An evening featuring four bands from acclaimed new indie label Gare du Nord.
Canterbury/London-based trio based around Robert Rotifer whose songs are “crammed with witty, sardonic lyrics” according to Uncut magazine, “unique in their conscientious clarity, without being simple, i.e. repay really careful listening, a rare intelligence” as Rotifer’s hero Robert Wyatt put it. They also tend to rock out quite a bit and “can really play” (LouderThanWar). Rotifer’s “The Cavalry Never Showed Up” was the first album released on the Gare du Nord label, with various songs receiving repeated spins on Gideon Coe’s 6music show, while their former LP “The Hosting Couple” came out on Edwyn Collins’ own AED Records, which is another useful hint as to their stylistic whereabouts.
“This is unambiguously great. The temptation, faced with a band who have so dramatically upped their game, is to wonder where they can possibly go from here.” (PennyBlackMusic)
Papernut Cambridge is the kitchen sink psych pop collective masterminded by Ian Button – formerly guitarist for Death In Vegas and Thrashing Doves, now prolific underground producer and engineer (and drummer for Rotifer & Picturebox at this show too). The Papernuts’ live/recording line up features guests and collaborators including Darren Hayman and Mary Epworth as well as all of Button’s Gare Du Nord label mates. Last year’s Cambridge Nutflake LP won admiring comments from Q (“Sweet snowflake glam”), Mojo etc. and the follow up album is set to come out later in 2014, heralded by the current single “When She Said What She Said”.
“A genuine oddity. thrilling and original, a rich, evocative work that sounds lysergically English in the best possible way”, according to Rough Trade Record Shop.
Equally at home at the piano and on the guitar, Ralegh Long writes beautiful tunes with big open chords and sweeping melodies carried by a voice that combines a touch of Nick Drake with a fair dollop of Robyn Hitchcock, ranging from ethereal balladry to punchy pop tunes. Live he is backed by his four-piece band including ex-Hefner member Jack Hayter on pedal steel. Having self-released some hidden gems over the last few years, Ralegh Long is set to finally unleash his large canvas pastoral pop opus on Gare du Nord later in the year, featuring a cast of collaborators including Tom Dougall of Toy, string-arranger Louis-Philippe, and A Little Orchestra.
“Like drinking a wine none of us can responsibly afford, this is just…classy” (GoldFlakePaint)
Picturebox’s lo-fi pop musings have been a part of the contemporary Canterbury scene for several years, with a series of self releases and non-violent guerilla café gigs involving tea and biscuits, as well as passing resemblances to Syd Barrett, Belle and Sebastian and those cool early indie bands that leader/songwriter Robert Halcrow actually doesn’t listen to (preferring Pulp and Joanna Hatfield). As he has also been a major contributor to the Papernut Cambridge project, it made sense for them to collaborate on their recent “Swaps” double seven-inch single, Picturebox’s first of hopefully many more outings on the Gare du Nord label.