Crushing Death & Grief and Bad Timing present a night of three of the best groups releasing music on the shit-hot Olde English Spelling Bee label, Ducktails, Julian Lynch, and Big Troubles.
DUCKTAILS + JULIAN LYNCH + BIG TROUBLES
Thu 9th Jun @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Doors 7:30 pm, £7.50 adv from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/112921
Homemade psychedelic pop by Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile, a man whose love of the quirkier edge of the 80’s has seen the release of numerous releases on both Olde English Spelling Bee and Woodist. Everything’s covered in a murky, lo-fi sheen that may seem impenetrable at first listen, but soon reveals a warm and tuneful underbelly that appears, and sounds, bigger and bolder than his simple setup should suggest. Think pre-Matador Kurt Vile mixed with a sprinkling of Panda Bear’s blurred pop aceness.
Recent love in the Avesta of online music, Pitchfork, has seen Lynch’s star shine high and bright. Latest long-player “Mare” is a dense walk through the long history of American music. Mixes of folk, Americana, lo-fi and pop combine to provide a surprisingly complex sound. The acoustic guitars shine through, a counter-point to Lynch’s rather hushed and mumbled vocals. Music this impressive doesn’t come round very often.
Soaring choruses of bon marché grandeur, Big Troubles carve a smooth, shoegazing arc through a cloud of static and fuzz. But, impressively, they don’t leave the hooks and catchy-tunes wanting, they’re the focus point, the light that shines through a heady brew of sounds.