[b]Remember Remember[/b] Sunday 19th July // 3pm // The White Room
Jam on Bread
Glasgow act Remember Remember, essentially the solo project of former Multiplies and Royal We member Graeme Ronald, released a self-titled debut album in November last year through Mogwai's Rock Action label to much acclaim.
Compared to Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Animal Collective and even Michel Gondry, Ronald has received acclaim for his unique live shows where everything from hand-claps to Irn Bru are sampled, looped and blended into the performance.
Fresh from touring europe with Mogwai and the Uk with Yann Tiersen these guys are certainly not to be missed
**Note this is a matinee show starting at 3pm
Album Review: Remember Remember (Rock Action)
This debut by Remember Remember sits snugly alongside Errors’ debut album on Mogwai’s Rock Action label, proving that those wily Scots don’t just make fantastic music, they can also spot it from a mile off.
What makes this album sparkle is its prettiness. While Mogwai did sterling work smashing up the rock formulae, Remember Remember shun their patrons’ eight-minute crescendos for something far more serene and delicate. The riffs are repetitive but subtle, creating a lush, calming scene - it’s the soundtrack to a shower of rain in summer, or the sun setting behind the mountains. There are no sudden twists and turns, no outbreaks of violence, just smooth, unbroken flights of fancy.
Mainly the work of Glaswegian Graeme Ronald, Remember Remember’s tone is created through the layering of minimal riffs on top of each other: pianos, guitars, glockenspiels, violins and synths. He expands on that with plenty of homemade nonsense, listing various “instruments” such as bubblewrap, coins, Irn-Bru, a wind-up monkey and a rubber shark. The result is spell-binding.
See it like this: if Errors get you in the mood for a night out, and Fuck Buttons represent the decadent thrill-seeking as you swallow your poison of choice and clatter into the early hours, then Remember Remember are the saving grace, the headache soother, the reminder that there’s a new day dawning, full of possibilities. It’s no wonder Mogwai signed them - these are happy songs for happy people.
[b]Jam on Bread[/b] makes amateurishly lo-fi ukulele pop songs about sea creatures, Swedish indie-pop labels and 80s pop singers.
[b]Matt Riviere[/b] from Norwich (Review Below)
Review: Jam On Bread & Matt Riviere Split EP
Recently I feel this blog has been lacking in the way of posts about completely new and exciting music, so over the next couple of weeks you should be seeing a healthy amount of reviews about releases I'm pretty sure you never would've heard about but will be satisfyingly smug you did. To kick it off we've got a review of the split tour EP between the lo-fi pop of ukulele peddling Jam On Bread and the Norwich based innovative pop act - Matt Riviere.
For anyone who keeps a keen eye on the underground, the name Jam On Bread should be vaguely familiar. Not only because of appearing on compilations such as Brainloves 'Two Thousand and Ace' but also because of the tireless effort he seems to put into playing and organising gigs. I guess you could call this JOB's first proper release and it feels like a perfect introduction to his heartwarming ukulele ditties. However as Matt Riviere occupies the first half of this great EP we'll start by talking about his three tracks.
Life! Death! Prizes! kicks off with 'Castroreale' a word I can barely spell let alone work out how to say. Sounding a bit like an 8-bit Animal Collective, with Jonquil'esque vocals it's a great way to kick off the EP and the outro to the song with the refrain of "we never get what we wanted, what we wanted was wrong" is quite a nice thought to be left with. Riviere's other two tracks on this split EP, "FYH" and "Godless Girl" are similarly great and what really impresses is the way the songs seem to have quite simple structures but build up and up and grow into quite climatic lo-fi circuit bent pop songs that almost sound in danger of falling in on themselves.
With track 4 we get quite a refreshing change as Jam On Bread takes over and kicks it off with arguably his best song on the EP - 'It's Always Sunny Inside' a song in which JOB defends staying in and questions "so why don't you come and hide with me?".
From day to day I often consider the pros and con's of a number of different things, strangely however I've never considered the pros and cons of having a beard. Luckily thanks to Jam On Bread it doesn't look like I'll ever have to do this. The lines "sometimes when I'm walking around town, with my earphones in and my head down, some people like the shout abuse at me, because i've got a beardy face don't you see?" would just sound completely silly sung by anyone else, but when JOB sings them I can't help but find it slightly endearing and enjoyable. Thankfully he doesn't decide to go all serious on us with his final track of the EP - "I Heart Labrador Records" is an ode to Sweden's best label and it's more of the same, charming lofi ukelele pop.
What I enjoy most about this EP is its inadequacies and imperfections - the faint hum of the low quality recording equipment on Jam On Bread's songs, the way Matt Riviere's tracks sound like they're itching to be properly produced. It's these kind of things that make me excited to listen to this EP and excited to see what they come up with next. The EP is being put out by Team Strike Force and you can purchase a handmade CDR from here.
And from South Shields [b]Rainfalldown[/b] "South Shields-based songwriter Martin Trollope has uploaded these four songs onto his MySpace page, and they certainly show off his skill with a canny melody and a sussed understated lyrical wit. 'Message' is the best of the bunch, which sounds like Leonard Cohen having a stab at a Weezer song, only sat on a porch front in America's deep south." - James Jam, NME,
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