MUSIC INDUSTRY EXPERTS ANNOUNCED AS WELSH MUSIC PRIZE JUDGES
MUSIC INDUSTRY EXPERTS ANNOUNCED AS WELSH MUSIC PRIZE JUDGES
SWN FESTIVAL 2011 and DIRTY POP present
IAN WATKINS (LOSTPROPHETS) DJ SET
aka L'Amour La Morgue
plus the DIRTY POP DJ residents
Friday 21st October
The Box, Tiger Tiger - Entry on Greyfriars Place
£5 adv MOTD
10.30pm - 3am
Tickets from swnpresents.com / ticketlineuk.com / seetickets.com
IAN WATKINS will play a DJ Set at The Box, Tiger Tiger as part of SWN FESTIVAL 2011. We are releasing a limited number of tickets for this show only, priced £5, for people who want to go to this show only and not to any of the other shows at the festival that day. If you buy a SWN Festival Wristband for either the whole festival (£49.50) or the Friday only (£16) then you'll get access to this show in the usual way by arriving as early or as close to doors as possible and you'll be given free priority entry, subject to capacity.
SWN presents GIRLS
Tues 8th Nov 2011
The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff
Tickets onsale at
Remember SWN FESTIVAL in 2009? In Y Fwuch Goch we bought you the incredible sounds of GIRLS. The show was completely rammed out - one of *the* buzz gigs of that year's festival. Even we couldn't get in to see it.
So we're delighted that we'll be hosting the first night of GIRLS' short run of UK dates in support of their new album 'FATHER, SON, HOLY GHOST'.
For the uninitiated, here's GIRLS' 'Lust for Life'
and the awesome HELLHOLE RATRACE
Sun 25 Sep
Clwb Ifor Bach
14+ show / please bring ID
£8 adv from www.swnpresents.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
Made up of Robin Silas Christian (drums), John Arthur Webb (guitar & vocals) and Kevin Hendrick (bass and vocals), and rising from a flourishing DIY scene in their adopted hometown of Dalston, London, Male Bonding became a very real thing in May, 2008, with their first show, at an insane house party called “RAGE!”
Male Bonding was born raging and it’s been non-stop ever since. That party evolved in to a split 7” release with PENS on Male Bonding’s own label Paradise Vendors Inc. (which sold out in a week). To date, Male Bonding has dispatched seven releases including a Flipper tribute 7” (on Domino Records) alongside PPM Allstars, Lovvers and Ponytail. The band has toured the UK with Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls and played shows with Lovvers, HEALTH, Fucked Up, Graffiti Island, Mika Miko, These are Powers, NISENNENMONDAI, Magik Markers, and Finally Punk among others
KUTOSIS release their debut album ‘Fanatical Love’ this November on Barely Regal Records.
The Cardiff three piece took just 6 days to record, mix and master the album with Rory Attwell, known for his recent work with Male Bonding, Yuck, Fair Ohs and Veronica Falls to name but a few.
'Fanatical love' sees the trio not only hone their craft but really push the boundaries of their multifaceted sound - from the infectious, guitar-driven hooks of 'Shadows' to the hypnotic electronic rhythms of 'Battle Lake'.
Not content with just experimenting musically, the release heralds the start of an ambitious video project working with 10 film-makers, each of which making a video for one of the tracks on the album for a special one off screening at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre.
Sat 10th Sep
The Gate, Roath, Cardiff
This is a 16+ show / please bring ID
£10 adv from www.swnpresents.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
Yes! After Jose Gonzalez was forced to cancel this show at the start of the year due to illness, he's kept his word and we've a date in the diary for his amazing outfit JUNIP. We've now the added treat that it's in the magnificent Gate venue too, which will make it even more of a treat. Oh, it's on a Saturday night too - how perfect!
Jose Gonzales, who sold about ten zillion copies of his debut album Veneers, has teamed up with Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn to form Junip. Jose's remarkable voice remains centre stage as he leads the amped up trio through an incredible new album 'Fields'.
The story that leads to Junip’s 2010 release is one of patience and perfectionism, frustration and persistence, sheer bloody-mindedness, inspiration and success. The place to which it takes you, however, is one of pastoral contemplation, autumnal grace and inscrutable, haunting serenity. A cosmopolitan three piece from Gothenburg, Sweden – featuring Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards), Elias Araya (drums) and José González (vocals & guitar), the latter of whom you’ll be familiar with from his solo work – Junip have existed since 1999, maybe even 1998. It’s so long, frankly, that none of them are quite sure. FIELDS, however, is the album that they’ve been itching to make ever since.
González and Araya have been playing together since they were 14. Their love of hardcore led them to form Renascence, (later called Sweet Little Sinister), and they first encountered Winterkorn at shows in Gothenburg in the mid ‘90s. “We talked about music that wasn’t hardcore music,” Winterkorn recalls. “I think we were all fed up and talked about doing something new.” “Our feeling was that we could do something more interesting with a setting that was more typical of the ‘60s and 70s’,” “By then in Sweden,” González relates, “it felt like everyone else was into Americana and country with steel stringed guitars,” he continues. “We had nylon strings and a Moog.”
They started rehearsing at Araya’s mother’s house, and though González initially brought in half-finished songs, “I noticed pretty early that it sounded better if we improvised together first and I then came up with a melody and lyrics.” “I remember,” Araya reminisces, “that the lack of a full drumkit played a big part in the beginning of how the songs, and especially the drum patterns, were formed“. The four-track cassette recordings that emerged caught the ear of Josephine Olausson (currently with Love Is All) and Per Idborg, who released the four-song 7”, ‘Straight Lines’, on their Kakafoni label in 2000. They also latched onto González‘s solo recordings, a fact that ultimately contributed to Junip’s unusually lengthy genesis, though it wasn’t the only reason it’s taken them a decade to record their debut: Araya spent much of 2001-2005 studying art in Finland and Norway, while Winterkorn worked part time as a teacher, spending his spare time building a studio for his own recordings. But it was undeniably the success of González‘s debut album, Veneer, that held things back the most: its initial domestic success in 2003 led to European and US releases (on Peacefrog and Mute respectively) in 2005, in the process selling a million copies and going platinum in the UK.
“I always had the idea that Junip would do a full length,” Winterkorn still claims, “but all the breaks we had made it hard to believe that we would really do one. Now I try not to think about the time it took.” “It was frustrating at times,” Araya admits, while González himself says that it’s been “like chasing a teenage dream. I’ve felt during interviews that I was just talking about castles in the air. We talked about it every time we met, but my touring always forced us to postpone things.” There was an attempt to record in 2005, “but,” González sighs, “we were slow at writing so it ended up as an EP (‘Black Refuge’). And then I went on tour again…”
Finally, when duties for González‘s 2007 album In Our Nature were complete, Junip was at last able to become the priority that they had always meant it to be. In fact, in retrospect, the endless postponement has maybe helped the band. “We’re ten years older now,” González concedes, “but it feels very natural now that we have gotten to know one another musically again.” They began by improvising together over a couple of months, looking for sketches that stood out for their groove or melody, recording every time they played “and then taking out the raisins from the cake to eat them”, as Winterkorn endearingly describes it. They constructed songs around beats and guitar patterns, building up a musical wall with Winterkorn’s analog synths, combo organs and Rhodes, but this time their perfectionism held them back. “We spend a lot of time trying to get where we want to go,” González explains. “There’s a thin line between being stubborn and perfectionist.” Winterkorn can barely wait to agree. “It’s hard to let go of something when it doesn’t feel right,” he laughs, “but sometimes we’re the exact opposite of perfectionists. Sometimes we didn’t try as hard as we should have.” It’s a combination of these two things that no doubt gives the album its unique dynamic – some songs sound unusually raw, almost as though they’re threatening to distort – but there was a reason for this, Winterkorn clarifies. “We wanted all the songs to sound rough and tough. The sound is intentional.”
And it’s unique too, no doubt about it, a hazy, organic, melodic and hypnotic musical environment that leans on an unconventional blend of influences, from John Martyn’s folk-jazz to Richie Havens’ psychedelic soul via the more motorik elements of so-called ‘krautrock’, though the latter, Araya says, “is not as heavy as some might think. My mum is Ethiopian, and when I was growing up she played a lot of Ethiopian music, which is very repetitive. Even though I hated it at the time, I think it influenced me.” “Afro-beat and soul are always on my stereo,” Winterkorn adds, “so the monotone grind you can find in that music can also be heard in ours.” Meanwhile González is able to reel off a whole list of albums that have made an impact on his life during the time Junip was waiting to happen but that eventually informed the music on this album: from Shuggie Otis’ ‘Inspiration Information’, C.K.Mann’s ‘Funky Hi-Life’, David Axelrod’s ‘House Of Mirrors’ and Nina Simone’s ‘See-Line Woman’ all the way to Linda Perhacs’ ‘Sandy Toes’.
Produced by the band and mixed by Don Alsterberg, who also helped with recording – “we know what we like, but we’re neither the best recording engineers nor the best musicians,” González confesses – FIELDS proves that every second of its protracted gestation has been worth the wait. From the galloping simplicity of ‘Off Point’ to the gentle summer breeze of ‘Always’, from the light-as-a-feather deftness of ‘It’s Alright’ to the blissful melancholy of ‘Tide’, it’s a heady and seductive brew, defined by the warmth of Winterkorn’s keyboards, Araya’s subtly insistent rhythms and González‘s distinctive, softly-sung tones and enigmatic lyricism. Its modesty belies its attention to detail as well as its defiantly not-of-this-time and not-of-this-world atmosphere. It’s hardly surprising that González was so eager to return from the lonely world of the solo artist to immerse himself once again in what Winterkorn calls “the Junipsphere”, but it’s equally obvious why his band mates waited so long.
SWN and ORCHARD ENTERTAINMENT presents
TUES 2nd AUGUST
WEDS 3rd AUGUST
Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
£8 adv from http://www.swnpresents.com/
WIBIDI is the new project founded by Super Furry Animals members Daf and Cian. For two consecutive days in August there will be the chance to see them in action as they bring WIBIDI to two Cardiff venues, small in comparison to the venues that the Super Furry Animals inhabit, they're back to the street, starting afresh with something very special... Here it begins.
Wibidi is a dreadlocked tornado with a voice like rust.
He’s manic, disconcerting, compelling. He just doesn’t stop – a million miles an hour, every hour. There’s something about that makes you think that dark forces once ruled his soul. It’s not a nice thought.
Then something happened. Don’t know what. He turned it around, using the same energy that could demolish buildings to build them instead.
First came a contribution to the the Mr Nice project, the Howard Marks biopic starring Rhys Ifans, it didn’t feature in the movie but instead was commissioned by Howard for his live shows. Howard now opens his shows with the track. That came about after a chance encounter with Dafydd Ieuan and Cian Ciaran, of the Super Furry Animals.
Further sessions resulted during the recording of the second album by The Peth. Then Wibidi just started turning up to perform his own material. He was relentless. Track after track after track. Snapshots of a life lived large in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay (hence the album title).
If you’re looking for a coherent, easily-categorised collection of work, you’ve come to the wrong place. Tiger Baby is the warped sound of 21st century urban blues. It twists from one turn to the next – uncompromising, reflective, brutal, anarchic, solemn.
At its heart is this unique force of nature, fizzing and popping like a defective firework. “When I was young I hated love songs”, he says. “I’d listen to them thinking: ‘Fuckin ‘ell man, get over yourself’. But I was young, Once I got my heart broken, once I got to feel the pain, then I realised what life was all about.”
Coming soon is Wibidi’s debut album ‘Tiger Baby’ released on 'Strangetown Records'.
For further information and FREE download track from forthcoming album: there’s what you want to know and what you need to know. See: www.wibidi.co.uk
SWN Festival 2011 presents
Saturday 22nd October 2011
Great Hall, Cardiff University
18+ only / please bring ID
THE FALL will play a headline slot at Great Hall, Cardiff University as part of SWN FESTIVAL 2011. We are releasing a limited number of tickets for this show only, priced £15.00, for people who want to go to this show only and not to any of the other shows at the festival that day. If you buy a SWN Festival Wristband for either the whole festival (£49.50) or the Saturday only (£25) then you'll get access to this show in the usual way by arriving as early or as close to doors as possible and you'll be given free priority entry, subject to capacity.
Tickets for this show are on sale now from swnpresents.com, cardiffboxoffice.com, wegottickets.com, seetickets.com and Spillers Records
For more information on SWN Festival go to www.swnfest.com. SWN Festival tickets are also on sale through www.swnpresents.com
THE FALL need no introductio do they.
Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash's 'White Riot Tour', recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews - from Rolling Stone to webzines.
The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band's demise in 1979.
With an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".
The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always 'Single Of The Week' in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel - more than any other band bar The Fall. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.
In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.
After fucking about with various wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it's current line up, which features Lloyd, Apperley, Andreas Schmid (from Faust Studio) on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and guitarist Matt Wood, plus on occasion bassoonist Katherine Young &/or guitarist Christine Edwards and Emily Manzo on keyboards (Christy & Emily).
Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever - releasing five 7" vinyl singles and three studio albums (Plus two live albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their "Let's Think About Living" 45 was 'Single Of The Week' on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.
In 2008 the band recorded "Insult to Injury" with Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock legends Faust. This record was released in February 2009 on the Klangbad label and is largely considered the best 'gales album yet. Another Irmler produced album - "The Lost Plot" - was recorded in August 2010.
As a teenager Stewart Lee went to see THE FALL in concert. They were supported by a comedian, TED CHIPPINGTON, and it was this set which inspired Stewart to become a stand up comedian. After retiring in the 1990s he has recently returned to the stage. We thought this would be the perfect line bill to bring him to Cardiff.
Tue 13th Sept 2011
Undertone, (basement of 10 Feet Tall), Cardiff
Doors 8PM - curfew 11PM
£7 advance from www.swnpresents.com / wegottickets.com and seetickets.com
First ever UK shows for this incredible new band. Found them at SXSW and fell in love with them. We've worked with a load of likeminded UK promoters and their US agent to bring them to the UK for their first ever UK shows. These are the shows that make what we do so special.
Wise Blood is Chris Laufman, a young guy who lives in Pittsburgh and makes woozy, inward pop songs out of other people’s music. Laufman’s voice is usually the only original element in Wise Blood’s songs. But Laufman’s sample manipulation can turn something like the brontosaurus-stomp drums from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” into just one element of a funky swirl of a track. To hear Laufman tell it, he’d like to take over pop music completely in the next year or so. The first step in that campaign: a self-titled five-song EP up for free download on Wise Blood’s Bandcamp page which is here http://hazemotes.bandcamp.com/