Archive for February, 2007

BATTLES AND GUESTS play Scala, London o May 16th

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Tickets at: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

  • "Just the Finest in mutant, post everything, kraut disco" Time Out 15/02/06
  • "One avant garde child prodigy, two indie guitar nerds and one borderline metal drummer thrown together in a filthy basement studio in Brooklyn, Battles have proven to have such an appeal live" The Wire Jan ?06
  • "Monumental Sound" Independent
  • "Live rep to die for, Instro-math riot of rhythm'n'sound" Mojo March ?06
  • "The cream of underground avant garde jazz and post-rock" mind bending. Devilishly complex" The Observer
  • "Wonderfully hyperactive yet carefully formulated music" Rock Sound
  • "Out to defy all expectations"

"A new force to be reckoned with"

"One of the most exciting avant-garde experimental outfits to emerge in years. Let the battle commence" Rock Sound

  • "Amazing what you can do with instruments these days" Independent 12/02/06
  • "Impossible to categorise,Battles are out to F@*! Your minds, and who are we to stop them" Rock Sound
  • "Diverse backgrounds are reconciled with focus and precision" Uncut March
  • "Staggering, mindblowing, ridiculous , technically dazzling" Vice Feb ?06
  • "It's as if they've taken a lesson of Joy Division and shown how its to be done -correctly" Flux

THE ALIENS

KID HARPOON
9BACH
Thursday 8 February
Doors 7.30pm
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King?s Cross, London N1 0207 833 2022
Tickets ?10.50 from: www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240 0105l
www.myspace.com/thealiens1
www.kidharpoon.com
www.myspace.com/9bach
THE ALIENS have history – between them they have been behind some of the most enthralling british music of the last decade. John Maclean and Robin Jones were members of the Beta Band. Gordon Anderson was a founding Beta Band member who went on to record two albums under the Lone Pigeon moniker. You could make parallels between Anderson and Syd Barrett, both geniuses blighted by psychiatric problems. The difference, of course, is that Anderson has come back – albeit as an Alien.
After a packed out Dingwalls in November tonight they step it up to play the Scala as they deliver an upbeat set of psychedelically inclined rock and acid dipped electronics, as they bring a freedom of spirit and a certainty of intent that immediately sets them out from the current crop of guitar slingers. Inspired by Sergio Leone and Serge Gainsbourg, Brian Eno and Brian Wilson, Larry David and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, their songs in the key of Fife reference the past whilst belonging resolutely to the future.
“… Like Quincy Jones stumbling into a kaleidoscope full of sherbet and acid… like something the Betas might have come up with if they also had Ben Folds, Prince and Beck on board… NME
Hotly tipped singer songwriter KID HARPOON delivers a set of catchy youthful storytelling taking Leonard Cohen, Billy Bragg and Syd Barrett as an influence on his songs.

Welsh folk outfit featuring members of the Super Furry Animals 9BACH play a selection of folk, poppy songs arranged for guitar, harp, drums and bass, drawing on influences from Zappa, Dylan to Will Self and Chris Morris.


Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB Tel 020 7267 1577
www.dingwalls.com
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets on the door
Praise for ?The End of History?, Fionn Regan?s beautiful and beguiling debut album?

?With little instrumental decoration, this is similar to Dylan?s early albums, but with the flow of a Nick Drake ? a stunning combination.?
The Times ? 4 Stars ****

?Woven through the wonder is Regan?s gorgeous voice, as spellbinding as anything his imagination can conjure up. Folk has a new Pied Piper?
The Guardian ? 4 Stars ****

?A beguiling amalgam of Jackson C Frank, Paul Simon and Mark Kozalek? A debut that oozes rare confidence, startling maturity and originality.?
MOJO ? 4 Stars ****

?A wonderful album. Regan sets his cap at the genre and sweeps it off its feet?
Sunday Times ? 4 Stars ****
?Dublin?s most luminescent songwriter?
WORD
?a slow-burning beauty of a debut album?
The Independent on Sunday ? 4 Stars ****
?Despite evocations of folk/acoustic music?s long history here, the truth is there are no reference points and ?The End of History? is a singular and original vision of folk?s shining modernity.?
The Fly ? 4 Stars ****
?Fionn is one of the most gifted young Irish folk singers since Donovan was hailed as the new Dylan back in the mid-60s? he occupies an original space all his own.
The Sun ? 5 Stars *****
?Fionn Regan?s greatest weapon is to coax dazzling rivulets of sound from his acoustic guitar, although his knack for vivid lyrics is a close second.?
Metro ? 4 Stars ****
?Flawless indie-folk? a joy to behold?
Drowned In Sound ? 8/10
?He’s as gifted a guitarist as Nick Drake, but his poetry is singular and pregnant with complexity? Fionn is a genius.?
Rock Sound ? 8/10

?these acoustic arias evoke a more rarefied world? Regan is possessed of a rare talent?
NME ? 7/10
?A booty-bag of pastoral ballads and jangly meanderings, this debut from Dublin songbird Fionn Regan is equal parts Simon and Garfunkel, Bright Eyes, Paul Auster, the Buckleys, and quite lovely?
Plan B
?Here?s a confident debut album, with good reason to be so. This folk-ish singer-songwriter from Dublin ranges boldly in mood, musicality and matter, with his briskly plucked laments sitting smartly alongside literary references, poetic asides and brightly witty storytelling. Very assured.?
The Independent (Information) ? 4 Stars ****
?While there are aspects of his music that bring to mind other performers ? his guitar-picking is abit Bert Jansch, his voice is reminiscent of Nick Drake ? he is his own man, with his own unique sound-world. In a word: haunting?.
The Telegraph
?There?s a new luminary in our midst. The Irish born Fionn delivers a spell-binding release that captures the essence of early-Dylan’s symbolist songwriting by way of Baudelaire, the delicate vocal delivery of Jose Gonzales, and the classical romanticism of Nick Drake.
gigwise.com ? 4 Stars ****
THE ALIENS
KID HARPOON
9BACH

Thursday 8 February
Doors 7.30pm
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King?s Cross, London N1 0207 833 2022
Tickets ?10.50 from: www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240 0105l
www.myspace.com/thealiens1
www.kidharpoon.com
www.myspace.com/9bach
THE ALIENS have history – between them they have been behind some of the most enthralling british music of the last decade. John Maclean and Robin Jones were members of the Beta Band. Gordon Anderson was a founding Beta Band member who went on to record two albums under the Lone Pigeon moniker. You could make parallels between Anderson and Syd Barrett, both geniuses blighted by psychiatric problems. The difference, of course, is that Anderson has come back – albeit as an Alien.
After a packed out Dingwalls in November tonight they step it up to play the Scala as they deliver an upbeat set of psychedelically inclined rock and acid dipped electronics, as they bring a freedom of spirit and a certainty of intent that immediately sets them out from the current crop of guitar slingers. Inspired by Sergio Leone and Serge Gainsbourg, Brian Eno and Brian Wilson, Larry David and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, their songs in the key of Fife reference the past whilst belonging resolutely to the future.
“… Like Quincy Jones stumbling into a kaleidoscope full of sherbet and acid… like something the Betas might have come up with if they also had Ben Folds, Prince and Beck on board… NME
Hotly tipped singer songwriter KID HARPOON delivers a set of catchy youthful storytelling taking Leonard Cohen, Billy Bragg and Syd Barrett as an influence on his songs.

Welsh folk outfit featuring members of the Super Furry Animals 9BACH play a selection of folk, poppy songs arranged for guitar, harp, drums and bass, drawing on influences from Zappa, Dylan to Will Self and Chris Morris.