Frightened Rabbit, Picturebooks In Winter, Sukilove - GIITTV is TEN FEET TALL Cardiff 30/04/08.
Bill Cummings 23/03/2008
GIITTV ZINE is TEN FEET TALL
FRIGHTENED RABBIT, PICTURE BOOKS IN WINTER, SUKILOVE@TEN FEET TALL, 11a-12 Church Street Cardiff CF10 1BG -30/04/08
GIITTV zine brings hotly tipped, much blogged about, unconventional Glaswegian three piece Frightened Rabbit to Cardiff. With a defined personality and a gift for being able to nail a near perfect folk pop song, Frightened Rabbit convey candid tales of ordinary folk with a wry, acerbic wit via an eloquent, emotive, modern garage-pop aesthetic. Forthcoming album 'Midnight Organ Fight'(released through Fat Cat on April the 15th) was recorded by Peter Katis (Mercury Rev, Interpol) An incredibly accomplished live outfit, having supported the likes of We Are Scientists and Idlewild already, their performances at times recall the passion of Okkervil River, Xiu Xiu and bright eyes the ragged, muscular energy of punk three pieces like early Sebadoh: Frightened Rabbit's oeuvre nevertheless harbours a far more universal agenda. Recently back from SXSW; experience them in a smaller venue while you can!
"The pop sensibilities of Manchester stalwarts James with a vocal reminiscent of Roddy 'Idlewild' Woomble, singer Scott and his fellow bandmates give us a masterclass in the art of instantly catchy tune making."Click music
"They're louder live than on record - and if you close your eyes you can imagine a car speeding faster and faster towards the brick wall it's invariably heading going to hit. It's heavy, powerful stuff, all the weight of life and death, of the band's insecurities, problems and sadness pressing down more on your shoulders with every song they play. Frightened Rabbit make it sound alright to be a little fucked up. In fact, they make it sound quite beautiful." Drownedinsound
PICTURE BOOKS IN WINTER
As main support are one of GIITTV zine's tips for 08, ace Cardiff based five piece Picture Books In Winter. Their pairing of sincere indie-rock and dramatic, virtuoso strings is reminiscent of Curisve, plus there's a hint of the glorious racket of fellow locals Los Campesinos! They've already played a brilliant session for Bethan Elfyn's Radio One in Wales programme, dance to their literate violin led tunes live:
"You've got to pay attention to a band who climax a song by screaming for advice from Konnie Huq. If the likes of 'Horizontally I Am Champion' and 'Reykjavik' were, as they say, the result of a whim over one summer, imagine the epics they could end up making." GIITTV zine
Sukilove are a delightful Belgian acoustic/electric guitar based three piece who bring to mind the work of Wilco and the Shins. Featuring Pascal Deweze songs/vocals/guitar (Metal Molly, Chitlin' Fooks, I H8),
Stoffel Verlackt drums/vocals (El Tattoo del Tigre) and Sjoerd Bruil gitaar/vocals (Black Cassette)An experienced act with a wealth of material under their belt.
"(Sukilove) far more Lennon than McCartney.... While still melodic and well-sung, there seems to be a lot more upheaval in these tunes; less like Wilco's pop adventurism and more like Franz Ferdinand deciphering Radiohead's rock experimentalism or channeling an angry, young Elvis Costello. Yes, this is the type of record for which NME should be writing 2 page reviews. Great lyrics spilled over dark, driving, brilliant music (that doesn't skimp on the hooks!)"