Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Record Store Day Performances - RTE
BETTY & THE WEREWOLVES - 11.00am
betty and the werewolves are three girls and one boy from London who whoop and howl through the night as sweetly sung melodies collide with glitter-struck punk guitars. Taking inspiration from luminary lycanthropes Virginia Woolf and Grandma Wolf, they sing ditties about falling in love with David Cassidy and strange encounters on night buses, shouting all the while and scuffing up their party shoes.
MY SAD CAPTAINS - 12.00pm
My Sad Captains who share members with Fanfarlo. They deal in sparkling indie pop in the vein of Pavement, The Lemonheads or Broken Social Scene. It's the kind of music it's possible to fall deeply in love to with people across the room whose gaze you momentarily caught but will never meet.
NAT (Sonic Cathedral) DJ SET - 12.30pm
In 2004 a guy called Nathaniel started a club night called Sonic Cathedral. Fast forward to 2006..........armed with the profits, he took it one step further and started a label bearing the same name. The label has since then released many limited edition singles. There has always been an element of shoegaze in the artists and releases from the label, however, with some excellent remixes included on the album it appeals on lots of levels. Rarities also abound on the album from the likes of Mark Gardner (former Ride frontman), Maps & M83.
WAVE MACHINES - 1.00pm
Mercurial merseyside space-poppers Wave machines are a sparkling lo-fi disco outfit. It's polished, accomplished, budget disco - like hot chip dipped in hot chocolate.
NAT (Sonic Cathedral) DJ SET - 1.30pm
SUNNY DAY SETS FIRE - 2.00pm
Sunny Day Sets Fire are a multi-national epic psych-pop quintet. Representing four different countries, including Canada, Hong Kong, Italy and UK, Sunny Day sets Fire make soaring, wistful music that reflects their wide ranging backgrounds and influences.
FINDERS KEEPERS DJ SET - 2.30pm
Finders Keepers are well know for introducing listeners to obscure psychedelic / jazz / folk / funk / avant-garde & wacked-out musak to a lost world of undiscovered vinyl artifacts from the annals of alternative pop history.
LET'S WRESTLE - 3.00pm
Let's Wrestle combine the lo-fi charm of Pavement with the dangerous ramshackle unorthodoxy of the Fall to good effect with great effect on Stolen. Tubs are thumped, notes are bummed and the vocals are invariably flat but there's a charm to this C86 meets post punk chaos.
FINDERS KEEPERS DJ SET - 3.30pm
DUTCH UNCLES - 4.00pm
Manchester-based Dutch Uncles are sub-20 year olds, pulling funny faces, wearing checked shirts, and playing tighter than their drainpipe jeans. Call it progpop, mathrock, indie, jingle-jangle. They have the well drilled groove of The Strokes, the chiming african inflected guitars of a Vampire Weekend, the otherness of a shudder to think but then there's the repetition of a Steve Reich and the singular singing of Duncan Paton. They have a brand new 7" 'Steadycam' released on RSD.
CASPA DJ SET - 4.30pm
Caspa is one of the UK's brightest and most in demand names in dubstep. At 26 he's achieved a lot and as the mainstream has already started to feel the ripples of the dubstep underground, he's a name that will no doubt become more and more well known throughout the year.
EBONY BONES - 5.00pm
'The Musik' will receive a full release later in the year, but for now is an indies exclusive especially for Record Store Day. Ebony Bones is a star. It's as simple as that, or it can be more complex if you'd prefer. If you want to look closer, you'll see that this south Londoner is very much a artist of our times; a self-taught bedroom musician who was among the first to share her songs over the internet, and who's polymorphous sound reflects the pick n' mix approach to genres the kids growing up in itunes world have.
CASPA DJ SET - 5.30pm
LOVERMAN - 6.00pm
Loverman are a dark and dense slice of rifftastic 90's alternative rock but with an underbelly of goth. Think a mix of Nirvana with Pete Murphy from Bauhaus on vocals. Theirs is the sound of a demon dancing on your roof about to swing through the window and burn the place to the ground.
ANDREW WEATHERALL DJ SET - 6.30pm
What can you say about Andrew Weatherall.....................the mans a legend - who's help to shape he course of music for the last 20 years.
PETE MOLINARI - 7.00pm
Imagine a more gritty Richard Hawley who has travelled around America learning his trade, and then he has managed to transfer that into songs and onto tape in a fantastic mix of the deep south (kent that is) with a touch of classic Woody Guthrie style country folk, and all with a voice to die for.
ANDREW WEATHERALL DJ SET 7.30pm
JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK - 8.00pm
Joe Gideon & the Shark are a new brother and sister indie rock power duo, formerly of Bikini Atoll and currently one of Nick Cave's favourite bands. Joe Gideon provides guitar and unique, half-spoken lead vocals, telling darkly hilarious tales of his trips around the world (he once judged a miss bolivia contest!), while sister viva provides backing on drums, keyboards and 8-track. she used to be a 'rhythmic gymnast', competing at the Barcelona olympics and winning a bronze medal at the commonwealth games.