PETE ASTOR & THE SOULS
Following a recent tour of Japan, indie auteur Pete Astor (The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Wisdom of Harry, Ellis Island Sound) is now playing shows closer to home.
For this occasion Pete Astor and the Souls will include Gare du Nord founders Ian Button (Papernut Cambridge), Robert Rotifer (Rotifer) and Ralegh Long (debut album coming soon) to present songs old and new, including his upcoming single for Fortuna Pop, Poor Mr. Music.
Over recent years Canterbury’s Picturebox, led by Papernut Cambridge bassist Robert Halcrow, put out a string of eccentric self-releases, now culminating in “The Garden Path”, their first album proper on Gare du Nord. Their sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Robyn Hitchcock, Belle & Sebastian and Syd Barrett, but the main inspiration for Halcrow’s writing clearly comes from his immediate surroundings and experiences close to home.
BO CANDY & HIS BROKEN HEARTS
Appearing on the “Ebbsfleet International” label compilation, this band from the Central European flatlands where Austria bleeds into Hungary, are very much part of Gare du Nord’s circle of continental cousins. When they last played in London in 2013, Louderthanwar’s Willow Colios wrote: “They play literate, blues inflected rock’n‘roll, tight and loose in good measure. A must for fans of bands like the Charlatans.”
To kick off the evening, the Vienna-born, Canterbury-based singer-songwriter, Gideon Coe show regular and Gare du Nord co-founder will play a short solo set culled from the catalogue of the band bearing his surname (“The Hosting Couple”, “The Cavalry Never Showed Up”…), as well as try out some new ones.