DOOMSQUAD – Pageantry Suite EP

DOOMSQUAD is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. Following on from 2014’s Kalaboogie (Hand Drawn Dracula/No Pain In Pop) the band have announced a new EP titled Pageantry Suite due for release on May 25th via Bella Union.

The trio create experimental dance music that’s heavily indebted to trance and psychedelia. As interdisciplinary artists, the band brings a wide range of influences to bear throughout their work. From far-reaching global beats to the sounds of their local community, it’s all thoughtfully curated and channeled into a project of immersion and unity. The result is a mesmerizing sonic landscape of dynamic repetition. DOOMSQUAD constructs a contemplative space for deep listening, within the music and within yourself.

The band will be performing across the UK & Europe supporting FUCKED UP who have also invited to join them to play a special series of exclusive ‘Zodiac’ shows.

Doomsquad will also play a special headline London show at Dalston Roof Park.

Those dates below…

Saturday 23rd May – LIVERPOOL, Sound City Festival
Sunday 24th May – Marble Factory in BRISTOL w/ Fucked Up
Monday 25th May – Mine for GOLD SOUNDS FESTIVAL, LEEDS w/ Fucked Up
Tuesday 26th May – Koko, LONDON w/ Fucked Up
Wednesday 27th May – Shacklewell Arms, LONDON, UK w/ Fucked Up

29th May – Dalston Roof Park, LONDON tickets

Father John Misty announces Glastonbury Festival appearance

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Following his storming performances at Coachella the past two weekends, including a guest appearance with Florence and the Machine last night, FATHER JOHN MISTY has just announced news of additional US and European live shows this Autumn to follow summer festival appearances at both Glastonbury and Green Man. Upcoming UK live info below:

Friday 26 June – BEXHILL-ON-SEA – De La Warr Pavillion
Saturday 27 June – PILTON – Glastonbury Festival

Thurs-Sun 20-23 August – BRECON BEACONS – Green Man Festival

Friday 23 October – BELFAST – Mandela Hall
Monday 26 October – SHEFFIELD – Plug
Tuesday 27 October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
Wednesday 28 October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 29 October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Xiu Xiu plays the music of Twin Peaks

St John Sessions are proud to welcome Jamie Stewart’s Xiu Xiu into the church to perform Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s unmistakeable score for Lynch’s utterly seminal Twin Peaks TV series. Like the show, their music is am alluring cross-talk of jarring signifiers – elusive flirtations with genre, dream logic, dark-lit explorations of sexual deviance – which, taken whole, form an uncomfortable sense, a penetrative, unspoken truth it seemed impossible to arrive at.

Commissioned to perform the work at ‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’, an exhibition and retrospective co-curated by Lynch in Brisbane this April, Xiu Xiu will then bring this very special, due-diligent but beautifully damaged audio-visual homage to a select set of European stages, as performed by Stewart (vocals, guitar, synth and noise), Shayna Dunkelman (vibraphone, drums, keyboard) and Angela Seo (synth, percussion, noise)
This is an entirely new interpretation of the music of Twin Peaks; one emphasising its chaos, drama, fear, noise and sidelong leering glances.

“The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the “purity” of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players” – Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu


Watch: Peter Broderick – One Way

Ahead of the release of his new studio album Colours Of The Night on 27th April via Bella Union, Peter  Broderick has just unveiled a light-hearted video to new track “One Way”.

Directed by Bernhard Wittich & Nicolas Lastschenko, the video is about “a cat that has such confidence in itself that it thinks it’s a human. The cat lives with an old lady but owns the place and does whatever it likes. And just like cats are, they disappear and leave you in the dark to do stuff you never get to see.”

Peter has also just announced a bunch of UK live appearances to follow the release of his new album. Dates / info below:

Wednesday 29th April – NOTTINGHAM – Rough Trade
Thursday 30th April – BRISTOL – Rise
Friday 1st May – LONDON – Rough Trade East
Monday 4th May – BRISTOL – The Lantern
Tuesday 5th May – COVENTRY – The Tin Music & Arts
Wednesday 6th May – GLASGOW – Mono
Thursday 7th May – BELFAST – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Full list of dates (including EU and Ireland) here.

Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Through several memorable concert evenings in the town on various tours, he developed a friendship with some of the locals, who eventually got the idea of inviting Broderick to be a guest of the city for three weeks while recording an album with a backing band of local musicians. All of which was to take place in the studio of Timo Keller, a local producer and engineer known primarily for his involvement in the Swiss hip-hop scene. The album’s enticing opening track, ‘Red Earth’, is streaming HERE.

Rewind a few years, back to 2012, which saw the release of Broderick’s last album for Bella Union, the ambitious, recorded over the course of three years by Berlin’s producer/pianist extraordinaire Nils Frahm. After spending all that time in the studio, working and reworking to the point of exhaustion, Broderick struggled with the idea of recreating the album on stage, and eventually cancelled all tour plans, ending up in the hospital with a stress-born illness. Struggling to stay healthy and lacking the energy to carry on, Broderick returned to his his native Oregon, where he took a much needed break and slowly started rebuilding his approach toward music and life in general.

At this time of respite came the offer from Lucerne. Having always taken pride in playing all of the instruments himself, without anything in the way of a proper rhythm section, Broderick found the idea of working with a backing band intriguing and refreshing. And refreshing it proved! “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to simplify and consolidate my own role in the music.”

Recording all the basic tracks as a live band, they quickly found a groove and lilt that carries throughout the variety of song styles. From the Afro-tinged title track and playful ‘One Way’, to the doo-wop swing of ‘The Reconnection’ and rather unclassifiable analogue/digital blend of tracks like ‘Red Earth’ and ‘On Time’, Peter Broderick’s latest outing sees the well-versed musician truly embracing his surroundings, however foreign they may be, and allowing himself the freedom to be transformed by those surroundings and elevated to new heights in creative expression.

Colours Of The Night will be released 27th April on Bella Union.