Caribou - Born Ruffians - Souvaris
Saturday 17th May
Tickets £8 adv / £10 door
"With every album Ontario-born studio whiz-kid Dan Snaith releases, he moves further from the mathy electro-hop he pioneered as the one-man band Manitoba, and closer to the shambling psychedelic orchestra he has developed under the moniker Caribou. Pressing play on his fourth full-length is like being yanked down the rabbit hole; without warning, Snaith plunges into the swirling Sixties acid pop of groovy opener "Melody Day." There are flashes of Animal Collective's druggy jams, Spiritualized's spaced-out atmospherics and the Elephant Six Recording Company's symphonic rackets in Andorra's densely packed tracks, which dreamily flutter by like footage on a vintage projector." ROLLING STONE
Vetiver & Adrian Crowley
Friday 23rd May
£8 adv / £10 door
Vetvier:Vetvier are well known for being the backing band for Devendra Banhart! They veer between the Flying Burrito Brothers, the psychedelic space-rock of The Grateful Dead with the rootsy swagger of The Band. This show is part of their national tour including a stop off at this years Glastonbury.
Adrian Crowley:"On his fourth album, this great Irish songwriter continues to creep under the skin and behind your defences, his hushed songs, spare lyrics and diffident baritone detonating with real impact, for all that they arrive by stealth and without the slightest suggestion of an imminent explosion. Crowley deploys restraint as a deadly weapon, the self-recriminating Leaving the Party merely a repeated guitar figure and mumbled, mournful singing, which gives the eventual entry of added instrumentation, rhythm and ghostly backing vocals incredible force. The sawing and swooping strings on Walk on Part (“Of all the bedrooms in this town, you walked into mine”) create a similar frisson. This is a wonderful album."
**** THE SUNDAY TIMES