Brainwash Promotions presents some wonderful music for £00000000 at Dr.Wu's, Leeds, on Wednesday 2nd May... the likes of Oceansize, Battles, Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai and Radiohead will float around the live treats from:
***** SHADY BARD *****
... release their debut album, From The Ground Up, in May 2007 on Static Caravan (VAN134) in the UK and XTAL in Japan.
Their lineup is a miniature indie orchestra of pianos, guitars, casiotones, violin, cello, French horn and samples which burst occasionally into catastrophic scuzz.
They have released a sold out ep on Static Caravan, played on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 and 6music, and performed at Green Man Festival 2006. The single, Penguins was released in October on limited edition ice clear vinyl and has now sold out.
The band’s UK tour last year saw a string of sold out shows. They have shared bills The Veils, Califone, iLiKETRAiNS, Yndi Halda, I Was A Cub Scout and Peter Bjorn and John.
***** WINTERMUTE *****
... are a breathtaking, er, take on indie-rock, fired up by lashings of math-pop and alt-rock. They were featured on the recent 'Bright Young Things' compilation, and got me totally hooked by at first reminding me why I love Jetplane Landing. The line pulled me right to shore after closer investigation made me realise they were something altogether different and very special in their own right.
"...steeped in intensity and emotion... a well of talent and creativity that points to a bright future."
- High Voltage
***** FRAN RODGERS *****
Born in 1982 to an English father and a French mother, Fran Rodgers was raised with her twin sister in an old mining town in Nottinghamshire. Hours spent listening to her parents records inspired a love of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and, later, the likes of Nick Drake, Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley. Following a move to Leeds in 2000 Fran discovered a passion for singing and, self-taught on the guitar, she began to write. Like many of her influences she performs alone, transporting the listener into the fragile world she paints of love, loss and hope.
Fran Rodgers is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by Rock and Pop. Her music is timeless, her lyrics engaging, her voice pure and graceful. She is a rare talent, whose music will pull at the heart strings and leave its mark on the listener long after the final notes have faded away.