Thursday 7th December
Big hair presents –the first Xmas slice
@ The Cellar, Oxford
It’s a mark of good songwriting that their tunes are deceptively simple and eminently catchy, despite being so densely structured and rich. Nightshift
Intricate, layered arrangements, which allow xylophone, keyboard, bass, drums, vocals and each of the three guitars to rise and dip, and shine in all the right places. www.oxfordbands.com
Witches oeuvre is so comprehensively masterful, it's hard to call them a new band. Paul Carrera - Nightshift
I’m Joining you band!!!! - Jimmy Evil
Witches immediately leave many of us in rapture with their perfectly timed loud/quiet dynamic. M@@tack - www.oxfordbands.com
the schizophrenic nature of their sound makes them exciting to watch and impressively 'together' for a band at their first gig Simon Minter - OxfordBands.com
They Don’t Sleep
They don't sleep but they do music and they do it damn good. Listening to the first demos of They Don't Sleep last year convinced us that this London band had lots of ability. Abilities developed since then until the production of this first ep: The Drawing Game.
The most simple-minded of us would qualify the band's music of piano post-rock or even of post-piano-rock or de post-rock with piano. An omnipresent piano without the least interlude constitutes the skeleton of the three songs of the ep. Thus the result if comparable to a mix of post rock a la Mogwai, the Mr Beast era, radiohead-y constructions, all of this joined by the best elements of the Constellation label, like on Face To The Floor where the singing very much inspired by Thee Silver Mt Zion is progressively replaced by a melody on the piano easy musically but without blame. Even more than the two other songs, the powerful The Eel's Foot grows on as the real success of The Drawing Game. The singing lets all the necessary place to the _expression of the instruments, especially a possessed piano mixed with guitars sometimes furious, sometimes passive.
They Don't Sleep represent, like The Strange Death Of Liberal England or Cats and Cats and Cats the rejuvenation of the English post rock scene at its best. Impressive beginnings for a self-produced band.
Her Name is Calla
"Lovingly hand-packaged in cream fabric we don't know if the pink stain on our copy is intentional or not. We can imagine them stitching it all together though, in a small house in the English countryside. Breeze rustling through the leaves outside the only distraction while, from a gramophone in the corner, plaintively plucked concoctions waft through the still cottage air. That is the sound of Her Name Is Calla. Quietly unimposing but with a grace, delicacy and occasionally foreboding that is more than adequate announcement of its presence. Peaceful background music perhaps but the type you can forget what you're doing and immerse yourself in.
in one line, lovingly hand-crafted compositions that spiral from your speakers on soft silk ribbons and envelope the receptive." NOREALLY.CO.UK, 2006
"Her Name Is Calla are doing something 99% more interesting than a lot of bands out there. Their sound is meticulous. Every chord is perfectly taut, every vocal howled like it was their last." SANDMANMAGAZINE.CO.UK, 2005
"An EP from Her Name is Calla is always a precious thing", TASTYFANZINE, 2006
"Instead, congrats to Her Name Is Calla for once again creeping up on us with the enchantingly haunted Hideous Box. More please." UNLIXES.LIVEJOURNAL.COM, 2006A
+ DJ’s playing rock, pop, 80’s, indie, retro classics, the odd bit of old school hip hop and dance! Bon Jovi, NO Christmas songs!!! Except maybe “Last Christmas” coz we like that one!
Fosters and John Smiths £1.50 a Pint ALL NIGHT !
Doors open at 8:30pm – 3am
Bands Start at 9pm Sharp like so get there early! Her Name is Calla are rite great