The Brudenell Social Club and Forest of Sound present:
Sunday: 13/07/2008 @ The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. Doors 8pm.
£7 adv / £9 on the door. Tickets available at Jumbo Records and Crash Records.
A Danish collective on the excellent Leaf label, Efterklang are astounding on record - a fusion of electronics, sea song, rock and ambience that envelops you slowly and beautifully. Live, they take this core of beauty and project it with such force in to the audience that it takes on a whole new life - every emotion amplified, every note laden with passion.
Last time they played Leeds they captivated 250 people in a packed out Brudenell Social Club. If you caught them last time, you know you can't miss it again. If you didn't... well, you know what you have to do...
"Efterklang, live and on record, are rarely less than an incredibly moving and inspiring listen. If you’re yet to let them breach your taste defences, watch the bombs explode below ‘til your heart pops in time." - www.drownedinsound.com
Oh. My. Yes. Bracken, being a "a collective of like minded individuals spiralling in an uncertain and ill defined orbit" led by Chris Adams (aka co-founder of legends Hood) make simply stunning music - walls of ambient sound, dark dub bass and atmospheres, destroyed and re-claimed found sound, beats that range from over-powering to perfectly understated... all topped with vocals and lyrics from a man who knows his own heart. FoS are HUGE Bracken fans, 'cause they're f**king amazing.
"...[Bracken] perfects the mixture of atmosphere and dub thump. The density of the sound - a soup of horns, organs, guitars, reverb-soaked vocals - sounds like screwed-and-chopped background noise. But in a good way. There are untold details to sift through, melodies to follow, in the washes of pirate-radio static... warm and icy, mechanical and natural, at the same time. " - http://www.pitchforkmedia.com
James Yates (myspace.com/jamesplaysthedrumsbadly)
You may recognise James from his skin hitting duties in the jaw droppingly good The Pattern Theory. So it'll come as no surprise that his solo show is something to behold - organic electronics, perfect drums, spot on percussion and mad-as-a-hatter inventiveness. Four Tet or Battles are reference points... but Master Yates makes them sound like worthless s**t. On his own. You have to watch this guy. If you don't believe, listen to 'Yammystar' on his MySpace. You won't resist it's charms.