Archive for September, 2009

Special free party at Cargo on Friday 9th of October.

Eat Your Own Ears presents

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 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.

The xx have just sold out their biggest headline show to date. There are no tickets left for 750 capacity Village Underground, which the south-west London's quartet play on Wednesday 28th October.

The show follows the recent release of The xx’s critically-acclaimed, Top 40 debut album ‘xx’. The band will also release a new single ‘Islands’ on 26th October on Young Turks.

Monday 21 December 2009
Doors 7pm

Koko, 1a Camden High Street, Camden, London NW1 / 0870 432 5527

Tickets £12 available

9am 16th September from:
0870 264 3333

9am 17th September from:  
Stargreen Box Office
020 7734 8932

The Temper Trap play London’s Koko in December after a string of sellout successes.
The Temper Trap’s atmospheric, captivating sound, created using grand guitars, pulsating rhythms and yearning vocals achieved rapturous acclaim at South by Southwest in March 2009.  Expect an energetic live experience from this four piece from Melbourne.
Emerging from Melbourne in 2006, the success of their single led to the band being compared with the likes of Sonic Youth, TV on the Radio and Radiohead.

Intense and energetic live shows ensured an impressive tour roster with the band gracing the stage with prestigious international acts including Modest Mouse, Kasabian, Cold War Kids, Omar Rodriguez, The Dears, Damo Suzuki, and Spank Rock. Complimenting this were spots on multiple major festivals including V Festival, The Great Escape and The Laneway Festival.

With new album produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, U.N.K.L.E, Kasabian, Placebo, Bjork) their transfixing guitar melodies and brilliant, hypnotic vocals, make for surging indie rock anthems that you’ll find impossible to ignore.

Plus special guests

After a brilliantly received support for Dirty Projectors last night, Tune-Yards and the amazing Max Tundra play a special double header at the Macbeth tonight:

Eat Your Own Ears presents
Plus special guests

September 14 2009
Doors 8pm

The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH 020 7684 0060

Tickets £8.50 from 08444771000 0870 264 3333

MAX TUNDRA creates a masterpiece of micro-melodies and sound-bytes; a triumph of splicing, dicing and editing. His is an intricate mosaic of sounds and styles, some of which you might recognise from the last 30 years of pop, rock, prog, disco, funk, techno, rap, metal and soul, but many of which are completely new: either from a startling recombination of existing genres, or from Max inventing an original one himself. The attention to detail, and the sheer speed at which ideas whizz past you, leaves the listener stunned. "Each song contains many facets and genres, and the starts of songs are often stylistically extremely different to how they each end up, touring via a few styles along the way," says the man himself. It’s like Yes playing glitch techno with Pharrell Williams fighting Todd Rundgren at the controls while Green Gartside offers his creamiest falsetto. Just call it cosmic glitch-pop r&b.

Merrill Garbus (AKA tUnE-yArDs) primary instrument is ukulele, the tone of which is thin and trebly and lonesome. To this she adds her own field recordings– the sound outside her window, a child being asked about blueberries, indistinct creaks and clatter– along with occasional percussion that seems to consist of whatever nearby could be smacked or shaken. Some songs loop these elements into mini-epics that bring to mind an early, crude version of Juana Molina's one-woman-band aesthetic; others sound like they're being whispered around a late-night campfire burning a few tents over.

The ultimate draw is Garbus' voice, which can be husky and serious or else pitched up to make her sound like a kid humming to herself to pass the time. She's got a respectable amount of power and range, but more importantly, she sings with abandon.


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Back with a new ethereal sound, The Horrors' bring material from acclaimed Mercury Nominated second album Primary Colours (produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead) to a live setting. Bringing to mind My Bloody Valentine, The Psychedelic Furs and The Jesus and Mary Chain and yet achieving a sound that is also contemporary and unique, their new album is sure to top the best-of lists for 2009. Faris and his impeccably dressed cohorts from Southend make their return in layer upon layer of distortion. As Drowned in Sound said recently, "All eyes are once again on The Horrors, and this time it's not just the usual hyperbole prone culprits salivating in anticipation. Even typically level-headed critics are getting into a frothy mess."  

Plus Guests  0870 264 3333  08444 771000  

Over 14’s, under 16’s with an adult (photographic ID required to gain entry