I don't know how Chris gets the time to do as much as he does. Team DY! ran into him last in sunny Chicago for the Touch & Go festival where he drummed in the majestic NEW YEAR and added his guitar skills to TARA JANE O'NEIL's set in the same unfussed way that you or I might go and buy some milk from the corner shop.
Chris is perhaps best known as a member of seminal US underground bands COME and CODEINE. Not only that he played in PULLMAN (with folks from Tortoise), WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, CONSONANT (with Mission Of Burma people) and has played and written songs for The Lemonheads' EVAN DANDO. According to his website he's even played with GG ALLIN and RHYS CHATHAM. I'm going to ask him about that.
And that's before we even get onto his solo stuff. You might have seen him open for J Mascis at The Social. Or you may have been one of the many who attended his last solo show at Bunkers Hill. It was one of the highlights of the year. He records for Matador mainman Gerard Cosloys 12XU label and Mogwai's own ROCK ACTION RECORDS at present and his last record 'Incredible Love' was his best yet. His songs are wry, observational and often dazzling and his guitar playing is something else.
Somehow among all of this he found time to collect Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival last year for the music he wrote to accompany the film 'Road'. I'd call him a genuine 'Renaissance Man' if he wasn't so down-to-earth that I thought it would embarrass him.
He also dances like Michael Jackson if you play 'Don't Fear The Reaper'.
This is his only non-London solo show and it's in super cosy surroundings making sure this one is going to be very special indeed.
ELLEN MARY MCGEE
Ellen is perhaps better known as the sorrowful-yet-seductive voice behind the band SAINT JOAN. In recent years she has also been writing, recording and performing under her own name and using the new found freedom to explore a love of traditional British folk music, most notably touring the USA last year. Saint Joan's dark Mazzy Star-isms are still represented, although now it's in her choice of material. All the songs she seems to sing match beautiful sounds to the inevitable lover's murder or someone being thrown down a well or something. Surprisingly, it's not as depressing as it sounds.
Many moons ago, some idiots making a right racket got on Radio One and in the NME and Melody Maker. Much to everyone's surprise, nearly 10 years on, Gringo Records is still going strong. Older and wiser. And only fractionally uglier. Head of the pack back then was Colchester's Hirameka Hi-Fi who embraced the gung-ho attitude of their heroes Sebadoh and made some of the most urgent pop noise of the time. Yonokiero is essentially a reuniting of the two main guys from Hirameka, Chris and Tom. They're still singing about the same themes, but now the songs are a bit more reflective, a bit more tuneful and packing a bit more punch.
Saturday 3rd February, 8.30pm
Lee Rosy's Tea Rooms, Broad St, Nottingham - www.myspace.com/leerosystea
£4 adv / £5 door
Feb 13 - MICK FLOWER & CHRIS CORSANO, GARETH S BROWN
Vibracathedral Orchestra's Mick Flower teams up with free jazz drummer extraordinare Chris Corsano with support from Mr Brown of Leeds' very own supergroup Hood.
Feb 22 - YOUNG JAMES LONG, metalgearsolidmadonnas, ANDY CLAMBAKE & THE RESURRECTION MEN
PW Long (Mule)'s new band, 2 guitars n drums making a crazy, swampy, lusty racket. metalgear... is ex Heresy & Wolves Of Greece and Andy Clambake makes his debut non-Clambake performance backed up by Neil Johnson (Bob Tilton, Wolves Of Greece) and Chris Sumlin (Lords, Wolves Of Greece)
March 9 - DANIEL (A.I.U) HIGGS, LAST OF THE REAL HARDMEN
This is the one! Daniel is best known as singer for the mighty LUNGFISH from Baltimore, Maryland and his influence spreads far and wide as anyone who heard his album played in full before Bonnie Prince Billy took the stage last night can testify. He is a wizard, a magician, a scary but inviting prophet.
LOTRHM duo (Chris n Patch, guitar n drums) support.