Thursday, June 14, 2007

Late in the Evening...

Today’s post is a bit of promotion for a gig I am involved with. On Wednesday 27th June 2007, Late in the Evening are taking over the magnificent Luminaire in Kilburn, London, for a night of fine music featuring three great artists. LITE are new to the promoting scene, but judging from the line-up they have pieced together for the opening night, they are definitely going to be one’s to watch. Despite an eclectic bill, LITE are keen to stress that each night is structured so that there is some cohesion between the bands on the bill, thus ensuring that if you like one of the bands performing on the night, there’s a strong chance the others will appeal.

The Longcut - Idiot Check

There’s an indie-meets-electronic feel to proceedings for this opening night. Headlining the festivities are the Longcut, a scintillating live proposition, who have apparently made a bit of a Joy Division to New Order transformation, with their latest batch of recordings taking a more electronic, dancey direction than the material on last year’s debut album ‘A Call and Response’. The Manchester three-piece have been described as “the most exciting band this city have produced in nearly a decade”, and they are planning on performing plenty of new material, alongside old school favourites. For your listening pleasure, I am posting ‘Idiot Check’, the AA side of their recent single released on Melodic, which also included a cover version of Candi Staton’s ‘You Got The Love’.

Morton Valence - Outskirters

Second on the bill are the enigmatic Morton Valence. I’ve got to be honest and admit that I didn’t have a scooby who this lot were until I saw the full line-up for the gig. An electro-pop six-piece from London, they were the winners of the Fopp Award for New Music in 2006. Since then they have been described as "genius” by Drowned in Sound and "the most interesting and intriguing band on these shores” by Metro. The only way to find out whether they are deserving of these bold superlatives is to come down on the night and see for yourselves. I’ve been furnished with an mp3 of a track called ‘Outskirters’ from a session they recorded for Resonance FM. It sounds suitably chaotic and infectious enough – punk funk with a Jarvis-style lyrical slant and a vast array of squelchy noises - to lead me to look forward to observing how it unfolds live on stage.

feedle - ducks

Kicking it all off is Sheffield’s Feedle. I’ve pimped his wares on these very pages on a number of occasions, including conducting a rather enjoyable interview with the man himself back when he released his acclaimed debut album ‘Leave Now for Adventure’ in March 2007. A purveyor of the finest odd, melodic noise, Feedle’s live set will be accompanied by wondrous visuals from the boys at Media Lounge. One man, his laptop, some moving pictures, a right old racket and some songs you could probably dance to if you were drunk enough. As a bit of a treat for you all, I’m posting an exclusive new track, called simply ‘ducks’, which was recorded for a session for XFm’s John Kennedy, and forms part of his current live set in an elongated form. It should also feature on his second album, which is currently being written and recorded.

And if all that wasn’t enough, I’m dusting off my headphones, putting some records in a Woolworths carrier bag, and bringing The White Noise Revisited roadshow out of retirement for a one-off, never to be repeated (unless someone else asks me) DJ-set of epic and shambolic proportions. I’m playing from 7.30pm until 8.30pm, at which point Feedle will unceremoniously drag the needle across whatever record I was playing, slap me across the face with a wet fish, and blow your minds.

As you can see, there’s something there for all the family, so please come along – and if you do – say hello. It’s always nice to meet new people. Tickets can be bought in advance for the very reasonable sum of £6 from We Got Tickets, but if you’re not that organised it’s £7 on the door, on the night - though if it does sell out, you’ll be sorely disappointed, so get them in advance! I know it’s on a school night, but the whole event will be over leaving you plenty of time to get the tube back to wherever it was you came from.

Wednesday 27th June

Late in the Evening presents:

The Longcut
Morton Valence

The Luminaire
311 High Road
London NW6 7JR

Doors: 7.30pm

More information here
Tickets can be purchased up front for £6 from here
Everything you need to know about how to get there is here

Late In the Evening at My Space