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Upcoming shows: GospelbeacH... Heather Woods Broderick... Robbie Cavanagh... Jesse Malin... Rosey PM + The Very Most... Spinning Coin... Chloe Foy... Wolf Parade... Waterless Hills... Andy Shauf... Douglas Dare... Peggy Sue... Pictish Trail... 365: Aidan O’Rourke, Kit Downes and James Robertson... Irma Vep... Gratis: Seazoo... Dana Gavanski... Mr Ben & The Bens... The Dears... The Lovely Eggs... Leif Vollebekk... Sounds From The Other City 2020... Lindsay Munroe... The Handsome Family... Aoife O’Donovan... Tokyo Police Club... Joan Shelley... glowe... Born Ruffians... Angel Olsen – Leeds... Smoke Fairies... The Lovely Eggs... BC Camplight...

When: 7.30pm on Monday 24 February 2020
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show was cancelled due to illness. We’re working on a rescheduled date, which should be confirmed shortly – but if you would like a refund, please contact the outlet you purchased your ticket from. Existing tickets will be valid for the new date, however.

We’re excited to be working with Alice Boman for the first time!

‘It’s a powerful feeling when you’re in that world and you lose track of time,’ says Alice Boman of the deeply hypnotic state she entered when making her mesmerising and long-awaited debut album, Dream On. This transfixed state is one that she also seamlessly plunges her listeners into. Her deeply textural, atmospheric and immersive sounds – coupled with her fragile yet engulfing and ethereal vocals – create something of a vortex that listeners are sucked in by. A world where ambient, dream pop and folk merge into a unique new form.

The profound sense of quietness that can be heard in her music stems from its simple roots. Initially a project that started at home when she was a teenager, the songs she was making were just ‘sketches’. Yet as soon as other people heard them, it was clear that there was so much more to her talents than simple home tinkering. Two EPs followed, 2013’s Skisser and 2014’s EP II, as did a wave of critical acclaim and an array of TV placements for her music on shows such as Transparent, Wanderlust and 13 Reasons Why. With her new reach, the Swedish songwriter captivated listeners one-by-one.

A period of reflection and concentration on songwriting followed, as did a run of stirring one-off singles made with producer Fabian Prynn: Heartbeat, Dreams and End of Time. Boman now finds herself in a place far away from the artist she started out as. ‘It’s like two different worlds,’ she says. ‘I didn’t even realise that this was something I could do for a living. Things feel a bit more certain now and it’s nice to be able to dive into it fully.’

Despite her debut album feeling fuller and richer, as well as being her most accomplished work to date, Boman’s intimacy remains intact. ‘I didn’t want to lose the nerve of intimacy,’ she says. ‘That’s an important thing for me.’ The songwriting for the album initially began in a similarly isolated and autonomous way. ‘I took instruments and recording equipment to a house in the countryside of Sweden for a few weeks to get away from everything,’ Boman says. ‘To just focus on writing and playing. No distractions. Sometimes you need that distance to get into a flow.’

Local support comes from Matthew Fortunati. Influenced by the music of Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Pedro The Lion, Bright Eyes and many more, Matthew Fortunati is an Italian American songwriter and composer based between Manchester (UK) and San Gemini (Italy). He first went on stage in March of 2015, supporting anti-folk Canadian artist Oldseed during part of his Italian tour. In May of the same year, he won the Indiepolitana music contest on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Fano, a town in the Marche region of Italy. The award of the contest consisted in five shows through the country, which gave him visibility and the chance to book further gigs the same year.

In the summer of 2015, he released his first EP, The Best You Can Is Good Enough, with three independent labels: Astio Collettivo, Periferica Produzioni and Waves for the Masses. The fifteen-minute extended play reached the channels of Rolling Stones Italy and Rockit. In August of 2018, with the help of diNotte Records and General Soreness, he releases Super Taller, an eight-track album inspired by the life of his grandfather. In the summer of 2019, shortly after graduating from the University of Salford in creative music technologies, he was commissioned by New Creatives North and Arts Council England to produce a composition for BBC Arts, where he experimented with binaural field recordings, classical ensembles and electronics.

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When: 7pm on Thursday 27 February 2020
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with GospelbeacH once again!

Brent Rademaker of further, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde brings his band GospelbeacH back over the UK in February 2020. The touring band also features ex-Slowdive, Mojave 3 and The Loose Salute drummer Ian McCutcheon.

GospelbeacH is back with a set of great new songs. Let It Burn is the follow-up to Another Summer Of Love and the third proper studio album by the infamous Los Angeles rock combo. Let it Burn features the recently deceased guitar virtuoso Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood).

Let It Burn is an album of West Coast rock ’n’ roll, redemption and guitar solos and is out now on Alive Naturalsound.

‘If you dig the late ’60s/early ’70s cosmic cowboy vibe of Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds and Gram Parsons, you’re gonna get on great with these guys’ – Louder Than War

Main support comes from The Swells. Tripped out guitar-pop band The Swells are a North West-based five-piece. They make simplistic, Big Star-esque songwriting awash with the noise and ambience you’d find on a Sonic Youth or Spacemen 3 LP. Sentiment and melody meet space and noise.

Opening the show are new band Surfing Pointers. Surfing Pointers are a lo-fi psych/fuzz alt-rock four-piece from Manchester. They’re influenced by bands such as Tomorrows Tulips, further, the swirlies and Sonic Youth.

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 2 March 2020
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Heather Woods Broderick for the first time!

Heather Woods Broderick is an American musician and composer. Invitation, her third solo LP, was released in the spring of 2019 via Western Vinyl Records and distributed by Secretly Distribution.

Heather has been touring member of Efterklang, Laura Gibson, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Jurado and Horse Feathers to name a few, and has been a key collaborator and member of Sharon Van Etten’s band for nearly a decade.

In spring 2020 she will tour throughout Europe to perform her own material, live with her trio.

‘At times, it’s like lace blowing in the wind, rising and falling with both grace and a sense of brokenness’ – Consequence of Sound

‘Exquisitely beautiful… bathed in sonic radiance’ – Mojo

Local support comes from Lindsay Munroe. Lindsay Munroe is a captivating new alt-indie artist based in Manchester. Bold and unflinchingly honest, she pairs swelling synths and swaggering guitars with painfully introspective lyrics, evoking acts like Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Marika Hackman. At once assured and startlingly vulnerable, her music invites you into her world, but on her terms.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 March 2020
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Robbie Cavanagh again – this time, with his band!

Manchester’s Robbie Cavanagh writes unscrubbed, heartfelt Americana.

Cavanagh’s second record saw him showcase at AmericanaFest in London and across the pond in Nashville, as well as performing alongside the likes of Jarrod Dickenson, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Wandering Hearts, Robert Vincent, Mary Gauthier and Ferris & Sylvester to name a few.

Robbie is working on material for a third record, which he’ll be performing live with his band for the first time on this 2020 tour.

Support comes from Demi Marriner. Singer-songwriter Demi Marriner landed the Number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Country Albums Chart with the release of her debut EP Tracks and Trails, followed closely with her second EP Dandelion hitting Number 2. Following recognition across the BBC for her honest and emotive lyrics, Demi has gone on to support artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Jon Gomm and Tia McGraff, as well as main stage slots at Wychood Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and 2000 Trees.

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When: 8pm on Thursday 5 March 2020
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

We’re delighted to be welcoming Jesse Malin back to Manchester!

Jesse Malin — whom the Times says ‘writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction’ — and Lucinda Williams — the southern troubadour once named ‘America’s best songwriter’ by Time magazine — first met in the early 2000s at a jazz club in NYC’s West Village. In a joint 2017 Rolling Stone interview, the two discussed their ‘shared love of miscreants, misfits, the misunderstood and the mysteries of everyday lives binds them across the Mason-Dixon line’.

‘From the early frontier days of hardcore in New York to all the punk rock and singer/songwriter touring,’ says Malin, ‘it’s all been about survival and reinvention. I wanted to make an open-sounding record with the space to tell these stories. I like to write about characters and people I meet along the way. The dreamers, schemers, hustlers, romantics, lovers, leavers and believers.’ Many of the dreamers, schemers and so on from Jesse’s own life contribute to Sunset Kids, his new album of highly personal songs being released 30 August 30 on Wicked Cool Records.

Sunset Kids first took shape at The Hollywood Bowl, when Jesse accepted Lucinda’s invitation to see her open for what turned out to be Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ final concert. The bittersweet experience inspired one of the new album’s highlights, Shining Down, a rainy day jangle about ‘keeping alive the spirits of the ones we’ve lost’. During that same visit, the idea came about of three-time Grammy-winning Lucinda producing Jesse’s next record.

‘Lucinda has a great eye for finding the beauty in broken things and a knack for always picking the right take. Once she started dancing in the control room, we knew we had it.’

In addition to this rare turn in the producer’s chair for Williams, she co-wrote and sang on the evocative country-flavoured Room 13, which Malin calls ‘the heart of the record in a lot of ways, about those meditative moments far away from home, where you’re forced to reflect on the things that really matter’.

The album also features Chemical Heart, an upbeat pop basher located at a mythical point on Queens Boulevard where Paul Simon and The Ramones intersect, namechecking Bernie Taupin and Jake LaMotta among others. Shane is a gentle ballad about one of his heroes, the lovably shambolic Shane MacGowan of The Pogues.

‘My first album, The Fine Art Of Self-Destruction, was about finding glory in the wreckage,’ says Malin of the album which was upon release Uncut’s Album of the Month. ‘Sunset Kids is about owning it. The failures, the victories, the moments. And moving up from there.’

After reflecting on his life while walking the streets of London, jamming riffs in an East Village basement and writing songs in Florida hotel rooms while visiting his ailing father, the ambitious 14-song album was recorded on both coasts between the two artists’ touring schedules.

It opens with the pre-apocalyptic confession Meet Me At The End Of The World Again, which includes backing vocals by Malin confidante and collaborator Joseph Arthur. Another key guest contribution comes courtesy of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who co-wrote and sang on Strangers & Thieves.

‘Billie Joe was in town and I showed him where we hung out when we were kids in the hardcore days,’ Malin recalls. ‘A couple days later, I got a text and he had finished the song. He went into the details of his experience in the Bay Area with that scene, and also my experiences, which were very parallel in New York.’

Those early days found a young Jesse ‘riding the subway trains from Queens to the record stores and nightclubs in dirty, pre-Disney New York City’ and never looking back. His band Heart Attack put out the first New York hardcore single God Is Dead when Malin was 14 years old. He later went on to acclaim as the frontman for the fast and loud D Generation, whose albums were produced by Ric Ocasek, Tony Visconti and David Bianco.

Bianco is one of the Sunset Kids referenced in the album’s title. The engineer, who won a Grammy for his pristine sonics on Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and produced the first major-label release of Jesse’s career, passed away suddenly after overseeing the initial sessions for Sunset Kids in his L.A. studio.

‘Playing music is something I need to do. Singing under those hot lights every night is a great exorcism. We get to put together this pirate ship of characters and go around the world making trouble and singing our guts out.’

As the line in crucial cut When You’re Young says, ‘Don’t waste your life on things that don’t get better’. Malin concludes: ‘It’s about finding ways to survive and navigate through all this stuff. Being compassionate and loving in a world that will break your heart. But you’re still here. You wake up again and put one foot in front of the other and live every day like it could be your last.’

Tour support comes from Don DiLego. Don’s first release, The Lonestar Hitchhiker, was recorded for Universal Records shortly after his move to New York. Featured musicians included Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco), Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, Wallflowers), and Paul Garisto (Jesse Malin, Ryan Adams). Since then, he has toured extensively in support of all three of his releases, slowly building national recognition as a touring artist. He has opened for the likes of Norah Jones, Graham Parker, Jackson Browne, Duran Duran, Roger Clyne, and many more. His songs have been featured in both film and TV, and he just recently wrote the score for the feature-length film, Ranchero.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 7 March 2020
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re excited to be presenting Rosey PM, The Very Most and Katie Pham at the Castle Hotel!

Self-proclaimed pyjama-jazz singer-songwriter Rosey PM plays live as a soulful four-piece, sharing songs about boys and goo with a witty effervescence. Rosey trips over jazz-pop beats and flirts with young romance, wrapping harmonies around lazy-day tunes and hypnotic bass lines.

The Very Most is an indie-pop musical project that exists as the vehicle for the songs of Jeremy Jensen, who lives in Boise, Idaho in the United States of America. It has existed, in some form or another, since 2002, releasing five full-length albums, and, inexplicably, 8 EPs. Seems like they probably could have combined some of those into albums, but so be it. They sing about stuff that matters, like the political situation we’ve found ourselves in, and stuff that maybe in the grand scheme of things might not matter as much as we think it does, like the political situation we’ve found ourselves in. Their sound is sweet and layered and inspired by Brill Building, Johnny Marr, Brian Wilson and fellow Boiseans Built to Spill, who they’ve shared the stage with. They’ve played popfests of the New York, San Francisco, and Sacramento varieties, as well as Indietracks. On this tour, which happens to be their third of Ireland and the UK, they are joined by Jim Rivas, who provided drums on Rocketship‘s seminal indiepop classic A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness. They have a new album, Needs Help, due out in autumn/winter 2020.

Katie Pham & The Moonbathers squeeze out soulful pop music about being indecisive. All their best music hasn’t been released yet, so watch out.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 14 March 2020
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re excited to be welcoming Spinning Coin back to Manchester!

Hyacinth, the second album by singular Glasgow/Berlin quartet Spinning Coin, is a bold step forward. A breathless rush of glorious guitar pop, it’s an album full of poetry and light, with real warmth of heart. Recorded over only two days, but with several years of new experiences and wisdom at its core, Hyacinth is confident and poised, holding nothing back.

They’ve achieved a lot since the release of their debut album, 2017’s Permo. With that album, and its two preceding singles (Albany and the magisterial Raining On Hope Street), they became a beacon for people looking for great pop that balanced realism with escapism. Permo was full of songs equal parts personal and political, and the sound was both a development of Glasgow’s independent music continuum, and very much its own thing, the confluence of four inspired individuals, playing out proudly.

Hyacinth registers a number of changes for Spinning Coin: personnel changes, geographical changes, a new context, an ever-changing world outside. ‘We’ve had loads of experiences since releasing Permo,’ bass player and vocalist Rachel Taylor says. ‘We’ve toured a great deal, grown older, grown closer to each other, two of us experienced moving to a new country, all of us turned 30. It’s reflected in the music because we’ve put a lot of heart into the music. A lot of time and a lot of energy.’

Main support comes from Dignan Porch. Dignan Porch began life as the as the noise-pop project of songwriter Joseph Walsh and quickly expanded into a full band creating an infectious blend of power pop, indie rock and punk. Loaded with psychedelic hooks, bone dry melancholia and skewed takes on everyday life, their music is both effortlessly melodic and oddly haunting.

‘Songs that seem to teeter on the brink of collapse yet are utterly beguiling’ – Q Magazine.

Opening the show are The Birthmarks. The Birthmarks are a band based in Manchester, England formed by the twin creative talents of Dylan Hughes and Edwin Stevens, who grew up together in the nearby welsh seaside villages Llanfairfechan and Dwygyfylchi. The pair moved to the North West of England and formed the pop band Sex Hands who established a cult following in the UK before dissolving, resulting in the establishment of The Birthmarks.

The band features Alex Hewitt on drums, Bryony Dawson on bass and Henry Wither on keys and guitar, with Dylan and Edwin both playing guitar and vocals. Collectively they are/have been involved in many diverse bands throughout the uk DIY music scene, including but not limited to Irma Vep, Aldous RH, Lovvers, Egyptian Hip Hop and Inland Taipan. As a group they create something both familiar and slightly imperfect, through their process of constructing a melody and then tarnishing it.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 14 March 2020
Where: The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN

We’re delighted to be working with Chloe Foy again!

Poignant singer-songwriter Chloe Foy soars into 2020 with her introspective collection of enchanting vignettes leading the way. Callous Copper is out on 21 February 2020 via AntiFragile.

The EP is an intimate selection of songs, old and new, that have been re-imagined within the setting of a string quartet. Each track effortlessly compliments the next as the violin, viola and cello combine to create a sound that is otherworldly. Lyrically intimate and sonically tender, title track and upcoming single Callous Copper bewitches instantly. Mixing sweeping melodies with Chloe’s silk, smooth vocals and distinctively bittersweet songwriting style, Chloe has managed to create a sound that is both relatable and blissfully emotive. Fans of the likes of Laura Marling and Julia Jacklin will feel at home here.

Talking about the EP, Chloe elaborates: ‘I adore string music and think so much can be brought out in a song with the addition of violin, viola and cello. So that’s what I’ve aimed for here – a collection of songs, old and new and a cover of one of my favourites by Neil Young. All about birth, love, death and everything in between. The intricate complexities of life and living.’

Since moving from Gloucestershire to Manchester in 2014, Chloe has gone from strength to strength. With the release of her singles Asylum, Flaws, Oh You Are Not Well and In The Middle Of The Night, she has accumulated over 14 million plays on Spotify, as well as earning the praise and airtime of the likes of NPR Radio’s Bob Boilen and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq. 2018 saw her perform at SxSW and in January last year she was named a 2019 BBC Introducing One To Watch by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. In Spring 2019 she completed a successful headline UK tour followed by festival shows at Green Man and Cambridge Folk Festival. With Callous Copper, Chloe will continue to mesmerise listeners with her ethereal blend of melancholic indie-folk.

‘Foy glistens with a dark, youthful honesty, full of relief’ – Earmilk

‘Soaring levels of poignancy reminiscent to luminaries Laura Marling and The Staves’ – The Line of Best Fit

‘Laced with wisdom beyond her years’ – Clash

Main support comes from poet, arts practitioner and producer Nasima Bee. She is a trustee and a member of Young Identity, Manchester’s most exciting collective of writers, musicians and artists who are currently resident artists at HOME. She has also worked with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Theatre and The Lowry. Nasima has performed at BBC’s poetry festival Contains Strong Language (2017 and 2018), Hay Festival (2017 and 2018), Manchester Literature Festival (2015 and 2019), and the British Councils BritLitBerlin conference (2019). Nasima’s most recent residency included Project Lockdown for Belgium’s infamous Museum Nacht, where she spent 24 hours with 14 artists in a museum space making performance work (2019). She has taught poetry with primary and high school children nationally and internationally through various projects. Most recently, Nasima was involved in the Manchester International Festival as one of 6 Greater Manchester artists selected for the Jerwood Creative Fellowship and was also commissioned to work on The Anvil as part of MIF19’s programme. Nasima’s work is described as personal, political and poignant.

Opening the show is Caoilfhionn Rose. Caoilfhionn (pronounced Keelin) Rose is a singer, songwriter and producer from Manchester. Her music draws on a diverse range of influences from The Mummers to Rachel Sermanni, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Broadcast. She also professes to a love for beautiful, stripped-back, piano-based music, such as Dustin O’Halloran and Peter Broderick.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 14 March 2020
Where: YES (The Pink Room), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! Watch this space for details of future Wolf Parade shows in Manchester.

We’re delighted to be working with Wolf Parade again – this time, at YES.

Wolf Parade release Thin Mind, the group’s fifth full-length, on 24 January worldwide through Sub Pop. The ten-track album features the singles Forest Green, Against the Day, and Julia Take Your Man Home.

Every moment spent gazing at our screens is oversaturated with content, an ever-accelerated news cycle conditioning our ever-decreasing attention spans. The struggle to stay present, and to foresee a clear, sustainable future, feels very real.

Wolf Parade address this phenomenon head-on with Thin Mind, the band’s fifth full-length and second to be produced by John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound).

‘Thin Mind refers to the way that being around too much tech has made our focus thin,’ says keyboardist Spencer Krug.

‘It’s opening one more page, scrolling one more thing,’ adds guitarist Dan Boeckner, ‘and the weird, sort-of hollow automaton feeling that you get from it.’

‘This record is very personal, but at the same time, we’re all coming from the same place of a general sense of anxiety,’ says drummer Arlen Thompson. ‘How do you deal with the constant barrage of having your opinions swayed by all these different actors when you don’t know who they are or what their purpose is? There is no normal anymore.’

Thin Mind marks a return to the original power trio of Dan, Spencer and Arlen, following multi-instrumentalist Dante DeCaro’s amicable departure from the group in 2018, after the conclusion of their world tour supporting Cry Cry Cry, their acclaimed album of 2016.

One month later, the trio got together at Risqué Disque, an old stone barn-turned-studio in the woods of Vancouver Island, to begin writing Thin Mind – emerging with an album about making sense of the present while reckoning with visions of the future.

Tour support comes from Joensuu 1685. Joensuu 1685, a rock trio from Finland, formed in Helsinki 2007 by two brothers Mikko Joensuu and Markus Joensuu, and Risto Joensuu (no relation). They are a band who drown their music in overtones, feedback and noise, and paint a soft but sizzling stream of big beauty – comprising repetitive bass riffs, powerful yet restrained drumming and pastoral organs in the core of their being. In 2010, in the last months of finalising their second album something strange happened, the band suddenly exploded in to pieces and Joensuus went on their separate ways. Markus and Risto formed Siinai and Mikko started to work on his own material. In the next eight years, with great critical acclaim, Siinai released five concept albums, two of which were a collaboration with Moonface, and Mikko Joensuu released his massive unity of music in a form of a trilogy album called Amen. In 2018 the band reunited at Flow festival in Helsinki and decided that it was time to return to the unfinished Joensuu 1685 album abandoned years ago. ÖB – their second album – is now finished and will be released in 2020.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 16 March 2020
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be welcoming Waterless Hills to Gullivers!

Waterless Hills began as a recording project pulled together by drummer Andrew Cheetham (Richard Dawson, Irma Vep, Kiran Leonard, Yerba Mansa, ex-Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura etc). The line-up features himself plus two further members of the Manchester Underground wrecking crew – dbh (Kiran Leonard, Irma Vep, Jim Ghedi, his own bad self) on violin; Gavin Clarke (briefly of DSDV) on bass – augmented by Cambridge-based avant-folk musician C Joynes on electric guitar.

Their debut LP, The Great Mountain, is released on 29 February through Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Feeding Tube (US). It was recorded in one day – direct to 1/4-inch tape – at Hallé St Michael’s church, Manchester. All tracks were wholly improvised, with the tapes documenting a slowly evolving interplay and, at times, ‘on-the-edge’ exchange between the players. The results were eventually shaped into an imaginary soundtrack for an orientalist western loosely themed around Freya Stark’s 1934 travelogue The Valleys of the Assassins, and the surrealist occult art of Ithell Colquhoun.

The album itself is closely paired with Waterless Hills’ debut offering, an 8-inch lathe cut featuring two tracks from the same recording session and released in an edition of 99 copies on All Saints’ Day 2019 by Sonido Polifonico. This release garnered spins on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (on BBC 6 Music) and Jeff Conklin’s Avant Ghetto on WFMU, together with favourable reviews from, among others, Byron Coley in The Wire magazine.

These gigs will see the band playing live together for the first time before branching out further over the course of 2020.

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