Time for a new album.
Heading to Belgrade early March to start recording... Updates soon.
Snooping round Patrick White's house, 20 Martin Road...
Putting a short Australian tour together for January 2009. Some new dates to the right of this.
HR3 Radio show in full here
Nice Harmonium review in the NYU news here.
And a few more: Fingertips. Slug. Pseudomedtry.
'Unplugged' on Hr3 in Frankfurt:
With the great Volker Rebel and Manuel Klemm:
Clips from Volker Rebel session:
There's a new review
here of the Harmonium EP.
We're live on Hr3 radio in Germany this coming Sunday,
5th October at around 8pm, for around an hour. You can listen to the radio live on the net
by going to
this address (the 'MP3 Stream' link will stream the station through iTunes).
Scenes from the Mani, Greece:
There's a moving and technologically awesome sound/photographic exhibition/installation called
Transplant at this gallery in Bow, East London (UK rather than Eastern Province) that Victoria has put together with photographer Tim Wainwright and sound artist John Wynne. It's
a brilliant piece of work and everyone needs to see it. Tim and
Chris are working together on a number of projects, including a series of 22
short films in conjunction with the Housing Corporation for shows in
London (including the Houses of Parliament), Manchester and York in October/November. More info on these
and others soon.
Some exciting gigs coming up, starting on 5th October in
Frankfurt -- a
live, hour-long session on Hr3 with DJ Volker Rebell, a much revered
broadcaster in Germany (people have compared him to John Peel).
There's a live-feed that streams on the web (wow, what's happened to
language?) I'll post in a few days.
Then there's a big gig at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London on 23rd October we're doing with
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland from the great Canadian label, Six Shooter, Lynch Rider Lulu and our very own Victoria Hume.
On 29th October we're up in Manchester recording a session on
Channel M in the day and a gig that evening at the Roadhouse.
That'll be the last gig for a while as we hunker down and record a new
album due out in the first part of next year. There's a live feed that
streams on the web......
In other news,
Howard Bargroff, our collaborator on Frieze and Harmonium is starting an exciting project, doing the sound-edit for a documentary of the All Tomorrow Parties events.
Subba-Cultcha single review
Clipping from the Sunday Tribune based on an interview
with Claire Angelique, Anthony Dod Mantle and Chris Letcher about the
making of the film,
My Black Little Heart (click to magnify):
French Harmonium reviews, interviews:
How's your French?
My Black Little Heart premiere:
Harmonium on AC:
If you're anywhere near BBC 6 Music on July 14th, tune in to Guy Garvey's radio show.
Seven-song Harmonium EP out June 2008.
Cover design: Tamsyn Adams
I Was Awake
Very nice to be amongst Richard Haslop's albums of the year 2007, to be mentioned on the same page as Chris McGregor, LCD Soundsystem, Battles, Radiohead, etc. Quite a thing...
Some new Canadian dates added (more US and Canada to follow) and two nice new French blogs:
Very nice new review in Losing Today magazine here. Some more here.
US and Canada tour now scheduled for June, and South Africa for August.
More gig details about those and others soon. Work's also underway for
a new EP out this coming June.
Some new Tamsyn Adams photos here
25 February 2008
VH's illustrated Plymouth set. Guess the tunes!
Just been booked onto Saturday 31 May at Wychwood -- just before School of Language!
6 February 2008
New dates and a festival coming soon.
As good a review as we could hope for in this month's copy of the Dutch music magazine, Revolver, who
also thought ours one of the mooiste albums of 2007:
29 January 2008
Hoxton Bar and Kitchen for us this coming Monday -- 4th February 2008. We get the nod from this week's Timeout who make us Critics' Choice. Woo. Hoo. The Hoxton B&K is one of our favourite venues -- nice room, nice stage, nice sound. Hope we'll see you there.
Vic and little red coffin outside the Chelsea Hotel as recorded by DEW and his Russian spy cam.
27 January 2008
travels, Goose! See you in Aus. Cheers to everyone who came down on
Saturday and made it a great night. Some pics from Tom:
Luke Heeley and other poets have just launched
this lovely book of new poems. Highly recommended.
A new year. New songs. New gigs -- starting 26 January with the Spruce Goose Review
HERE. We're doing a set at about 8.30pm, so is Bo Derelict and other good things -- come on down...
Some of Dave's Russian camera pics:
Then 4 Feb, a big gig at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen... more details to follow...
Wow! 6 up from McCartney on the
eMusic charts in the US!
Huh? What accent?
News from two collaborators :
Christophe Boissiere ('cello on 'Sketch', 'Misheen' etc) just composed and performed a score to this Buster Keaton film at the Cinema Truffaut, Chilly-Mazarin, Paris.
(violinist Dave met working on a theatre piece he describes as 'free
improvisational music soundtracking a pretty ridiculous installation
interpretation of a Chekhov play'). Johanna played with us for a year
or more in London before heading back to Finland to continue playing
with Lauri Tahka and Elonkerjuu, now massive, major label stars of the Finnish folk scene! Go Johanna!
eMusic top albums chart 13 December:
New Oppikoppi pics by Kerry Buckle HERE
so much to everyone who came to down to Hoxton last night and bought
cds. We're very grateful. Look forward to seeing you all soon. We're
playing next at the Borderline, central London, on 2 November.
24 SEPTEMBER 2007
FRIEZE OUT NOW. AVAILABLE AND IN RECORD STORES. HERE
CLICK STILLS FOR NEW DEEP FRIEZE VIDEO:
Frieze will be released in the UK on 24 September. We've got a whole lot of new reviews from the US, Germany, France and the UK here.
Also this one in Prefix Mag:
We've got some new streaming music and video up on
Virb, a far superior alternative to Myspace.
There's also a new online showreel of film and television work
here. Send word if you'd like a high-res DVD.
Speccy Geek visits the George morgue after being chased by Plymouth. New Deep Frieze
Speccy Geek with warped mind is Guardian New Band of the Day:
Photo: Gareth Hart
NYC, post Austin hat shop splurge:
much thanks to everyone who came to the gigs in SA. We had the greatest
time. Will most certainly be back soon. There are some reviews here:
Photo: Tamsyn Adams
Frieze has picked up two nominations in the 2007 SA music awards. Here's a link.
See y'all in Texas!
Chris Letcher to put on his Texas cowboy boots (click for link)
A whole lotta new gigs in three continents up to the right of this. Hope we'll see you at one or more of those.
first single's out soon. We'll be giving out some copies of this and
the album at our showcase gig at Terminal Studios on 21 February. Would
be great to see you if you can make it down.
There are some album reviews below. The International release is now scheduled for April 2007.
Chris Letcher â€“ FRIEZE
***** 5 Stars
is simply a great album. Truly world-class. Intricate, complex,
melodic, ambitious, funny, literate and so damn listenable
itâ€™ll make you gasp. How sad then that so few of you
will buy it, pretty much no radio stations will play it, corporate
backing will be limited to a couple of crates of beer, and only a
couple of thousand people will see the incredible live band currently
touring the record around the country. What a pathetic state of
affairs. Luckily for the former Urban Creeper and partner in crime to
Matthew Van Der Want, Sheer Sound have extended their horizons beyond
our horticultural backwater and are committed to getting this album
into the hands of a market with numbers who will appreciate it. Chris
Letcher has spent the 21st century in London and touring Europe with a
disciplined, rock solid band that bring the best out of his songs.
Probably the best songwriter this country has produced for many years.
Letâ€™s hope he gets the rewards he deserves. God
bless the bigger picture. (Jeremy Daniel)
M & G 1
M & G 2
The Star 1
The Star 2
The Star 3
Photo: V. Hume
29 November 2006
Phone pics - Tamsyn Adams
very grateful to everyone who came to see us in SA. We had a great
tour. Pics from that up soon. The album 'Frieze' is out in SA at the
moment. It will be available in Europe, the US and Australia from early
30 June 2006
Here's a link to some new VdW/L photos taken by Toast Coetzer:
Photo: Toast Coetzer