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O BRO @ ST GEORGES BRISTOL // THE PICTISH TRAIL

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O BRO // A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE COEN BROTHERS

St Georges Bristol - April 25th, 2014 | Tickets £16 adv.

From inspired selections of catchy pop songs and faithful recreations of old-time country, blues and folk, to striking original scores by Carter Burwell, the movie soundtracks of Joel and Ethan Coen are as pleasurable as the films themselves, and are firm favourites amongst musicians. We have put together a bill of such artists to mix their own music in with their favourite songs from Coen Brothers films in an evening’s celebration of their work and style.

We’ve been getting together with the artists involved to find out more about them, their music, their favourite movies, and their relationship to the Coen Brothers’ work.

THE PICTISH TRAIL | THE O BRO INTERVIEW

Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, is something of a conundrum. On first impressions, he’s a self-deprecating hairy hobo whose on-stage banter could give many comedians a run for their money. But once he begins to sing, Lynch’s extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths that can subdue the most rowdy of audiences into a blissfully hypnotised silence.

thepictishtrail.com

1. Where is home for you? Where are you from?

Home is my rucksack at the moment, and the couch of whichever kind soul has offered to put me up.  Normally it’s my caravan on the island of Eigg, but i’m touring so much at the moment that i’m barely there. My heart is always there. And my favourite jacket, annoyingly.

2. What are your top 3 movies of all time, right now?

My top 3 fill-ums haven’t changed in the past 15 years, which probably says more about how little I watch films than anything else.  Number 1 is Fargo. Number 2 is Rushmore. Number 3 is Jaws. Or maybe Home Alone. I think it’s probably Home Alone, actually, cos i know almost all the lines to that film: “Did anyone order me a plain cheese?”  / “Oh yeah we did, but if you want any, someone’s gonna have to barf it all up, cos it’s GONE” 

Amazing.

3. What’s your favourite Coen Brothers film?

It’s Fargo. I love everything about it. The bleakness of the setting, the earnestness of the characters, the pace of the dialogue, those accents. It’s hilarious, and incredibly dark at the same time. I love how they pretended it was based on real events, when it was completely fictional. The audience is lulled in to this feeling of watching something ‘real’, and the fact they immersed it in the Mid-West somehow made it all the more authentic - and yet, really, it’s so wooden in places it’s almost pantomime. Incredibly clever. Such a great cast, too. It’s America’s best film, it sums up how dull, lifeless and normal America can be. I love it for the small things - the fact that Marge never gives birth, the leg in the woodchipper, the awkward dinner date with an old high-school class mate. It’s strangely comforting and harrowing in the same measure. A bit like Home Alone, really.

4. What can we expect from your set for “O Bro”?

Probably me doing a really bad Mid-West impersonation. Oh yah, you betcha. I’ve been asked to do a really famous song at the gig, which is always a bit daunting. I might encourage folk to sing-along, actually - so be sure and have a stiff drink beforehand, so you can pluck up the courage.

5. Where else should we be looking out for you?

I’m heading out on tour in May, and doing two shows at the Old Bookshop in Bristol, including a showcase for my record label, featuring The Pictish Trail, Tuff Love and Monoganon. Three attractive pop-rock acts, with hearts of gold. 

O BRO @ ST GEORGES BRISTOL // EMILY BARKER

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O BRO // A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE COEN BROTHERS

St Georges Bristol - April 25th, 2014 | Tickets £16 adv.

From inspired selections of catchy pop songs and faithful recreations of old-time country, blues and folk, to striking original scores by Carter Burwell, the movie soundtracks of Joel and Ethan Coen are as pleasurable as the films themselves, and are firm favourites amongst musicians. We have put together a bill of such artists to mix their own music in with their favourite songs from Coen Brothers films in an evening’s celebration of their work and style.

We’ve been getting together with the artists involved to find out more about them, their music, their favourite movies, and their relationship to the Coen Brothers’ work.

EMILY BARKER & THE RED CLAY HALO | THE O BRO INTERVIEW

From Western Australia, Emily Barker is a compelling songwriter with a gift for weaving melody and words. Together with her band The Red Clay Halo, she has recorded three albums, dazzled audiences at music festivals and seen her song ‘Nostalgia’ become the Bafta-winning theme tune to BBC One drama Wallander starring British actor Kenneth Branagh. 

emily-barker.com

1. Where is home for you? Where are you from?

I currently live in Stroud in Gloucestershire, UK but I’m not often there due to lots of touring, I love being itinerant. I’m from a tiny country town in the south west of Australia called Bridgetown. I grew up on a small farm by a river called The Blackwood. 

2. What are your top 3 movies of all time, right now?

Top three right now: The Proposition by John Hillcoat; Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders and Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch. I’ve been rewatching them and paying close attention to the music placement in study for a feature film I’m currently writing the music for. 

3. What’s your favourite Coen Brothers film?

It has to be “O Brother, where art thou?” for it’s absolute killer line up for musicians. Fantastic story too.

4. What can we expect from your set for “O Bro”?

Well, we’re going to do some Red Clay Halo-style interpretations of a few of the “O Bro” songs as well as one from “Inside Lleywn Davis”. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you or not…so I’ll just keep it at that. We’ll mix these in between original material from our latest record ‘Dear River’ and few older faves.

5. Where else should we be looking out for you?

Look out for us on record store day as well as in the credits on a couple of films to be released later this year. Also, Germany: I’m going there loads this year to tour. 

15.05.2014 // JACK CHESHIRE + FRENCH FOR RABBITS @ EAGLE INN, SALFORD

JACK CHESHIRE + FRENCH FOR RABBITS

THE EAGLE INN, SALFORD, 19:30, THU MAY 15

£4 adv (SBTF)

JACK CHESHIRE is an English singer-songwriter & musician. His third album LONG MIND HOTEL was released in 2013 - he writes “…mildly psychedelic, quintessentially English…dreamlike & beautiful” music.

Jack was born in Bath, Somerset, and grew up surrounded by a plethora of eclectic records; Beach Boys, Augustos Pablo, Fairport Convention, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Laurie Anderson, Echo & the Bunnymen, Can…. A reserved songwriter but keen bass player from an early age, Jack studied and played music full-time in Liverpool for a number of formative years, developing an unusual finger-picking style on guitar as a result of bass being his first instrument.

Eventually wending his way to London, Jack self-released his debut ‘Allow It To Come On’ a lo-fi, intimate venture, recorded in the confines of a tiny attic room. It was widely lauded for its brooding, meandering melodies and minimalist production.

LONG MIND HOTEL was recorded at Sawmills Studios Cornwall. Situated up a tidal estuary, reached only by boat at high tide, it is Jack’s first studio album. The sessions spanned five days & nights last June, during a particularly cold ‘summer’ patch when it rained non-stop. Secretly glad for these conditions, Jack felt they complimented the record – you can even hear the remnants of a storm on ‘Revolving Doors’.

LONG MIND HOTEL also marks a decidedly stylistic change, due in no small part to all the other players being primarily jazz musicians.

The album owes a lot to their immense musicality. It is littered with improvised interludes, never indulgent, each song simultaneously and deliberately structured and arranged. There is an intensity to the work, possibly born of time constraints and tensions which arose, mainly around which takes to use (each one tended to differ). It lends the album great focus.

In many ways it is a ‘coming of age, a taking stock of life’s predicaments, limitations and neuroses’ album, taking in anaesthesia & a hospital stay (‘Postcard from Sedation’), unravelling the indulgences of drug taking (‘Long Mind Hotel’), social alienation (‘Into The Void’), aspiring to optimism (‘Heavenly Bodies’) and being in love (‘Moving In A Straight Line’).

http://jackcheshire.com

Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-folk duo FRENCH FOR RABBITS have been quietly building a reputation for their growing collection of fragile, brave songs that are spun in sea-misted lyricism. Since releasing their debut EP CLAIMED BY THE SEA in March 2012, they have gathered a dedicated fan-base around the globe with handwritten letters and home-assembled albums.

Alongside this word-of-mouth buzz for their EP and dreamy live shows they have garnered support from New Zealand alternative radio. Subsequently, the EP was nominated for BEST FOLK ALBUM OF 2013 in the New Zealand music awards. On the other side of the world, BBC 6’s GIDEON COE, TOM RAVENSCROFT and CHRIS HAWKINS; The Shed’s MARK COLES; and Amazing Radio have championed their singles, including their latest release GOAT - a song which starts out with a quiet statement of intent and swells into an anthem to stubbornness and regret.

BROOKE SINGER, who is the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the duo, began performing with guitarist JOHN FITZGERALD in 2011. Determined to overcome an acute fear of singing in public, the pair shifted to Wellington from their hometown of Christchurch and before long were playing alongside folk peers TINY RUINS, JESS CHAMBERS and DARREN HANLON, and touring nationally. In July 2013, they are travelling to the UK for the first time.

http://frenchforrabbits.com

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30.04.2014 // MEGAN WYLER + BEN MELLOR ADDED TO ACE HOTEL EVENT

THE LOCAL presents the fourth in a new series of monthly nights at ACE Hotel Shoreditch, featuring a combination of Live Music, DJs and Spoken Word. Events are free but capacity is limited, so reserve your free ticket here now.


APR 27, 2014: COLLECTRESS // TALK IN COLOUR // MEGAN WYLER // BEN MELLOR // DJ RUTH BARNES

Described as a cross between the Elysian Quartet and possessed Brontë sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party (Foxy Digitalis), COLLECTRESS are a quartet of long-term musical collaborators from London and Brighton. Their broad and dense experimental structures utilise voice, toy instruments and found sound samples alongside layers of more traditional, often romantic, strings, keys and woodwind. With a nod to everyone from Philip Glass to John Adams, improvisors like The Necks to lo-fi chamber groups such as Rachels, they play and write with a sense of narrative, drawing the listener into a thoroughly distinctive and beguiling world of experimental chamber music.

With a collective biography of collaborations featuring some of the UK’s most innovative musicians and performers, including Bat for Lashes, Penguin Café, Philip Selway (Radiohead), Icarus, Ron Caines (East of Eden), Mary Hampton, Patrick Wolf, The Paper Cinema & Secret Cinema, Collectress craft music both daring and unique, but also compellingly familiar and filmic. Collectress are Quinta, Alice Eldridge, Caroline Weeks and Rebecca Waterworth. Their debut album, Mondegreen, is due out on March 24th.

www.collectress.co.uk

By turns brooding, emotive and uplifting, slipping effortlessly between pure instrumentals and vocal driven tracks, London based quintet TALK IN COLOUR defy easy categorisation.


Nightshifts, the first single from the upcoming album Colliderscope, is released in October 2011. The track features in new British film Junk Hearts and is available as afree download.

The band were formerly known The Shadow Orchestra.

Shadow Orchestra’s eponymous debut album was the solo efforts of Chris Bangs in a tiny bedroom studio. The five piece evolved out of Chris’s desire to go beyond the limitations of playing solo laptop sets and they recorded an EP called “Remaker”.

Despite the fact that in the literal sense there were now more players than ever, it was upon entering the studio to record the album that Chris and the group began to feel that the project had outgrown the ‘Orchestra’ tag: they were now a band in the traditional sense. Add to this the fact that “Shadow” implied a certain darkness whereas the music had become in parts more playful, more open and less nocturnal and ambiguous the decision to change the name was made.

Colliderscope is to be the band’s debut album as a full five piece.

Talk In Colour are:

  • Chris Bangs - Cello and electronics
  • Dave Oliver - Drums
  • Kat Arney - Harp
  • Mary Erskine - Vocals and keyboards
  • Nick Siddall - Guitar

Together the band blend electronic and organic instrumentation into a blistering aesthetic.

http://www.talkincolour.com/

American-born but London-based, MEGAN WYLER has a familiar sound. This is aided by the fact she’s been leaking into your ear-holes regularly, sound-tracking television and theatre, as well as advertising campaigns for Levi’s and Ford. Her career includes various musical projects, such as coordinating a Balkan choral ensemble, touring with gypsy string band Luminescent Orchestrii, and being the musical director of several off-Broadway plays. She has now arrived at her first solo outing, Through The Noise.

http://www.meganwyler.com/

Spoken Word from anthropoet BEN MELLOR - http://www.benmellor.net/

DJ set from RUTH BARNES (AMAZING RADIO)

01.04.2014 // RACHAEL DADD ANNOUNCED AS RM HUBBERT’S SPECIAL GUEST IN BRISTOL

We are delighted to announce that Rachael Dadd wil be appearing as special guest at RM Hubbert’s Bristol Show at the Grain Barge on Tuesday, April 01st.

Tickets are still available at £9 adv.

Welcome to the party… BBC… ART ON TELLY!

Welcome to the party… BBC… ART ON TELLY!

I remember a meeting we had one time when I was at the Arts Council, where we were brought into a presentation about Arts Programming on the telly. It was being suggested that the rafts of crappy competitions on early evening prime time Saturday slots was a reason to be giddy about arts programming. There is was… THE ARTS… on PRIME TIME TELLY!

I have to say I was a little skeptical and I probably…

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12.06.2014 // ALEXIS TAYLOR @ VORTEX

ALEXIS TAYLOR

VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, GILLETT SQUARE, N16 8AZ

THU, JUN 12, 2014 | DOORS @ 19:30

£10 adv. | http://thelocal.tv/events.html

Alexis Taylor’s second solo album, Await Barbarians is a series of songs “from the halfway line.’ Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to these lyrics, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion that brings to mind the best singer-songwriter records from Laurel Canyon, though as always with Taylor the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.

Playing and recording all the instruments himself apart from strings, Taylor also presents a more reflective side of his writing and singing - something that has been there all along, but which comes into focus in a more confident and defined manner than before.

With its brushed cymbal-led quiet and solitude, and its startlingly direct recording approach, the album recalls in places the work of such English luminaries as Mark Hollis and Robert Wyatt. Recalling such recordings is one thing, but the record doesn’t sound especially like those. Await Barbarians’ soundworld is entirely Taylor’s own - at times claustrophobic, synth-led and dry, and at others spacious, warm and homely, it always places Taylor’s unique and recognizable vocals up front in the mix, rarely adorned by audible effects. Out of its brittleness and submerged sounding musical backdrop, something beautiful emerges in ‘New Hours’; in its melodic immediacy and confessional performance, ‘Dolly and Porter’ is both moving and arresting, its lyric speaking of the emotional often being misjudged as the intellectual:

"I try to put my heart first / You only hear head / You should use yours - / I mean your head and your heart"

AT: “Albums I love like ‘Red Apple Falls' by Smog and 'Arise Therefore' by Palace rarely leave my mind when making music, but this record was made pretty much in isolation, not thinking about reference points at all really. I would respond to the songs that came to me - sometimes in dreams - trying to create sound worlds for each of them, and also trying to never over-fill the music. Often I track something with traditional elements such as guitar or Rhodes first, and then remove those later, leaving just the textural synthetic or acoustic elements, pushing them up in the mix, and leaving the song sounding more wayward and less grounded as a result.”

Often underrated as a lyricist, on this record Taylor toys with contradictions and paradox, moving between expressions of love and a raw awareness of the vicissitudes of daily life. He sings about cryptic dreams, fatherhood, fear of invasion and illness, mortality, relationships with friends, feeling older yet at the same time younger than he ever has. “My name means defender,” he sings on ‘Am I Not a Soldier’, and there’s a sense running through the album that these are sentiments almost too personal to put into song. The record works as a spell of protection as Taylor addresses his closest ones and even his own immune system. The arrangements perfectly complement the lost-in-time-and-space feeling of the record, the always at home in the studio Taylor remaining as musically adventurous and as winningly open to an inspiringly wide range of new and old influences as he is lyrically bold.

Await Barbarians is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening, and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music, in a time of heavily compressed and attention-demanding loudness. It doesn’t sound like or try to compete with other records being made right now - and couldn’t be further away from what is expected of a musician associated with dance music culture. Itis rich in deep insight and profound feeling, a truly significant album by one of the country’s most continually arresting musicians, the latest in an extraordinary run of recent releases.

24.05.2014 // SHHH LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The Local is delighted to announce the next London SHHH event - an all day celebration of quiet music and art, and the second to take place in Hampstead’s beautiful Heath Street Baptist Church.

Limited Early Bird tickets at £15 are available now, until April 19th.

The full line-up has now been confirmed as follows:

TINY RUINS

B* MOUNTAIN

LAND OBSERVATIONS

ADAM STAFFORD

MYYTHS

SOPHIE JAMIESON

ARCH GARRISON

CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM

GRIMM GRIMM

JIM PERKINS + LEAH KARDOS

NATHAN BALL

DAN BETTRIDGE

Watch this space for more details on each artist in the run-up to the event.

30.04.2014 // SIXTOES + RACHAEL DADD CANCELLED

It is with regret that we must announce the cancellation of the Sixtoes + Rachael Dadd show at Bush Hall on April 30th due to health issues. Tickets will be refunded from the appropriate vendors. Please contact us with any issues.

Please keep an eye on the blog and/or sign up to the mailing list here to be amongst the first to find out about new and rescheduled events.

25.05.2014 // SHHH LONDON EARLY BIRD TICKETS

The Local is delighted to announce the next London SHHH event - an all day celebration of quiet music and art, and the second to take place in Hampstead’s beautiful Heath Street Baptist Church.

Limited Early Bird tickets at £15 are available now, until April 19th.

SHHH is the brainchild of London music hub The Local. Previous collaborations have included guest curators such as 2013 SAY Award winner RM Hubbert (SHHH Glasgow, 2012), and industry partners The Line of Best Fit and Chemikal Underground Records. Already in it’s eighth year, SHHH festival has welcomed International artists including Sam Amidon, This Is The Kit, Emma Pollock (Delgados), Gravenhurst, Phildel, Mercury Music Prize nominated Jon Hopkins, Wounded Knee, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and Still Corners to events in London, Glasgow, Bristol and Leeds.

Early Bird Tickets are now available until April 19th, with artists to be announced soon!