SIBRYDION + SMOKERS DIE YOUNGER + SILENT ALLIANCE
Thursday 1st October
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King's Cross / Angel
Tel : 020 7837 5387
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
Having spent the last couple of years building up a loyal following in Wales with their Welsh language albums, Sibrydion released their debut 'English language' long player earlier this year. Produced by their friend Cian Ciaran from Super Furry Animals, “Campfire Classics” lassoes stories of Leone-inspired tales of betrayal and redemption whilst skimming a coin into Burt Bacharach's pool of bittersweet songwriting, to make a bright, dynamic, eccentric and slightly warped pop album .
Brothers Meilir and Osian Gwynedd began their musical life in a band called Big Leaves who quickly became one of Wales' most popular groups thanks to their love for big harmonies. Both brothers have contributed to Super Furry Animals albums in the past and Osian most recently played drums on tour with Gruff Rhys' Candylion project. Two Sibrydion singles were voted record of the week on the Radcliffe/Maconie R2 show, they’ve recorded a session for Marc Riley and the album was a Sunday Times album of the week.
“Campfire Classics opening one-two of God Forgives, I Don’t and Coupe de Grace hits us with a spaghetti western intro by the way of The Coral, and fuzzed up, Theramin pop-psych that screams early Super Furry Animals, right down to the slightly gruffer Gruff Rhys vocals. -Record Collector
SMOKERS DIE YOUNGER
A bunch of smokin', drinkin' waywards from ?Sheffield with too much time on their hands and a predeliction for early Pavement and, almost inevitably, The Fall. Already championed by ?Steve Lamacq and Mark Riley, their debut album 'X Wants The Meat' was? released through the ultra-hip Sheffield Phonographic Corporation label ?(The Long Blondes).
“Smokers Die Younger throw a deliciously cheap sounding organ and some remarkably warped trumpets into a mix of Wire and Nation of Ulysses, and then infuse the resulting eclecticism with an unifying dose of anger, sarcasm, hurt and skewed humour.” (Drowned In Sound)
Inspired by some of the greatest pioneers of pop music, Silent Alliance has developed a unique, intelligent yet accessible brand of guitar-driven, adrenaline-fuelled dance-pop. The London-based outfit – part UK, part Swedish in origin – recently released its debut album 'The Spirit of an Age to Come' to significant acclaim, featuring uplifting pop hits 'Sundown' and 'The Edge of Town', haunting ballads ‘Permafrost’ and 'Whispers' and the anthemic 'Degrees of Separation', not to mention explosive lead single 'Cities on Fire'.
“Their sparkling indie-tinged pure pop is effortlessly propulsive and melodic” (London Lite)