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Label: Love Gum Records
Manager: White Mountain Artist Management
Bio: Allie’s music has been described as 'a wonderful collection of folk-pop goodness' and her tracks labelled as 'catchy and attitude laden'. As a singer/songwriter her music centres around her strong, unique and soulful vocal and songs speak of heartbreak, regret and everyday observations. 2011 as ... See Full BioMore Info
Since forming in Brighton in 2008, Esben and the Witch have forged a sound that springs forth from minds soaked in influences far and beyond any standard set of musical touchstones. Nature and literature, art and science, history and the unknown – the trio eschews the everyday for inspiration drawn from sources weird and wonderful, as well as the occasional Scott Walker and PJ Harvey record. Announcing their arrival with the demo-cum-EP, 33, which they sold at gigs and distributed online, led to an avalanche of coverage from British broadsheets to US blogs. They followed this unexpected success with a split release on the Dance to the Radio label, contributing the track ‘Skeleton Swoon’ to a 12” in the autumn of 2009, and their first official single, Lucia, at the Precipice, saw light of day as a 7” through the Too Pure Singles Club ?in February 2010. Whilst their music was finding its way out there so were they. Sharing stages, both home and abroad, with a wealth of critically acclaimed artists including The xx, Wild Beasts, Efterklang, The Big Pink, Deerhunter and Sian Alice Group helped them find their feet as a live proposition. It was with the release of their debut 7” that they ventured out on their first headline UK tour and in the summer of 2010, they took their ever-evolving live set to numerous European festivals including Latitude, Field Day, Dockville (Hamburg) and London Calling (Amsterdam). The second half of 2010 also saw Esben and the Witch find a permanent home with a worldwide deal with legendary indie, Matador Records, to become the label’s only UK signing and placing them alongside Sonic Youth and Cat Power on their impressive roster. With the ink drying, they headed to North America to make their American bow with a six-week stint there, mostly touring with Foals on their breakthrough tour of the continent but also to play at their new label’s much talked about 21st Birthday bash in Las Vegas. The first fruits of their relationship came with the release of the Marching Song EP in September, which was pressed on 12” and served up as a taster of the debut album, Violet Cries. The accompanying video, with the band appearing more blooded and beaten with each subsequent frame, also hinted at the darkness that lurks within. Being released on January 31st 2011, Violet Cries is an uncompromising and starkly beautiful record. The rewards over the ten tracks are plentiful, but with the band veering away from instant gratification and choosing to challenge and unsettle the listener instead, it’s clear that they are a band with an agenda; “the one thing we felt we had to maintain in this process was that it had to be new, it had to be something which we felt had not been explored previously,” read a band statement to fans when announcing its release. Achieving this with aplomb, Violet Cries confirms what their early adopters already know, Esben and the Witch are heading up a raft of new bands who are not only lurking in the shadows, they’re flourishing there. Hurrah! Beth Jeans Houghton is back, with details of a new track, Dodecahedron, and her debut album on Mute. After the release of only one EP (Hot Toast) and one single (Golden/Night Swimmer), Beth attracted major mainstream media attention, became a big festival draw in the process and then promptly disappeared. But, where’s she been? “I’m going to utilise the ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’ line and leave it at that,” says Newcastle born Houghton, still only 21. “I spent a substantial amount of the last year in Los Angeles falling in love with the city, which is a first for me. I usually go for guys.” There was also the small matter of recording her debut album, a process Beth wanted to do on her own terms at her own speed. Recorded with producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow, Depeche Mode, Doves). “I see this album as an animal I’m preparing to ride,” says Beth. “Grooming it, feeding it, braiding its hair, and I feel that Ben has built me a saddle that is both practical and comfortable to use.” For a taste of the album (due for release Autumn 2011), which is sure to be one of the year’s most exciting releases, the track Dodecahedron is available now. Showcasing Beth’s extraordinary voice and off-kilter lyrics, it explodes in cascades of colours and little drummer boy beats. “The night before I wrote it I had a dream that consisted of me running up to strangers in the street and asking them what a dodecahedron was, but no one knew,” says Beth. “I later found out that the ancient Greeks believed the Dodecahedron is a symbol of the universe and represents an idealized form of divine thought. Take from that what you will.” Plus BBC Norfolk Introducing presents Girl In A Thunderbolt in the cafe bar.
Allie Bradley & Aaron Shanley joint EP Launch. Support: Jamie Neish
3 day festival. Allie Bradley & Aaron Shanley on Sunday 28th Aug on Tipi Stage.
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