After selling out the forthcoming October 31st Bush Hall show over a month in advance BAT FOR LASHES plays her biggest show to date at the Scala on December 6th 2006.
She creates 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.
Tonight she plays material from her critically acclaimed debut album Fur and Gold with a live set as she delivers majestic vocal howls, whispers and hiccups to a backdrop of soaring strings, esoteric folk instruments, distorted guitar, bass rumbles and thunder-clap drums. There are also interludes of exquisite heartbreak ? the piano ballad ?Sad Eyes? has on more than one occasion left audience members in tears.
?a neverending story of fantastic dreams and heartbreaking reality? the
chapters unfold with a sense of wonder and slow, powerfully evoked drama?
Bat For Lashes inhabit a magical kingdom you won?t want to leave? 5/5 The Guardian
?Bat For Lashes has clearly and equivocally her own voice? entrancing. One
of the year?s most exciting debuts? Music Week
?reinvent Siouxsie/Kate Bush/Bjork mystical sex, musical travelogue and
poetic dreamstate for the contemporary singer-songwriter milieu. The results
are nothing short of breathtaking? 4/5 Observer Music Monthly
?a divinely phantasmagoric affair packed with elemental images both
beauteous and beastly? to listen to Bat For Lashes is to be pulled into some
exotic otherworld ? a place sometimes dark and disturbing, at others sweetly
exultant. Expect magic? Time Out
Plus special guest JOSH T PEARSON wasthe charismatic and enigmatic leader of LIFT TO EXPERIENCE, tonight he plays a solo set that is akin to hearing Jeff Buckley fronting My Bloody Valentine, Godspeed! or Slint? a beautiful, intoxicating experience for sure.
?Vast and majestic? the most spectacularly handsome guitar-led rock music since the invention of the plectrum?. Uncut ? Album of The Month (5 Stars *****)
Drawing on influences from John Fahey, Langhorne Slim, Bob Dylan and The Pixies JOHNNY FLYNN plays a solo acoustic set of folky pop songs…
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Posted Tue 21st, November 2006
Spank Rock has cancelled their whole European tour due to personal reasons but look to come back in 2007…
Refunds are available from point of purchase or you can exchange your tickets for JUNIOR BOYS tickets who are playing on the same night (November 16th) at Cargo, London and get a ?2 refund on entrance, please find details below
Unique canadian electronic pop digital disco outfit JUNIOR BOYS promote their new album ‘so this goodbye’ out at the end of September on Domino with a live set that sees them pay homage to kraftwerk, scritti politti, and ‘violator’-era depeche mode as they blend synth-pop with a melodic slice of electro and live drums.
‘…suggest talk talk produced by timbaland…. junior boys’ spectral vision of electronic pop is an understated, unpredictable delight. THE GUARDIAN
‘junior boys blenderize the long-underground sound of electro with the overground sound of me decade bands such as talk talk — the end result is something fresh.’ ROLLING STONE
‘its heights eclipse virtually all other music this year.’ PITCHFORK 8.9/10
“both ‘birthday’ and ‘last exit’ pair quaint synthpop arpeggios with irregular rhythms more suggestive of contemporary r&b; the array of wiry analog tones highlights greenspan’s
shadowy voice as though illuminating him in profile.” THE WIRE
Dubstep garage pioneer KODE9 plays a live set as he mixes digital bleeps and sonorous basslines, rasta-style meditative vocals with broken step beats…
“…low bass pulse stilling your heartbeat into hibernating half-speed while pads flicker like the green flash of dusk, a swathe of spaceship hum over stop-start syncopations” The Wire
“Irresistably fresh, improbably deep and radiantly warm, the sonic vapour trails froms a dystopian soundscape, as electronic music targets the next millenium..” IDJ
“As deep as Rhythm & Sound, as funky as Moodyman and as filthy as grime?s fiercest, this is head stunningly fresh and shrouded in claustrophobic atmospheric pressure. Sounding like a dervish ritual for existential dreads, this is death disco for deviant dub fiends? Urb [USA]
TO MY BOY a futurist pop guitar and computer duo from liverpool and chesterfield deliver songs rich in melody with a well-developed pop-sensibility while retaining an edgy underground feel. TO MY BOY seem to have drawn their inspiration from just about every corner of pop counterculture, sounding both familiar and totally fresh, as they bring something a bit special to the discount-disco low-fi scene while charming the new-new wave rock/pop crowd.
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Posted Tue 7th, November 2006