The Sleeping Years + Junkboy + Tea & Toast Band.
29 April 2008
Indie folk outfit 'The Sleeping Years' perform tracks from their debut album on Talitres Records, 'We're becoming islands one by one'. Copies of the album will be available to buy for the first time in the Uk at the show.
Also - a special blend of post 'Tortoise' meandering from Brighton's 'Junkboy' and tape loop experiments from 'Tea & Toast Band'.
The Macbeth 70 Hoxton Street N1 6LP Tube: Old Street
(020 7749 0600)
The Sleeping Years is the new project for singer-songwriter Dale Grundle.
Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Dale started his first band Catchers while at school. Their first single ‘Cotton Dress’ came out on Setanta Records and became single of the week in Melody Maker.
Their debut album ‘Mute’ was recorded with Mike Hedges in France. Dale went on to tour with Pulp, Edwyn Collins, The Divine Comedy, Dr. John and Oasis. Catchers recorded their second album ‘Stooping to Fit’ with Nick Drake’s arranger Robert Kirby writing string and brass section parts for some of the songs.
Recently signed to Talitres Records in France, The Sleeping Years’ music has been featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 podcast, on Gideon Coe's BBC 6music show, in the Guardian writers’ playlist and on a cd sampler with Rolling Stone magazine. Dale has also been heavily played on French radio with each EP being championed by Bernard Lenoir. The group spent most of last year touring France and are due to tour Europe later this year.
The Sleeping Years have released three EPs so far, ‘You and Me Against The World’, 'Setting fire to sleepy towns’ and 'Clocks and clones'. The debut album ‘We’re becoming islands one by one’ has just been released to great reviews in France.
Press for The Sleeping Years:
The Guardian: 'his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for'
Dazed and Confused: 'a one-man show that owes his lilting metaphysical lyricism to the likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and John Martyn. It's good to know that there are people like him out there'
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio): 'just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can't wait to see where he takes us next.'
Rolling Stone: ‘a very beautiful mini-album’
Hot Press: 'absolutely gorgeous'
Time Out: 'engagingly mournful, melodic song craft'