Type PR Presents...
Richard Walters + Jacob's Stories + Lucy Kitt.
Date: Tuesday 14th July 2009
Venue: The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton. BN1 4AJ
Tickets: £5 adv/£6 on the door
Available from Resident 01273 606312 / Rounder Records 01273 325440
Over 18s only
Richard Walters, at 26 years old, has been performing solo for eleven years, and has been a voice-for-hire for many prominent musical projects. He has also appeared in several bands such as Ex Theremin (Shifty disco Records) frontman, released his first solo Ep in May 2004 on Beard Museum Records. 'Umbrella songs' recieved lovely reviews the world over and caught the attention of Nic Harcourt, presenter of cult Los Angeles radio show 'Morning becomes electic' on KCRW. Richard is also part of Monoband, the side project of Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan, who released their debut Lp in May 2005 in Ireland. Richard has worked with genius producer Guy Sigsworth (Frou frou,Bjork, Lamb, Madonna) and Suede legend Bernard Butler, and David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Faultline) came onboard as one of the producers of The Animal.
Richard Walters sings in such a beautifully gentle falsetto, without theatrics or histrionics, like a choirboy, when he really hits the high notes, that the subjects of his songs might come as a surprise. This is someone who sings about “losing the plot” or having a seizure, about the anxiety you feel at the start of a new affair, or about domestic abuse from the point of view of the abuser. He even covers a song by notorious manic depressive American musician Daniel Johnston, while one of his songs, a fragile confessional called ‘All At Sea’, was recently picked for the soundtrack of hit US forensic crime drama CSI: Miami. On the sleeve of his debut album of exquisitely minimal, hushed and haunting piano and guitar ballads adorned with the merest hint of strings, he is shown wearing headphones and tucking into a delicious plate of black cable as if the style of this record was zany electronica. It catches you off guard, because in its quiet majesty, the sound he makes is far removed from that world. The title of his debut LP, The Animal, is no less jarring because this music is more ethereal than bestial.
You may have seen Richard Walters singing his little pulsing heart out on tour with Dave Matthews, Grant Lee Phillips, Imogen Heap, Gemma Hayes or Supergrass.
Or maybe you heard 'All at sea' being played on an episode of CSI: Miami...or 'Brittle bones' soundtracking some love in Phillip Pullman's 'The Butterfly tattoo' film.
"Finally, a male singer-songwriter that we actually enjoy!..Hushed and haunting"- The Guardian
"Dazzlingly Beautiful, Fragile And Mesmeric " - Clash Magazine
Brighton-based singer-songwriter hovers on the musical faultline between electronica (think Radiohead on a good day) and the lyricism of Damien Rice. Sometimes somber, at other times brash, always goose-bump inspiring, Jacob’s Stories is characterised by Stuart’s unmistakably hunting voice, dipped in liquid velvet and cast against a haunting electronic backdrop. (180 news article). If anyone had the chance to see Jacob's Stories supporting Tenniscoats recently, he really is one of Brighton's best kept secrets.
Lucy Kitt is a 22 year old singer songwriter, attracting attention for her individual and exciting fresh new sound. She began performing her solo acoustic material around Canterbury during her university years living in the city, building up a fanbase on the thriving local music scene. Before then she played guitar and wrote songs in an girl grunge band, after first picking up the guitar at the age of 16. Her self- penned, acoustic songs are all about the experiences, feelings, and people she has met so far along the way, and they continue to connect with audiences through their heartfelt and self- confessional lyrics. It is rare to see so many influences crammed into music, and lucy's songs span the wide spectrum of folk, grunge and blues, with a distinct twist of her own individual style.