Eat Your Own Ears and Fat Cat present
THE TWILIGHT SAD
Thursday 13 September
Cargo, 83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY 020 7739 3440
Tickets £10.50 from
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Mice Parade was originally the solo project of New Yorker Adam Pierce, who has also drummed in Swirlies, The Dylan Group, HiM and múm, and runs the Bubble Core label and distribution company. From its outset, Mice Parade has shown a boldly inventive and highly individual take on post-rock / electronica.
The sound’s origins in 1998 were a distinctive, immersive audio space of piled-up percussion and atmospheric, hook-laden melodics, and have since shifted to include an increased influence of Eastern harmonics and African beats, and the formation of a proper band of musicians.
What started out as a studio project has since developed into a poppier, more accessible sound, with a full touring band, based around the cheng (Chinese harp) and a two-drumkit rhythm section, with HiM’s Doug Scharin on the other kit. Also in accompaniment are vocals, vibes, violin, classical guitar, rhodes piano and old synths, forging Mice Parade into a seriously talented and energetic live unit.
The Twilight Sad
Based outside of Glasgow, The Twilight Sad formed in late 2003. The band played a couple of gigs at the 13th Note in Glasgow, creating half hour-long pieces of music using guitars, bass, drums, theremin, tape loops from films and old folk/country songs, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos, saws, computer games and a lot of noise in an attempt to try and discover a sound they could call their own and continue to develop. After these two shows, they rejected many gig offers, and became a more reclusive unit, spending any spare time they had in the studio focused on writing and sculpting away at new material.
Recent developments have seen the band make lo-fi recordings in bedrooms, bathrooms and their own rehearsal space, developing a more folk/experimental/noise sound. Where the band’s recorded sound is layered with many melodies, their live sound is a more intense experience which replaces the intricacies of the recordings with a more visceral wall of noise.
The gentle acoustic sound of Tom Brosseau's music is a testament to his origins; born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He comes from a family background steeped in music – growing up in a house with instruments lining the walls, and taught by his Grandmother to play at an early age. Tom's early influences included Guy Lormbardo and The Inkspots, records in his Grandfather’s collection.
The “balladeer of beautifully crafted songs“ in his own words: “The one thing I remember most is the cold weather: the cold can and will find ways to take the warmth away from anything- no matter how tight your mittens are, or how bundled up you are- eventually the wood burns out and ashes and darkness comes in. One thing I know, no matter what, I had joy and love from many things: I had a dog once named Lucy; I had a good family; I played hockey and liked to skate on the river; my grandmother taught me guitar; I had a girlfriend who was pretty sweet to me. It's a strange combination- cold and love.”