Das Wanderlust + Retro Spankees + Persil + Inner City Pirates
Friday 16 February 2007
£5/£4 (conc) in advance
£6/£5 on the door
Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
“I absolutely f**king LOVE this music, and want to reprise this entire show, in my front room, six weeks from now, recorded on four-track, no arguing."
Everett True. Plan B Mag on DAS WANDERLUST/ RETRO SPANKEES
‘Orange Shop’ Marc Riley’s No1 single of 2006
2006 has certainly been an unexpectedly exciting year for Das Wanderlust. It all started when, back in January, they were invited down to London to record a session at the legendary Maida Vale studios by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens – who was the first to pick up on the promise of their ramshackle, homemade first EP (an EP which nobody seems able to decide upon the name of, least of all the band themselves – so let’s call it ‘untitled’ for the moment.)
Since then they have quickly picked up fans in the likes of Phill Jupitus, Rob Da Bank, Everett True, Clint Boon, any many more – as well as making appearances in national music publications such as Plan B, NME & Artrocker, being invited to play at Latitude Festival in July, and record further sessions for John Kennedy on XFM, and Marc Riley on BBC 6music.
Despite the attention the first EP had garnered, Das Wanderlust were keen to record something that would do them more justice – and so in September they released their debut 7” single ‘The Orange Shop’, a slightly botched attempt at recording a bona-fide pop song (described by one critic as “what intelligent, detached electropop would sound like if it were a paint-by-numbers picture coloured in by a hyperactive twelve year old girl with really fat crayons”)
The band have since been touring the country heavily, playing their largest indoor gigs to date, and are now tentatively starting to poke their noses outside of the UK. First up is an appearance at the ‘Hit The North’ festival (NL) in October, and then in January 2007 a slot at the Eurosonic Festival at the request of Radio 1, followed by a small European and larger UK headlining tour… by which time their second EP should hopefully be going to press.
“anarchy reigns supreme & off kilter, Korg-filtered, kazoo-led pop is king.” Dround in Sound
"The night kicks off in great style with the Retro Spankees. Performing with the intent seriousness of a child at play the band are joined on stage by a tribe of cuddly toys. Other props include Charlie’s plastic loudhailer sung into the strings of his guitar and plastic kazoos deployed occasionally for a different kind of harmony. Playschool rock and roll. The music is jaunty but has a razor tucked up its sleeve. Something like The Lips’ Yoshimi jamming with The Slits on the soundtrack to a Japanese animation. But the band are from Northampton. ‘Anyone got any lemons?’ they ask. Apparently it is the citrus fruit that rock bands use for the faces they pull. None were forthcoming. ‘Nevermind, we can emulate the power of the lemons.’ And they rush into another slamming song, the grimaces are false but the music is not." PURR
DutchJohn Peel favourites playing “Fuzzy boy / girl electropop”
The band made its BBC Radio 1 debut in 1998, when John Peel played a track from the band's very first demo in his show. In the following years John Peel played dozens of Persil tracks in his BBC shows, including eight tracks from Persil's first album Duotone. Persil recorded three Peel sessions.
Persil's debut album Duotone, featuring a duet with Damon of American chimp rockers The Swirlies, was released on Transformed Dreams in 2004. Since the album release Persil has played numerous gigs in the UK, Netherlands and USA, including appearances at the SXSW Festival in Texas, USA (2004), at the In The City Festival in Manchester, UK (2004), at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Holland (2006) and at the Truck Festival in Oxfordshire, UK (2006).
After meeting Debbie Harry in New York Persil were invited to support Blondie at their only Dutch show in June 2004.
In 2005 Persil supported The Wedding Present on nine sold out UK dates. They also released Tune-up, a new EP. Tracks from the Tune-up EP have been played by BBC DJ's Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank.
The new full length Persil album Comfort Noise was released on 15 May (NL) / 19 June 2006 (UK).
To promote the album, Persil did a seventeen date UK-tour in April/May (including the GoNorth and Tigerfest Festivals) and an eight day tour in September/October 2006.
In October they recorded a live session for Huw Stephens' BBC Radio One programme.
INNER CITY PIRATES
“ Swashbuckle Rockers ” Playlouder website
The Inner City Pirates [formerly My Red Cell] are an alternative Welsh punk and indie rock band from Barry in South 'Wales', led by Russell Toomey. Until 2005 the group previously known as My Red Cell, were signed by Richard Branson's label V2 Records, the same company that produces the material of The Stereophonics, and released a number of singles from their debut album, 13 in my 31.
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