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When: 7.30pm on Friday 2 April 2021
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show is being reschedule from April 2020. All other details are the same, and original tickets remain valid. 

We’re excited to be welcoming Pictish Trail back to Manchester!

Bold, weird, wild, wired, sonically luxurious yet never losing touch with its DIY-‘til-I-die roots, Thumb World is a voyage to the outer rings of Pictish Trail’s mind at its darkest, funniest and most inventive – a plugged-in, fuzzed-out, fucked-up contemplation on, as he puts it, ‘life repeating and gradually degrading, the inevitable cyclical nature of things, and the sense of their ultimately being no escape’.

Expect alien abductions, thumping beats, Trump-haired pigs, paternal panic, astronaut sex, bad acid trips, worse hangovers, lashings of distortion and a lot of anthropomorphic thumbs. ‘Our opposable thumbs are the things that separate us from most other animals on Earth,’ Pictish explains, of the fat digit symbolism, ‘they are also the things that we use to swipe on screens, to separate ourselves from our normal lives, but which in turn trap us within an artificial reality.’

Produced and mixed by Rob Jones, featuring string arrangements from Kim Moore and drumming from Alex Thomas (Squarepusher, Anna Calvi, Air), Thumb World is Pictish Trail’s most collaborative album to date.

An audio-visual dialogue with Swatpaz, AKA Scottish artist Davey Ferguson – the man behind the Turbo Fantasy series and an entire episode of cult TV phenomenon Adventure Time – furnished Johnny with not just a graphic aesthetic for the album, but even helped him to shape the sound of the finished record. ‘I sent Davey a work-inprogress mix of the album,’ Johnny says, ‘he came back with sketches in which he had reimagined Thumb World as an 80’s arcade game. Some of the songs are centred around specific visual images, inspired by Davey’s sketches.’

Due for release on Fire Records on 21 February 2020, four years in the making, Thumb World is the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Scottish Album of the Year Award public vote winner Future Echoes.

‘Mysterious, cinematic, pop melancholia’ – the Guardian

Tour support comes from Savage Mansion. Weird Country is the much-anticipated second album from Glasgow indie-rock group Savage Mansion. Due for release on 3 April 2020, it marks a bold step forward for one of the most exciting new bands in Scotland. The album is preceded by the single Karaoke, a tumbling bar band tribute to the best and worst of the band’s native city, available on digital services now after debuting on last night’s Vic Galloway show on BBC Radio Scotland. Savage Mansion will promote Weird Country with a UK tour opening for Lost Map label-mate Pictish Trail.

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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