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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: 7pm on Monday 6 April 2020
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re excited to be welcoming Irma Vep back to Manchester!

Irma Vep is the on-going, evolving main vehicle for polymath musician Edwin Stevens – and on his latest album Embarrassed Landscape, due 3 April via Gringo Records, the project has reached a zenith. Primarily recorded in Stevens’s adopted home town of Glasgow over two days with frequent collaborators Ruari Maclean and Andrew Cheetham, Embarrassed Landscape is an album that breathes in a fetid skip full of millennial dread, self-effacing anxiety and doubt before exhaling it as heartbreaking songs and ecstatic abandon.

Today he shares the triumphant opening track I Do What I Want, alongside a slew of UK and European tour dates. Speaking of the song Stevens says: ‘It could be translated as a vague picture of selfish or ignorant defiance. Putting your own agenda over the well being of others. Running into the sun with your genitals in your hand. It was written before I moved back to Wales after living for ten years in Manchester, which I think spawned it. It has taken on a new meaning over the past year or so, i don’t want to tell you what to think about it but thats what it means to me!’

‘A wiry, minimalist piece of guitar pop, the surreal word play lends an outsider feel, a true dose of weird-pop that thrills at every turn’ – Clash

‘A stellar piece of wonky psych-pop’ – The Line of Best Fit

Main support comes from The Foetals – a pop group by Jolan Lewis (the frontman of The Pink Teens, fka Temple Songs, who also plays in Francis Lung’s band as well as Aldous RH). Their Meet The Foetals LP came out in 2015 via PNKSLM Recordings. Meet The Foetals was recorded by Jolan himself in two days at his own small studio in the outskirts of Manchester, trying to find a middle ground between perfect 1960s pop records and the inept DIY sound of American private press LPs – think The Bachs and The Patron Saints playing Paul McCartney covers.

Opening the show is The Capoeira Band.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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