Special free party at Cargo on Friday 9th of October.
Eat Your Own Ears presents
ISLINGTON BOYS CLUB
THERE’S MORE OF US THAN THERE ARE OF YOU
RORY PHILIPS (DURRR)
THIS AINT NO DISCO DJS
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street Shoreditch London EC2A 3AY 02077393440
Friday 9 October 2009
FREE ENTRY – Priority entry available to the first 50 people to RSVP to Eat Your Own Ears via firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Horses at Cargo”
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Comprising Meilyr Jones (vocals and bass), Dylan Hughes (keyboards, synths, guitar and vocal) Alun Gaffey (Guitar and vocals) and Gwion Llewelyn (drums and vocals), RACE HORSES met in the sleepy Welsh town of Aberystwyth – a perfect place for psychedelic pondering.
These technicolour fantasists are bursting brilliantly bizarre tunes. It’s this twisted pop sensibility that places them in the rich lineage of Welsh weirdness and sets them apart from their contemporaries.
“We’re utterly bored of reality, realism, and music and words that are too literal,” they say. “Most people lead very boring lives, so why write about that?”
Their forthcoming debut album, Goodbye Falkenburg, was recorded with producer Dave Wrench (a member of Julian Cope’s Black Sheep who has also recorded with Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip and British Sea Power etc) in a series of adventurous sessions over nine months. Conceived as a collage of someone’s life memories and taking a loose nautical theme, it’s an ambitious first fling from a band. “We wanted to make our fifth album first, if you know what I mean,” says Mei. And when you hear it, we think you will.
Like something from Warhol’s Factory DARK HORSES begins with the Swedish sonic siren Lisa Elle, who with her band of five makes mesmerising pschedelic soul. With stints snowed up in Chicago’s KeyClub studios, sharing beds with The Kills or in the control room at Sly Stone’s.
‘DARK HORSES make mysterious, open-ended songs that tap into spiritual realms and become occasions for our individual meditation.’
With their sound jumping between the murky puddles of the post punk and new wave to the filthy pop sounds of modern four to the floor rock music ISLINGTON BOYS' CLUB are pitch perfect for a Friday night party.
Appropriately, the band is a musical club consisting of boys from Islington. The four of them write and practice together in a ramshackle converted church in the North London borough where they live on a strict diet of tea and biscuits.
Spending all day long rehearsing, they only venture out when the sun goes down to raid the local corner shop for supplies or when they've a planned visual assault upon their audiences at one of their infamous live shows.
There's More of US Than There Are of YOU are a battle between the incredibly clever and the very stupid.
Formed out of a psychotropically enhanced conversation between Tom Goldsmith (Circulus) and Adam Richens (ex. High as Flames). A question: Why would anyone want to watch a band when they could be in one? The proposal: An experiment aimed to blur the distinction between musician and non-musician, between performer and audience. In practical terms the experiment consisted of a large room containing everyone they could find willing to wield an instrument playing a D for four hours. The results were terrifying.
But the most enthusiastic participants kept jamming. The sound made by the remaining eight members is less of an experiment, perhaps, but now worth listening to. Pretension steps aside and makes way for a tune.
The band use equal measures of improvisation and careful calculation to achieve an organic, lo-fi prog/kraut/afro/jazz-rock hybrid and have most notably been compared to Do Make Say Think, who Tom has never heard. They hope audiences will dance, and consider themselves in "jazz" terms to be the best non-jazz band in London right now.
Currently recording at Hugo Danino's speaker palace on a large format analogue tape machine blessed by none other than God himself.
RORY PHILLIPS was a long standing resident of legendary club Trash, and is now one of the key players at Trash’s successor Durrr. He is well loved for his style, which he describes as, “awkward dance, forgotten post-punk classics and electronic oddities.” As well as his weekly Durrr residency, Rory has played high profile gigs supporting 2ManyDJ’s, Optimo, The DFA and Justice, as well as recording a session for the John Peel show. His DJ sets are peppered with cheeky remixes and re-edits, and the remix work has come pouring in from the likes of Franz Ferdinand.