THE LUMINAIRE 311 HIGH ROAD, KILBURN, LONDON NW6 7JR
WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER
THE RESEARCH a three piece from Wakefield with a gift for sunshine melodies play a tight live set of art-rock-pop as they mix minimalist guitars, punchy bass lines, swelling keyboards and pounding rhythms… Marrying memorable choruses with fuzzy casio keyboard riffs they have created a distinctive woozy sound that works as an eminently recognisable backdrop to their tales of love, both lost and gained. Imagine the emotional witterings of David Gedge or Darren Hayman but sitting over rumbling basslines and shambolic electro rhythms and you get the tear stained picture. The trick though is that whilst the lyrics veer from the deliriously happy to, more often, lower lip wobblingly sad, the music is almost uniformly upbeat and positive.
"They haven't been playing out so much on account of their troubles but all that is about to make a ch ch ch ch change. Sarah is moving back to Wakefield and THE RESEARCH will be born again and they will bring joy to all the creatures again and they will be mortally uncomplicated again and they will have wings and they will take you under them and show you how to disappear and then set you almost free. They are the same as ever, and yet, somehow, terribly different. HERE GOES NOTHING."
Support from Cardiff's THREATMANTICS rising Cardiff three piece with mind-blowing violins and electric strings. Formed in Cardiff in 2005, the band features brothers Heddwyn and Huw Davies, and Ceri Mitchell. They released their debut single, 'Don't Care', in April, recorded for BBC Radio 1, then took a short break so Huw could finish his degree. now done, dusted and duly educated, the band hope to spread their deranged pop songs beyond Wales.
0870 264 3333
08700 600 100
Concrete and Glass will be transmitted as a two-part special on Channel 4 in three weeks time.
VENUE / ULU,
MANNING HALL, MALET STREET, LONDON, WC1
TIME / 19.30
TUBE / TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD/GOODGE ST/EUSTON
TEL / 020 7344 4444
TICKET INFO / £10
Midwestern band TILLY AND THE WALL consists of two dressed-down boys, two glamorous girls and one frenzied hoofer, the tutu-wearing Jamie Williams with pockets full of melodies sprang out of Nowheresville, USA, with a penchant for classic 60s pop, boy/girl harmonies and American folk records. They create jagged, elegant songs, and rejoice in tales of friendship, broken hearts, and youthful dreams and frustrations. Their sound is distinctive and classic at the same time. If you're looking for reference points somewhere between Rilo Kiley, Belle And Sebastian and Bright Eyes would be a good place to start. And the songs are as catchy as anything. Perfectly hummable after one listen. And likely to induce involuntary toe tapping. Talking of which – percussion on most tracks is provided by Julie's nimble-toed tap-dances! She's also been known to bang old leather suitcases with drumsticks…
"An optimistic celebration of self-destruction, unspoken longing and adolescent rebellion, it combines the whimsical spirit of the Polyphonic Spree with the melancholy of Kirsty MacColl." The Guardian
"One of the most wonderful things to come out of Nebraska since Kool-aid and that Bright Eyes Dude" NME
PLUS SLOW CLUB
Boy-girl vocals cast from fore to aft, rallies of skiffling beat, a delicate turn and rousing chorus; the ebullient delights of SLOW CLUB. The Sheffield duo boast a brace of acclaimed singles under their belts and an eagerly anticipated album on the way on Moshi Moshi. Live as on record, Charles and Rebecca enrapture audiences with the same involuntary joy and simplistic rush that they themselves imbue. Charles with bruised vocal, a rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch, casts unlikely wit against Rebecca's angelic vocal and cheeky turn of phrase, amid her wild array of percussive apparatus including wooden chairs, glass bottles, and spoons. These two are more than charming anti-folk troubadours or the lo-fi acoustic end of the Sheffield scene; they are the real thing, that spontaneous intangible 'thing' that comes jumping of records and crackling off the stage, hanging crystalline for fleeting moments to confound and intrigue.
08700 600 100
0870 264 3333