Friday, 13 November 2015

BAMBOO digital single out today! Plus MIKAL CRONIN playing next week!

Good morning!
Thanks to so many of you who came out this week to see Shannon And The Clams, what a way to kick start their tour, they’re going to have the best time yet over here. We’re back in show mode next Tuesday, this time at the Scala with the amazing MIKAL CRONIN, J FERNANDEZ and THEO VERNEY. You can read all about the night of psych-infused rock-n-roll we have planned for you below. We also have a handful of tickets left for next week’s CALVIN JOHNSON show too, so if you fancy coming to that one its worth buying some in advance.

In label news, today we’re releasing a digital single by BAMBOO (Nick from Peepholes and Rachel from Trash Kit), whose sublime album ‘Prince Pansori Priestess’ we’re releasing on December 4th. You can stream the lead track ‘Be Brothers’ now by clicking on the single artwork below. The first part of the song begins very vulnerably, “Can’t look back, can you see, something over there looks pretty good to me” admits Rachel honestly over her fragile plucked banjo motif, a sense of hope returning grows, underscored by drifts of blushing ambience. Halfway through and the percussion picks up, allowing the rippling synths to walk hand in hand with Roedelius towards the horizon. Verity Susman (of Electrelane) guests towards the end of the track on saxophone, helping the song reach its more resolved future. Enjoy!

\\\\\     TUESDAY    /////

Tuesday 17 November
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL

MIKAL CRONIN was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll. While attending Laguna Beach High School, he fell in with a handful of like-minded music fans, and formed a band that played local parties. After a spell as bassist in surf-punk Charlie & The Moonhearts, Mikal began working on his own garage-accented pop tapping into his love of 80's indie rock. Around the same time, Mikal also befriended kindred spirit Ty Segall, joined his live band and also collaborated on an album together called 'Reverse Shark Attack'. Mikal Cronin's self-titled album was released by Trouble in Mind Records in September 2011. Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation, Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment. Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies and chords with hefty, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. 2013 saw Cronin release, 'MCII', his first disc for Merge Records, which was all about new beginnings, looking at new relationships and growing up in the 21st century. Earlier this year Merge released Mikal’s third album, entitled ‘MCIII’. Marked by lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply sound bigger in everyone’s head.  

J FERNANDEZ has a colourful world of imagination that’s perfectly captured in his debut album ‘Many Levels of Laughter’. With lyrics reflecting the profound (emotional mushroom trips), the mundane (dentist visits, board games) and life’s other curiosities (sleep apnea, Craigslist encounters), he’s made an album steeped in DIY origins, but offering a superior exploration of sound that’s all set to wrap J Fernandez in a far worldlier embrace. Born to Filipino immigrant parents, J (Justin) Fernandez relocated to the Chicago from his native Little Rock, Arkansas to begin work for the U.S. map company Rand McNally. Spending his spare time navigating his own personal world of musical endeavours, he created three unique and accomplished early EPs ‘Olympic Village’, ‘No Luck’ and ‘Memorize Now’ that placed him alongside label peers Best Coast, Mount Eerie, and Dirty Beaches whilst winning him praise and comparisons to everyone from Syd Barrett, to Robyn Hitchcock and Ennio Morricone. Fernandez’s songwriting draws on disparate influences from Terry Riley to the annals of early electronic music, pop and psychedelia, not to mention Can, Yo La Tengo, Jim O’Rourke, Electric Prunes, James Burke’s ‘Connections’, Carl Sagan, Bas Jan Ader, the winter in Chicago, and Adderall. Listen closely to ‘Markers’, you can hear manipulated found sounds of the outside world behind looped Casio keyboards. Elsewhere the mellow jazzy tones of ‘Filled With Joy’ recall the energy and sonic sound of 90s Argentine band Babasonicos whilst the layers of broken Moog string synthesizer on ‘Apophis’ is played backwards and perhaps hints at a sound of the future.

THEO VERNEY is a rock-n-roll prodigy from Brighton! He’s spent the last two years building excitement and anticipation across the UK and Europe with his no holds barred, psych-­infused shows. Theo is currently recording his debut album to follow up the much­ acclaimed ‘Heavy Sunn’ EP which was released last year on Hate Hate Hate Records (The Wytches, Fat White Family). He’s been touring with his band regularly since its release, supporting the likes Drenge, Toy, Archie Bronson Outfit, La Luz and Parquet Courts as well as his own headline shows. Theo's new EP 'Brain Disease' is out now, go check it out!

Thank you for reading this, before we head off into the weekend we wanted to point you in the direction of this show taking place next week too, which looks fantastic and well worth your attendance!

Constant Flux presents...


Saturday 21st November 2015
DIY Space For London
96-108 Ormside Street, London, SE15 1TF
£5 / carers free or donation
Flat Access / Accessible Toilets

Have the best weekend, see you next week!

\\\\\  UPSET THE RHYTHM   /////
/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\

Tuesday 17 November
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL

Wednesday 18 November
The Tin Tabernacle, 12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, NW6 5BA
7pm | £10 |

TARZANA (Spencer Clark, Jan Anderzen, Floris Vanhoof)
Wednesday 2 December
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS

Monday 7 December
Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES


Tuesday 15 December
Power Lunches Arts Cafe, 446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8
8pm | 7.00 | SOLD OUT


Wednesday 16 December
Power Lunches Arts Cafe, 446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8
8pm | 7.00 |

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