour due to the reoccurrence of a chronic wrist injury. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase and new dates in the autumn will be announced very soon.

We’re welcoming  Joe Gideon to Soup Kitchen – with Jim Sclavunos (of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Grinderman) and Gris-de-Lin!

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Versa Vice is the debut solo record by Joe Gideon, one half of the acclaimed sibling duo Joe Gideon & The Shark. After JG&TS called it a day in 2013, Gideon called on the assistance of friend, neighbour and drummer Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) to try out an arsenal of songs, and to see if Gideon could even play the guitar again, after a wrist injury put him out of action for the best part of a year. (Jim and Gideon became friends after JG&TS toured with the Bad Seeds on their Dig Lazarus Dig tour back in 2008.)

Together they laid down the foundations of Versa Vice, recorded by Rich Matthews, and finished by Gideon at home, after further assistance by friends Ed Harcourt (piano/organ) and Duke Garwood (horns) on a handful of tracks. The album was mixed by Head (PJ Harvey, Smoke Fairies), and here you have it.

Versa Vice is a rollicking storytelling romp through themes of love (see The Lady With The Metallic Voice) and madness (see Eugene Went Crazy, inspired by photographer W. Eugene Smith, or his cover of Porter Wagoner’s Rubber Room), executed sharply with a post-punk new-wave bent (Naked Eye, Heart Attack Girl) or with meditative tenderness (The Past Is Never Over). Opener Eve’s Rib is a heralding cry of intent, pierced through with Sclavunos’ fierce drums which drag you out of your chair.

Fans of Joe Gideon & The Shark will no doubt recognise and appreciate the same spirit of his previous output, with his genuinely eccentric and character-driven tales of falling apart at the seams, but Versa Vice is more than just Joe Gideon sans Shark. Let off the leash, instead of losing himself to feral abandon, Gideon’s music has become more succinct, the music more immediate, the voice louder and clearer.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret to announce that Joe Gideon is postponing the majority of shows on his March 2016 UK tour due to the reoccurrence of a chronic wrist injury. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase and new dates in the autumn will be announced very soon.

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