[Secret] Knowledge presents
THEY CAME FROM THE STARS (I SAW THEM) + NOW + ARTHUR & MARTHA
Thursday 3rd September
The troupe of London musicians that are They Came From The Stars (I Saw Them) play quirky experimental rock, electronica and dreamy ambience. With support from NOW playing layered looped synth-kraut hypnotica and Arthur & Martha playing kraut-rock on kids toys and moogs.
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King's Cross / Angel
Tel : 020 7837 5387
Advance: £6 from We Got Tickets/Door: £8
THEY CAME FROM THE STARS (I SAW THEM)
This summer They Came From The Stars have played Sous La Plage, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling and will soon play Bestival – and in between they're doing a tour! Take this chance to catch their genius space kraut funk pop.
“As mad as a hatter, the band’s freaky, futuristic pop takes in some strange influences, like Silver Apples oscillating psychedelic electronica, Flaming Lips' surrealist pop and the cosmic Metal On Metal-styled noise of Kraftwerk. Yet there's something more accessible about the band than this might suggest, as hinted at on current single 'It's Time', a proper, warm-hearted pop song. The maverick spirit of Krautrock...exists elsewhere... the likes of Liars, The Boredoms, Animal Collective, Black Dice, Lightning Bolt and They Came From The Stars I Saw Them are pushing the boundaries in a way that would please the old guard.” (Time Out)
Founded in '98, NOW have released 5 albums of catchy, contemporary, inventive, exotic, melodious, harmonious and disharmonious 21st century pop music and collaborated with underground musicians such as Damo Suzuki (one of NOW’s 5 albums was with him), Charles Hayward & The Go! Team’s Kaori Tsuchida. They have also attracted support slots with bands such as Faust, Circle, Tunng, Psapp, Rothko, Plaid and A Hawk And A Hacksaw and in February 2009, the Stooges’ Mike Watt dedicated an entire radio show to their music. Live, NOW move between melodic songs and energetic improvisation. The band has played inside and outside the UK, most recently completing a Japan tour to promote their latest album, "Ooodipooomn".
"Pursuing their offbeat, off-kilter and occasionally off-the-wall mashup of lo-fidelity experimental pop music and uptempo kosmik grooves at the fringes of undergound and overground success, NOW continue to demonstrate the tireless heart of their being is something close to an unsung national treasure." (Plan B)
ARTHUR AND MARTHA
Arthur and Martha are an electronic pop duo, by bringing together their rag-tag collection of moogs, melodicas and an antique drum-machine, they pen the songs for the happy robots to dance to. This is a rare live show to support the release of their debut album ‘Navigation’, recently released on the Happy Robots label. The band have previously played with bands such as Mahogany, Lo-Fi Fnk, Grovesnor, Canonball Jane and Sportsday Megaphone.
“A British spin on The Postal Service, or Aphex Twin remixing the contents of NME’s seminal ’C86’ tape” (NME)