My Sad Captains, Ute, Little Eris, The StopMotion Men - GIITTV@ Buffalo, Cardiff
Bill Cummings 20/10/2009
My Sad Captains, Ute, Little Eris, The StopMotion Men(acoustic)@ Buffalo Bar, Cardiff on the 4th of November 2009, more details:
11 Windsor Place
029 2031 0312
MY SAD CAPTAINS
Our headliners are London quintet My Sad Captains who take the country-tinged American sounds of Sparklehorse and Wilco and lend them a sparkling, harmony-rich pop Pavementy edge. Their catchy melodies and easy charm have quickly made them favourites on the London gig circuit, having sung their hearts out across town with the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Why?, Darren Hayman, The War on Drugs, Pete and the Pirates, Loney Dear, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, and The Broken Family Band.
Last year also saw their first festival appearance, a scene-stealing show at End Of The Road. Earlier this year they released their fine debut album 'Here and Elsewhere' through Stolen Recordings.Rough trade called it 'a melodic indie-pop classic in the making' and included it in their album club. It gots lots of nice radio play on radio 1, radio 2, 6 music and xfm, to mention a few. and steve lamacq made them 'single of the week' on both his 6 music and radio 1 shows.
'yo la tengo's indie-pop savvy, pavement at their sweetest, and a touch of broken social scene' (drowned in sound)
UTE are concerned with pushing the traditional trio format as far as they can. lyrically, ute are concerned with continuing the folk tradition of telling stories old and new. ute have been rapidly gaining a reputation for their live shows, which has seen them sharing the stage with such bands as supergrass, fanfarlo, jeremy warmsley, joquil, maps&atlases, the xcerts, this town needs guns, mimas, broadcast 2000, and the, great eskimo hoax as well as playing main stage at truck festival, the secret garden party and antic banquet festivals. they have also received airtime from steve lamacq on bbc radio 1 and dandelion radio, as well as recording a session for bbc oxford introducing. 'float, not fight. this is the way!' is their first release, recorded over 5 happy days in the summer of 2008 and launched in early 2009 to a sold-out brixton windmill.
'sludgy sub-Hail to the Thief rock dirges and oceans of self-pity...Ryan Adams locked in a seal enclosure.' //oxfordbands.com
Cardiff based Little Eris is named after Eris the goddess of chaos and dischord, and Eris the new dwarf planet known for its radical and interceding nature.
Little Eris plays experimental electronic lo fi post punk music and is accompanied at live shows by a random group of performers known as The Molecules. Every show is different, with a different line up, set list and usually a few tracks that have ever been played before. The music is both cosmic and earthy and has flavours of Brian Eno, Bjork and The Breeders .A Little Eris live performance involves chaos, weirdness and lots of smiles.
THE STOPMOTION MEN(ACOUSTIC)
Openers are Three-piece The StopMotion Men are an epic, cinematic rock band hailing from Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Bristol. Lead vocalist Geraint Connor's intense, awe-inspiring vocals are reminiscent of the emotive tones of Eddi Vedder and Jeff Buckley they literally reach out of the screen and demand your attention. They're propelled by an urgent rhythm section: that paints vast, wide-screen canvasses featuring Connor's scything guitar work, Hywel Jenkins' dexterous bass lines, and Ben Wilson's primal drumming and pianos. It's an astounding sound redolent of the rock operas of Muse, the musical ambition and melodrama of The Smashing Pumpkins, and influenced by the films of David Lynch and Danny Elfman's soundtracks. For the last six months they've been holed up in the studio working with respected producer Greg Haver (Manic street preachers, Super Furry Animals, Lost Prophets) on a new EP 'What Now?' set for release in November. They play a special acoustic show to warm up for the launch of their EP.
"With the Epic leanings of Martin Grech, and the flame-to-fuse delivery of intensity and passion throughout recalling early Pearl Jam, The StopMotion Men have created a tasty nugget of impassioned rock... perhaps this is the new wave? Either way, you'll love it!"
Jeremy Chick, subba-cultcha.com
"Like a cross between The Hellset Orchestra and Muse...These songs are masterfully well written, delivered with real purpose and surely destined to be venue fillers"
Shane Blanchard, tastyfanzine.org.uk
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