Archive for June, 2006



Thursday July 13th

Doors 6pm

Astoria, 157 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H OEN Tel 020 8963 0940

Advance tickets ?14.50 from: Tel: 08700 600 100 Tel: 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden,
London Tel: 0207 240 0105

After their sold out show at the Scala last November Brooklyn-based group ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
bring their psychedelic melodic insanity to the Astoria on Thursday
July 13th to promote their album “Feels” out now on Fat cat. The four
sonic adventurers deliver a live set that seems them weave their
luscious, multi-layered web around naive chants, arcane fragile
whispers and tribalistic drumming alongside deliciously skewed songs,
heartbreaking hooks and deep pop sensibilities from album ‘Feels’. Its
a kind of “free-form folk pop” referencing The Beach Boys performed by
Syd Barrett, the loopy psychedelia of Devendra Banhart or The Flaming
Lips experiencing a mescaline meltdown…! But, crucially, it is Animal
Collective?s natural affinity with pop music that makes up the crux of
their sound.

Whilst they may recall a wide array of past and present influences,
it?s without ever aping them or sounding retro. And most of all, in
whatever guise they assume, Animal Collective always manage to sound
like noone but themselves ? stunningly unique and resonating with a
deeply commited self-belief.

“Avant rock, toybox psychedelia and a touch of campfire new
weirdness – Feels is their most accomplished work to date” The Wire
“If there’s one band capable of sowing wild seeds of imagination, it’s
this lot. Their rich, acoustic songs simultaneously melt your heart and
set it racing”
The Guardian

“Cavorting as if around a bonfire, as if they’re seized by
visions, they rant and rave riddles or spells about life as an outsider
in modern America”
Sunday Telegraph

BATTLES the avant-experimentalists and math rock super
group – including John Stanier on drums, originating from the legacy
that is Helmet, and still lending his skills to Mike Patton?s Tomahawk
and Australian powerhouse The Mark of Cain; Ian Williams guitarist/
keyboardist known for his distinctive guitar styling in cult band Don
Caballero; Dave Konopka, guitar and bass, previously in the underground
band Lynx and Tyondai Braxton, avant-garde solo musician (who recently
collaborated with Prefuse 73), here vox/ keyboardist/ guitar/
electronics play as main support.

Their live sets sees them concoct a mix of strident post-rock/ jazz/
hardcore and electronics, stunning crowds with mind boggling
poly-rhythmic sequences and complicated time signatures, hurtled at you
with sheer sonic velocity. Too beat orientated to be dubbed ?post
rock?, as vanguards Battles stand on their own in the realm of
contemporary music.

Battles will captivate you live with the dexterous competency of each
member, executing musical forms previously unattainable outside the
sphere of the electronic scene. ?Battles dismantle post rock, hip
hop and serial music, only to reassemble the pieces in the wrong
order?with phrases zipping back and forth across the listener?s
consciousness, they reduce his or her brain to a quivering joyful mush?.
Plan B

ADEM delivers a marvellously accessible mosaic of
sound as he mixes clicks, hums, harps, parps, belles?n?whistles with
intimate and heartfelt songs that recall Nick Drake or Spirit of Eden
?era Talk Talk.



Thursday June 8th
Doors 7.30pm

Bardens Boudoir
38-44 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ
Dalston-Kingsland overland (two stops from Highbury & Islington
tube), Bardens is then a five minute walk up Kingsland Road.
Tickets ?7 (advance) from: Tel: 08700 600 100 Tel: 08701 201 149 and Rough Trade Covent Garden 

East London’s SEMIFINALISTS play a live set of raw melodic punky pop
post rock, mixing delicate tunes with driving drums and layers of
guitars… Imagine all the 80?s pop hit records, melted into one huge
blob, which then re-cut and re-constructed by King Crimson and Sonic
Youth. With references to The Flaming Lips, The Unicorns, Cindy Lauper
and Mercury Rev…

“They fuse the regulation jangle of C-86 with plinky-plonk electronics
and boy girl harmonies in a heady mix reminiscent of a junior Animal
Collective, The Postal Service’s electro emo… to form a saccharine
and rather frenzied psychedelic pop…” Time Out  

Folk-electronica extraordinaire JEREMY WARMSLEY plays a live set that
sees him deliver songs that conjure up a layer of mystery and
romanticism and makes you think of the classic songs of years gone by
recorded by badly drawn boy and produced by boards of canada.


Tuesday June 6th
Doors 7.30pm

The Luminaire, 311 High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7JR 020 7372 8668

Advance tickets ?7 from: Tel: 08700 600 100 Tel: 08701 201 149

BAT FOR LASHES create an intimate, cinematic world,
reminiscent of the nocturnal wanderings of Kate Bush and the heartfelt
prayers of Cat Power. Natasha composes songs that rise out of a dark,
heartbreak wilderness and take you on a journey in to the light. Taking
influence from 70′s film soundtracks, weather phenomena, childhood
Halloween parties and a David Lynchian vision of suburbia, they occupy
the tenebrous space between innocence and a loss of innocence and come
straight from the storyteller’s heart.
The music comes across like a gun that fires wolves. Natasha’s majestic
vocal howls, whispers and hiccups to a backdrop of soaring strings,
esoteric folk instruments, distorted guitar, bass rumbles and
thunder-clap drums. The current Bat For Lashes line up is singer
Natasha and Ginger Lee who both play a mixture of piano, guitars,
harpsichord, autoharp and electronic machines and three string players
Anna, Mary and Abi who double up on percussion.

“Sounding like Bjork stranded on a stormy moor, the debut single from
Brighton’s Natasha Khan is both beautiful and haunting.” NME

?the imagery is uncompromisingly disturbing and anti-arcadian? one of the
most stupendous, haunting debuts in ages? Sunday Times
?sounding like Bjork stranded on a stormy moor, the debut single from
Brighton?s Natasha Khan is both beautiful and haunting? NME
?promisingly original? conveys every bit of the spine-tingling sinister
uniqueness of Never For Ever-period Kate Bush? delicately malevolent? a
burgeoning talent? Metro
?Khan manages to put this indescribable feeling of dreams and nightmares,
and of her religious upbringing in suburbia, into a context which can relate
a genuine depth of emotion? impressive? The Fly
?wizards and wolves, whispers and thunder ? Natasha Khan traverses magical
realms, peeking around dark corners and leading us into beautifully spooky
territory? this enchanting songstress is perfectly poised to step into the
light? Flux
?simply oozes star quality… Khan creates her own world and sucks you in.
Bat For Lashes walk that line between commercial and ethereal. Their music
is monumental?
?levitating beautifully at the exact fulcrum of the Bjork-Talk Talk-Antony
and the Johnsons triangle? utterly enchanting? playlouder
?a spider woman chanteuse? she?ll thrive massively? Filter UK

RALFE BAND play a live set of chaotic and quirky
alt-folk that evokes the freeform storytelling of Bob Dylan and Syd
Barrett. Their enchanting melodies take you on a journey through ever
changing moods; tales of curious lands, vivid characters and strange
predicaments are interspersed with atmospheric instrumentals that range
from the ghostly to the feverish.
?Ralfe Band are a brilliant new band who play psychopathic folk-waltz
music?epic and peculiar and catchy as hell? Julian Barratt (The Mighty
Boosh) in Metro
?a whiskey-soured folk trip, from east to west?Ralfe?s moon-eyed beauty
is simply the work of one vivid imagination.? Mojo ?Ralfe Band are one
of my favourite beat groups right now, and their records take you on a
weird and wonderful journey to their own little wonderland.?
Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) in Music Week

One of Jo Whiley’s recent favourites FINDLAY BROWN plays
a solo acoustic set of warm catchy songs, with influences ranging from
Simon and Garfunkel to Krautrock he has a deep vein to mine for musical