On Friday August 24th, WagonWheel Presents…
brings a great triple bill to The Greystones
, Sheffield. Fresh from completing their soon to be released debut album we welcome back Torn Sail
, new to the WagonWheel stage we have Idiot Son
, and old friends The Listeners
open the show. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/168752
and over the bar at The Greystones. Entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Torn Sail is the new band fronted by Huw Costin, perhaps better known for his work with Earth The Californian Love Dream and collaborations with left-field disco artists Smith & Mudd. Costin has also worked with Brian Eno & Mark Lanegan. Torn Sail rose from the ashes of The Cold Light of Day, put together by Richard Warren AKA Echoboy in 2008. When Warren quit to go solo a year later, the band – Huw Costin - vocals & guitar, Lee Horsley - hammond & piano, John Thompson – bass, Jim Widdop - Pedal Steel, dobro, guitar, and Jeff Davenport – drums, locked themselves in the studio to record their debut album, making the occasional rare live appearance.
The first track completed – Birds- was released to critical acclaim on cult balearic label Claremont 56 in April 2011 with a Tiago remix. The vinyl sold out in seconds. A second 12” of remixes by Cos/Mes and Frankie Valentine is available now. Work on what is promising to be a beautiful, laconic, deep and meaningful album was recently completed with a release expected at the end of this year.
Idiot Son is Andy Thompson’s beautiful albatross, melancholic melodies oft augmented by strings and brass. Idiot Son are based in and around London, UK and currently have one album Lummox available. The second album is nearing completion after years of contemplation, cups of tea and vats of red wine.
The album found great favour with BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe who named it in his top ten records of the year in 2004.
“Progress has undoubtedly been slow, but it has been rewarded with rich dividends. The equally gently-paced and unhurried ‘Lummox’, which has been released on the band’s own Poppycock label, is one of the best small indie releases of the year. Thompson’s shimmering, solitary acoustic guitar starts and ends most of its eight songs. In between the other four members of Idiot Son-cellist Jonathan Brigden, guitarist Bob Broadley, bassist Chris Taylor and drummer Mark Lloyd- have created a hazily lush and melancholic sound. The Trash Can Can Sinatras, Aztec Camera and the Blue Nile are all acknowledged references. ‘Lummox’, however, is far more than simply a mere imitation of some of Thompson’s favourite bands. It is very much its own record, both in its semi-orchestral arrangements, which at various points on the album are swelled further with guest appearances from strings sections and trumpet and French horn players, and also in Thompson’s wry vocals which paint a wistfully grey picture of London and tell of a series of lives and loves that have failed to work out.”
“Tell them I came, and no one answered. That I kept my word”
From ‘The Listeners’, by Walter de la Mare.
The Listeners is Emma Thorpe – on her own or with her collaborators. She sings in cinematic detail from a small town on the North Nottinghamshire borders.
Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick, introducing her to the music of PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Susan Vega, Roy Harper and Bob Dylan along the way; Her father Kevin was well respected on the blues scene for his albums with Out Of The Blue; And her aunt managed Welsh psychedelic legends Man.
Despite this heritage Thorpe has shaped her own evocative sound. Sometimes wilfully naive, sometimes considered and precise – her choice of chords is particular and unusual and her finger-picking weaves a strange atmosphere – the likes of which you’d more likely find in a Lynch film or a novel by Bolano than in the sculpted folk of her inspirations. And like those who inspire her – Nick Cave, Patti Smith, William Blake, she loves to muse on nature & religion: God, the devil, good and evil, and like the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood she tries to tell it like it is – to reveal both the beauty and the devastation of life: Red Dust portrays human insignificance under darkening skies; Dinner For One traces the fading past of a destroyed relationship; You wouldn’t think that it took years for Thorpe to accept her own arresting voice and lyrical vision. Time well spent in distillation perhaps: This is music that is close to the source. These are songs, born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, excecuted spare and sharp.
“The Listeners were f*cking brilliant last night
” Richard Hawley
“Alternately gentle and dramatic… like PJ Harvey ****** off, unplugged and wearing a kaftan.
” Music Mart
“Stirring stuff…like Nico back from the grave for an autumn night’s campfire singalong, while their hushed mid-set tracks recall “Ocean of Noise” Arcade Fire.
” This City
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