ENGINEERS + NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION + SARABETH TUCEK + CLUB INDIE-PENDENCE (DJ SETS FROM THE HOLLOWAYS, ONE MAN MELT, NUICENCE DJ's and ARTROCKER) Until 1am
WHEN: Thursday 19 May 2011
HOW MUCH: £11.00, £8.00 NUS Card Holder's:
One Man Melt presents:
Following the rapturous reception that greeted their mini-album Folly in 2004 and debut Engineers the following year, it’s taken them a long time to build the epic that is Three Fact Fader. After initial recording sessions with producer Ken Thomas, Engineers became unwitting victims of record company restructuring and the album was left in limbo, unfinishe d until the band reconvened earlier this year, largely motivated by public support. “We seem to appeal to people in a really deep way – people tell us our music has helped them through intense times in their lives,” explains Mark Peters. “This is why it was so important to get the album released, it means so much more than the peripheral aspects of releasing records.”
It’s not just lyrically that Engineers have a deep emotional resonance; the music itself has an overwhelming sense of purity and beauty that you can completely immerse yourself in. It was this tendency towards epic soundscapes that saw Engineers lumped in with the nascent shoegaze revival when they first appeared; now that the scene that celebrates itself has gone overground with the reformation of My Bloody Valentine and high-profile compilations from Rob Da Bank and revivalist label Sonic Cathedral, it seems as if Engineers have timed their return perfectly. “It pleases me to see shoegaze finally being accepted as a genre rather than something to poke fun at,” says Mark. “I do see links with our music, some of which are intentional and some of which aren’t, but there’s a lot more besides.
NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION:
"NAO's music makes me want to take driving lessons just so i can blow all my cash on an obscene foreign sports car which i then race into the face of the setting sun loaded while listening to it. This is considered, classy and ultimately the new cool....i want this. i want music thats been thought about. " - Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music
“Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro
“They really are quite alarmingly good” - Drowned in Sound Single of the Week
“NAO may well be your favourite new band” - Artrocker
The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind.
NAO are the Scottish based trio of Sam Healy (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, sax, percussion), Ben Martin (drums, percussion, programming) and Bill Walsh (bass, synth bass, vocals). They describe themselves as playing their instruments within a computerised wall of sound.
Sarabeth Tucek grew up in New York, the daughter of a psychiatrist and psychologist. Originally her calling was acting, until after a few years in Hollywood her singing and songwriting was encouraged by many in the music scene she fell in with. Her first musical collaboration was with Bill Callahan on Smog's "Supper" in 2003.
She can be seen performing a song she had only just written called "Something For You" in the film "DiG", which went on to win best documentary at Sundance in 2004. The subject of the film, Brian Jonestown Massacre, soon covered the song on their "We Are The Radio" EP in 2005. The UK label Sonic Cathedral released her first 45, the definitive recording of "Something For You", which became single of the week twice on Steve Lamacq's influential BBC radio show. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams) and Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale), her eponymous debut record was released in 2007 on Echo to rapturous reviews, leading to shows with artists like Bob Dylan, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Her second single "Nobody Cares" was named one of the top songs of 2008 by the London Times and sold-out shows followed for the next few tours.
In 2009, after moving from Los Angeles back to her hometown, Sarabeth released an early version of a new song, "The Doctor", on the French label Wool and played some select shows in that country. Following a much-needed break, she recorded her follow-up album "Get Well Soon" outside of Philadelphia, once again with Luther Russell at the helm. Sarabeth has contributed several songs to the soundtrack of the film "Shit Year", directed by Cam Archer, which went to Cannes this year. After appearing on tribute records to artists as diverse as The Cure, Cy Coleman and Roky Erickson, all things point to the impending release of "Get Well Soon" for April 4th, 2011 (Sonic Cathedral in the UK) .
"As a singer she's blessed with a luminous, crystalline voice whilst possessing the ability to deftly convey the contents of her heart with an eloquent, understated majesty."--The Von Pip Musical Express, Jan. '11 .