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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 October 2012
Where: Islington Mill, James Street, Salford M3 5HW

We’re proud to be presenting a hometown show for Hey! Manchester regulars Last Harbour.

Last Harbour are an expansive collective playing ‘swooning dustbowl baroque’ (Plan B) that comes from ‘the same tangled patch of briar as The Bad Seeds and Tindersticks‘ (Uncut). The only claims they make for their music are that it be honest and searching. From dusty laments to doom-filled rock, from starkly beautiful duets to drifting clouds of ambient noise, there’s always an intensity that strikes hard. Last Harbour’s acclaimed 2010 album Volo and EP Lights were co-produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Spacemen 3) and were featured across 6Music shows including Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson and a session on Marc Riley.

The band have played alongside, among others, Dirty Three, Josh T Pearson, Michael Gira (Swans/Angels of Light), Willard Grant Conspiracy, Lanterns on the Lake, Mark Mulcahy, Devendra Banhart and The Handsome Family. They were also featured on the I Am Cold Rock Will Oldham tribute alongside Calexico, Iron & Wine and Mark Kozelek.

Last Harbour’s new album Your heart, it carries the sound was written in an isolated Northumbrian cottage and recorded live in a mid-19th Century church in their hometown of Manchester. The band’s expansive sound is perfectly realised on this acclaimed record. From dusty laments to doom-filled rock, from starkly beautiful duets to drifting clouds of textured sound, the only claims they make for their music are that it is honest and heartfelt.

‘The final frontier of funeral pop’ – Artrocker

‘Rich and foreboding, tracing a thread back to the post-industrial landscapes of Joy Division’ – Drowned in Sound

‘Like Scott Walker re-ordering Bowie’s Heroes’ – Uncut

‘This album sounds magnificent’ – The Sunday Times

Last Harbour have announced a UK tour for October with a new single, Replacements, out on 22 October to coincide. This special tour sees with band collaborating with acclaimed visual artist and photographer Andrew Brooks. Brooks is well known for his work capturing lost urban spaces (the ‘Hidden Cities’ series) and BBC commissions, and has exhibited nationally and internationally in recent years. He will be working directly with the band through rehearsal to create a visual world for each song from their current album Your heart, it carries the sound. The live shows will see Brooks reconfiguring that material in real-time, becoming part of the band for a short time. A previous collaboration between Brooks and Last Harbour was the video for their 2010 single Lights.


Support comes from GladEyes. Originally consisting of members of Bone-Box, the Guthries and Polytechnic, GladEyes vs Geography resulted in the loss of two members (one to Brighton, one to London) after tracking for the first album had been completed. Ultimately though it was a win for GladEyes, with the addition of two members of Samson & Delilah to take the departed brothers’ places. Noted influences include Can, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Mingus, Pavement, the Grateful Dead, Television and Tinariwen. The debut record is currently being mixed, and preparations are well under way for record no. 2.

Tom Morris has sadly had to drop out due to illness.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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