When: 7.30pm on Saturday 14 February 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF
We’re delighted to be helping Last Harbour launch their new album, Caul!
Based in the northern English city of Manchester, Last Harbour play honest, heartfelt music that has a dark, gothic heart yet a sound that is always beautiful and transcendent.
After working with producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Spacemen 3, Ghostpoet) on two previous albums, the band took time out after touring to build their own studio in 2013. Caul, the band’s new album out on 9 February 2015 via a new home at Gizeh Records, was recorded in that self-created space over a year between 2013 and 2014, and bears testament to a patient and detailed recording process that allowed time for experimentation and careful arrangement.
The record contains all of the band’s trademark cinematic laments and doom-filled rock, but there is also an added layer of raw, bleak experimentation that marries ideally and simultaneously with brighter, almost joyous moments. The progression on Caul, from that of its predecessor Your Heart, It Carries the Sound, is clear. There is a new focus, a need to explore, a quest to push further into the void.
‘This album sounds magnificent. A collection of songs that should appeal to anyone enamoured of Tindersticks and Mark Lanegan’ – Sunday Times
‘Melancholic and cinematic, like Scott Walker re-ordering Bowie’s Heroes’ – Uncut
‘A spacious and hypnotic affair, reminiscent of Iggy Pop’s ‘Preliminaries’ with a nod to Timber Timbre’ – Artrocker
Support comes from Warm Widow. Warm Widow are from Manchester and are as unaligned an island as the city has to offer. They thrash out ardently wrought, fraught rock music. Their debut album, WIDOWER, was released to a flutter of acclaim in 2010 on White Box Recordings, and the second one, CHILDLESS, was released on Filthy Home Recordings in March 2014. Norman Records said of them: ‘Like a backstreet Manchester take on Sonic Youth with John McGeoch on guitar. Fans of PIL, Women, Sonic Youth, Wire, Guided By Voices take note.’